Spend a semester immersing yourself in the culture and landscape of the Indian Himalayas. From towering peaks to the rushing waters of the Kali River, you’ll challenge yourself and grow as a leader while developing outdoor leadership, and intercultural skills. If you’re seeking an experience beyond the tourist track, this is the course for you.
You’ll spend your semester in the Kumaon and Garhwal regions of the Indian Himalayas, rugged, glacier-carved ranges famous for mountaineering, trekking, and whitewater rafting.
This course has several different skill sections that will introduce you to a variety of outdoor activities and leadership opportunities. Your journey will begin at New York’s JFK International Airport with a NOLS staff member escorting you to the NOLS India base in Ranikhet. At an altitude of about 6,150 ft, Ranikhet is a quiet, wooded town to which you will occasionally return during the semester to transition between course sections.