Rock Climbing in Hampi

An ancient site of Indian history, Hampi was once the bedrock of the Vijayanagara Empire and the ruins of this great city have stood steadfast on the banks of the Tungabhadra River till today. Declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the city sprawls across a whopping 4,100 hectares and has more than 1,600 surviving structures of this influential Hindu kingdom in South India.  

It’s easy to see why rock climbing in Hampi is popular. This ancient city’s landscape is a rock climbing dream, with massive granite boulders making up the majority of its topography. Bouldering is the most popular form of rock climbing in Hampi and clambering up the sides of these rock formations give you a gorgeous vistas of the dusty red surroundings and even the monuments in the distance. The city is an international hub for bouldering and you can meet many like-minded rock climbing enthusiasts in the area as well as locals who will guide you on the different problems in the area.  

For extensive knowledge on rock climbing in Hampi, you can check out the guidebook ‘Golden Boulders’. Based on the research of two long term Hampi climbers Pil Lockey and Herald Vierroth, the guidebook covers new problems discovered by them as well as climbs documented by other rock climbers. The book is available in both English and German and can be bought online or found in the Tom and Jerry shop or Thimmas climbing shop in Hampi.  

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