Government of Nepal

Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation

Nepal Mountain Academy

NMA

BMS is an 8 semester (4 years) course which comprises of foundation courses of management studies, social science, pure science, mountaineering and tourism core courses, elective and project report writing works culminating in thesis writing representing both sectors of management, mountain tourism and mountaineering. Thus, BMS is not just about climbing but is a complete integration of modern management, mountain and related tourism studies.

BMS at a glance
Professors of different disciplines and faculties have designed the curricula of Bachelor of Mountaineering Studies (BMS).

  • It is based on the wisdom of the past (history of mountain tourism and mountaineering) with an eye for the future.
  • It aims to prepare graduates having a set of skills, attributes and values that equip them to become constructive and contributing leaders in an increasingly globalized field of mountain and mountaineering tourism.

The syllabi for BMS has been prepared and developed following international academic standards to cater the needs of rapidly developing tourism and hospitality industry across the globe. This academic program primarily follows the three-pronged approaches: Professional, Vocational and Entrepreneurial. It further:

  • tries to develop core competencies, subject-specific, interdisciplinary and methodological competencies comprising with practical and applied competencies (prognosis and praxis);
  • focuses on inculcating ethics, stewardship, knowledge, professionalism and mutual understanding among the stakeholders (TEFI).

Scope of BMS
BMS gives you the power to explore beyond your realms. Some scopes include:

  • Nepal being the home for 8 out of 14 highest peaks in the world actually makes the most suitable place to study and imply the brighter prospects of this course,
  • Along with climbing, BMS provides you with the possibility of expanding your career as a trekking expert, incubator, natural researcher, anthropologist and a tourism business entrepreneur,
  • Aspiring young men and women to have a great space to grow and pioneer in mountains and its orbital business in the national and international market; and
  • Emphasizing career-focused skills viz. wall climbing, rock climbing, trekking, peak climbing and mountaineering.
    Thus, BMS stands at your doorstep to open an international trail of recognition.

BMS course prepares you to be:

  • Researcher (Topography, Climate, Environment)
  • Lecturer (National, International)
  • Manager (Tour, Travel, Expedition Companies, Events)
  • Anthropologist (Culture & Society)
  • Entrepreneur
  • Mountaineer (Guides and Leaders)
  • Mountain geologist
  • Mountain economist
  • Sociologist
  • Mid-level executives (Governmental / Non-Governmental)

Additional Information about the Course

Class Timings

The classes for BMS start from 6:30 AM till 10:00 AM in the morning on weekdays.
 (Note: Classes can be arranged on Saturdays or any other holidays as and when needed.)

Attendance and Evaluations

It is compulsory for all the students to maintain an attendance record of 80% in each subject in order to be eligible to appear for the final board examination.

Practical Training Trips

The Practical Training Trips shall be organized by the academy for all the semesters upon favourable circumstances and as per the academic calendar. Out of the 100 marks for the Practical Training, 50 marks shall be allocated by evaluating the field performance and 50 marks upon the evaluation of the report submitted by each student.

Grading System
The Grading system followed in the BMS program is based on the absolute performance of a student in the in-semester (40%) evaluations and semester-end examinations (60%) conducted by TU. Here’s the breakdown of the grading system of 40%:

Attendance: 20
Seminar/ Presentations: 20
Internal Assessment: 20
Discipline and ECA participation: 20
Pre-board examination: 20
Total = 100 marks which shall be converted to 40 marks.

Notes:
Out of the 40 marks, an individual student must score 30 marks to be eligible and qualified to appear in the final semester examination. In case if the students fail to score a minimum of 30 marks, they shall be marked as 'Not Qualified (NQ)’ for the respective subjects'.

The entire course is divided into eight semesters to be completed within four years to enable the students to earn 129 credits after the successful completion of the course.

S.N. Course Code Subjects Credit
 
1
2
3
4
5
6
 
BMS 101
BMS 102
BMS 103
BMS 104
BMS 105
BMS 106
First Semester
Principles of Management
E-Tourism
Business Statistics and Management
English
Himalayan Heritage
Practical Training Trip-1 (PTT-1): Rock Climbing for a Week with Report
 
3
3
3
3
3
1
 
1
2
3
4
5
6
 
BMS 201
BMS 202
BMS 203
BMS 204
BMS 205
BMS 206
Second Semester
Fundamentals of Financial Management
Anthropology and Sociology of Mountaineering
Business Communication
Geography of Nepal Himalaya
Tourism in Nepal
Practical Training Trip-2(PTT-2): Cultural Tour for a Week with Report
 
3
3
3
3
3
1
 
1
2
3
4
5
6
 
BMS 301
BMS 302
BMS 303
BMS 304
BMS 305
BMS 306
Third Semester
Management Accounting
Cross Cultural Behavior in Tourism
Himalayan Climate and Climate Change
Research Methodology
Trekking and Peak Climbing Operation
Practical Training Trip-3 (PTT-3): Trekking Trip up to Base Camp with Report
 
3
3
3
3
3
1
 
1
2
3
4
5
6
 
BMS 401
BMS 402
BMS 403
BMS 404
BMS 405
BMS 406
Fourth Semester
Tourism and Hospitality Marketing
Biodiversity, Conservation and Mountain Tourism
Nepalese Society and Culture
Economics of Tourism
Himalayan Geology
Practical Training Trip-4 (PTT-4): Trekking Peak Climbing with Report
 
3
3
3
3
3
1
 
1
2
3
4
5
 
BMS 501
BMS 502
BMS 503
BMS 504
BMS 505
Fifth Semester
French Language-I
Mountain Environment and Tourism
Safety and Security Operation
Entrepreneurship
Mountaineering: Fundamentals of Climbing
 
3
3
3
3
3
 
1
2
3
4
5
6
 
BMS 601
BMS 602
BMS 603
BMS 604
BMS 605
BMS 606
Sixth Semester
Tourism Policy and Planning
French Language-II
Tourism Law
Conflict Management
Mountaineering Planning
Human Resource Management
 
3
3
3
3
3
3
 
1
2
3
4
 
BMS 701
BMS 702
BMS 703
BMS 704
Seventh Semester
Mountaineering: International Mountains
Mountain Resource Management
High Altitude Hospitality (Elective-I)
Practical training Trip-5 (PTT-5): Mountain Climbing 6000 m (45 days) with Report
 
3
3
3
6
 
1
2
3
 
BMS 801
BMS 802
BMS 803
Eighth Semester
Service Quality Management
Thesis
Practical Training Trip-6 (PTT-6): Mountain Climbing 7000 m (45 days) with Report
 
3
6
6
    Note: For each of the Practical Training Trip, 50% weightage shall be carried by the field work and 50% by the individual report submitted by the student.

Student intake
Student intake for the BMS Program will begin from the August – September for the Fall semester.

Eligibility
The applicant for BMS must have successfully completed 10+2 or equivalent examination in any academic stream with a minimum of 45% aggregate marks (CGPA 1.8 with minimum D+ in each subject) from National Examination Board or any equivalent board recognized by Tribhuvan University with English as a compulsory subject.

Documents required:

  • Duly filled application form for BMS
  • Certificates and testimonials of all examinations passed.
  • Two recent passport sized photographs
  • CMAT score sheet (The applicant must score a minimum of 40 marks in CMAT conducted by TU to be eligible to apply for BMS)
  • Health related documents: A medical report ensuring the candidate is free of serious medical complexities and insurance related documents of the candidate.

Admission test
The academy shall conduct admission tests for appropriate screening of applicants. The applicants shall be screened in each of the stages.

  • Written test
  • Aptitude test
  • Group Discussion
  • Personal Interview
  • Physical Fitness

(Nepal Mountain Academy has the final authority in selecting the students for the program.)

Apply Now
Nationals First Semester Second Semester Third Semester Fourth Semester Fifth Semester Sixth Semester Seventh
Semester
Eighth Semester TOTAL
Nepali 250,000/- 100,000/- 100,000/- 50,000/- 25,000/- 25,000/- 25,000/- 25,000/- NRs. 600,000
SAARC 334,000/- 134,000/- 134,000/- 66,000/- 33,000/- 33,000/- 33,000/- 33,000/- NRs. 800,000
Foreign 500,000/- 200,000/- 200,000/- 100,000/- 50,000/- 50,000/- 50,000/- 50,000/- NRs. 1,200,000

Field expenses
As far as the practical courses are concerned, the charges for the instructors, transportation and equipment (except personal equipment) shall be covered by the academy and each student shall be responsible for their personal expenses, food and accommodation during the field trips.

Scholarship for BMS

1. Contribution Scholarship

A total of 25% scholarship in tuition fees is offered to 4 students (2 males and 2 females) who must be:

  • The child of a mountain climber who has lost his/her life or has been physically impaired while mountain climbing.
  • The child of a mountain climber who has successfully summited 8000-meter peaks for more than 5 times including the Mount Everest (8848 meters).
  • The child of a certified and licensed IFMGA guide who has a minimum work experience of 7 years.

2. Privilege Scholarship

  • Two scholarships of 25% in tuition fees are offered to eligible students (1 male and 1 female) who are the permanent residents of Garma, Solukhumbu-1 on a competition basis.

3. University Scholarship

Two students in need of financial support are granted up to 50% scholarship in tuition fees who should have:

  • Passed SLC/SEE and +2 from government or community-owned institutions.

Currently, Nepal Mountain Academy possesses a pleasing academic facility located in Bijulibazar, Kathmandu and own highly equipped Training cum Research Center spread in 3000 Ropani in Garma, Solukhumbu. The facility incorporates seminar halls, classrooms, library, computer lab, a climbing wall and other high-tech gadgets.

a. Classrooms
Highly furnished classrooms with digital learning appliances, stereo sound system and comfortable seating arrangement in a peaceful environment.

b. Library
More than 3500 national and international hard-copy books, journals and research papers are available for students. Academy library also has provision of conveying any books upon students’ request.

c. Computer lab
The computer lab, equipped with unlimited internet facility and modern computers are available for students. Regardless of the Academy’s class timing, the lab stands open for students on any time during the office hours.

d. Climbing wall
Since, adventure tourism studies empirical learning with experimental verification, the Academy has built a bouldering wall to enhance the students’ physical abilities as well as techniques/ art of climbing.

e. Organized outdoor sports
Academy, in request of students also organizes several other communal sports such as Futsal, Badminton, Trail running, Hiking and so on.

Academics oriented

a. Counseling from experts
The academy is a home of 50+ masterminds of several academic and practical disciplines. The experts from several tourism associations such as TAAN, NARA, TURGAN, NMA, NTB, MOCTCA and many other nationally and internationally acclaimed areas offer advice, information and guidance to aspirants.

b. Research facilitation
The academy motivates students to conduct and take part in diverse tourism researches. In possible cases, the academy provides literary and financial help for innovative research plans as well and offers opportunity for the articles to be included in the Journal of Tourism and Himalayan Adventures, an international research journal.

c. Involvement in nationally recognized events and activities
The academy actively takes part in almost every national tourism happenings and celebrations and encourages students to volunteer and facilitate in them. This not only helps the students to understand the Nepalese tourism scenario but also develops their ability to manage and organize nationally recognized events.

The CMAT (Central Management Admission Test) is a compulsory entrance test taken by Tribhuvan University (TU) for the enrollment in management stream. BMS being affiliated to the Faculty of Management, TU should comply with the CMAT entrance test.

The CMAT is a 100 marks examination of 3 hours comprised of 100 questions of 1 marks each. There's no negative marking and students must score a minimum of 40 marks to apply for the BMS course.

Here's the break-down of CMAT exam pattern:

Sections Number of Questions Total Marks
Quantitative Techniques & Data Interpretation 25 25
General Awareness 25 25
Logical Reasoning 25 25
Language Comprehension 25 25
Total 100 100

Nepal Mountain Academy, to ease the students who are willing to enroll in the BMS course can take CMAT Entrance Preparation Classes from the Academy. The Academy also organizes Free CMAT Crash-Course where the students can learn techniques to crack the entrance exam in a short period of time. Follow our facebook page for the exact date and time of the preparation classes.

Click here to view the:
CMAT Model Question

BMS stands for Bachelor of Mountaineering Studies.

BMS course is the very first course in Nepal introduced by Nepal Mountain Academy which is a government organization under the Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation, Government of Nepal and affiliated to the Faculty of Management of Tribhuvan University.

Minimum D+ grade in each subject of grade 11 and 12 with CGPA 1.8 or more

Or

Minimum score of second division marks in 10+2, PCL or Equivalent in any discipline.

Or

Students who have passed grade 11 and are waiting for grade 12 results can also apply. However, they have to submit passed certificate of grade 12 at the time of admission.

Note: For non-Nepali/International students refer to question number 9.

The admission process for BMS has been mentioned stepwise as follows: 

  • Step I: Fill up the CMAT form from the Academy.
  • Step II: Appear for the CMAT exam.
  • Step III: After clearing the CMAT exam with at least 40 marks, fill up the college form for BMS.
  • Step IV: Submit all the documents along with the BMS form. (See question number 5 for details.)
  • Step V: Appear for the group discussion and personal interview for BMS as scheduled.
  • Step VI: Pay the first installment of the course fee after being selected to study the course

The following documents must be submitted by each applicant in order to complete the process of admission:

  • Copies of Transcripts/Mark sheets of SLC and +2
  • Copies of Character Certificate of SLC and +2
  • Equivalency Certificate for SLC and +2 (if the students have appeared their SLC and +2 from foreign boards)
  • Medical certificate
  • Updated CV/Bio data
  • Copy of Citizenship Certificate

The entire course is divided into eight semesters to be completed within 4 years that will enable the students to earn 129 credits after the successful completion of the course.

This course has been specifically designed to enable the graduates:

  • to handle operational aspects of trekking and mountaineering services.
  • to develop networking, designing and costing of treks and expeditions.
  • to display professional efficiency, in using promotional technique, marketing, and measurement of mountain tourism.
  • to handle the groups successfully through charismatic leadership and competencies.
  • to be able to make efforts for nature conservation, protection of biodiversity and cultural preservation.
  • to exhibit their skills, competence, and willingness to work in governmental and non-governmental organizations, research institutions, tourism and hospitality industries, rural and mountain development institutes, academia, and other tourism-related organizations.

As tourism is a growing industry in Nepal and also globally, the scope of the graduates after the successful completion of the course definitely goes beyond the national level and fetches and international prospect in the field of tourism, mountaineering, and adventure studies.

Masters of Adventure Tourism (MATS) is yet another innovative and fresh subject that will be introduced by Nepal Mountain Academy within a time span of a year or even sooner as the course structure has already been approved by the Tribhuvan University and syllabus is under read-through after being permitted. Hence, academically the graduates of BMS will have a wonderful opportunity to advance their careers and gain expertise with MATS which again has a widely recognized international prospect.

International students who have passed their high school level and are interested to apply for the undergraduate course on Mountaineering Studies may submit:

  • Updated CV and a letter of motivation (SOP) of not more than 500 words at isd@man.gov.np.
  • Verification or proof of taking English as a compulsory subject until high school along with the application.

For students who are not familiar with English as a working language must submit:

  • The score of IELTS (with a minimum score of 5.5), TOEFL (with a minimum score of 46)

The course starts at June/July intake where student will enroll for Foundation class of two months. Students will study CMAT, Basic Nepali language, and Fundamentals of Mountaineering.

Students shall attend CMAT examination to start their semester course. CMAT is a 180 minutes (3 hours) computer-based online entrance exam for admission into programs offered by Mountain Academy in Nepal. CMAT 2019 will be conducted to evaluate the candidate’s ability across various academic segments.

The total cost of tuition fee is NRs. 6,00,000 for Nepali nationals, NRs. 8,00,000 for SAARC nationals and NRs. 12,00,000 for others all of which are payable in 8 installments. For details about the breakdown of the fee structure, please visit the website www.man.gov.np.

The students have to bear the practical related expenses till the 4th Semester of BMS. The practical related expenses of the last four semesters shall be covered by the academy except for the personal expenses of the students. The amount of practical expenses varies as per the nature of the trip. However, a tentative range of practical related expenses has been listed as follows for a generic idea:

S.No. Practical Training Trip Semester Estimated Expense (in NRs)
1 PTT I: Rock climbing for Week Days with Report First 5,000
2 PTT II: Cultural Tour for a Week with Report Second 12,000
3 PTT III: Trekking Trip up to Base Camp with Report Third 15,000
4 PTT IV: Trekking peak Climbing with Report Fourth 20,000

The practical trips of 7th and 8th semesters which includes the peak climbing of 6000 meters and 7000 meters shall be covered by the Academy which amounts to 4 lakhs for the 7th semester and 5 lakhs for the 8th semester. Personal Gears Expenses not included.

The students who will have passed the CMAT exam as per the requirement of the Faculty of Management, Tribhuvan University, and have taken up their admission to pursue Mountaineering Studies for Bachelors at Nepal Mountain Academy will be eligible to apply for up to 25% of the scholarship in the tuition fee if they meet the following criteria:

1. The applicant must be the child of the mountain climber who has lost his/her life or has been physically impaired while mountain climbing.

Or,

2. The applicant must be the child of the mountain climbers who have successfully climbed mountains including Mt. Everest and other peaks that are above 8000 meters more than 5 times.

Or,

2. The applicant must be the child of a certified and licensed IFMGA Guide who has a minimum work experience of 7 years.

Out of the eligible applicants for the scholarships, 2 male and 2 female students along with 1 male and 1 female student from Garma, Solukhumbu-1, which is the location for the training center of Nepal Mountain Academy (currently under construction) will be awarded with the academic scholarship.

The students who have pursued their SLC and +2 from community or public school may also apply for 50% scholarship in the tuition fee as per the guidelines provided by Tribhuvan University.

Nepal Mountain Academy highly encourages researchers and academicians to visit the academy's library for learning and research related purposes as the academy's library is fully equipped with Mountaineering related books and digital resources that are otherwise very difficult to avail with. The library is also equipped with library software in order to track the library activities. The library also includes computer lab for the convenience of the students. Along with it, the Academy provides various recreational facilities for the physical as well as mental well-being of the students.