Wilderness First Responder

Nepal, February 2021


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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 in February 2021.


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.

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Scholarships and financial aid

Pets and service animals

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Minimum age requirements

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Course Details

3-12 February 2021

$1190 per student including Meals & Lodging

Course taught in English

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.  After the course look for trekking options from 3 days to 21 days across Nepal as the weather warms and before the mass of spring tourists come in March.

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.


1 February: Optional meet-up, 4pm at the Outdoor Adventure Centre

2 February: Travel in the afternoon from Thamel, Kathmandu to Kakani International Scout Centre

3-12 February: WFR Course in Kakani

8 February: Day off on your own in Kakani

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


What is included in the cost:

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

  • All meals from dinner on 2 February to lunch on 12 February

    • 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 morning & afternoon Chai

  • 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

    • Please contact us prior to booking any airfare!​

  • Local transportation in Kathmandu​

  • Nepal Entrance Visa

  • Tent, sleeping bag, or sleeping pad.

    • These are easily rented in Thamel if needed

  • Any additional activities in Nepal

Lodging Options

There are 3 lodging options on course, please register through NOLS and work out lodging option with Idaho Rescue Training.  Please reserve the dormitory or private room prior to the course and pay upon arrival in Nepal.

  • 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

    • $105 USD extra

  • Private Room:

    • Private single room with a bed and attached restroom

    • No sleeping bag provided

    • $205 USD extra

In Country Recommendations

Kathmandu Lodging

​We recommend staying in the trekkers' hotspot of Thamel at the Kathmandu Guest House or the Hotel Holy Himalaya.


Trekking & Climbing Expeditions

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

Course Site


The course is being held at the Kakani International Scout Centre, an old 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.

Meals will be traditional Nepalese foods including dal bhat.  Non-Veg options (Chicken or Mutton) will be available at dinner.  We will take morning and afternoon chai each day during the class.

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

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