Just Out: First-Ever Guidebook to Rock Climbing in Nepal. And It’s Free

Below the giant peaks of the Himalaya, the valleys of Nepal have a remarkable potential for rock climbing.

A growing community of locals wants to get the best out of it. Some of them, under the umbrella of Peak Fifteen Foundation, led by UIAGM guide Vinayak Malla, have been opening and bolting routes in the Manang district.

Manang rock climbing Topo guide cover.

Now, they have finished the first-ever route guidebook to crag climbing in Nepal. It describes 40 routes of all levels of difficulty around Manang, and includes info about grades, accommodation, how to get there, etc. ”

It took us two years,” Malla told ExplorersWeb.

Malla finished the guide just in time because in a few days, he gets back to work, guiding on Everest for Elite Exped.

location of climbs from the book

This book is just a start. “I think Manang is a future rock climbing hub,” said Malla. “We are looking forward to developing more areas.”

The topo guide is free, and you can download it here.

Malla secured with ropes at a wall, a Hilti drill in his hand.

Vinayak Malla bolts a route. Photo: Manishh Tamang

Angela Benavides

Angela Benavides graduated university in journalism and specializes in high-altitude mountaineering and expedition news. She has been writing about climbing and mountaineering, adventure and outdoor sports for 20+ years.

Prior to that, Angela Benavides spent time at/worked at a number of local and international media. She is also experienced in outdoor-sport consultancy for sponsoring corporations, press manager and communication executive, and a published author.