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Bayin Nyi Rock Climbing 


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Keeping climbs open depends on maintaining good relationships with locals and monks. MORE INFO >>>

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ACCESS NOTE: We are currently working on getting a letter of permission from the local ministry. Contact Myanmar Rock Community before going climbing as we need to secure access with the monks for every trip at this point. We are hoping to secure open access for all soon. web.facebook.com/groups/785257...

Bayin Nyi is a Buddhist temple site built next to and on a karst formation and cave that pays homage to Buddhism in conjunction with Nats. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nat_(spi.... The climbing is outside of the temple complex. If you are looking at the temple from the parking lot, the climbing is left of the temple. When standing in the parking lot, there is a small concrete road 50 yards left of the main entrance. Take this until you seem some boulders near some temple buildings. There is a path that trends left from here. You will soon pass some small hot springs on your left, and you will reach Karaweik Wall on the right hand side of the path (the karaweik is the giant chicken boat that you will see). During rainy season (June through late September) Bayin Nyi floods and turns the karst mountain into an island. The main wall (Karaweik) floods but Natyaykan, Alamo Wall, and The Rabbit Hole all stay above water. You can get there by asking one of the boatmen to take you to Nat Yay Kan Goh (Spirit Lake Cave), they will drop you off on the shore, and you can tell them when to pick you up. Round trip the boatmen charge 1000 kyat.

It is very important to respect the norms of the monastery while climbing at Bayin Nyi, show over-the-top respect to the monks. Monks are revered, almost deified, in Myanmar. Smile, wave, say hello and comply with any requests. Make sure to remove shoes before approaching any pagodas or monastery areas. This includes the small pagoda that is halfway through the cave on the way to Alamo Wall. Additionally, don't drink alcohol at the crag or near the monastery. Women are expected to dress more modestly than men, especially relevant for lounging in the hot springs. If you really want to contribute to maintaining the relationships with the monks feel free to donate food parcels or money to the monastery.

Mosquitoes can be abundant during certain times of the year, bringing mosquito spray or lotion helps, but the mosquito coils are much more effective.

Food and Water can be bought in the parking lot tea shops at all times of the year except rainy season when the shops get flooded out annually.

Fixed Gear is discouraged mainly because of the visual impact and because during the process of bolting we found several of our draws and biners going missing. We finally asked at the monastery and they returned a treasure trove of long lost gear that the young novice monks had managed to remove from the wall. How little monk novices managed to remove biners from the crux of a 5.12, I have no idea, but most likely better to not leave gear on the wall.

Getting There 

18 km outside of Hpa-An. (1) Your guesthouse can arrange transportation. (2) You can take the local trucks that transport people around. The truck that goes to Bayin Nyi is parked north of the mosque, somewhere around here: google.com/maps?q=16.892004,97... There is always a truck there, and they wait until they have enough passengers to leave. The main destination of the truck is the neighboring town of Thaton, but tell them that you are going to Bayin Nyi Goh and they will drop you off on the main road outside the monastery. The truck costs 1000 kyats per person and takes about 45 minutes to get there. If you go to Bayin Nyi using public transportation, you can get back to Hpa-An by hitchhiking or catching public transportation at the restaurant opposite the monastery entrance on the main road here: google.com/maps?q=16.961819,97... . I've never had to wait more than 20 minutes for a ride back to Hpa-An, and I've done the drive back about 20 times. (3) Rent a motorbike for 6,000 to 10,000 kyats per day.

Climbing Season

For the Myanmar area.

Weather station 7.5 miles from here

26 Total Climbing Routes

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Classic Climbing Routes in Bayin Nyi

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Bayin Nyi:
Capitaine Buzz   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 45'   The Alamo
Colombière   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 60'   Karaweik Wall
FMA (First Male Ascent)   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 45'   Karaweik Wall
Elephant Leather   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 80'   Karaweik Wall
Golden Ridge Recollection   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 90'   Karaweik Wall
Snake Hickey   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch, 40'   The Alamo
The Wild Frontier   5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 45'   The Alamo
Wounds and Wins   5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 25'   Natyaykan (Nat Lake) Wall
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Burma Bros, named for the sibling effort to bolt the line, which was the first established at 'The Rabbit Hole'. The line starts right outside of the small hole that opens into the cave monastery. It starts on a tufa and moves up to beautiful high quality limestone. Tackle a bulge crux on pockets with some funky beta involving a mono undercling, then head up the pumpy wall at an easier angle until you get to a second crux equal parts finesse and power. Cruise the few bolts of awesome jug...[more]   Browse More Classics in International

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