Progress as of October 2011: eight Kyrgyz mountain guides will soon be taking the final test to become internationally recognised IFMGA mountain guides. A great success for the Mammut Kyrgyzstan Mountain Project.
It all started back in 2007: the Kyrgyz mountain guide association was still in its infancy and urgently needed support to provide high-quality training for mountain guides. Mammut was enthusiastic about the project from the very start, since as well as being in a position to contribute a lot of outdoor know-how and equipment, we could also create lasting results.
The project presented us with some logistical, as well as organisational, cultural and linguistic challenges. You can find out more in the 2007-2009 project report. This makes us even more delighted about the success of the project, which was only possible thanks to the great commitment and motivation of all partners, in particular: the International Federation of Mountain Guide Associations (IFMGA), Kyrgyz Mountain Guides Association (KMGA), Deutsche Investitions- und Entwicklungsgesellschaft mbH (DEG) and the WiN=WiN Agency for Global Responsibility.
From 2012, the local mountain guide association, the KMGA, will be capable of carrying out mountain guide training independently. The IFMGA will still provide support and monitoring in order to protect the international quality standard. Mammut is also still strongly involved in Kyrgyzstan – find out more in 2012.