Guide to Rock Climbing in Halong Bay
Halong Bay with more than 3000 rock cliffs from millions of years ago and many of them still haven’t got names or even somebody reached its peak yet, even though Halong Bay is a very touristy destination. Sometimes, the unusual thing you do brings the best feeling you’ve ever gained, kayaking, cave exploring, swimming are the most popular events that you can join but not the rock climbing. Most of the cliffs in Halong Bay are steep high, to climb up it’s required a lot of experiences, skills, endurance but nothing better than the moments you climbed to the top of high cliffs in Halong Bay and see how beautiful it is.
Many types of rock climbing can be done in Halong because this place has limestone cliffs on the sea, a mountain in the mainland, climbers can do freestyle, deep water solo, traditional, solo, lead climbing, etc. From the 90s and early 2000s, Lynn Hill, Todd Skinner, Arnaud Petit are the first climbers who had explored and set up the beginning stages of climbing in Halong Bay and it’s known as the popular destination for those who are seeking the challenges at the peaks.
What to Pack for climbing Halong’s cliffs
First and foremost I should say for the belongings you should bring is as less as possible since the rocks are high and sheer. The more you bring, the more force that drags you down, since the hotels and cruise tours are all nearby for any rocks you choose, you only need to bring small bags with some snacks, water, phones (remember to put it in waterproof bags in case of dropping down to water), 1 or 2 clothes, enough for a day trip.
It’s ideal to bring some gloves since the rock hand-holds can be really sharp, dynamic ropes and belays, since the average height of cliffs is about 20 meters and sheer so bring at least 40 meters of ropes
Where To Climb in Halong Bay
This is the most central question since you can choose to go many places in Halong to do and where you’re passionating. Climbing in Halong Bay can be both challenging and exhausting enough to make you precious the moments when you’re on top of the cliff or falling down to the clear, cool water that relief your straining body.
The most famous and authorized climbing destinations in Halong are Cat Ba island and Lan Ha Bay, these areas have been developed for any level of outdoor climbing. You can start to learn climbing in Cat Ba island which is very safe with the water below for one condition that looks out before you jump, the average cost for the climbing course is around 200$/per person.
If you’ve experienced in sports climbing you can start at Butterfly Valley, the climbing grades are from 4 – 8B+ which is steep terrain, with protected gears and some cruxes, some of the most notable climbs are: License to climb, Coalition of the willing and Big Brown B-Hole.
Right at Ben Beo harbor, you can see a cliff that situated nearby which is called Ben Beo Wall with the grade range from 7a to 7c+. As you climb up here, the overview of the harbor and the bay are the rewards for your efforts.
For Deepwater soloing, the climbs have grade level varies from 4+ to 7B, some suggestions are: Pyramid cave, Gingerbread, Hang Ha cave, Jellyfish wall, Never Never Land, Unemployment Wall, Hawaii 5-0. With the experienced and challenges seekers, the Face is hardest in Lan Ha as rated by the climbers with the height nearly 30 meters, steep and plane surface and wonderful views
Things To Keep In Mind
- It highly suggests that keep choosing climbs in populated areas which have gears, the guides and have been confirmed as a stable place for climbing activities.
- The main transportation to Cat Ba island is on the boats, you can easily get on boats from Tuan Chau island or in Halong ports
- The most common price for rock climbing in Cat Ba island and Lan Ha Bay is from 2 – 3$/per person. After traveling here, if you’ve missed gears and climbing accessories, you can rent at Rock Climbing Tour Agency on Cat Ba town.
- Remember travel with safety first. Nothing is worth at risk
- Under the cliffs are not totally clean, so remember to check out before you jump into the waters
- Checking the weather and schedule your trip on the clear sunny day.
- Take your time at the holds, you don’t need to be rushed and you don’t know what you will miss about the scenes