Rock climbing in Cat Baguides are experts on the area and excited to show you the best Cat Ba has to offer. Our staff is more than happy to provide you with gear rentals, guided trips, private instruction, and a wealth of helpful advice. We’re here to help you can get the most out of your experience in Vietnam.
For independent climbers, explore our site to find helpful tips on how to do everything with us or on your own. Check out our online videos or get in touch with us for information on anything from current events, to deep water solo tides, to the local weather. Happy trails and we’ll see you on Cat Ba!
Climbing on Cat Ba Island
The climbing areas around Cat Ba require either an access pass or direct payment to the property owner. You can purchase your access pass in our shop as well as inquire about direct payments.
Butterfly Valley…Our Amazing Home Crag
Just a scenic thirty-minute motorbike ride from Cat Ba Town is beautiful Butterfly Valley, our home crag. Butterfly Valley is located in Lien Minh, the oldest village on Cat Ba and one of the most pristine areas on the island. The valley wall is a magnificent cut of superb limestone with over 50 sport routes available. Climbing grades range from 4 to 8b+… plenty of routes for climbers of all levels.
You can access Lien Minh easily by motorbike or with quite a bit more effort by bicycle. Coming out of the Asia Outdoors shop take a right. After 500 meters turn right up a hill. Pass the local market on your left and keep going until you hit a t-intersection. Take a left and follow this road out of town for about 4km. After passing a petrol station on your left, keep left at a y-intersection (the right side takes you to the national park). Follow this road for another 6km through Tran Chau town. After the town the road goes up a steep uphill. After the hill you will see a white concrete road going right where the main road goes left. Take the white road to the right until you enter the village of Lien Minh. Continue on this road up and down several hills until the road ends and you see the cliff in front of you.
Park your bike at the Hive. The hive is on your left as you enter the valley, before the road becomes dirt trail and you can see the cliff. Look for a sign saying “the Hive”. At the hive turn in your access pass to Trinh and Nga and take the dirt trail to the cliff. If there has been a lot of rain recently, the valley may be flooded. Ask the Asia Outdoors staff for beta on how to get around the small lake that forms in the valley after a storm.