Laos: A Climbers Paradise

November 29, 2012 Laos 2 Comments 8,206 Views

Laos: A Climbers Paradise.

Christmas is coming up and we still don’t know where the wind will take us … Last year we decided to motorbike through Laos. The year before, we did the same in Cambodia and totally fell in love with this way of travelling.

We spent 5 weeks in Laos, with no particular route in mind. Some guy we met at the motorbike rental company in Vientiane told us about irresistible rock climbing down South. This was the direction we wanted to head to anyway and we even got more curious now. We’ve never imagined Laos a climbers paradise but we were ready for a nice surprise. Once we approached the area down South, it was clear that sooner or later someone had to have the idea to open up a place for rock climbing. We came across this really amazing lodge just off the main road, located in a small valley: the Green Climbers Home. We almost missed this place; only out of curiosity we turned right off the main road coming from Thakhek on our trip around the “Loop“.

We changed our plans immediately and stayed for 2 nights. The lodge is run by 2 Germans who passed through the area a couple of years ago. They were rock-climbers themselves and just decided to stay. Obviously this is still possible in Laos and with some connection to “Green Discovery Laos“, they began to build. One of them was a carpenter, which made things easier for sure – after all, craftsmen know how to build things. You can climb on various routes around the lodge and if you have enough of climbing, go for a swim in the river behind the lodge, visit one of the many caves or you just settle on your terrace with a hammock and a book…

Laos is a real climbers paradise.
Laos is a real climbers paradise.
Only experienced climbers will find their way along the mountains in Laos.
Only experienced climbers will find their way along the mountains in Laos.
Green Climbers Home Lodge near Thakhek, Laos.
Green Climbers Home Lodge near Thakhek, Laos.
Relaxing at the Green Climbers Home Lodge in Thakhek, Laos.
Relaxing at the Green Climbers Home Lodge in Thakhek, Laos.
The landscape around Thakhek, Laos.
The landscape around Thakhek, Laos.
A mountain face near Thakhek, Laos.
A mountain face near Thakhek, Laos.
The landscape near Thakhek, Laos.
The landscape near Thakhek, Laos.
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“Laos: A Climbers Paradise.”

  1. Kamyar

    Dear Nisa,
    I love your website. I’m from Iran and I think you should visit here, too. Iran is a treasure, both about nature and culture (architecture & …). Don’t pay attention to the propaganda and the things you hear in news about Iran, you can be sure that we are very more developed than countries like Cambodia or Laos.
    You won’t regret. We ‘d like to host you if you visit us!
    Best,
    Kamyar

  2. Nisa

    Hi Kamyar!
    Thanks so much for your comment! I can honestly tell you that I’d love to visit Iran some day … and Pakistan too. Both these countries are being falsely accused in the media for being dangerous & unsafe. A friend of mine has just travelled through Iran & Pakistan a few months ago and he told me, that he met the most wonderful people and there was not the slightest sight of danger. So I got even more curious then :) I’ll definitely let you know, once I have set a date for a visit. It’s always good to know someone who can show you the way & customs in a “new” country.
    Best,
    Nisa

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