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By Ken H
From: Granite, UT
Jun 13, 2011
The directions above we helpful but had errors. The big one: You can only enter the park before 2 pm, if it is later they will tell you to come back tomorrow.
These are the directions for a CLIMBER WITH ROPE AND DRAWS who wants to climb. A guide will cost you about $30 US if you want. If not this is my beta.
Cost to bike out there: 2 bike rentals (500x2) 1,000, 2 entrance fees (250x2) 500, 2 bike entrance fees (300-800x2) 600-1600 = 2,100-3,100 rupees you might get lost but you get to bike the dirt road. Travel time to rent bike and bike out about 90 minutes.
Cost of taxi= taxi each way for 4 (300-350x2) 600-700, 2 entrance fees (2x250) 500=1,100-1,200 Will require about an hour approach. Travel time for taxi and to walk approach about 90 minutes.
For me the taxi is the way to go because you don't want to bike the 3 km out there.
Tell the taxi LOWER Gates of Nag-Are-Zune. From Thamel you basically drive straight north (couple twists and a round-about), you will start to drive uphill and then get a distinct sense of leaving town up a dirt road. The lower gates are the first guard station on the left. Once you pay your fees (they wanted a cell phone number or id from us) walk down the dirt road for about 10 minutes to a fork. You are not allowed up the right fork so go left. You will walk on this for about 40-50 minutes until you CLEARLY see a well traveled climbing area above you on the right. If after around 1 hour you have reached a set of building it is back down the road 200 ft.
The bolts are fine to lead on and in good shape.
By Hardcore Nepal
Sep 24, 2012
|Hey, so there is a new rule that all climbers need a special permit to climb in Nagarjun. You can get this permit at the Headoffice of the Shivapuri and Nagarjun National Park near Buddhanilkantha or you can go through a Nepali Climbing Company. Check this Rock Climbing in Nepal|
By Mike osborne
Jun 3, 2014
|There is trad on site. Some routes you start trad and transition to a bolted route.|
By Parker WEbb
From: Bozeman, MT
Apr 29, 2016
Nagarjun is an interesting venue for sure.
Getting there takes some adventure, but if you're a westerner you should be looking more for adventure than for cragging. Take a taxi from wherever you are through Balaju and Macha Pokhari. Should be ~500 Nrs, no more. Or if you get lost just ask for nagarjun national park and walk there. Just try and figure out getting there through common sense. It worked for me, so obviously it should work for you. Hardcore Nepal is also a great source and great people to work with/go with.
The fee is pretty lame but ke garne. Still cool that the army let's you climb there so have fun with it and be respectful. Let them know you're climbing, they aren't happy if you try to sneak through as just a hiker.
Oddly, I felt all the routes were 5.7 when I was there. I wasn't in shape for climbing, but yeah. Basically all felt 5.7. And I don't climb hard. Maybe there are some they are harder, but it's super moderate climbing. Still fun though, there are monkeys around you and if you're lucky you get to witness the paratroopers of the Nepali army train there. Static ropes, chest harnesses only, figure 8 belay devices and army boots. Was sure I would have to rescue one of them, but we left before it got too chaotic.
Overall I would say it's worth going once, but not really a place to go frequently. It's cheaper to climb at Astrek or Lakpa's gym in Balaju.