Rock Climbing in Manali

Our rock climbing in Manali programmes are varied and intended for all possible enthusiasts who are looking for a memorable rock climbing experience.

Rock climbing is an inherently dangerous activity, so choosing experienced and proper guiding service is paramount to learn the sport safely. Climbing with experienced guides who have international exposure of working with the best climbers of the world gives the participants a unique opportunity to learn the sport safely as well developing skills to push one’s limit.

Our climbing programs are instructive, fun filled and practical to serve our clients needs. In these programs we focus on what our clients are looking for, and try to provide them that.

We base our summer rock climbing programmes around Manali. Manali is a well developed climbing destination with a rich amount of technical routes and boulder problems. This allows developments of technical climbing movement skills, along with understanding of different climbing styles, grading and other aspects of the sport, an excellent experience of climbing in a Himalayan atmosphere!

Manali: A perfect gateway to rock climbing in the Himalayas

Our climbing programmes are based on two main crags in Manali, namely Chichoga and Aleo.


Developed in September 2009 Chichoga is probably the best sector to climb in Manali. The climbing is on a very beautiful wall located in a cedar forest; the rock and the atmosphere of this place is pristine tranquil and offers a very memorable experience.  The developers have drilled and laid over 140 bolts to equip the 9 routes (35m on average) of the Chichoga sector. This wall offers a homogeneous potential ranging from 6a + to 7a.

Climbing routes at Chichoga, Manali


The area offers a lot of different and varied routes of many different difficulty levels. This place is also used as a training area for the state run mountaineering institute based in Manali. The area got its first equipped routes from visiting European climbers, latter some were re-equipped. There is a very good mixture of both sport and trad routes here.

Aleo climbing routes (Photo created by Jorda/Zeltner)

Our offerings cater to both the beginners and experienced climbers, likewise. These are (we can further tailor made as per your inclinations and experience)

  1. Rock climbing fundamentals
  2. Sport climbing clinic
  3. Day climbing session

 1) Rock Climbing Fundamentals:

Location: Manali (Chichoga/Aleo)

Time:  Summer (May-June) &  Autumn/Fall (September to December, till snow arrives)

Duration: 2 days

Prerequisites: The program will be out on the rock for consecutive days to provide tutelage and training about climbing, which means it will tax the participants physically.

Though no previous climbing experience is required one should be physically active and fit. Participants are therefore advised to participate in running/ jogging and or spend time in gyms twice a week to work on their muscular strength and endurance.


Manali is a great place to learn rock climbing. The area offers lots of quality rock & climbing opportunities. To the newer climber we offer this programme , where we teach fundamental skills and knowledge for initiating rock climbing, we cover climbing movement skills, anchors & belaying, knots and rope work for safely climbing in a top rope environment

This program is designed to facilitate the knowledge and skill on the following aspects:

  • Climbing equipment and its care
  • Basic Climbing movement skills; Foot work and using footholds , Hand holds and using different grip, Body positioning on different angles and terrains , resting
  • Knots ; harness tie in knot, knots for tying into anchors
  • Belaying ; rigging a belay device, belayer positioning and anchoring, belaying a top roped climber (sling shot top roping), lowering a climber, communications
  • Setting a slingshot top rope
  • Climbing and belaying sling shot top rope
  • Anchoring a top belay top rope
  • Rock types and features
  • Environmental protection and sustainable practice


Day 1:

We start our climbing after breakfast. We spend all the day going over all the basics like key climbing knots, movement, balance and footwork drills and belaying a climber safely. We will spend time bouldering and focus on developing correct climbing technique.

Top roping; Aleo, Manali
Learning the anchors

Day 2:

Today we will climb long routes with ropes, using top rope belaying methods. Our goal today will be to safely complete a long route in team of two by climbing and belaying your partner.

Top rope climbing

 2) Sport Climbing Clinic:

Location: Manali (Chichoga/Aleo)

Time: Summer (May-June) &  Autumn/Fall (September to December, till snow arrives)

Duration: 3 days

Prerequisites: Participants should have previous climbing, experience with top rope climbing and/or bouldering. They should have basic knowledge of tying in knots and rigging belay devices and be able to comfortably belay a top rope climber.


Sport climbing clinic is for people who have done top rope climbing and are looking for skills to become a climber with leading skills. Here we teach participants the skills and knowledge for leading single pitch sport climbing, lead belaying and lowering offs. The cliffs around Manali (Aleo, Chichoga, Vashisht, Glamlang) offer routes of various grades to enhance learning for our participants

 This program is designed to facilitate the knowledge and skill on the following aspects

  • Double check procedure
  • How to orient a quickdraw
  • How to clip the rope into carabiner
  • Clipping stances and technique
  • Avoiding rope drags and dynamic belay
  • Belaying a leader
  • Catching a fall
  • Lowering a climber
  • Threading the anchors and lowering
  • How to remove quick draws
  • Types of anchors
  • Impact forces and fall factors
  • Grades and guide books
  • Physiology and injury prevention
  • Introduction to training


Day 1:

Today we review all the climbing basics and assess the skill level of the participants; we end by climbing several routes top rope.

Brushing up top rope techniques

Day 2:

We start this day with lead climbing techniques. Participants are given tuition on all the aspects of leading bolted sport routes like clipping quick draws , how to lead belay and safely lowering off, they are given exposure through mock leading to develop their ability.

Lead belaying is essential skill for aspiring sport climbers

Day 3:

Today after yesterday’s assessment climbers are put to lead their own route , if more practice is needed we go through all mock leading exercise over & over to make participants more comfortable.

Leading a sport climbing route

 3) Day Climbing Session:

Location: Manali (Chichoga/Aleo)

Time: Summer (May-June) &  Autumn/Fall (September to December, till snow arrives)

Duration: 1 day

Prerequisite: No particular previous experience required, but if you notify us about your previous climbing experience(s) we can understand your need and will be able to you serve better.

The northwest Himalayan town of Manali is a popular tourist destination and hosts a very varied high quality climbing around the town. It offers both quality bouldering and sport climbing. The rock type is predominantly gneiss and granite with quartzite mix. This provides overhanging boulder problems with varied styles like compression moves on slopers, arête climbing as well as steep powerful climbing on crimps. The sport routes are mostly vertical technical face climbs, a few nice trad climbs are also there. The cliffs around Manali have a lot of quality and hold a lot of potential for developing more routes. The modern climbing development started in Manali with heli ski guides and later by Austrian and French climbers, the author took part with them in the early development of sport cliffs in Manali. Legendary climbers like Fred Nicole, Bernd Zangerl have visited and put up world class boulder problems around Manali. We offer our guiding services on day session basis including climbing equipment to these people to explore climbing and bouldering around Manali.

Top roping during a day climbing session
Bouldering around Manali
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Duration1 to 3 Days
GradeEasy to Intermediate


Climbing guide(s) and instruction.

Any climbing equipment required, including rock climbing shoes, ropes, carabiner, harnesses, helmet, Quickdraws, belay devices, chalk and chalkbag, crashpad for bouldering.


Transportation cost to reach rock faces at Chichoga and Aleo. Its approximately ₹ 200 by an Auto Rickshaw one side, which can accommodate 3 persons.

Any food/packed lunch or beverages.

Anything which is not mentioned in the inclusions or personal in nature.

Note: 5% Govt Tax is applicable on the cost/Fee.

1) Rock climbing fundamentals (2 days)

₹ 6000 per person considering 1 person

₹ 5,000 per person considering 2 persons

₹ 4000 per person considering 3 to 4 persons (with 2 climbing guides/instructors)

2) Sport Climbing Clinic (3 days)

₹ 8000 per person considering 1 person

₹ 6,000 per person considering 2 persons

₹ 5,000 per person considering 3 to 4 persons (with 2 climbing guides/instructors)

3) Day Climbing Session (1 day)

(a) Bouldering:

₹ 3,000 per person considering 1 person

₹ 2,500 per person considering 2 persons

₹ 2,000 per person considering 3 to 4 persons (with 2 climbing guides/instructors)

(b) Route Climbing:

₹ 3000 per person considering 1 person

₹ 2,500 per person considering 2 persons

₹ 2,000 per person considering 3 to 4 persons (with 2 climbing guides/instructors)

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