Pha Deang Mountain Rock Climbing
Fog settling in over the Pha Deang Mountains
Pha Daeng is the towering mountain that sits over the river on the west side of town, you cant miss it. The close proximity makes for easy climbing and the size has a huge potential for development. As of 09 there is one main cliff and then a couple of smaller developed areas further down. Only the main cliff was accessible in the wet season.
First get to the west town. If its dry season you can take any number of the suspension foot bridges. Go all the way across, not just to the little peninsula with all the bars on it. During the wet season they take down the foot bridges so you have to head a bit south to the big vehicle bridge and pay 4000 kip (50 cents). Follow the road around right until you get to the Maylyn Guest House and continue on for 200 yards or so until you see the mountain on your right and a blue sign for a cave leading across the rice field. More than likely youll be swarmed by a gang of kids there to collect your 4000 kip to go see the cave. Ive had success explaining to them that were not there to see the cave, and other times I just paid the 50 cents to not deal with the hassle. Head across the rice field, trending left, towards the obvious large wall.
Here's the gate crossing, and the hooligans who will no doubt be there to collect your money.
Climbing Season For the Laos area.
Weather station 1.7 miles from here
12 Total Climbing Routes
['4 Stars',2],['3 Stars',5],['2 Stars',2],['1 Star',3],['Bomb',0]
Featured Route For Pha Deang Mountain
Pit Viper 5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a Asia
: ... : Main Wall
Fantastic steep pocket pulling. While not exactly beta intensive, knowing where to go will save you precious time on the pump clock. The start meanders a bit, following the line of pockets to the right and then back. The direct line goes just a bit harder and probably a cleaner sequence. 5.11d +/- a letter depending on the patch you choose....[more] Browse More Classics in International
BETA PHOTO: A common sight in Vang Vieng: misty clouds falling...
Jun 17, 2016
Paul Turecki and Kirsten Kremer were some of the first folks to climb at Pha Deang Mountain. In 1999 and 2000, they established numerous lines at Pha Deang without placing bolts, several of which were later bolted and are now popular sport routes on the Main Wall.
See the 2002 American Alpine Journal for more info: