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Rock Climbing in Islamabad is Super Fun Activity

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Rock climbing in Islamabad Pakistan is enjoyable.

After completing most of the Hiking routes on the Margalla Hills, I had to find something unique and exciting for me for the weekends.

This eureka moment struck me one Saturday evening when my kids had gone out with their friends and my wife was dragging me to her mother’s.

Someone mentioned midlife crisis, but I call it living life.

I Googled “Rock climbing Islamabad” and texted a few people to include me in their next Crag climb for Sunday.

It is then that I realized that rock climbing is quite a fad in Islamabad.

Many university students regularly loop around the 50 rock faces that have already been surveyed and bolted for enthusiasts.

Many girls were inspired when ex-pat foreign ladies breezed over the toughest mountain face in Pakistan.

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Rock Climbing Mountains in Pakistan

  • Trango Tower, 6286 m +, Baltoro Glacier, Skardu
  • Amin Brakk Tower, 5850 m, Nangma Valley Karakorum

A kid I was consulting with mentioned “many ladies” and “Gori” and I was completely sold.

Now I know why there is an underground movement of sorts to climb Margalla’s rock faces.

Which Rock Climbing Company is the best?

  • Rock Climbing Club of Islamabad (RCCI) of Nazir Sabir 03457771117
  • Alpine Club of Pakistan03335176672
  • Rock Climbing Club 03335128519
  • Sadhu’s retreat 03145187977
  • Climax Adventure 03441612024

The person I eventually called to book runs his own adventure company and these are the details.

  • pk
  • Sajid Aslam
  • Phone Number: 923137764702

This guy is a reasonably good climber and has not had any accidents to date – which is crucial.

Luckily he had a climb scheduled for Diane Racheal rock at Shahdara picnic spot the next day.

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Weird names of Rock Climbing Walls

Rock climbing Walls in Pakistan have funny names because they were discovered and bolted by foreigners with a sense of humor.

  • Jesus
  • Islamabad
  • Cultural Divide
  • Osama Bin Climbing
  • The reluctant fundamentalist
  • Puzzled Monkey

Rock Climbing walls Rating in Islamabad Pakistan

Margalla Hills in Islamabad have about 60 well-equipped climbing routes Rated 4a to 8a, according to difficulty.

The toughest ones are rated 6b+ and above.

  • Girls and other animals (7a)
  • Action Direction (7b+)
  • Well Hidden Rock
  • Legacy (6a+)
  • Progressive Thinking (6b+)
  • Blame God

I confirmed to adventure people that I would be joining in the morning.

Rock climbing activity is usually scheduled early in the morning around 8 am, so that everyone gets a chance to scale the wall.

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How to get to Rock Climbing sites

I drove all the way to Shahdara and waited for them to arrive and layout, ropes and harnesses for climbers.

Everyone is welcome to join; novices like me included.

The owner of the adventure club personally gives you a few tips on climbing too.

It costs Rs 1200 per person per session, and you get two attempts to scale the wall.

These adventure companies usually schedule rock climbs on the weekend, both days.

Equipment I took with me

I had to take my wallet with me and nothing else; everything was provided by the adventure company.

Cellphone I took along to brag about my prowess to my anonymous people on social media.

Map of Rock Climbing Spot Shahdara

Shahdara is a few kilometers from the National Center of Physics, on the Murree Highway.

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My Rock Climb at Shahdara, Bara Kahu

This Crag rock was about 60 feet but did not look intimidating.

While I waited for the equipment to set up, cars pulled up with foreigners from Czechoslovakia, Japan, and university students from Pakistan.

I managed to climb three-quarters of the way and then repelled down the safety rope like a sack of rice.

At no stage during my ascent or descent did I feel any danger of being hurt.

I developed a camaraderie with climbers there as I was the only one who had not completed the climb in two failed attempts, whereas everyone else, including the ladies, had breezed through.

What was most astounding about the whole experience was watching Pakistan women, educated abroad, wearing tight trouserss and harnessing up for the climb like they had been doing it for ages.

I thought I had died and gone to heaven.
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