Rock climbing is a sport in which climbers climb up and down across the natural rock formations or an artificially created rock walls. The goal of rock climbing is to climb up through a defined route to the endpoint without falling. Climbing is generally challenging because of the use of hands to handle the climber's weight as well as to provide balance.
As the course is long, a climber should have enough endurance and capacity to reach the top. Climbing in itself is an exciting and strenuous activity. Rock climbing is not merely about climbing; it is about techniques of climbing which we can learn from the climbing instructor, or with continuous practice. Rock climbing is a activity that challenges you physically and mentally; usually testing a climber's strength, endurance, agility, and balance combined with mental control.
Rock climbing is not as easy as it seems, and there are times when it gets pretty dangerous, so proper precautions are required. As Nepal is a Himalayan country, there are many rocky terrains which are excellent for rock climbing purpose. For this activity, you should get rid of the fear of heights, and keep practicing the techniques of climbing.
If you are longing to have a cliff hanger experience in Nepal around Kathmandu valley, there are many challenging spots around Kathmandu borders. There are some excellent, stimulating places for those who enjoy the sports to crawl up vertical cliffs. Recently, rock climbing has gained considerable popularity among the tourists coming into Nepal, and even among the locals.
Rock climbing sites in Nepal
Rock climbing sites in Nepal are mostly situated towards the north and northwest of the valley and several places nearby Pokhara and in the Everest region. The sites near Kathmandu are in Nagarjun Balaju and Hattiban. The rock climbing sites are in the vicinity of the Nagarjun forest, Shivapuri watershed and wildlife reserve, Pasang Lahmu Sherpa wall, and Astra Wall. So, you can combine your rock climbing trip with bird watching, game watching, and enjoying a few of the remaining valley's wilds.
Nagarjun Forest Reserve Site
A half an hour drive from Thamel will take you to the Nagarjun Forest Reserve. Nagarjun is a lush hill located in the northwest of the Kathmandu valley. It is the place where the famous Buddhist philosopher Nagarjuna meditated. The cliff here is located inside the Nagarjun Forest Reserve. This site suitable for climbers with no experience to expert climbers. The limestone rock face has about 12-15 meters' height and contains the fragments of previous climbs. This site is also quite popular among bird watchers as it is home to more than 300 species of birds. Besides, people visit the park to hike to the summit for the beautiful views of the valley. You will also see a small shrine at the top, and a viewing tower from where you can get one of the valley's wildest mountain panoramas, that widens from Annapurna massifs to Langtang Lirung on a clear day.
Kakani Rock Climbing site
Kakani lies 29 kilometers northwest of Kathmandu, on the way to Trishuli. We can see some gorgeous views of Ganesh Himal, Himalchuli, Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, and Gaurishankhar from the top of the hill. There is an outdoor climbing wall at the mountaineering park near the rock climbing site. Kakani Rock Climbing site is one of the thrilling climbing sites in Nepal. For those wanting to stay the night, tents are available with outdoor cooking and shower facilities. However, you should make the booking in advance as the place is almost always packed.
Hattiban is about an hour's drive from Thamel and is located in the southern parts of Kathmandu valley. Hattiban is a pleasant village that lies on the way to the famous temple, Dakshinkali. Hattiban Site is a top-grade climbing site for skilled and expert climbers only. Eight routes are well bolted. The Hattiban rock climb excursion includes 5.9-5.12 grade routes, and the best time for rock climbing in this site is during autumn and spring season. Even though the site is quite challenging, it is a worthwhile climb that brings a sense of serenity and peacefulness to those who challenge it.
The Bimalnagar site lies in the route from Kathmandu to Pokhara. It is a five-hour bus drive to the site. Along with the climbing experience, this tour also offers some spectacular views of Mt. Manaslu and the Marshyangdi river.
How to Prepare for Your Rock Climbing Trip:
wear stretchy but fitting clothes (loose jackets, t-shirts can get caught in ropes and carabineers)
for those with long hair, pulled back in ponytail close to the head
do not wear rings or bracelets
wear sports shoes/hiking shoes for the walk to the crag (we provide climbing shoe sizes 35-45)
Bring plenty of water
Enjoy rock climbing in some of the best natural sites of Nepal
- Ground transport in comfortable private vehicle
- Experienced English speaking climbing guide
- Necessary climbing equipment
- All necessary permits and entrance fees
- T-shirt, City map
- All government taxes
- Breakfast and Dinner