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Ha Long Bay Vietnam



Ha Long Bay is made up of thousands of limestone karats towers. Overall the Bay is still in need of much development. However, the Vietnam government is not very supportive of rock climbing. Deep water soloing is currently tolerated but installation of bolts must be cleared through the government.

Getting There 

Ha Long Bay is accessed by most climbers from Cat Ba Town via a boat tour scheduled through SloPony. The boat trip into the bay costs at least $20 per person if 8 people are signed up to go out and goes up from there.

Climbing Season

Weather station 24.2 miles from here

11 Total Climbing Routes

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

Classic Climbing Routes in Ha Long Bay

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Ha Long Bay:
License To Climb   5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 79'   The Face
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Featured Route For Ha Long Bay
Rock Climbing Photo: Max Matheson on License To Climb. Photo credit: Jo...

License To Climb 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a  Asia : Vietnam : ... : The Face
Left bolt line. Myriad small crimps, pinches, and pockets wind up the face. Sustained climbing to a good rest. Extends into 7c....[more]   Browse More Classics in International

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By Asia Outdoors
Jan 12, 2013
Just a few updates:

Tiger & Moody Beach can be accessed by boat in Lan Ha Bay. Tiger Beach is a private beach in Lan Ha Bay and you will need access passes to climb here. Check with Asia Outdoors for information.

DWS will depend on the conditions of the tides. When the tides are too low, starting on a route will be extremely difficult and increasing the dangers of falling onto the boat and hitting rocks. Email for information about days with optimal tide conditions. Deep water soloing can be enjoyed from May to October when tides and weather are ideal.

There about 30 – 40 old routes in the bay that were equipped many years ago that do not meet the current safety standards. It is highly advised that you do not climb at these areas until they are re-bolted. Some of these areas with old bolts include: Taxi Girl, Laughing Dog Wall, Polish Pillar (One Pillar Pagoda), Jules Verne’s World, and Cerro Torre.
By Asia Outdoors
Jun 23, 2013
Asia Outdoors has been busy opening up some new crags in Tung Thit, one of the many small islands in Lan Ha Bay (the less traveled sister of Halong Bay). Tung Thit is home to “The Amphitheatre”, a 50 meter crag featuring 10 bolted routes ranging in grade from 6b to 8a. A new DWS area was discovered directly across the way from the amphitheatre with routes ranging in difficulty from 6a to 7b. Make sure to consult with the shop for tide levels as this is a high-tide-only-zone (check yourself before you wreck yourself!). Barring an ongoing typhoon (such as today’s), guided climbing trips are almost always possible.
Rock Climbing Photo: Tung Thit DWS route guide
Tung Thit DWS route guide

Rock Climbing Photo: Tung Thit route grades
Tung Thit route grades
By Luca Dg
Dec 31, 2016

Hello climbers,
if you are interested in climbing in Ha Long Bay or Cat Ba Island you might be interested in the new guidebook of the area. It was commissioned and published by Asia Outdoors in 2016. It is now on sale at the Asia Outdoors shop on Cat Ba Island and on the major Amazon sites (17 GBP, 20 Dollars, 20 Euro). The 140 page guidebook contains more than 120 sport climbing routes on 13 crags, from 4a to 8a, more than 230 deep water solo lines on 24 cliffs, from 4a to 7c+ and 30 pages with additional information (climbing pics, maps, access info, rock climbing history, climate and geology, and other useful information).

Guidebook excerpt: EXCERPT
AMAZON.COM (Also available on Amazon EU and UK)

Have fun!

Rock Climbing Photo: 2016 guidebook cover
2016 guidebook cover

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