Multi-Pitch Climbing Thailand
Climb some of Thailand’s classic multi-pitch routes. A twelve night fully guided tour of what many consider to be the most beautiful and exciting climbing destination in the world. Designed to give you a good flavor of what South East Asia has to offer. During this Multi-Pitch Climbing Holiday you will climb some of Thailand’s best single pitch routes, you will receive one-to-one coaching on your climbing technique, and something to get most excited about: you will go on some proper adventures. You will climb three classic multi-pitch routes, two of which with its first ascensionist! The Multi-Pitch Climbing Holiday is for those climbing grade F6B+ (toprope) or harder.
Rock Climbing In Thailand
For close to thirty years Thailand has been the tropical sport climbing destination of choice. Southern Thailand is a must visit destination for any sport climber with a sense of adventure and an interest in experiencing other cultures. Koh Phi Phi then Railay and Tonsai is where it all began comprising remote islands and peninsulas cut off by imposing limestone cliffs and dense jungle making the approach often only possible by boat. Thailand is a climbing paradise consisting of classic three dimensional climbing on pocketed limestone walls, towers and caves often dripping in tufas and flow-stone formations.
Many climbs begin straight from golden sandy beaches or directly out of the ocean requiring a traditional long tail boat or kayak approach. The jungle crags could have you rubbing shoulders with monkeys, gibbons or monitor lizards and it is not uncommon to spot dolphins, sea eagles, kingfishers, turtles or flying fish while gazing down from belay ledges on multi pitch routes or during boat trips between the many islands.
- 9 (up to 10) days climbing with certified climbing guide
- 3 classic Multi-Pitch routes
- 12 nights accommodation
- Half Board (see itinerary)
- All equipment
- Transport to and from venues including boats
- Maximum Multi-Pitch ratio is 1:2
- Maximum Single-Pitch ratio is 1:6
- Lots of fun climbing!
Multi-Pitch Climbing Holiday Itinerary
After your international flight into Bangkok, you will take a domestic flight into Trang airport. This is where you will be picked up by our driver and after a 30 – 40 minute drive you will arrive at the coast. From here your adventure begins! A 45-60 minute trip on a traditional wooden long tail boat will transport you to the island paradise of Koh Lao Liang.
Koh Lao Liang 4 Nights
This idyllic small island resort is less than two kilometers in length. The accommodation is in the form of double room frame tents pitched under tree cover and never more than 25m from the beach with full power, lighting and fans – most people would describe this as glamping rather than camping! The catering is excellent and is full board buffet style for all meals. There is a bar on the beach with lounging areas and hammocks nearby. The bar operates an honesty system during the day and bar staff serve cocktails, beers and soft drinks in the evening (you won’t need your wallet until it’s time to settle your bar bill at the end of your stay).
The island has been developed as a climbing destination by your climbing guides and has been developed within the past 8-9 years, so no polish and no crowds! Being 16-18km from the mainland, it has an off the beaten track, exclusive feel to it. There are rarely more than 20 climbers staying at any one time and there is an abundance of routes in the lower grades, straight off the squeaky clean golden sands. The climbing is in the sun until 11am making this the perfect place to relax and get over your jet lag. Mornings usually consist of relaxing in the sun, swimming, snorkeling, kayaking or fishing. After some more relaxing and lunch, we’ll be climbing some of the best routes in Thailand in the afternoon. With the majority of the climbing being less than two minutes walking distance from your tent, a full days climbing can be had even when starting after mid-day.
The four nights on the island allow us to have three days of climbing, or four if you decide to climb in the afternoon of your arrival day. These three (or four) days will be focused on single pitch climbing, getting used to the 3D style of rock climbing in Thailand, and coaching technique. Depending on your experience level, one afternoon will be dedicated to learning or freshening up your multi-pitch ropework and anchor skills.
Ao Nang 8 Nights
Ao Nang is a seaside resort that is situated close to the main climbing areas of Tonsai and Railay. Both being less than 15 minutes by boat, these two areas have become the most popular over the last 20 years and although sometimes very busy they are home to some incredible climbs – many of which have become established classics of the continent. Both will be visited as day excursions. In recent years new climbing areas have been developed on the out skirts of Ao Nang – our guides will use their local knowledge to steer you away from the crowds and queues while enjoying the best they have to offer. Most of the local climbing comes into the sun at around 2pm so are morning venues – leaving you plenty of time to enjoy what Ao Nang has to offer from its abundant choice of restaurants, cafes, and bars (with plenty of live music playing in the evenings). It is also the perfect place to visit local markets, take Thai cookery lessons, book a diving course or just have a relaxing massage on the beach.
While on the mainland we will have six more climbing days, with a rest day in the middle. During these six days there will be more opportunity to climb Thailand’s amazing single pitch routes and to receive one-to-one coaching on your climbing technique. But by booking the Multi-Pitch Climbing Holiday, more adventures lie ahead of you. You will climb three of Thailand’s Classic Multi-Pitch routes. For instance Big Wave (Ton Sai), Humanality (Ton Sai), Ao Nang Tower (a Karst Sea Stack) and/or Lord of the Thais (Railay West). You will be guided by Trevor Massiah, who bolted Humanality (with Greg Collum) and who opened the top pitch of Ao Nang Tower on trad gear before bolting it. An experience not many people get to have: to climb some fantastic multi-pitch routes with the person who bolted them!
An Unforgettable Experience
During your trip you will be waking up on the beach or perhaps in the jungle, to the sound of the howling Brown Horn-bill. Maybe you’ll have a dip in the ocean at sunrise prior to a leisurely breakfast, followed by a spot of sun lounging or kayaking and a leisurely stroll down the beach for an afternoon of climbing. These are just some of the things that make Thailand a very special climbing destination. Also the people are considered amongst the happiest and friendliest in the world – one of Thailand’s other names being; “the land of smiles”. The climbing in the most part is super convenient meaning that you can get a full days climbing in and still leave plenty of time for the abundance of other things that you may want to enjoy during your holiday such as: Snorkeling, Kayaking, Thai cooking lessons Scuba diving or a relaxing massage all of which you will find very reasonably priced compared to European or western prices.
Your in-country guide, Trevor Massiah, has been climbing and developing climbing areas and routes in Thailand and other places for over twenty years. It will be his job to make sure you get the best of what is on offer. Trevor and his team will ensure that you avoid the crowds and areas that may be considered spoilt, and instead guide you to the best of the classics, the newly developed areas and secret spots. They will allow you to relax and enjoy your trip of a lifetime, ensuring the most taxing thing that you might have to do is choose a fantastic Thai meal from the menu – and even this will be made easier with their help!
Accommodation on Lao Liang (4 nights) will be in large framed tents, with electricity, light and fan. The tents are supplied with mattresses, pillows and bed linen. Camping right on the beach under the shade of the trees with the sound of the waves. The price of the Multi-Pitch Climbing Holiday is based on sharing a tent with one person of the same gender. If you prefer a single tent, a supplement is payable.
Accommodation on the mainland (8 nights) is in a Thai style concrete bungalow in lovely tropical garden with swimming pool. The bungalows have air-conditioning, hot showers and Wi-Fi. The price of the Multi-Pitch Climbing Holiday is based on sharing a bungalow with one person of the same gender. If you prefer a single bungalow, a supplement is payable.
Flights and Transfers
Transfers are included in the Multi-Pitch Climbing Holiday (conditions apply).
Fly to Trang on arrival day.
Fly out of Krabi on departure day.
More detailed travel and transfer information will be available in your booking confirmation pack.
Please contact us before booking your flights.
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