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Wilderness First Responder
Nepal, February 2024


Course Details

14-23 February 2024

  • USD$1250 per student including Meals & Lodging

    • Nepal & India Citizens- USD$675

    • Please ask for the rate for other SAARC Countries

  • Course taught in English

Payment is due at the time of registration.  If international students are unable to pay online due to banking rules, local deposit will be arranged to reserve your spot.  No spot will be guaranteed without deposit.

Please register by 1 January 2024 to ensure your enrollment!

Why Nepal?

Why not Nepal??  If you compare the cost of a flight, hotel, meals out, and course cost, a WFR in Nepal may be the same total cost or actually less expensive than a WFR in the United States.  Combine travel with education!

Come a few days early and enjoy some time in Kathmandu from the trekkers hotspot of Thamel to Durbar Square and the local Stupas.  Then spend time on course with enough time to get the pace of life in Nepal.  Before or after the course look for trekking options from 3 days to 21 days across Nepal!

Looking for some recommendations for setting up your trip?  We can give you some information or connect you with locals in Nepal that can help to set up your trek.


12 February: Optional meet-up, 4pm at Astrek Climbing Center, Thamel

13 February: Meet at 2pm at the Kathmandu Guest House and travel to Kakani

           International Scout Centre

14 February: WFR Course in Kakani

19 February: Day off on your own in Kakani

23 February: Travel in the afternoon from Kakani to Thamel, Kathmandu, return early evening

24 February: Earliest Possible International Departure

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NOLS Wilderness Medicine Is the world leader in Wilderness Medicine, offing courses across the globe, and we are excited to offer a Wilderness First Responder course in Kakani, Nepal!


If you work or recreate in the outdoors or in other austere environments where access to medical care is delayed or communication is unreliable, our 10-day Wilderness First Responder course is for you! It is the industry standard for professional guides, trip leaders, search and rescue team members, outdoor recreationists, and international travelers.

Upon completion, you will be able to conduct a thorough physical exam, obtain a patient history, assess vital signs, provide emergency care in the wilderness, and make crucial evacuation decisions.

Learn more about NOLS Wilderness Medicine

Learn more about NOLS Wilderness First Responder Courses

College Credit

WFR Course Overview & Packing List

WFR Course Schedule

Student Agreement

Continuing Education for Medical Professionals

Recertification Policies

NOLS Wilderness Medicine Polices

Financial Aid

Essential Eligibility Requirements

WFR to NR-EMR Information



What is included in the cost

  • Travel from and to Thamel, Kathmandu to Kakani on a private bus

  • Most meals from dinner on 7 February to lunch on February 17

    • Veg & Non-Veg options available.  Contact us prior to signing up if you have special dietary needs, we will do our best to accommodate with the local resources.​

    • We will take afternoon Chiya

  • Camping at the Kakani International Scout Centre

  • ​WFR Course including CPR/AED for Adults, Children, & Infants

  • All required course equipment & textbooks

What is not included in the cost

  • Meals and lodging in Kathmandu before and after the course.

  • Travel into Kathmandu, including to and from the airport

  • Local transportation in Kathmandu​

  • Nepal Entrance Visa

  • Dinner on Day 5 and lunch and dinner on Day 6 are not provided

  • Tent, sleeping bag, and sleeping pad.

    • These are easily rented in Thamel if needed

  • Any additional activities in Nepal

  • Rapid In-person COVID test prior to departure to Kakani

Lodging Options

There are 3 lodging options on course, please select your lodging option during checkout.

  • Tent Camping

    • Next to the classroom with access to a shared restroom

    • No tent, sleeping bag, or sleeping pad provided

    • Included in the course cost

  • Dormitory:

    • Shared same-sex dormitory with bed and access to a shared restroom

    • No sleeping bag provided

    • $140 USD extra

  • Shared Private Room:

    • Private room with attached restroom, 1 Double Bed & 1 Single Bed

    • 1 Double Bed and 1 Single Bed, Shared Same-Sex Double Occupancy

    • No sleeping bag provided

    • $255 USD extra ($350 for single occupancy)

    • 2 Rooms (4 beds) Available


How to Register

Please register through the link above.  A confirmation email will be automatically sent to you upon completion of the registration.

You may pay a $300 deposit to reserve your spot plus any additional housing fees.  The remainder is due 45 days prior to the course start date.


Cancelation Policies

We will follow NOLS registration Policies for this course, please visit their policies page for an overview of cancellation and transfer policies.

For questions about location & logistics, contact

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Course Site


The course is being held at the Kakani International Scout Centre, a former farm and tea plantation that is operated by the Nepal Scouts near the Shivpuri Nagarjun National Park.


The 1½ hr journey up from Kathmandu on a private chartered bus has a beautiful panoramic view of the hills.  Once in Kakani, you will enjoy the magnificent view of the Himalayan ranges with wonderful sunrise and sunset views.  It is about 25 km from Kathmandu, at an altitude of 2000 meters above sea level.  The weather in Kakani during the course is mild but can include below-freezing temperatures, rain, or snow.  The classroom and rooms are not heated.

Meals will be traditional Nepalese foods including dal bhat.

Non-Veg options (Chicken or Mutton) will be available at dinner.

We will take afternoon Chiya each day during the class.

Cell service is available, and SIM cards are easily bought in Kathmandu.  WiFi on site is reserved for staff.

This course is being offered with the partnership and assistance of Himalayan Medics Pvt. Ltd

In Country Recommendations

Kathmandu Lodging

​We recommend staying in the trekkers' hotspot of Thamel at the Kathmandu Guest House or the Nepali Ghar.


Trekking & Climbing Expeditions

We recommend LaMa Walks or Kaitu Expeditions for booking your trekking or Climbing Expeditions in Nepal

Himalayan Medics
LaMa Walks
Kaitu Expedition
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