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UVM Travel Study
Office of International Education

Nepal: Adventure Tourism and Trekking

Course Location
Program Dates
Summer 2019
Travel Dates: 5/23/2019 - 6/6/2019
PRT 188 - 3 Credits
Leah Mital
Please see below for more information about costs associated with this travel study program.
Three classroom expedition planning sessions Spring 2019. Beginner to Intermediate, 3-season backcountry travel & hiking experience.

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Course Description

Trekking in big mountain in environments at elevations of up to 14,000 ft requires disciplined personal preparation, group expedition planning, fitness preparation, and efficient travel skills. This travel study course will focus on assessment & research of the economic & public health benefits of the burgeoning adventure travel industry in the mountain regions of Nepal. In parallel, students will also have opportunity to research the cultural & environmental impacts in the areas where the adventure trekking and mountaineering industry thrives like no other… Mt. Everest. We will also attend to hiking and backcountry travel skill development requirements for students entering a high mountain ecosystems for the first time: proper clothing & equipment, multi terrain hiking skills, proactive acclimatization, altitude sickness prevention and risk management skills.

The overarching learning objective is to prepare students to safely & successfully travel in big mountain environments as a team while gaining a deeper understanding of the adventure tourism economy and collateral impacts. Instructors & guides will provide an experiential teaching structure, technical skill & mountain wellness support and emergency wilderness medical support.

Travel Study Costs and Fees

Program Fee: $2,537*

If you are admitted to the course, you will receive an email asking you to accept or decline the spot. To accept your spot, you are required to fill out the commitment deposit form and submit a $500 non-refundable deposit within 48 hours. For more information about payment policies and procedures, view the Travel Study Payment Policy.


  • In-country transportation
  • Student housing accommodations
  • Cultural activities and excursions arranged by the lead instructor
  • Meals
  • Supplies and materials

Not Included:

  • College tuition and fees**, see UVM Student Financial Services
  • Airfare, estimated cost $1,560
  • Cancel for any reason flight insurance (strongly encouraged)
  • Baggage fees
  • Vaccinations and any associated costs
  • Passport fees
  • Travel visa
  • Personal and entertainment expenses
  • Optional excursions
  • Anything not specified as included in the program

*Trip cost subject to change due to unanticipated changes.

**Travel Study courses are regarded as normal UVM courses and as such, normal tuition and fees apply

Country Information

Visit the U.S. Department of State website for information regarding country health, safety risks, and laws for Nepal.