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Areas in Asia

Armenia 13 / 32 / 0 / 0 / 3 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 48
Azerbaijan 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0
Bahrain 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0
Cambodia 1 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 2
China 161 / 593 / 11 / 51 / 0 / 4 / 0 / 0 / 799
Georgia 0 / 1 / 0 / 1 / 1 / 1 / 1 / 0 / 1
India 28 / 82 / 45 / 21 / 0 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 155
Indonesia 0 / 10 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 10
Iran 2 / 1 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 1 / 3
Iraq 0 / 0 / 0 / 2 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 2
Israel 2 / 3 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 5
Japan 28 / 93 / 19 / 124 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 5 / 257
Jordan 11 / 2 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 13
Kazakhstan 7 / 11 / 0 / 5 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 23
Kyrgyzstan 26 / 26 / 6 / 0 / 16 / 1 / 0 / 2 / 53
Laos 0 / 363 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 363
Lebanon 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0
Malaysia 1 / 69 / 0 / 12 / 0 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 82
Mongolia 15 / 6 / 17 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 26
Myanmar 0 / 53 / 0 / 2 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 55
Nepal 5 / 23 / 1 / 2 / 2 / 1 / 1 / 31 / 31
Oman 7 / 53 / 16 / 13 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 72
Pakistan 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 2 / 2
Philippines 21 / 86 / 14 / 5 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 114
Saudi Arabia 0 / 8 / 0 / 2 / 0 / 0 / 1 / 0 / 11
Singapore 9 / 23 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 30
South Korea 20 / 115 / 9 / 3 / 0 / 1 / 0 / 1 / 137
Sri Lanka 0 / 2 / 2 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 2
Taiwan 158 / 183 / 18 / 4 / 4 / 1 / 3 / 11 / 349
Tajikistan 6 / 4 / 4 / 4 / 5 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 17
Thailand 6 / 686 / 55 / 57 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 767
United Arab Emirates 19 / 23 / 16 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 41
Vietnam 5 / 132 / 18 / 24 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 176
Elevation: 1,600 ft
GPS: 53.749, 94.922 Google Map · Climbing Map
Shared By: Monomaniac on Jan 28, 2010 with updates
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Description

This page is home to all of the Asian countries and Middle Eastern countries East of the Suez Canal (Turkey is located on the "Europe" page). Pacific Islands such as Japan and Indonesia can be found on the Oceana page.

The largest continent, Asia is a varied land with vast climbing opportunities. Home to the highest point on Earth (Mt Everest at 29,028 feet), and the lowest (The Dead Sea, at 1312 feet below sea level) this is certainly a land of contrast. Despite a population density nearly double the world-average, many corners of Asia remain relatively unexplored, especially by climbers. Add to the mix a constantly changing political landscape, and any trip to Asia is guaranteed to provide an adventure to remember.

Asia's claim to fame is surely the 14 towering 8000 meter peaks of the Himalaya & Karakoram. However, Asia has plenty to offer the casual climber, such as world-class vacation sport-climbing on the limestone cliffs of Tonsai and Vang Vieng, intimidating Deep Water Soloing in Vietnam, and granite bouldering in Hampi. The extensive limestone of China has also recently attracted the attention of many western climbers.

Getting There

Commercial Air travel to Asia is fast & convenient, though can be expensive. A rental car is unnecesary for most Asian destinations. Public transportation in the form of train, bus or commercial plane is plentiful and relatively inexpensive. Ground travel can be time-consuming, but for a slightly higher fare its sometimes possible to get a bed.

Travel Information

  • A valid US passport will be required for all travel to Asia. Details on how to obtain a passport can be found here.
  • Visa requirements vary from country to country, and can be quite complicated for some destinations. To ensure your trip goes smoothly, visit the US State Department's Country Specific Page at the early planning stage, for precise info regarding visas, vaccinations, or any other requirements. Not all Asian countries are considered "safe" by the standards of the typical tourist. The State Department provides detailed information & travel advisaries on the Contry Specific Page. Gather as much data as possible, and use your own judgement.
  • Immunizations are a key consideration for any travel to Asia. Talk to your doctor about specific immunizations required for your destination, or better yet, visit a Travel Clinic that specializes in pre-travel vaccinations & consultation. Most such clinics do not require medical insurance, and offer reasonably priced walk-in services that even dirt-bag climbers can afford. This website can help locate a Travel Clinic near you. When seeking medical advice, its always a good idea to do some research yourself before you trust everything the doctor tells you on his/her way to the golf course. The Center for Disease Control has a great website to help you decide which vaccinations are a good idea.
  • Some trips require special permits, particularly mountaineering expeditions in the Himalayas. These requirements are complicated & different for every country.
  • Refer to each countries page for details on the local currency. Current exchange rates can be found here.

Helpful Hints

  • Never get involved in a land war here!

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Classic Climbing Routes at Asia

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
5.9- 5c 17 VI 16 HVS 4c
Groove Tube
Sport 2 pitches
5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b
Fit To Be Thai'd
Sport
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
Make a way
Sport
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
Monkey Love
Sport
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
The Wave
Sport
5.10c/d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
Humanality
Sport 5 pitches
5.10c/d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
Missing Snow
Sport
5.10c/d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
Muay Thai
Sport
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
The Best Route In Minnesota
Sport
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
Beauty & Biest
Sport
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
The Tree Surgeon
Sport
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a
Lion King
Sport
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a
Dozer Days
Sport 2 pitches
5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a
Babes in Thailand
Sport
5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b
Lord of the Thai's
Sport 5 pitches
Groove Tube Thailand > … > Tonsai Bay > Fire Wall 5.9- 5c 17 VI 16 HVS 4c Sport 2 pitches
Fit To Be Thai'd Thailand > … > Railay West > Thaiwand 5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b Sport
Make a way Thailand > … > Railay East > 1-2-3 Wall 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Sport
Monkey Love Thailand > … > Railay West > Thaiwand 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Sport
The Wave Thailand > … > Tonsai Bay > Monkey World 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Sport
Humanality Thailand > … 1 > Tonsai Beach (Fre… > Ladder Routes (Humanality Area) 5.10c/d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b Sport 5 pitches
Missing Snow Thailand > … > Tonsai Bay > Tyrolean Wall 5.10c/d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b Sport
Muay Thai Thailand > … > Railay East > Muay Thai 5.10c/d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b Sport
The Best Route In Minnesota Thailand > … > Phra Nang Beach > Escher World 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Sport
Beauty & Biest Thailand > … 1 > Tonsai Beach (Fre… > Main Wall (Babes in Thailand Area) 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Sport
The Tree Surgeon Thailand > … > Crazy Horse Gener… > Archway 5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c Sport
Lion King Thailand > … > Tonsai Bay > Dum's Kitchen 5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a Sport
Dozer Days Thailand > … > Tonsai Bay > Nest 5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a Sport 2 pitches
Babes in Thailand Thailand > … 1 > Tonsai Beach (Fre… > Main Wall (Babes in Thailand Area) 5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a Sport
Lord of the Thai's Thailand > … > Railay West > Thaiwand 5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b Sport 5 pitches
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