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Shey Rock

International > Asia > India > Northern India… > Ladakh

Description

This is the best cragging near Leh in Ladakh. The rock is monzogranite, somewhat similar to Joshua Tree in California or the Granite Dells near Prescott, Arizona. The area is not overly scenic, as it is near a busy road, in sort of a gravel pit and as of 2019, had become a dumping spot for trash.

The area is used by local guides from the climbing gym in Leh and by the military to teach basic rock climbing. The large white numbers on the rock were painted by the army. Scattered around the cliffs and boulders you'll find some Buddhist carvings, which should not be climbed on. As of spring 2020, there are roughly 40 routes at Shey, with potential for a couple dozen more.

Most of the cliffs face southeast, so it is best to wait until later in the day to climb here during the warmest summer months.

Getting There

Probably the easiest way to get to Shey is to go to the GraviT climbing gym in Leh and catch a ride with them. If you didn't bring gear, they can supply it.

If you want to go the crag by yourself, you can get a taxi in downtown Leh. The drive from Leh south to Shey takes about 20 minutes each way. You will need to have the taxi driver wait for you or arrange for a pick up at a later time.

As you approach from Leh, you will begin to see rocks on the left side of the road and then the south facing cliffs will appear. Between the road and the rocks is a canal. About 400 meters past the crag is a bridge that crosses over the canal and then you can turn back to the left (north) and drive all the way to the base of the climbing.

Approaches take from a minute to about ten minutes. Again, in the hottest part of the year, it's wilting here in the morning - wait until the afternoon.

Routes from Left to Right

5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
 5
Taley
Sport
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
 4
Leh'd Back
Sport 3 pitches
5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b
 3
Broken Foot
Sport, TR
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 3
Snap, Crackle, Pop Left
Sport, TR
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
 3
Snap, Crackle, Pop Right
Sport, TR
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
 2
Julley
Sport, TR
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
 1
Little Chimney
Sport, TR
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 1
Baby Thali
TR
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
 4
Haram Crack
Sport
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 1
9
TR
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 2
2ABC
Sport, TR
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
 3
E.T. B.T.
Sport, TR
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 2
Upside Down Backwards 5
Sport, TR
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 3
The Fire
Sport, TR
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
 3
The Frying Pan
Sport, TR
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 2
Push, Pull, Pray
Sport, TR
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a A2 PG13
 2
Shey Direct
Trad, Aid 5 pitches
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a R
 3
Raisin and the Ant
Trad 3 pitches
5.8- 5b 16 VI- 14 VS 4c
 1
Shey it Aint So
Trad 3 pitches
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 1
Final Shey
Trad
5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b R
 1
Never Shey Never
Trad
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 1
You Don't Shey
Trad 2 pitches
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Taley
 5
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a Sport
Leh'd Back
 4
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Sport 3 pitches
Broken Foot
 3
5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b Sport, TR
Snap, Crackle, Pop Left
 3
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Sport, TR
Snap, Crackle, Pop Right
 3
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b Sport, TR
Julley
 2
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b Sport, TR
Little Chimney
 1
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b Sport, TR
Baby Thali
 1
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b TR
Haram Crack
 4
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a Sport
9
 1
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b TR
2ABC
 2
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport, TR
E.T. B.T.
 3
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Sport, TR
Upside Down Backwards 5
 2
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Sport, TR
The Fire
 3
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport, TR
The Frying Pan
 3
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Sport, TR
Push, Pull, Pray
 2
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport, TR
Shey Direct
 2
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a A2 PG13 Trad, Aid 5 pitches
Raisin and the Ant
 3
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a R Trad 3 pitches
Shey it Aint So
 1
5.8- 5b 16 VI- 14 VS 4c Trad 3 pitches
Final Shey
 1
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad
Never Shey Never
 1
5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b R Trad
You Don't Shey
 1
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad 2 pitches

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A fun little slab climb at the base of the main climbing area.  Right next to the parking.
[Hide Photo] A fun little slab climb at the base of the main climbing area. Right next to the parking.
Layout of the three general areas of Shey. 1. Lower Shey Area 2. Thali Platform Area 3. Snow Leopard Area.
[Hide Photo] Layout of the three general areas of Shey. 1. Lower Shey Area 2. Thali Platform Area 3. Snow Leopard Area.
The Shey climbing area as viewed from near the parking. 
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The lime green line is Hiram Crack (5.9), the red line is 2ABC (5.10b) the blue line is Push Pull Pray, the green line is Shey Direct and the yellow line is Shey it Aint So (5.8-).
[Hide Photo] The Shey climbing area as viewed from near the parking. The lime green line is Hiram Crack (5.9), the red line is 2ABC (5.10b) the blue line is Push Pull Pray, the green line is Shey Direct and…