Winter Mountaineering Course

Winter Mountaineering Course

Trip Details

  • Trip Type: Mountaineering Course

  • Region: Ladakh

  • Grade: Challenging

  • Duration: 15 days

  • Max Altitude: 6000m+

  • Batch Dates: 12 - 26 Jan, 2022

Mountaineering Course India Overview

The Winter Mountaineering Course is for climbers who have some experience with technical climbing and high altitude. The course is designed to  provide a safe introduction to harsh winter climbing temperatures and terrain to enable winter ascents and condition the body for 8000m peaks in the spring/summer. 


Our 15-day winter mountaineering course is run near Rumtse Village in Ladakh. We set up base on the Changthang Plateau. Extending from Northern and Western Tibet, the Changthang Plateau is a part of the Tibetan Plateau. The plateau's average elevation is between 4200m and 5000m and the high altitude coupled with strong continental winds makes the temperature Arctic-like, despite the latitude. Expect day temperature scarcely above freezing in the sun and night temperatures going down to -35 degrees celsius or lower during a storm.  


During the 15-day program, you will be trained in conditioning your body to this harsh climate, learning how to perform basic mountaineering tasks in brutal weather conditions and other skills required for winter mountaineering and extreme high altitude. You will practice under the supervision of a qualified instructor. The objective of the course is not to summit a peak but we will test out the skills learned on either of two unnamed 6000m peaks around the base camp at the end of the course. 

Dates and Cost

Fixed Departure in 2022. 

12th Jan - 26th Jan

Trip cost:

For Indians - INR 135,000 + 5% GST

For Foreigners - USD 2100 + 5% GST (Includes IMF fees)


Winter Mountaineering Course Objectives

- Practice expedition travel and mountaineering skills.

- Learn to condition your body and perform camping tasks in extremely cold environments

- Relearn how to perform everyday mountaineering tasks in extremely cold environments.

- Develop confidence with moving camps in the mountains, living comfortably high in the Himalayas and carrying loads.

- Cover all technical snow and ice climbing skills necessary for climbing a peak..

- Learn about climbing at high altitudes and proper acclimatisation processes.


Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive in Leh (3300m)


Day 2: In Leh, local acclimatisation walks (3-4 hours)


Day 3: We will climb up the Leh Monastery and go to a height of 4000m and descend to Leh for the night. (5 - 6 hours)


Day 4: 4th June - Drive to Rumtsu and establish Base Camp (4200m)

We reach the Base Camp after a 3 hour drive from Leh. Establish Base camp and go for an acclimatisation walk up to 4800m. Return to Base Camp for the night.


Day 5-14: 5th - 14th June - Acclimatisation,  program curriculum including snow craft and ice craft, a quick revision of snow and ice anchors and belays, glacier travel, self-arrest, and crevasse rescue.

The group will also attempt a 6000 m peak near the Base Camp. The group will travel independently and unsupported. We will form small teams and they will do this on their own learning to camp and travel safely in the winter environment. We will have all guides also accompanying the group.


Day 15: Return to Leh and fly out. Trip Ends!

1. Camping Tents, Kitchen, Dining tents and Insulated Sleeping Pads.
2. Nutritious, high calorie food will be served. Dhundi to Dhundi.
3. All instruction for the Mountaineering course.
4. Cook and camp helpers until base camp.
5. Horses carry loads on the route until base camp.
6. Transport between Manali and Solang in Jeeps.
7. All technical climbing gear.

- All expenses of personal nature like drinks, tips, telephone calls, mineral water etc.
- Sleeping Bags. (We recommend to get bags which are comfort rated to - 5 to - 8 deg C)
- Accommodation and food in Manali.
- Medical and evacuation expenses, we strongly recommend to purchase suitable insurance cover.

-  Backpack / rucksack (70 lts)- This will go on Horses until BC
- Backpack small ( 20 - 30 Ltrs) - This is what you can use everyday for the hike and to go to the training area.
- Warm hiking pants and shirts/ t shirts / sweat shirt.
- T-shirt Wicking Layer.
- Good hiking shoes.
- Head light with extra batteries.
- Sunglasses.
- Suntan lotion and toiletries.
- Camera.
- Insulated Water bottle/ 750 ml flask.
- Warm fleece jacket.
- Windproof shell jacket and pants.
- Down jacket.
- Warm gloves thin to work in the ice.
- Warm gloves thick woollens usually do but if you want something water proof then that is also cool.
- Warm socks.
- Warm Beanie.
- Thermal underwear's.
- Hiking Poles.
- Raincoat.
- Personal climbing harness.
- Helmet.
- Prescribed medication if any.


Marcela Hronesova

United States

I had the opportunity to attend the basic mountaineering course in 2017 with this company. The instructor Suresh and the rest of his staff were excellent and very patient with all of us. It was fun experience and very useful course if you want to attempt some peaks in the future.

Ashik Pico Ashokan


I had a great time on the course. All that I learnt on the course was eventually put to good use on our Mt Damavand climb soon after.  

Zeeba Khan

Fitness Trainer - Mumbai

This was my second trip with Above14000ft. The first being the Mt Yunam climb in 2016. This course has been very amazing and so has the instructors and all the staff on the program.

Faram Khambatta

Principal Software Engineer at SenSen Networks - Ahmedabad

It was a very nice learning experience for me. I have always been fascinated by high altitude climbing and this course has been a good beginning point. I look forward to more trips with Above14000ft in the future. 

Teshil Gangaram

Outdoor Instructor at Outward Bound Singapore ( OBS )

Xieheng and me did this course in 2009 and I have many fond memories of this course. Our Instructor Prakash was a great guy and we learnt many new things from the program. 

Jonathan Glover

University of Cape Town

Awesome course we guys did this program in the CB range on the Dhaka Glacier. Rinku our instructor was amazing and very knowledgeable. We all had a great time on the course and will surely come back for more climbing in the future. 

Brenden Argent

University of Cape Town

Awesome course, Rinku our instructor was amazing and very knowledgeable. I had a amazing time on the course and will surely come back for more climbing in the future. 

Tim Perks

University of Cape Town

Awesome course, Rinku our instructor was amazing and very knowledgeable. I had a amazing time on the course and will surely come back for more climbing in the future. 

Andreas Dewanto

Instructor at Physics Department, National University of Singapore

I had a good time on the course. The course offered me a good foundation to pursue other climbs that I have always wanted to do. 

Ashok Kumar


What an amazing course, and also awesome company to do it in. I would surely recommend this mountaineering course to anyone wanting to pursue high altitude climbing. 

Dhiraj Banai Koch

Chief Manager - State Bank of India Assam

It was an amazing experience. I have always wanted to learn the basic of climbing having done several high altitude treks before I now wanted to do other technical climbs and this has been a nice starting point.  

Kong Xieheng

Works at : Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore - MPA

I did the mountaineering course with Kaushal back in 2009 and have always come back to do more Himalayan Trips with Above14000ft over the years. I would highly recommend this course. 

Pat Deed

From Brisbane, Queensland, Australia

I learnt a good deal about mountaineering. Amazing company to do a climbing course with. All instructors were very good and super friendly staff. Will surely come back to do a climb with you guys in the future. 

Wiebke Toussaint

University of Cape Town

Amazing course and what amazing mountains. I am sure to come back again on a program with Above14000ft.  

Mikhaela Levitas

University of Cape Town

I have had an amazing time on this course. The instruction and climbing was awesome. The food on the course was really very good too. I will surely come back for more expeditions in the future 

Kieran Amin

University of Cape Town

I had an amazing time on the climb with you guys on Tharang in the Miyar valley. Will definitely come back for more climbing with you all.