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Shared By: Justin Loyka on Jan 31, 2012 with improvements by Nick Weicht
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Description

Thakhek is a newly developed sport climbing area in the Karst limestone of southern Laos. If your looking to escape the party scene of Vang Vieng, Thakhek is the place to go. Currently there are over 400 developed sport climbs, 50+ bolder problems and new climbs are being put up almost daily. The climbs range from 5.8 up to 5.13c, with a few projects for the ambitious folks. While a majority of the climbs are steep and pumpy, the cliff also boasts a wide selection of vertical to slightly overhanging technical routes, and a few multi-pitch routes with magnificent views of the valley.Between the wide range of developed routes and the huge potential for new route, an average approach of about 5 minutes, and wonderful lodging and food right next to the cliff, Thakhek is certainly a destination for climbers visiting Laos.

Getting There

The climbs are located about 12 km east of Thakhek, on several of the limestone towers surrounding the Green Climbers Home. If you're staying in Thakhek (Traveler's Lodge or Inthira Hotel are recommendable) you can rent a bicycle or scooter in town and head west out of town on Rt 12 (towards Vietnam). Just past km marker #12 on the right is a dirt road to a farmhouse. Take the dirt road past the farm and back to the Green Climber's Home and you're 20 m from the climbs.

A better option is to get a tuk tuk out to the Climber's Home on your first day and stay there. The food is amazing and Uli and Tanja are fantastic hosts. Visit their website for more info: greenclimbershome.com/index…

All the climbs are an easy five minute or less walk from the Climber's Home, with a mild bushwhack to the two multi-pitches. They also have a newly published guidebook for sale ($15), with great descriptions of all the climbs.

413 Total Climbs

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Classic Climbing Routes at Thakhek

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 17
Kim und Struppi
Sport
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
 12
Hans Dampf
Sport
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
 33
Mon General
Sport
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
 12
Donkey Kong
Sport
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
 21
Fat Doobies
Sport
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
 8
Mars Attacks
Sport
5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c
 9
Unbreakable
Sport
5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a
 19
Cheeky Fucker
Sport
5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a
 28
Schwitzerland
Sport
5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a
 14
Stalker
Sport
5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a
 15
Sound of Music
Sport
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
 19
L-4 One of the Best
Sport
5.12a/b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6a
 22
Jungle King
Sport
5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b
 5
Work-Life Balance
Sport
5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b
 8
Small World
Sport
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Kim und Struppi Canyon > Canyon Left
 17
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport
Hans Dampf Methan
 12
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b Sport
Mon General Hilton
 33
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Sport
Donkey Kong Canyon > Canyon Left
 12
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Sport
Fat Doobies Hangover
 21
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c Sport
Mars Attacks Weiße Wand
 8
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c Sport
Unbreakable Weiße Wand
 9
5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c Sport
Cheeky Fucker Roof Right Side
 19
5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a Sport
Schwitzerland Hangover
 28
5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a Sport
Stalker Hangover
 14
5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a Sport
Sound of Music Scöhffl Block
 15
5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a Sport
L-4 One of the Best Open All Hours
 19
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Sport
Jungle King Roof Right Side
 22
5.12a/b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6a Sport
Work-Life Balance Burnout
 5
5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b Sport
Small World Roof Center
 8
5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b Sport
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