The course begins with introduction to permafrost and related terminology. It then describes the global and local importance of permafrost. A detailed explanation of permafrost detection, mapping, monitoring and modeling its distribution is provided in the course. It also gives an overview of rock glaciers and deep understanding of permafrost and rock fall linkages. Status of permafrost in the Himalayas is also the focus of the course. The course concludes with hands-on permafrost mapping over parts of the Himalayas.