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Ha Long Bay Rock Climbing 

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Ha Long Bay is made up of thousands of limestone karats towers. Overall the Bay is still in need of much development. However, the Vietnam government is not very supportive of rock climbing. Deep water soloing is currently tolerated but installation of bolts must be cleared through the government.

Getting There 

Ha Long Bay is accessed by most climbers from Cat Ba Town via a boat tour scheduled through SloPony. The boat trip into the bay costs at least $20 per person if 8 people are signed up to go out and goes up from there.

Climbing Season

Weather station 2.2 miles from here

11 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',3],['3 Stars',2],['2 Stars',3],['1 Star',2],['Bomb',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Ha Long Bay

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Ha Long Bay:
License To Climb   5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 79'   The Face
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Rock Climbing Photo: Remember to sling into the rope when lowering! Jak...

Coalition of the Willing 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a  Asia : Vietnam : ... : Pirate's Belly
Coalition of the WillingPitch 1: 5b (5.8) Pitch 2: 7a+ (5.12a)The high tide (direct) approach. Low tide utilizes Severed Testicle. Tie up your kayak and then ascend the slab to the anchors before the Belly.Enjoy the overhung tufa fest then transition onto face cracks for beautiful exposure. Take care when lowering that you can still reach to the 2nd pitch belay stance! Sun most of the day. If it has not rained recently, may be climbed in the rain....[more]   Browse More Classics in International

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By Cat Ba Asia Outdoors
Jan 12, 2013
Just a few updates:

Tiger & Moody Beach can be accessed by boat in Lan Ha Bay. Tiger Beach is a private beach in Lan Ha Bay and you will need access passes to climb here. Check with Asia Outdoors for information.

DWS will depend on the conditions of the tides. When the tides are too low, starting on a route will be extremely difficult and increasing the dangers of falling onto the boat and hitting rocks. Email for information about days with optimal tide conditions. Deep water soloing can be enjoyed from May to October when tides and weather are ideal.

There about 30 – 40 old routes in the bay that were equipped many years ago that do not meet the current safety standards. It is highly advised that you do not climb at these areas until they are re-bolted. Some of these areas with old bolts include: Taxi Girl, Laughing Dog Wall, Polish Pillar (One Pillar Pagoda), Jules Verne’s World, and Cerro Torre.
By Cat Ba Asia Outdoors
Jun 23, 2013
Asia Outdoors has been busy opening up some new crags in Tung Thit, one of the many small islands in Lan Ha Bay (the less traveled sister of Halong Bay). Tung Thit is home to “The Amphitheatre”, a 50 meter crag featuring 10 bolted routes ranging in grade from 6b to 8a. A new DWS area was discovered directly across the way from the amphitheatre with routes ranging in difficulty from 6a to 7b. Make sure to consult with the shop for tide levels as this is a high-tide-only-zone (check yourself before you wreck yourself!). Barring an ongoing typhoon (such as today’s), guided climbing trips are almost always possible.
Rock Climbing Photo: Tung Thit DWS route guide
Tung Thit DWS route guide

Rock Climbing Photo: Tung Thit route grades
Tung Thit route grades

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