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Cat Ba Island Rock Climbing 

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Elevation: 30'
Location: 20.7245, 107.0501 View Map  Incorrect?
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Submitted By: Ken H on Mar 16, 2011
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Cat Ba is an island about 4.5 hours from Hanoi by bus and boat. It has weather similar to the north coast of California.

In 2011 good accommodations on the main strip could be easily found in person for less than $10/night. I believe this doubles to reserve ahead and maybe more like $40/night in the summer months when the Island is full of Vietnamese tourists.

Getting There 

It will cost you 300 Dong and take about 45 minutes from the airport to the:
Ben xe Luong Yen (Luong Yen station) bus station
1 Nguyen Khoai, Hanoi, Vietnam

For those staying in the old quarter the bus station is a short ride away.

Your cab should bring you down into the front parking lot of the bus station. Things should be easy from here if you are big and white as everyone will say "Cat Ba" and point back; I assume this is because that is the only reason white folks come to this run down bus station. Enter the building in front of you and buy a ticket (170 dong in 2011) to Cat Ba Town from the Hoang Long Transportation Company on the right as you enter the building. Buses leave at 5:15 am, 7:15 am, 11:15 am, and 1:15 pm. The trip will take about 4.5 hours has very detailed information about this and is very accurate. The trip will take you by 2 hour bus, wait 30 minutes on curb, 45 minute bus, 45 minutes on ferry motor boat, and 30 minute bus drops you in the middle of Cat Ba town. The one 170 dong ticket will cover it all.

Climbing Season

Weather station 22.7 miles from here

102 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',6],['3 Stars',32],['2 Stars',31],['1 Star',3],['Bomb',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Cat Ba Island

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Cat Ba Island:
Elephant Man   5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 65'   Butterfly Valley : Center of the Universe
Cracker Jack   5.11a/b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch, 60'   Butterfly Valley : Dragon Cave
Windchime of the Ants   5.11b/c 6c+ 23 VIII- 24 E4 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 90'   Butterfly Valley : Pond Wall
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Rock Climbing Photo: Anja finishing out Elephant Man. Butterfly Valley-...

Elephant Man 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b  Asia : Vietnam : ... : Center of the Universe
A face climb through good holds and over a small roof. The crux starts at the undercling cross moving left and hard move continue until you move back right onto a corner....[more]   Browse More Classics in International

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By mikehilbert
From: Tucson, AZ
Jun 16, 2015
I climbed in butterfly valley in Vietnam's Cat Ba National Park and it was pretty good. The scene was super chill with goats and farmers coming up to us between climbs. There was only one other party there. The place to get guidebook description of the routes there (you can rent it for a few bucks) is Asia Outdoors in Cat Ba town. I rented all the gear needed to climb safely for the day from them and it was about $37 per person. The other reasonable option is a deep water solo trip with asia outdoors for about the same price if the trip books up. Climbing trips with them are ridiculously overpriced and gumbyfied.
By Kelsey Mostertman
Feb 18, 2016
Cat Ba has some incredible climbs and great potential, I really enjoyed climbing in butterfly valley along with the Face out in the bay. The cave was fun but needs some cleaning and some work however the awesome crew at Asia outdoors is doing an awesome job of developing. I have not made it to The Farm or as now named Hidden Valley, this is due to bolting done by outside sources I would not choose to climb up. Hoping this gets resolved before accidents occur however this island has so many other great areas to explore I highly suggest making a stop over here. Buffalo Love I the valley is beautiful. After exploring Thakhek Laos, Chiang Mai, Tonsai in Thailand I would say it's pretty good, new guide books just came out and Asia Outddors is super helpful. Enjoy!
Rock Climbing Photo: 7a+ on the Face in the bay
7a+ on the Face in the bay

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