About Initiative Outdoor

A leader in wilderness education and adventure programming in Nepal

Founded in 2003, Initiative Outdoor is a Nepal-based outdoor leadership school and multi-sport adventure company, focused on providing wilderness first aid, technical rescue and leadership development to organizations and individuals.

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Meet Chandra

Chandra has been living and working outdoors sports since the late ‘90s. He has trekked extensively throughout Nepal in the Annapurna, the Khumbu, the Ganesh Himal and Langtang regions. He started working as a river guide in 1992 and has progressed through a series of roles such as trip leader, senior guide, operations manager including completing the first Nepali descent of the Maha Kali and Upper Seti rivers (1999), both of which are solid Class V whitewater. Chandra has both worked professionally and explored personal goals outside of Nepal, on rivers and in mountains, in fields such as ice-climbing in Norway, rafting in Japan and Canada and climbing and trekking in the USA.

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I.O. Core Values
Everything that I.O does is based on the following core values. These assist us in creating a safe and trusting environment in which participants can discover the outdoors, develop skills and open themselves to the world around them and within them.

Leadership and Responsibility


Sangha and Seva

Personal Development

Personal development


Awareness and the Environment


Learning by Experience


Challenge and Adventure

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Learning becomes real when we understand through direct experience. At I.O. we strive to create a safe environment in which ideas and concepts can be tested and challenged. Students are encouraged to explore and discover first-hand the consequences, application and relevance of theories, ideas and even their attitudes.

Leave No Trace (LNT) We at I.O. consider it our responsibility to help conserve those places that we explore, enjoy and learn from. LNT is a set of guidelines devised to reduce the impact of one's activities on the environment while traveling in the outdoors. I.O. adheres to the LNT principles and enforces them on all of trips.
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