Gugu climbing a sustained 5.12b at the Rainbow Wall

Climb Shigu

The hostel is quite literally surrounded by rock. The quantity of rock is mind blowing and we believe that after a few years development it could become one of China's top climbing destinations.

Right now there are around 160 bolted sport routes, 8 trad lines, and two multi pitch routes. The routes are spread across 10 areas all of which are within easy walking distance of the hostel. The closest area is only 15 minutes walk and the furthest is forty minutes walk.

The weather is excellent for most of the year with year round average temperatures of 15 degrees. The best time for climbing is from October to May when it's dry and sunny nearly every day. Even in the middle of winter it's possible to climb in a t-shirt in the sun. The hottest months are May and June but even then it rarely gets above 30 degrees. From mid June to Septepmer it's the rainy season. During this time it seems to either rain lightly all day, or be dry in the morning with heavy showers in the afternoon. Despite the rain, there aren't many days when climbing is not possible . All the cave routes stay dry in the rain along with the less overhanging routes on the wall right of the cave. The squirrel crag stays dry with just the very top holds getting wet. The other crags get wet while it's raining, but dry very quickly and can be climbed just a few hours after the rain stops.

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Access Fee


After the initial development in 2014 climbing was banned in the valley. Due to the hard work of Shigu Climbing Base (a local outdoor activities centre) the valley is now open again for climbing. An agreement has been made between the villagers, the local government and the climbers. Part of the agreement is that everyone coming for climbing must pay 20RMB. This is valid for 2 weeks. The money goes to the villages and will be used for the benefit of local people. 20RMB is really not a lot of money if it means we get to climb in this amazing place.

Bolting Fund

Please help with the development of Shigu, and ensure climbers' safety and pleasure for years to come. One bolt costs about $3. All donations, big or small, will be gratefully received.