For people who looking for outside activities in Laos, Thakhek could be an excellent choice. Green Climbers Home in Khammouane Province is famous spot for climbers. Newly established but currently there are over 350 routes and more are being put up.
While a majority of the climbs are steep and pumpy, the cliff also boasts a wide selection of vertical to slightly overhanging technical routes, and a few multi-pitch routes with magnificent views of the valley.
What To Expect
Between the wide range of developed routes and the huge potential for new route, an average approach of about 5 minutes, and wonderful lodging and food right next to the cliff, Thakhek is certainly a destination for climbers visiting Laos.
The climbs are located about 12 km east of Thakhek, on several of the limestone towers surrounding the Green Climbers Home. If you’re staying in Thakhek you can rent a bicycle or scooter in town and head west out of town on Rt 12 (towards Vietnam). Just past km marker #12 on the right is a dirt road to a farmhouse. Take the dirt road past the farm and back to the Green Climber’s Home and you’re 20 m from the climbs.
A better option is to get a tuk tuk out to the Climber’s Home on your first day and stay there. You could plan a day or choose to stay overnight in a bungalow or tent. There are also climbing classes for newbies.
You could also take the Thai-Lao International Bus from Nakon Phanom to Thakhek.
All the climbs are an easy five minute or less walk from the Climber’s Home, with a mild bushwhack to the two multi-pitches. They also have a newly published guidebook for sale ($15), with great descriptions of all the climbs.