Rock climbing is a sport in which participants climb up or across natural rock formations or artificial rock walls. The goal is to reach the summit of a formation or the endpoint of a pre-defined route without falling. Climbing is generally differentiated because of the use of hands to support the climber's weight as well as to provide balance. Rock climbing is a physically and mentally demanding sport, one that often tests a climber's strength, endurance, agility and balance along with his mental control.
If you are long of a cliffhanger experience in Nepal near Kathmandu valley, Kathmandu border offers some scary spots. There are some great, dizzying places for those who get their kicks from crawling up vertical cliffs. If you are not making it to any of the country high peaks, here's another opportunity to get a high. Of late, rock climbing has found rising popularity among the tourists coming into Nepal as well as for local enthusiasts.
Rock climbing areas in Nepal:
- Nagarjun Forest – 20-minute drive from Kathmandu
- Hattiban – 1-hour drive from Kathmandu
- Bimal Nagar – 20-minute drive from Bandipur
- Nagarkot – This bolted climbing area is hard to find without a guide.
- Namche Bazaar – Bouldering field is 30-minute walk; ask local how to get there
Most of the spots are situated to the north and northwest of the valley, in the vicinity of the Nagarjun forest and the Shivapuri watershed and wildlife reserve, Pasang Lembu Sherpa wall, Astra Wall. Your rock climbing trip can therefore be combined with bird watching, game watching and experiencing some of the last of the valley's wilds. Nagajuna is a verdant hill located to the northwest of the Swyambhu Stupa and believed to be the place where the famous Buddhist philosopher. Nagarjun meditated. The cliff here is located inside the Nagajun forest reserve, suitable for both beginners and wall rats. The limestone rock face is about 12-15 m high and bears the remnants of earlier climbs, what purist would describe as "piton scarred” or a defaced face.
Asian Hiking Team bring you to Hattiban climbing place where they can enjoy top level grades climbing. There are eight routes which are well bolted. We are providing you side briefing, travel arrangements; lunch, climbing gears and professional International field guides.
Hattiban is a beautiful village about an hour outside of Kathmandu, located 15 km south of Kathmandu valley. It is about 45 minutes drive and a 20-minute hike through the jungle back to the crag where we climb. This Hattiban rock climb excursion includes 5.9 – 5.12-grade routes and is best for autumn and spring rock climbing.