Rock climbing in Nepal is one of the most blooming adventure sports today. The natural rocky terrain provides excellent rock climbing choices, which have been well exploited to facilitate the wide number of sites for rock climbing for beginners to advanced climbers. One can either opt for rock climbing outdoors or indoors (manmade wall climbing). Since there are many rock climbing sites close to the capital itself, you can easily squeeze it amidst your busy schedule and plan for a little getaway.
Rock climbing in Kathmandu itself comes in a variety of choices. The indoor wall climbing at Astrek and Pasang Lhamu Rock Climbing Center are well facilitated with good gears, training, and competitions as well. While one can also feel the adrenaline rush by choosing actual rock climbing in a natural setting- Hattiban Rock Climbing and Nagarjun Rock Climbing are two such settings located close to the capital. The indoor wall climbing can be done throughout the year however it is good to be mindful of the climbing season in case of outdoor rock climbing.
Rock climbing with Nepal Social will definitely be a good choice for you. We not only provide you the briefing for rock climbing but also let you climb rocks on your own with the expert supervision of our instructors. Also, our team has the best instructors who are certified and experienced climbers.
1. Astrek Climbing Wall
Astrek Climbing Wall is located at the heart of the country, Bhagwan Bahal, Kathmandu. It is an artificial, constructed wall which stands 50m high, making it the tallest climbing wall of the country. One can choose from 20 different routes and experience different levels of climbing difficulties like bouldering, lead climbing and speed climbing. There is a mini wall that children can climb and set their first step in rock climbing. The well-trained staffs make your climbing experience smooth and will assist you with their level best; be it in learning the techniques or getting off to the ground. One can opt for training which focuses on rules and guidelines for using wall, types of route rating system. Astrek Climbing Wall also has an attached café to satisfy your hunger and please your taste buds.
2. Pasang Lhamu Sherpa Climbing wall
Named after the first Nepali female to climb Mt. Everest, Pasang Lhamu Sherpa Climbing wall is 10 m tall. Established as first indoor climbing walls of Nepal, Pasang Lhamu Sherpa wall climbing has been in service since quite a long time and is located in Dhumbarahi, Kathmandu. This wall climbing focuses on safety and is well equipped with proper climbing gears and harnesses. There are various difficulty levels one can try and test ones skills with. This climbing wall hosts variety of trainings like introductory Tope Rope Climbing and Belay Training, lead Climbing, active rappelling training etc which are organized for different age groups. The center hosts competitions for various categories to test ones’ climbing abilities.
3. Hattiban Rock Climbing
Located 26km away from the heart of Kathmandu is Hattiban Rock Climbing. Facilitating 10 different routes of climbing grades 6a to 7a, this climbing center can be a good choice for winter climbing. Located slightly away from the capital, one can get there by reaching Balkhu and heading towards Pharping. The locals can lead you to Samye Monastery from where the rock climbing is a short walk away. A break from the hustle and bustle from the main city, this climbing center can be a green treat to the eyes and fresh air to the lungs.
4. Nagarjun Rock Climbing
Located to the north-west of the valley, Nagarjun Forest Reserve is about a half an hour drive away. Nagarjun Rock Climbing is suitable for beginners to experts. The limestone cliff has more than 22 climbing routes ranging from grade 4a to 7b+ overhand climbing. The rocks consist of multi-pitches of 65 meters to single pitches at 12 meters. One can finish the climbing and set out to explore the Nagarjun forest reserve and the sacred Buddhist site Langlungten. It is best recommended to take initial tips and guidance from expert climbers before commencing on any rock climbing and it is the same with this one as well.
5. Namche Climbing
Namche Bazaar, also known as the gateway to Everest lies at an altitude of 3440m in Solukhumbu District. Traditionally, Namche was a trading hub where locals exchanged yak cheese and butter for agricultural produce grown at lower altitudes. However, today Namche Bazaar has tremendously developed. It hosts a wide range of facilities like hotels, cafes, restaurants, bakeries etc. Namche is one of the places where trekkers stay for acclimatization when they are on their route to Everest Base Camp or any other treks in Khumbu region. Having been ranked as the wealthiest district of the country, Namche also is rich in the aesthetic beauty it beholds. One can see the beautiful Thamserku, Ama Dablam, Nuptse, Everest as well as the entire Dudh Koshi valley, several stupas and museum. Another feature that makes Namche famous is the rock climbing. Located about 30 minutes detour from the main area is a perfect site for Rock climbing. Locals will easily help you locate the area for thrilling adventure sport.