Rock climbing is an interesting adventure sport that is undertaken quite sportingly in India. Major reason for this is: one – people want to do something that are out of routine, second – there is ample opportunity for rock climbing in India, given the country’s ideal topography. So, why not give the sport a try this year? The sport is adventures, and needs a lot of guts and is very exciting and gives a nice rush of adrenaline.
We list here the top ten destinations for rock climbing in India.
1. Parvati Valley – Himachal Pradesh
The parvati valley is a very rocky valley of Himachal Pradesh and is characterized by many alpine flowers plantations and rocky outcrops. Mica is found in great number in this valley. The many rocky outcrops ensure that one get sample opportunity for rock climbing. The place is a back packer’s haven and thus a favorite trekking location too. People crowd to the valley just to take part in the favorite rock climbing expeditions held so frequently in the region.
2. Miyar Valley – Himachal Pradesh
Located in the heart of the great mountains, the Miyar valley is an obvious choice for rock climbers of India and abroad. The valley is also popularly known as the valley of flowers. Lush forests, beautiful snow covered peaks, the feisty rivers, and picturesque tiny villages are the major highlights of the valley apart from the rock climbing peaks. It borders with Zanskar and ladakh, another major regions for trekking and camping. The valley is breathtaking beautiful, and rock climbing in such ideal conditions is definitely something one must not miss out on.
3. Sar pass – Himachal Pradesh
There is immense opportunity for rock climbing and rappelling in the picturesque SAR pass trekking routes. The trails are beautiful and the scenes breathtaking. There is snow everywhere, but that doesn’t deter the hard core rock climbers in coming here every year and indulge in the trip of their lifetime! Trekking expeditions are carried out very frequently, and the major reason for that is the opportunity to rock climb in the area. Summers are the ideal time for one to go for rock climbing and trekking in SAR pass. Come away to experience and live a nice trip, memorable and exciting!
4. Shey Rock – Jammu and Kashmir
A mountaineer delight, the shey rock region of Leh is perfect for rock climbing in summers. It is the only peak to be climbed in Leh and thus there are a lot of visitors who indulge in basic rock climbing at least, when in the region. The localities too would help and guide you in getting the hang of rock climbing and thus, the experience is whole lot of fun! The rock formations are very unique and beautiful and thus amateurs too can give a try for rock climbing here. Indulge in local sight seeing too, while at it!
5. Madhugiri – Karnataka
Madhugiri is also known as Maddagiri, and is located in the Tumkur town of Karnataka. Madhugiri is also famous for its many giant rocks, which overlook the town. Thus, rock climbing is enthusiastically partaken here. There is also a fort that is nestled in one of the steep slopes. Interestingly, the giant rock is the second largest monoliths in the whole of Asia. Thus, it makes the climbers feel all the more special to rock climb here. Do come here and enjoy a one of a kind rock climbing experience.
6. Pythal Mala – Kerala
Situated near the Kappimala village, the hill is at a height of 1371.6 m above sea level. Thus, the place is ideal for rock climbing, rappelling and other allied activities. The place is very cozily ensconced in the Western Ghats and thus one can find lush greenery everywhere. One of the highest peaks of Kannur, it is also a rock climbers haven. Dozens of outsiders come to the place to experience the wonderful rock climbing expeditions conducted annually.
7. Savanaduga – Karnataka
The picturesque Savandurga is a hill, located 33 kms west of Bangalore. The hill is also considered as one of the largest monolith hills in the whole of Asia. The hill is at a height of 1226 m above sea level and thus is ideal for rock climbing. Many trekkers to the region indulge in rock climbing as well as rappelling in savanadurga. There are rich granite and rocky outcrops in savandurga and thus the place is a rock climber’s haven.
8. Ramnagar – Karnataka
Ramnagar or Ramanagara hills are very popular for rock climbing in the south of India. Climbers undertake technical rock climbing here and most of the group of climbers here is formed of professionals. There are many rocky outcrops here and one can have a glimpse of the same as soon as one enters Ramnagar. The popular peaks are Ramadevara Betta, SRS Betta and Thenginkalbetta. The many tall granitic hills are apt for short rock climbs, ideal for amateur climbers.
9. Madhugiri – Karnataka
Madhugiri is taluka in Tumkur district of Karnataka, famous for its rock climbing expeditions. Located at an elevation of 3930 feet, Madhugiri is the second largest monolith in Asia.
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There is a beautiful fort in the place that has a lot of history and stories to its credit. There are a series of doorways that lead to the hillock. Madhugiri is very famous for a housing a giant rock that overlooks the town. This rock formation has garnered the interests of many rock climbers from near and far.
10. Malshej ghat – Maharashtra
Malshej Ghat in Maharashtra is a quaint place but popular nonetheless with rock climbers. The place is ideal for hiking, trekking and other allied activities. There is lush greenery here and the place is heavenly during monsoons and especially after the first rainfalls. There are iconic forts, temples and caves in the vicinity and one must explore these while indulging in rock climbing and rappelling. The unusual hill is very ideal for amateur rock climbing as well as for learning.
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