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NOLS India

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Welcome to NOLS India

Find an experience to challenge your growth as a leader and global citizen. Join us for an adventure in the Indian Himalaya, where you’ll immerse yourself in wilderness travel and local culture. On a clear day at our campus in Ranikhet, Uttarakhand, you’ll enjoy a panoramic view of the Himalaya, including the twin summits of Nanda Devi, and perhaps even the occasional leopard. At NOLS India, our programs are about multidimensional curiosity; our courses package the physical challenges offered by mountain terrain with a window into the culture of Kumaon communities. The Himalaya is inhabited as high as 10,000 feet and sometimes higher. In the field, you’ll learn one or more technical skills--backpacking, mountaineering, or whitewater rafting--in the highest mountain chain in the world. Here, the traditional Indian greeting, namaste, is a word worth knowing and saying properly. Even on your way to the high-altitude glaciers you’ll explore on a mountaineering course, expect to encounter a passerby or two. Backpacking through alpine villages, you’ll have the opportunity to practice your conversational Hindi with community members and learn about their way of life. On a semester course, you’ll participate in a homestay with a local family in addition to developing your backpacking, whitewater rafting, and wilderness medicine skills. On a NOLS India course, your engagement with communities in the Himalaya will frame and inform your wilderness experience.

Courses in NOLS India

About NOLS India

Information about this location

Founded
1991
Address
Vaniya Cottage Mall Road
Ranikhet 263645
India
Phone
+91 5966 221428

Local Outreach Courses

for Indians and those from neighboring countries

Silhouetted students backpacking along scree with snowy mountains and blinding sun in the distance.

India Trip Leader This 21-day trip leader course ...

India Trip Leader

This 21-day trip leader course is for Indians and those from neighboring countries
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A hillside town nestled in a valley below misty peaks in the Kumaon Himalaya of India.

India Young Leader This 14-day backpacking course is ...

India Young Leader

This 14-day backpacking course is primarily for Indians in the 15-16 age group.
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