Thu, 25 Feb, 2021

Wall Climbing: Astrek Climbing Wall

By Sushant Gurung

Wall climbing is the safest way to learn climbing techniques. It is an artificial, constructed wall with grip for hands and foot. It is similar to that of rock formation and is used for indoor climbing. Thus, it is used for learning and also for practicing the climbing techniques. First of all, the concept of climbing wall was originated from the UK in 1964 by Don Robinson, by inserting pieces of rock into a corridor wall. Astrek Climbing wall is one of the popular climbing walls in Kathmandu. It is located at the Bhagwan Bahal, Thamel. They offer the various ranged walls used for speed climbing, lead climbing, and bouldering. Astrek Climbing wall is Nepal’s tallest climbing wall with the height of 50 m. There are 20 different routes so that people can experience all levels of climbing. The experienced and friendly staffs at climbing walls will make it easier for the people in climbing walls and getting off the ground. wall 2 Another thing that attracts people is the mini wall for children where children can also experience the thrill of wall climbing. People climb the wall using harnesses and protection equipments. Wall climbing is a safe and fun place for beginners to learn the climbing techniques and for expert climbers; it is a place to practice their skills on the diverse ranged routes. Astrek also provides training which covers rules, guidelines for using wall, types of hold and route rating system. Besides the climbing wall, there is a bar and café. People can relax there with multi-cuisine food, high speed Wi-Fi service or just chill with the drinks and music. It is open every day from 8 am to 8 pm. In pricing, the customer who is a full day visitor has to pay Rs. 400. Also, the customer who is visiting there on Saturday has to pay the same amount. From 10am to 4pm, the climbing wall costs Rs. 250. Further, for the equipments in rents, it costs Rs. 250 more (Rs.150 for shoes and Rs.100 for harness). They provide discount of 20%, if there are 10 or more than 10 climbers. Anyone who is interested to be a member of Astrek can become the member for 3, 6 or 12 months which costs them Rs.6,000 for 3 months, Rs.8,000 for 6 months and Rs.10,000 for a year. There is also a facility for the multifaceted system. It is a wonderful venue where the beginners are always welcomed and encouraged to experience the wall climbing. Getting there: From Jay Bageshwori, you can take a micro or a bus, which will take you to Sundhara in 20-25 minutes. Then, you have to take another micro from Sundhara that will take you to Lainchor. After walking for 10- 15 mins more, you will reach the climbing wall.