Indian Himalaya - Garhwal Region, India

The Indian Himalaya Wilderness First Responder course offers students a rare opportunity to learn the fundamentals of backcountry medicine in a remote setting. This course is designed for students interested in traveling and exploring in remote international locations. The course takes place in the village of Kaflan outside of the town of Uttarkashi in the northern state of Uttarakhand from June 8-21, 2013 and includes a four-day trek.

The Indian Himalaya Wilderness First Responder (WFR) course is designed for outdoor professionals and enthusiasts who travel to remote challenging environments. This course also introduces students to travel and expeditionary medicine as well as the foundations of disaster management in remote international settings. This course can be taken for 2 University of Montana HHP 249 credits. (additional fee applies)

The Indian Himalaya WFR is hosted by Mountain Shepherds, a community-based ecotourism company focused on culturally and ecologically sustainable tourism. Students will work along side Mountain Shepherds guides during the WFR course and trek for an unforgettable cross-cultural experience.



Traveling in India can be dynamic, colorful (sometimes smelly), unpredictable, and usually an adventure! Students should be in good physical condition, able to work and hike at altitudes of 12,000 feet, comfortable being outside in hot, rainy, and cold conditions, as well as able to trek with moderate loads for extended periods. Most importantly students must be open minded, adventurous, and ready to learn!

The Garhwal region is a remote area deep in the Indian Himalaya where thickly forested valleys give way to peaks of 25,000 feet. The Garhwal region contains some of the most sacred sites in India. The course will be based in the town of Kaflan, a small mountainous village near the glacial headwaters of the holy Ganges River. The altitudes the course will encounter range from 4,000 feet in Kaflan to around 12,000 feet while trekking. The weather in the Garhwal ranges from 100 degrees in the lowlands to freezing in the higher elevations. This course will be at the end of the hot season before the rains of the monsoon season, however being prepared for wet conditions is essential.



Traveling in India provides an excellent classroom to learn backcountry medicine. As in wilderness medicine, travel in India requires flexibility, adaption, and improvisation. This field-based course allows students to gain practical experience using risk management and good decision-making.

The course will include a four-day trek allowing students the chance to learn wilderness medicine in a truly remote and backcountry setting. On the trek students will stay in the homes of local villages as well as camp in tents in high alpine meadows.


Course Costs: $1595

  • Wilderness First Responder course tuition and books
  • All in-country travel, lodging, and meal costs
  • Trekking permits and guide fees
  • Airfare is not included, but an optional group airfare will be available to New Delhi. Students will need to obtain, at their own expense, a visa for India (please contact us for specifics).


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Aerie Backcountry Medicine, 406-542-9972



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