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Thakhek Rock Climbing 

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Thakhek is a newly developed sport climbing area in the Karst limestone of southern Laos. If your looking to escape the party scene of Vang Vieng, Thakhek is the place to go. Currently there are around 100 developed sport climbs, and new climbs are being put up almost daily. The climbs range from 5.8 up to 5.13c, with a few projects for the ambitious folks. While a majority of the climbs are steep and pumpy, the cliff also boasts a wide selection of vertical to slightly overhanging technical routes, and a few multi-pitch routes with magnificent views of the valley.

Between the wide range of developed routes and the huge potential for new route, an average approach of about 5 minutes, and wonderful lodging and food right next to the cliff, Thakhek is certainly a destination for climbers visiting Laos.

Getting There 

The climbs are located about 12 km east of Thakhek, on several of the limestone towers surrounding the Green Climbers Home. If you're staying in Thakhek (Traveler's Lodge or Inthira Hotel are recommendable) you can rent a bicycle or scooter in town and head west out of town on Rt 12 (towards Vietnam). Just past km marker #12 on the right is a dirt road to a farmhouse. Take the dirt road past the farm and back to the Green Climber's Home and you're 20 m from the climbs.

A better option is to get a tuk tuk out to the Climber's Home on your first day and stay there. The food is amazing and Uli and Tanja are fantastic hosts. Visit their website for more info:

All the climbs are an easy five minute or less walk from the Climber's Home, with a mild bushwhack to the two multi-pitches. They also have a newly published guidebook for sale ($15), with great descriptions of all the climbs.

Climbing Season

Weather station 6.4 miles from here

36 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',9],['3 Stars',17],['2 Stars',8],['1 Star',1],['Bomb',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Thakhek

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Thakhek:
Mon General   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch, 90'   Hilton
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Rock Climbing Photo: On the headwall of Jungle King

Jungle King 5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b  Asia : Laos : ... : Roof Right Side
Big holds and big rests for 5.11 climbing to the first set of anchors. After the anchors the angle kicks back and the rests get trickier, but the holds are still everything you want. A nice, pumpy runout to the chains......[more]   Browse More Classics in International

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Rock Climbing Photo: A typical anchor at Thakhek.
BETA PHOTO: A typical anchor at Thakhek.
Rock Climbing Photo: David sticking the crux on Dan's Dyno 7b+
David sticking the crux on Dan's Dyno 7b+

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By Steven Lucarelli
From: Moab, UT
Feb 23, 2015
This area is fun with routes for all abilities but a word of caution should be made about the anchors. For some reason all the anchors are composed of two bolts connected to each other by an old piece of rope that is not equalized. One of the bolts will have one quick link on it that is used for lowering or rappelling from, making the second bolt virtually useless. If the bolt your lowering off of was to fail the second bolt would be shock loaded by the old piece of rope which would most likely break. The photo on this page should clarify this description.
By Brian Boyd
From: Kowloon, Hong Kong
Apr 6, 2015
To extend on Steven's comment, if the quick link fails you are also toast. I saw several people toproping through a single quicklink, which adds to the risk factor. We put a Prussik on the lead line when lowering for peace of mind.

More broadly, green climbers home is an awesome place to visit: the rock is perhaps the nicest I have visited in Asia. The approach to crazy horse seems long and arduous in comparison, accommodations are rustic but nice, staff are excellent, and thplace has a great vibe. Imagine a version of camp 4 plopped down in the Lao jungle, without the Bears, Rangers, and conga lines to get in, and better bathrooms. Food was great as well.

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