Video: Rock Climbing in Manali

Manali is home to a whole different bunch of adventure sports, something I didn’t quite expect to see in the calmer Himalayan region of India. Although I’m using Manali as a place to rest up after a chaotic 4 and half months in India (not to mention the ride here) I figured a little bit of adventure wouldn’t hurt. Walking into the booking office, I had a choice of of canyoning, trekking, white-water rafting, snowboarding, mountain biking, and paragliding. I’d already taken on paragliding in Varkala and White-water rafting in Rishikesh so I decided to tick off another item off my Bucket List – Outdoor Rock Climbing!

I had done a little bit of indoor before but that’s a whole different ball game. I ended up in a group of 6 plus our two instructors Ravi and Vikram. They seemed very experienced and took the safety side of things very seriously which was re-assuring as some of the rock faces were as high as 30m.

They ran us through a few warm up climbs and gradually stepped up the difficulty teaching us different techniques along the way but they were clearly saving the biggest climb until last.
Check out the video below and see just how big it was for yourselves (there’s a language warning on the video).

If you’re considering taking on any adventure sports in Manali I would highly recommend Himalayan Caravan, their guides were excellent and they even let us climb for 2 hours longer than we had paid for. (I’m in no way sponsored by them but was so happy with the service that I thought I’d share it).

Have you rock-climbed before? What was your experience like?
Is it something you would consider doing?

22 Thoughts on “Video: Rock Climbing in Manali

  1. The views in your video are incredible. It would almost be worth it for to try to get over my fear of heights. I’ve ziplined, and jumped off teensy cliffs, but I have limits… and rock climbing is it. There was a point when the video looked down and it gave me chills. haha. Seems like a great experience though!
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  2. That looks incredible! The views are great! I would love to try rock climbing like that but wonder how I fare in regards to nerves!
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  3. It looks incredible Nick but I don’t think I’d be able to do it myself, I’m too scared of heights to go climbing, I know I’m missing out but I’m terrified :(
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  4. Incredible, Nick :) Definitely takes nerves of steel. We have done a couple of easy treks with Himalayan Caravan- they are such an amazing team!

  5. David Fleet on June 12, 2014 at 3:56 pm said:

    Amazing video, thanks for posting! We did an awesome trek with Ravi to one of the peaks near the highest point on the Rohtang Pass, it was a 1 day full on trek, I reckon you’d need a guide although Ravi was very helpful with other suggestions for treks we could do on our own. Very jealous of your travels! Take it easy, David

  6. Great post and video Nick! That was some sheer rock! Good on you for getting all the way up there! My upper body strength is terrible. I would have struggled. Beautiful location though.
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  7. Wow, great video and views! I’ve never been rock climbing before, not sure how well I’d do at it but think I may have to try!
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  8. I have skydived, but this looks scarier to me. I’d try it for sure, but wow — intense!!
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  9. Sounds like quite an experience – how nice of them to let you climb for two hours longer than you’re meant to!
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  10. I will try climbing when I get back to Railay in Thailand on my next trip. Didn’t have the time to make it happen last winter, but next trip … it WILL happen.
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