Today, waste at high altitude is a disgraceful problem that Tibet is unable to tackle because it does not have skilled climbers for cleaning up after expeditions. The school pays special emphasis, therefore, on all matters related to environmental protection. Besides regular camp routine, graduates will be taught energy conservation techniques and disposal of human and material waste.

COURSE PROGRAM

Seven subjects are taught during 24 months:

1) English
      - General every day language
      - Mountaineering specific language

2) Putonghua Chinese
       - Spoken everyday language
      - Written language

3) Culture & History 
        -
Tibetan culture & history
       - Chinese culture & history
       - Foreign culture

4) Physical Fitness
      -
Running
      - Weight training
      - General athletics

5) Mountaineering Technique
      - Rock & ice climbing
      - Ascending & descending
      - River crossing
      - Topography & weather
      - Survival & rescue
      - Gear & map usage
      - Mountaineering history

6) Camp Management
       
- Site selection
       - Setting up camp
       - Camp hygiene
       - Cooking
       - Transportation
       - Communication
       - Environment and sanitation

7) First Aid
       
- Preventing & recognizing high altitude                      illness
       - Preventing & treating hypothermia, snow blindness, bone fractures, common cold, intestinal disorders.


Students will be working on the mountain for three months, to gain practical hands on experience. (See detailed course schedule, attachment A)

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