From the highlands around Mumbai to the snow-capped Himalayas, there are tens of thousands of incredible rock climbing spots in India. While it would take several lifetimes to climb them all, it is never too early to try and scale as many as you can!
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Sprawling over 3,287,263 square kilometers (1,269,219 square miles), India is the seventh largest country on earth. The majority of the rock climbing occurs in the northernmost regions of the country, where the Himalayas pass through India.
However, there are some excellent rock climbing spots farther south in the country. Sanjay Gandhi National Park, not far from Mumbai, boasts some great climbing opportunities for beginners. The park has some modest crags and cliffs that are great for working on techniques, movement on the rocks and proper use of equipment.
For more advanced climbers, the Miyar Valley, in the northern state of Himachal Pradesh, abounds with plenty of great climbing opportunities. Boasting incredible scenery and rugged peaks reaching up to 6,300 meters (27,670 feet) in elevation, there are plenty of climbing options awaiting.
Some popular climbing spots are the two sides of Toro Peak (4,800 meters/15,750 feet). Scaling the Trident Ridge is another popular option. Both of these are perfectly suited for intermediate climbers looking for a challenge.
The mountainous north of India has an alpine climate. The climbing season is mostly during the winter, when it is driest, so temperatures can be quite cold, but the region generally stays dry.
For rock climbing trips to India, you will likely fly into one of the following airports: Srinagar airport (SXR), for Jammu and Kashmir; and Leh (IXL) or Kalimpong (IXB) for the eastern parts of the Himalayas.
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