Trek Leader Course (TLC) 16 Day Programme

Is this course for me?

TLC is an absolute entry level course and is aimed at men and women from remote and rural areas of Himalayan states. It is taught in Hindi and is meant to help the underprivileged youth with a career option.


On successful completion of the course, participants receive:


- Hanifl Centre Diploma

- Written Course Evaluation

- Wilderness First Aid (WFA) Certification (2 year validity)

- Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) Certification (2 year validity)



The Trek Leader Course (TLC) is a pioneering effort which has been offered since 2012


Leadership - Different leadership styles and roles are discussed. Being able to choose the right leadership style for specific situations is a skill. Active Followership (a sign of a good leader) is also a skill that will be addressed, besides Conflict Management, Expedition Behaviour, Decision Making, Risk Management, Communication, Etiquette in dealing with clients, and more.


Outdoor Skills - Backpack packing, campsite selection, tent pitching, staying warm & dry, cooking & stove use will be taught and discussed on a daily basis. Leave No Trace Ethics (LNT), Environmental appreciation (Flora, Fauna & local Culture), Equipment care and Maintenance, Hygiene, Wilderness First Aid (WFA) with Adult & Child Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR), Ropes, knots, anchors & anchor systems are the other subjects that will be taught.

Course Duration: 16 Days | 06 Days at Hanifl Centre + 10 Days on a Field Expedition

Participant Limit: Min 12 - Max 20

Hanifl Centre, India’s leading institution for outdoor education and environmental study has collaborated with Aerie Backcountry Medicine, USA to conduct Wilderness First Aid Courses (WFA/WAFA/WFR) with Adult & Child Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) certification in India.


Aerie Backcountry is recognised by the American Outdoor industry and has worked with organisations like WMA and WMI of NOLS in the USA specialising in wilderness medicine and under the guidance of the Wilderness Medical Society, evolved a Scope of Practice (SoP) for the different courses.


Our instructors are professional who have WEMT/ WFR level training with many years of outdoor leadership experience.


Module Length: (130 hours + WFA 16 hrs + CPR 4 hrs)

DAY 1 - Course orientation, expectations & guidelines. WFA*

DAY 2 - Ropes and knots. Anchor systems & rappelling. WFA*

DAY 3 - Ropes & knots & Anchors systems. WFA*

DAY 4 - Belaying and lowering of an injured person, Tyrolean Traverse. WFA*

DAY 5 - Tyrolean Traverse. WFA*

DAY 6 - Travel to road head: Begin trek. WFA*

DAY 7 to 14 - 8 days / nights on a trek. Outdoor skills and leadership. WFA*

DAY 15 - Travel back to Hanifl Centre – return equipment & clean up; CPR class

DAY 16 - Evaluation and Graduation

*Wilderness First Aid curriculum will be taught over the duration of the course (minimum 16 hours)


We limit the group size to 20 in order to make the course effective.

Recertification for WFA involves undertaking the full course again after two years.

Packing List Ideal for Courses at Hanifl Centre

Mentioned below are the inclusions of the course, along with a broad list of basic items we recommend all participants should carry. You can always create your own packing list based on your personal needs and medical requirements.





Please Note:

Below are a few Frequently Asked Questions regarding our courses. If you have not found an answer to your query below, please feel free to write to us at

Q1 - Are all meals taken care of?

Ans - All meals starting with dinner a night before the course starts till lunch on the day the course ends will be taken care of. There will be tea/biscuits in the morning and afternoon on all class days, while at Hanifl Centre. For the trek, participants will carry their rations with them provided by Hanifl Centre.

Q2 - Where will we stay?

Ans - All participants will be housed in the Hanifl Centre dormitory. We have 32 beds (8 bedded/4 bedded units) with one side dedicated to each gender (male/female). Each side has separate bathroom facilities. There is an attic/loft on each side that can be accessed by participants if needed. There is a connecting door that can be locked between the 2 sections. Accommodation will be in tents while on the trek (3 Person/4 Person tents).

Q3 - Are there charging points for electrical appliances?

Ans - There are 1-2 charging points in each room, depending on the layout (4 bedded/8 bedded). We can provide 2 extension cords, one for each section for participants to charge their devices.On the trek, we recommend participants to only carry basic electronic appliances as options for charging will not be available in the field.

Q4 - Is there laundry facility in Hanifl Centre?

Ans - We do not have laundry facility at Hanifl Centre. We have a school dhobi who can do your laundry. He will come and collect the clothes from the Hanifl Centre and will bring it back to on a set date. Payments are to be made directly to the Dhobi. We will share the price list of the Dhobi with you. Participants can get their own washing powder/bars and do laundry by themselves in the dormitory. There are a few clothes lines at the attic and we can provide drying stands if needed.

Q5 - How is the mobile connectivity?

Ans - There is very limited mobile coverage in Hanifl Centre. However, there are certain spots where you can get network, we will show them when you are in campus.

Q6 - In which language is the course taught in?

Ans - The course is taught in Hindi/English.

Q7 - What is the maximum size of the class?

Ans - The maximum size of the class is 20 participants.

Q8 - What is the student: instructor ratio?

Ans - The participant: instructor ratio is 20:2

Q9 - How to reach Hanifl Centre?

Ans - By Bus: Dehradun is well connected with all major cities by road. There are AC, Non-AC and Volvo services available from ISBT Kashmere Gate, New Delhi. The journey from New Delhi to Dehradun is about 6-7 hours. From Dehradun, one can take another bus/shared taxi to Picture Palace, Mussoorie. Hanifl Centre is about 4-5 kms from there. Local taxi from Picture Palace to Hanifl Centre would cost about INR 350 (Note: There is a second bus stop/taxi stand at Library, Mussoorie. Please do not go there as it is much farther away from the Hanifl Centre). Alternate- You can also take a taxi from Dehradun to Hanifl Centre. Approximate cost could be anywhere between INR 1500-1900. By Train: Dehradun also has a railway station and is well connected with major cities. Please check to learn about trains from nearest station. By Flight: There are daily flights from Delhi to Jolly Grant Airport in Dehradun. Delhi is well connected with other major cities. We are 3 hours away from the Jolly Grant Airport.

Q10 - Is alcohol consumption/smoking allowed?

Ans - Hanifl Centre is an extension of Woodstock School. We adhere to school policies and do not allow consumption of alcohol or other substances in the premises.

Q11 - Is there a safe available?

Ans - We recommend participants not to bring valuables or overtly expensive items. However, there is a small safe available in the office for keeping cash and other small valuable items. Before the hike, participants can keep their valuables in the safe if required.


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