In a move supporting Nepal mountain tourism and dependent communities, the Government of Nepal established the Nepal Mountain Academy to ensure high-level education courses in mountaineering.
The Academy, under the Tribhuvan University (TU) Nepal, is the first such college in the world offering academic course in mountaineering.
The college has been offering Bachelors in Mountaineering course since it received accreditation from TU on February 7, 2017 and is currently planning to offer post graduate course in Masters of Adventure Tourism soon.
The college, that has been running its classes at Satdobato, is now moving to Solukhumbu, where the instituted has a well-built infrastructure of international standards.
According to TU administrators, the institute has potential to attract foreign students as well and can offer highly-skilled training courses that can contribute to the development of mountain tourism in the country.
“An academic course in mountaineering and other adventure sports was inevitable in the country. We have now established a college that will not only produce human resources for mountain tourism but also convert the whole mountain range into economic powerhouse of the country,” says Educationalist and the academic adviser of the college Ramesh Raj Kunwar.
According to Ridish Kumar Pokharel, Executive Director at the Office of the Planning Directorate (TU), the academy will offer a sound knowledge on the mountaineering and other adventure sports.
Students will have to climb 6,000-7,000 meter tall mountains as part of their assignment in the final semester of the course.