Rock climbing is a popular adventure sport in India., facilitated by the presence of a number of good rock climbing destinations in the country, owing to a vast and varied topography. Below we try to explore the top five rock climbing destinations in India:
The steep, rocky Parvati Valley is a climbers’ paradise. Situated in Himachal Pradesh, it offers breathtaking views of the pristine alpine scenery while its rocky outcrops let climbers feel the rush of adrenaline. Almost unknown, compared to the much more popular Kullu valley, Parvati is favorite destination of backpackers and trekkers.
Nestled in the lap of majestic Himalayas, the Miyar Valley is a highly preferred choice of rock climbers from India and abroad. Lush forests, snow-capped peaks, meandering rivers and rivulets and picture-postcard hamlets define the valley. The valley shares borders with Zanskar and Ladakh. The valley is breathtakingly beautiful and the conditions ideal for rock climbing.
Also known as Maddagiri, Madhugiri is a popular rock climbing destination in southern India. Located in Tumkur, Madhugiri is renowned for its giant rocks which overlook the town. The rocks are the second largest monoliths in Asia and make for a picturesque climb. A fort nestled in the steep slopes of the rocks is also a popular attraction.
Malshej Ghat – Maharashtra
Located in Maharashtra, Malshej Ghat is a quaint but popular rock climbing destination among the rock climbers of India. The vegetation is lush green and becomes all the more heavier during the monsoons. Iconic forts and temples and caves are also present in the vicinity, Malshej a great destination for rappelling, hiking, trekking and other allied activities too. Malshej is ideal for amateur rock climbing.
The stunning Sar Pass offers immense opportunities to rock climbers and rappellers. The region has numerous beautiful routes and climbs of varying difficulty levels. Snow covers the peaks almost all throughout the year and situated at an altitude of 14000 ft, the pass is considered great for introduction to high altitude trekking.. However, the tough environs do not deter the passionate rock climbers and several expeditions are organised every year. The pass remains accessible April to October.