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Mumbai Rock Climbing 


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Description 

Mumbai needs no introduction. Bollywood, financial capital of India, IIT Bombay, Antilia (the mansion of India's richest person), Dharavi (world's largest slum, just a stone's throw from the terrace of Antilia), venue of the 2016 IFSC Bouldering World Cup, Mumbai is famous for many things. A city of extremes.

For current discussions/partner search, here's one relatively active FB group: facebook.com/groups/1829387687...

For formal/introductory training in outdoor climbing:
1. SVIM Mount Abu
2. Girivihar is an excellent option locally, to also connect with partners

Outdoor climbing:

1. Borivali National Park (which is officially called by a more recent name SGNP): A protected forest encircled by the city. Home to captive tigers and lions, and free roaming leopards and other fauna. Joggers' paradise. Has several bolted crags, but currently there is only one that climbing is permitted in: Gandhi Thekdi (about 1 km from the entrance; ask anyone for directions); just walk down about 100m left, 50 m below, from the toilet and you will find the boulders and top ropes.

2. Sasunavgarh: Superb climbs in the forested area abutting SGNP, under shade but mosquito infested. Has been off-limits due to cops/forest dept since 2014.

3. Manori Beach crag: this is a hidden jewel, sea facing crag that makes you feel you are climbing in some remote Mediterranean island, but don't run into cops as this is a grey area for climbing. Ask a local climber for directions

4. CBD Belapur: See the relevant area page on MP for detailed info

Basalt, black and soft on the skin, except Manori beach which has copper colored rock, also soft on the skin.

All crags are secluded. If going as just a pair of climbers, especially with a female climber, use your common sense regarding safety, else go in a larger group (but still use common sense).

Indoor climbing:

1. Podar Wall run by Girivihar. Excellent hangout for climbers, close to South Bombay and packs phenomenal amount of energy and phenomenal amount of climbing despite the small size. Weekdays 6-9pm. facebook.com/podarwall/?fref=t...

2. Arun Samant wall: facebook.com/groups/1128809853... More kids and competition climbers than adults, especially in the mornings.
The wall is named in memory of Mr. Arun Samant, an alumnus of IIT Bombay and an avid Himalayan mountaineer who perished in a climbing accident. The wall has been donated by his family.

3. The World Cup wall. The crowd-sourced wall with material from the 2016 World Cup. Still in design/site selection stage.

Getting There 

You can reach all crags by car or public transport or bicycle; all of them are within 45-60 mins drive from most of Mumbai. Approach hike is typically 10-15 mins.

Climbing Season



Weather station 2.5 miles from here

19 Total Climbing Routes

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Classic Climbing Routes in Mumbai

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Mumbai:
Rest Day   5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b     Sport   Belapur (Navi Mumbai) : Belapur Left Side Crag
Lord of the flies   5.11c/d 7a 24 VIII 25 E4 6a     Sport, TR, 1 pitch, 35'   Belapur (Navi Mumbai) : Belapur Right Side Crag
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Featured Route For Mumbai
Rock Climbing Photo: Looking down from the anchor, Lineal

Lineal 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b  Asia : India : ... : Dighe/Thane
Lineal is perhaps the most distinctive route in the crag currently. Uniform grade of about 6a over the whole length. The first half is typical of this crag, long run-outs but pretty solid terrain. Bolt 2 is a bit out of the way, too much to the right; we prefer to skip it to avoid rope drag. For similar reasons, use long draws on bolts 3-5 if possible (not critical).The second half of the route follows a huge undercut crack and is the best part of the climb. The holds are solid and the...[more]   Browse More Classics in International

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