/ Dirt cheap climbing destinations
Question is, if I choose to be a bum for a few months longer, where can I go to carry on bouldering when this place gets too hot (end of feb maybe, or march), that is just as cheap?
Sorry I don't know where else to recommend though.
I always assumed Hampi would cost even less that £300 pcm to stay in!
By February/March the hills in the north are warming up nicely (chilly nights though). I saw some nice bits of rock at Triund above Macleod Ganj this Easter - they also have an outside climbing wall at the Himalayan Mountaineering Institute http://www.himalayanmountaineeringinstitute.com/Training_Facilities.htm - which I couldn't use due to recovering from a pulley rupture.
You could contact the HMI about good places for bouldering; the main office is in Darjeeling, also a nice place.
I have heard several reports about bouldering near Manali but wasn't into climbing when I went there 20 years ago.
Take a look on the excellent India Mike forum http://www.indiamike.com
Ladakh is an amazing place too, loads of weird rock outcrops everywhere, but you'd need to fly in (road doesn't open till May)
I'd love to see you break that one down - I'm sure it's a really comfortable lifestyle..
Cheapest accom = 100 rupees a night (a mattress and mosquito net on the roof of Goan Corner guesthouse), basic hut 300 per night
x 30 = 3000 to 9000 pcm = 35 to 102 pounds a month
3 x meals a day at 300 rupees a day = 100 pounds a month
So maybe I did overestimate things a little, but it's not uncommon to treat yourself to the odd coke, wi-fi sesh or whatever, so giving yourself (quite a generous) extra 100 rupees a day that's an extra 35 pounds a month, grand total around 237 pounds a month. If you're doing 300 quid a month then you're treating yourself quite alot. Most climbers are pretty frugal so, like me, you can probably expect to spend around 200 quid a month here. Very cheap! Hope that was useful for people (and it's helped me to clarify things because it's the first time I've properly worked it out!).
I found Manali to be marginally cheaper than Hampi as long as you stay away from the ripoff rickshaw drivers (you really don't need a rickshaw there anyway) and the temperature made for much better climbing than Hampi but then I was in Hampi in May so you only got a couple of hours after dawn before it got too hot and sweaty.
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