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Asia's not just a river in Africa...


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!

Climbing Season

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3,327 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',377],['3 Stars',1092],['2 Stars',921],['1 Star',390],['Bomb',22]

Classic Climbing Routes in Asia

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Asia:
Groove Tube   5.9- 5c 17 VI 16 HVS 4c     Sport, 2 pitches, 180'   Tonsai Bay : Fire Wall
Wisdom Pillar   5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a     Trad, 17 pitches, 1100'   Jordan : Wadi Rum
Japanese Pixelated Genitals   5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b     Trad, 70'   Yangshuo Sports Climbers' C... : Uncensored Wall
The Hand of Bhudda   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Sport, 4 pitches, 300'   Koh Phi-Phi : The Oyster Blade
Missing Snow   5.10c/d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b     Sport   Tonsai Bay : Tyrolean Wall
Humanality   5.10c/d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b     Sport, 5 pitches, 300'   Tonsai Beach (Freedom Bar A... : Ladder Routes (Humanality A...
Golden   5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b     Sport, 1 pitch   Thailand : Koh Laoliang
The Best Route In Minnesota   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch, 90'   Phra Nang Beach : Escher World
Lion King   5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a     Sport   Tonsai Bay : Dum's Kitchen
Heart of Darkness   5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a     Sport, 5 pitches, 350'   Tonsai Bay : Cat Wall
First Corner   5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a     Sport, 80'   Long Dong (Dragon Cave) : (1) School Gate
Babes in Thailand   5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 50'   Tonsai Beach (Freedom Bar A... : Main Wall (Babes in Thailan...
Burnt Offerings   5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Sport, 40'   Tonsai Bay : Fire Wall
Tonsai Playboy   5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 50'   Tonsai Beach (Freedom Bar A... : Main Wall (Babes in Thailan...
Lord of the Thai's   5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b     Sport, 5 pitches, 400'   Railay West : The Thaiwand
Tidal Wave   5.12b/c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b     Sport, 1 pitch, 60'   Tonsai Beach (Freedom Bar A... : Tonsai Roof (Tidal Wave Are...
Over the Moon   5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b     Sport, 1 pitch, 90'   YangShuo : Moon Hill
Rev de Phi Phi Don   5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b     Sport, 6 pitches, 450'   Koh Phi-Phi : Tonsai Tower
Bhet Mak Mak   5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E6 6c     Sport, 1 pitch, 70'   Tonsai Beach (Freedom Bar A... : Main Wall (Babes in Thailan...
Jaidom   5.13+ 8b 30 X- 31 E7 7a     Sport, 1 pitch, 80'   Tonsai Bay : Dum's Kitchen
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Featured Route For Asia
Rock Climbing Photo: Kapur Chimney is on the left side of this photo. T...

Kapur Chimney 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b  Asia : Malaysia : ... : Batman Wall
The crux is the start. Pull hard from the undercling traversing right to reach small holds where you can heelhook over the lip to gain a stance above the lip. Otherwise, an easier start goes straight up to a hidden pocket deep in the hollow, then traverse right, then up the vertical smooth wall. Do an armlock in the chimney to ascend. A second crux comes in the smooth chimney with no feet (or step on the bolt like my wife) to gain an easier ground to big holds finish. ...[more]   Browse More Classics in International

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