Rock climbing is an activity in which you will climb up or across natural rock formations or man-made rock walls with the goal of reaching the summit of a formation or the endpoint of a pre-defined route.
Rock climbing is generally differentiated by its need for the use of the climber’s hands to hold his or her own weight and not just 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 or her mental control. It can be a dangerous sport and knowledge of proper climbing techniques and usage of specialized climbing equipment is crucial for the safe completion of routes.
Nepal offers some really terrific places for people who like crawling up vertical cliffs with the help of their fingernails. If you don’t have time to take on some Himalayan Peak during this visit, the valley perimeter offers a number of stone walls guaranteed to keep you on your toes. So, instead of hanging around gathering moss, why not try your hand at rock climbing and get a grip on things?
Rock Climbing Sites
Nagarjun Forest Reserve
The climbing site has wide range of routes and is best place for beginners, intermediate and professional climbers. Nagarjun is located 3 Km North West of Kathmandu Valley. To reach the climbing spot, we will have to hike 30 minutes from the entrance gate following the dirt road to a point just before the army check post where you will come across a track leading to the right. Follow this trail through trees and shrubs for about five minutes, and there’s the cliff. The limestone face is about 12 meters high, and there are several piton-equipped routes.
Hattiban rock climbing site is located on a way to temple Dhaskinkali. The climbing site is for professionals where they can enjoy top level grades climbing. Drive time is approx. 1 hr and you will have to hike for 30 minutes to reach the spot.
Another interesting rock wall is situated on the slope of Shivapuri hill to the north of Kathmandu . Drive approx. 9 km up to Budhailkantha, the shrine of the sleeping Bishnu, then walk west from the bus stop the Vishnumati stream through terraced fields and enters the Shivapuri Watershed and Wildlife reserve. The granite faces here lie scattered about, and the big cliff in the center is equipped with a single route.