Joining Instructions


Pre-Course Formalities

The foreign students are required to send their following information two months prior to their date of arrival in Kathmandu through their Defense Attaches/respective Embassies to the Foreign Liaison Department, Directorate of Military Training and Doctrine, Nepali Army HQ via email.

  • Number of participants.
  • A copy of Passport and brief background of each participant.
  • Visa collection point (whether Nepali embassy in their respective countries or upon their arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu)
  • Travel itinerary.
  • Accompanying baggage information for custom clearance.
  • Original copy of Medical fitness certificate from military hospital of respective countries and vaccination record.

Immigration and Customs

All foreign Students will be granted gratis visa during their stay for the course. They have to apply for the same through the Nepali Embassy in their respective countries. However in absence of Nepali Embassy in a particular country, the student from that country can receive gratis visa from the Immigration Office upon his arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) in Kathmandu.

Immigration and Customs

All International students should follow the custom and immigration regulations adopted by Government of Nepal. Students must have visa for the minimum of 2 months.

Reporting and departure date

Foreign students should arrive on the date that has been earmarked by the Directorate General of Military Training and Doctrine (DGMT & D), NA HQ. All the students should inform DGMT & D, foreign section, about their arrival schedule at least 15 days before so as to facilitate reception and they should arrive Kathmandu at least 7 days before the course commence.

For students confirming their return ticket to their home country before arrival , it is advised to consider the departure date from Kathmandu  not before  4 days  of completion of the course.


Students are required to bring six copies of colour passport size photographs (most recent) taken in uniform without headgear and two copies of photographs and photocopy of passport must be submitted to the Liaison Officer for necessary arrangements of gratis permit as the school and the training area lies in Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP).


School reception center will be established at Kathmandu and Liaison Officer (LO) will be detailed to facilitate foreign student. Transport will be available for conveyance of student and their baggage to School.

Acclimatization Tour

Acclimatization Tour

Acclimatization tour is the process to acclimatize the student up to the school location. Students should arrive at Kathmandu (capital city of Nepal) one week prior the course commences. After reporting at Kathmandu, students will be taken for sight seeing in the area surrounding Kathmandu valley. Students will stay few days in Kathmandu then they will be taken to Pokhara (200 km west of Kathmandu) via road. The next day students will start acclimatization trek from Naya Pool (40 km North of Pokhara) to Ghasa (Entry Point of Mustang District). Ghodepani and Poon Hill , popular trekking destination lie en route during the acclimatization trek. The acclimatization trek will be of three days.


Students will be provided with free accommodation for the entire duration of course. Students will also be provided with mountaineering tents along with all necessary equipments required at outdoor activities and glacier training site.


The School has mess for foreign students. The mess has an ante-room, a dining hall. TV, DVD and music system are available for the entertainment of all students. All students using the mess facilities will strictly adhere to the mess regulations. Due attention will be given towards messing and standard cuisine will be provided keeping in view the requirement of students. Beef and pork are not included in the menu. Students will not be charged for the accommodation and standard messing facilities prepared by the school during the training period. Extra messing will be on self payment basis.


The Medical Infirmary (MI) is within the school premises. A medical team with a doctor and nursing assistants is available round the clock to cater for medical emergencies and render medical assistance as and when required. Birendra Hospital at Chhauni, Kathmandu will also be referred to for further medical attention if required. All students must bring their recent “Medical Fitness Certificate” provided by military hospital of respective countries.

Clothing and Equipments

All students are advised to bring their standard field uniforms along with their casual clothing. Certain mountaineering clothing and equipments will be provided by the School. In addition to their standard mountaineering personal items, the personal packing list should include following personal clothing/equipments.

          (a)      Military Uniform

                    (1)     Normal working dress (preferably 2 sets)

                   (2)     Field dress (for outdoor exercises)

                   (3)     Military Rainsuit


          (b)     Civilian clothings

  (1)     Winter Clothing (Down Jacket, Trouser, Gloves, Warm headgear, wind      cheater)

          (2)     Personal Gear (Sun/Snow Goggles, Camera, Thermos/ Water Bottle, Head light, Rock/Ice Climbing Shoes)

          (3)     Sports Dress

          (4)     3' X 3 1/2' size country flag

          (5)     Face creams (Sun block more than SPF 50+++                       (recommended)

          (6)     Any other civilian clothes as required (Civil Casual Dress)

          (7)     Recommended for rock shoes, since size available in school may not fit to trainees..


Students are provided with all forms of transportation required during the entire duration of the course, which includes picking them up from the International Airport on their first day of arrival till their departure. Individual requirement of transport during the stay in Kathmandu for purpose other than the scheduled will be their own responsibility.

Communication and Postal Facilities

Communication means (Telephone, Fax facilities) are available in Jomsom. Student can purchase Private Mobile Phones/ SIM cards for their personal use in Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu also.

Postal Facilities

A sub Postal Office is located in Jomsom where all postal facilities are available. The Postal Address of the school is as under:

(Name of the Student)

Nepali Army High Altitude and Mountain Warfare School

Kaisang, Mustang District

Gandaki Province, Nepal.

Telephone: 00977-69-440045

Banking Facilities

All students have the privilege to access a wide range of banking/ATM  (foreign VISA/ CREDIT card not accepted) facilities at Jomsom. Banking arrangements will have to be made by students themselves.  US dollar can be exchanged in local market too.

Pay and Allowances

Students will have to make their own arrangements for pay and allowances from their home country or via their embassies/consulates. Banking arrangements will have to be made by students themselves in other cases. Nepal Government will provide every student $4 allowance per day at the end of the course.


Except leave on medical grounds and special cases, no other kinds of leave or absence during the period of training will be granted. If a student remains absent/sick for more than a week, he/she will not be included in the final expedition to training peak.


Students will have to arrange all stationery items required during the course, on their own. A stationery shop is available in the School and Jomsom. During the course period Mountain warfare book will be provided to all students which they have to return back before leaving school.


The School has a small canteen with provisions for articles of daily needs. Students can purchase whatever items they require during their stay in Pokhara/Kathmandu where wide range of varieties are available.

Barber and Laundry

Barber & Laundry services are available at the school premises.


Library and Cyber are located in the school premises with good number of books on mountaineering including some other professional books. Wi-Fi internet facilities are also provided to the students in accommodation area.

Sports Facilities

Sports Facilities

Since the school is situated in a high altitude range and within the 'Annapurna Conservation Area', it allows for limited sports facilities. However, volleyball, basketball, football, lawn tennis and table tennis facilities are available. Students are encouraged to bring appropriate sports kit to participate during organized games and other sports tournament which are arranged in regular basis.

Personal Security/Discipline

The students are advised to take care /behave themselves from the security point of view. Students are advised not to travel late in the evenings and in isolated areas. While undergoing training at HAMWS, students are subject to rules and regulations as laid down by School. The School reserves the right to expel any students from the course for misconduct or lack of discipline, on disciplinary grounds.

Certificates and Awards

All the successful participant students will be awarded with a certificate of participation. The overall best student of the course will be awarded with trophy. Beside this, the best student in rock craft (climbing and rappelling) and endurance test will also be awarded with the trophies.

Forbidden Articles

The School will not be responsible for the loss of any valuable items in possession of the students. Fire arms and ammunition, Pets, Pornographic & intoxicating material (including drugs) are not allowed.

Breakage/ Damages

Students are requested to handle all items carefully. Proper handling / taking over of the accommodation will be carried out to avoid confusion. All damages occurred after taking over will be charged to individual accordingly.


Day Programme Remarks
E minus 10-6 Arrival at Kathmandu and sightseeing around the valley Liaison Officer
E minus 5-2 Departure from Kathmandu to Pokhara/ Acclimatization trek from Pokhara started
E- Day Opening Address
E plus 1-17 Acclimatization/Rock Craft Phase Jomsom
E plus 18-20 Kaisang Stay
E Plus 21-27 Ice Craft Phase/Adventure trek to Lake Tilicho Ht. (16,140 ft.) Nilgiri Glacier
E Plus 28 Departure from Kaisang to Jomsom
E Plus 29-30 Administrative preparation for Thorang Peak Assault Jomsom
E Plus 31-35 Training Peak (Thorang) Expedition Thorang Peak
E Plus 36-37 Administrative preparation Jomsom
E Plus 38 Closing Address/ Departure for Kathmandu
E Plus 39 Departure for Destination Liaison Officer


Clothing & Equipments Remarks
(a) Strap Belt.
(b) Crampons.
(c) Ice Axe.
(d) Ice/Rock Hammer.
(e) Helmet.
(f) Carabineer.
(g) Gaiters.
(h) Personal Ceiling
(i) Ropes.
(j) Repelling Gloves.
(k) Pitons.
(l) Tents.
(m) Mattress.
(n) Rucksack.
(o) Jummer/Ascender.
(p) Figure of Eight Carabiner /Descender
(q) Light Sleeping Bag.
(r) Rock Climbing Shoes.
(s) Ice Climbing Boots
(t) Down Jacket/Trouser
(u) Down Sleeping Bag
Students are advised to bring their fitted standard mountaineering clothing/ gear/equipments/personal items, which may be comfortable during course or exchange of skill/techniques.

(Recommended to bring as per their size also)