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Chatru is not anything more than a series of tea huts that form a road-side stop for passing travelers during the Spring and Summer months when the road is open and the valley is clear of snow. This spot, however, is home to a varied selection of climbing.

This area was first developed by a British fellow (his name escapes me) who recognized it's potential for bouldering, and as such the majority of established (I use that term loosely) climbing is bouldering, mostly in the higher grades, and of very good quality.

Besides bouldering, the mountains surrounding the valley offer an opportunity for new routing by serious mountaineers or bigwallers. New single and multipitch trad routes are also a possibility. The rock is of generally good quality, but as with any new routing most faces are not yet clear of loose blocks, etc. There are also some otherwise great climbs that are frustrated by inconveniently placed shrubbery, but such is nature.

Camping possibilities abound, this area is sufficiently remote that there are not currently any rules regarding where or when you may camp, though you should be respectful of the locals and mindful of any farmland. A good spot for camping is immediately across the river from the tea huts (dhabas). There are also some small caves in the area that provide good shelter. Food is about the only thing in plentiful supply - the dhabas all serve decent food at cheap prices. They also have some basic supplies, like matches, soap, packaged snacks, etc. In particular, check out the last dhaba on the right when coming along the road from Manali. The man running it is very friendly to climbers, and he will have topos you can look at for the established bouldering, and anything else subsequent parties have seen fit to leave for future climbers.

During June the weather was mild - warm days and chilly nights. Mid-afternoon showers seem to be a common occurence, so for any longer routes either tough it out or start early.

Getting There [Edit]

From Manali this area is a good 4-5 hour drive along the road towards Leh. Hitching is a good option as there are many trucks going this way - be prepared to give some cash at the end of the ride though.

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Hi,
the main info is given in the article. To get some idea how it looks like there you can check out these pictures:
Chatru and Chota dara bouldering

It was one of the best times of my life...seriously:) Staying in dhabas or caves, drinking tea (and/or arak:), bouldering, chatting to friends, playing karum and cards, enjoying the beautiful surroundings. I spent there a month and a half... strongly reccommend this...

climb hard...adam Nov 29, 2013
Gokul    
The "British fellow" who put up several of the boulder problems in the area is Pil Lockey, also well-known for developing much of the bouldering at Hampi. Sep 20, 2016
It's a roadside bouldering heaven in the high and wild Chandra valley. The best and most developed area for bouldering in North India so far. For more info about the place check here:
INFO, TOPOs
Love that place! You will if you go. Pil
For pics of the bouldering:
Chandra pics Sep 27, 2016

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