Rock Climbing Trip
Sethan, this unique little town which is 14 km from Manali sits on the base camp of the famous Hampta pass trek. Offering the best of both worlds, it has the advantage of letting you be in quiet solitude amidst nature without having to go too far from the bustling town of Manali.
And of course, the main reason why we love this place - its boulders. The high Himalayas forms the perfect backdrop with splendid boulders and crags spread all across this area.
This trip is focused on getting you addicted to bouldering on natural rocks. We will introduce you to bouldering, take you to all the climbing spots around Sethan, help you improve your climbing technique and make you an independent climber.
By the end of the trip, we are sure you will get bolder to boulder!
For inquiries, call or Whatsapp on +91 7498163805.
Day 0 (23rd May): Departure from Delhi
We meet you in Delhi on this day and head to Manali together. Plan to arrive by noon at the latest as we will depart from Delhi on a Volvo bus by early evening.
Day 1 (24th May): Reaching Sethan and learning the basics of bouldering
We begin our trip right away by heading to Sethan from the Manali bus stand itself. A 50-minute drive will get us to the property at Sethan. Freshen up, have breakfast, and after lunch, we move to the bouldering areas for an acclimatization walk. Here we will teach you the basics of bouldering, spotting and how to use a crashpad, helping you prepare for the coming days.
Day 2 (25th May): Bouldering in first forest area
This will be the day you start bouldering. We start by walking to the forest area after breakfast which is about a kilometre away from the hotel. There you get to try some easy but exciting lines until lunch. We break for lunch at a Dhaba and return to bouldering till evening. We will return to the hotel before sunset for dinner and stretching.
Day 3 (26th May): Bouldering in the meadow area
After bouldering in the forest, this day you get to experience bouldering in a nice open meadow. After breakfast, a serene walk will lead us to the meadow area where you can try some harder routes and start projecting lines on your own. Lunch at Dhaba and we head back by sunset for dinner at the hotel.
Day 4 (27th May): Rest day
After two days of continuous bouldering, our bodies will need a rest day. But don’t you worry, we have other non-strenuous activities planned for the day like slacklining and a beautiful 30-minute hike through the forest. Breakfast, lunch and dinner at the property.
Day 5 (28th May): Rope climbing day
After all the bouldering, we would like you to try your hands at long rope climbs. After breakfast, we start by taking a 15-minute drive to the crag and then it's time to get high on the rocks! We will set up some top ropes for new climbers while the experienced ones can try leading these routes. We spend all day at the crag and head back to the property by sunset.
Day 6 (29th May): Bouldering in the second forest area
Saving the best boulders for the last, we will head towards another forest area which has some amazing boulders on this day. After lunch we head back to the property, check out by evening and head towards Manali to catch our ride home.
Now that your Sethan bouldering trip is complete, we are sure you will want to come back again.
()Bouldering - Spotting, Taking a fall, Topping out, Brushing, crashpad placement, climbing techniques, identifying and projecting your boulder problem.
()Rope climbing - Top-rope climbing equipment and Top-rope belaying.
Price - INR 24000 per person (includes GST @ 5%)
Dates - 23rd to 29th May 2023
Batch size - 8 climbers
Level - Absolute beginners to intermediate
Instructor ratio - 1:3
Duration - 5 nights and 6 days
Stay starts from day 1 and ends on day 6 in Sethan. You will be staying in a hotel on all 6 days.(Hotel rooms will be on a double or triple-sharing basis)
()Instruction - By experienced climbers with wilderness first aid certification.
()Climbing equipment - Crashpads, shoes, harnesses, helmets, ropes, and other climbing and safety equipment will be provided.
()Transportation - Delhi ⇄ Manali via Volvo bus, Manali ⇄ Sethan via car.
()Meals - Breakfast,lunch at Dhaba and dinner on all days.
Excludes - Any personal expenses, anything apart from includes, and emergency or medical costs incurred.
For inquiries, call or Whatsapp on +91 7498163805.
Our Climbing Instructors
Meet Bhavesh Suri - an avid climber with a passion for bouldering and sport climbing. He also enjoys slacklining, trail running,
and shooting in his free time.
Having traveled across India to discover different kinds of rock, from Badami to Hampi to Sethan, he is excited to share his knowledge and experiences with you.
There's nothing he enjoys more than hanging out with people who love the outdoors and the beautiful sport of rock climbing. He is very good at helping people play to their strengths and think critically when it comes to sending a boulder or sport climb. He will help you understand when to push
yourself or when it's time to stop and live to climb another day.
He loves to to explore new routes, push his limits, and create unforgettable memories in the great outdoors.
Meet Yash Choudhari - an absolutely fierce rock climber.
He has no fear of terrifying heights and makes climbing seemingly impossible-to-scale cliffs and rocks look very easy. He has scaled numerous rocks and cliffs in Vietnam, India and Laos and is equipped with advanced rock-climbing skills.
He doesn't always make it to the top on the first attempt, but that is what rock climbing is all about, it has taught him to be persistent and patient. The smile on his face when he finally finishes the climb and gives a thumbs up, makes us believe in him and in his experiences.
He is also a Certified Wilderness First Responder (NOLS) and is trained in rescue operations, including managing high altitude sickness and advanced first aid skills.
I have never climbed before, will I be able to participate well?
Yes, since we have trained professionals who are here to guide you, it doesn't matter if you have never climbed before or have climbed a few times.
What is bouldering?
Bouldering is climbing 10 to 15 feet high rocks without ropes or harnesses with a crashpad for safety. It is very different from rope climbing.
Does the cellphone network work/is wifi available in Sethan?
Wifi will be available at the hotel, and cellphone networks may not be available at climbing locations which are in the wilderness.
How cold is Sethan in May?
While the daytime will be comfortably warm, the nights can get cool touching single digits sometimes. Carrying a warm jacket is advisable with some rain protection.