Rock Climbing Level 1

Expand your outdoor recreational horizons with a level 1 rock climbing course. This beginner's course provides participants with an introduction to rock climbing. Rock climbing is largely about techique and balance, and participants will be taught basic rock climbing techniques, and can practice moving efficiently on the rock, including on slab, straight faces, nursery boulders and cracks.

Located in the beautiful Sanjay Gandhi National Park, the natural environs enhance the experience and allow participants to climb the existing rock formations.

This course is suitable for most people in good health and includes only limited amounts of activity. Any elements of walking are predominantly on good paths and abseiling or climbing are at an introductory level. Our dedicated and experienced instructors will ensure that you learn and have fun at the same time.

IMPORTANT: This is not a fixed departure trip, and requires a minimum group size of 4 participants for confirmation.


Located in Borivali, in the midst of the hills, the Sanjay Gandhi National Park provides the perfect natural environment for both novice and experienced rock climbers to hone and perfect their skills. In addition to providing a mix of rock surfaces and terrrain for us to practice, the park is also home to numerous plant and insect species.

Destination highlights

Expand your outdoor recreational horizons | Learn the basics of rock climbing including key knots and nursery bouldering | Refine your rock climbing knowledge including the terminology and common jargon | Practice climbing in a serene and natural landscape


Level 1 Beginner

Private or Group

4 to 1

3 hrs

Personal insurance is recommended.


100 kg

25 kgs


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Sanjay Gandhi National Park

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We meet inside the Sanjay Gandhi National Park next to the main gate, and get introduced to the team.

The sessions are generally a mix of theory, practical demonstrations and practice.

Today we cover introductory topics like movement and technique including body position, footwork and specific climbing moves such as rockover's, laybacking and jamming, understanding various hand holds, key knots, basic rope work, route description, climbing terminology and grading systems. We also try a bit of nursery bouldering under supervision. Movement and technique on the rock
Body position, footwork and specific climbing moves such as rockover's, laybacking and jamming
Understanding various hand holds and reading smaller routes
Key knots
Basic rope work
Route descriptions, climbing terminology and grading systems
Nursery Bouldering



Day 1 Milestone

Sanjay Gandhi National Park

Sanjay Gandhi National Park

07:30 AM

We learn more about climbing jargon, safety calls, two-way communication, selection and the correct use of rock climbing equipment like harnesses, belay plates, knots and ropes, basic belaying techniques (how climbers use the rope to arrest falls) and falling safely.

The day is spent practicing and perfecting these techniques. Communication – Understand climbing jargon, safety calls and two-way communication
Rock Climbing Equipment - selection and use of harnesses, belay plates, knots and ropes
Basic Belaying Techniques - how climbers use the rope to arrest falls
Falling safely



Day 2 Milestone

Sanjay Gandhi National Park

Sanjay Gandhi National Park

07:30 AM

Includes / Excludes


  • Training lessons for 2 days
  • Actual unlimited climbing experience
  • Safety gear
  • Personal climbing equipment
  • Services of highly experienced instructors


  • Travel costs
  • Park entry fees
  • Meals
  • Insurance
  • Any other costs or services not mentioned in the inclusions

What to Wear

What to Wear

  • Comfortable loose pants that can stretch (if you can do a split with the stitches around the crotch holding up well, it’s a workable pant)
  • Sports/crew neck tshirt
  • Peak cap Buffs are good if you have long hair
  • Climbing shoes (a snug-fit sport shoe with a tapering apex having a sole offering reasonable friction)
  • Not to wear - Expensive jewellery or watches

What not to Wear

  • Loose clothing that will tangle around you while swimming
  • Restrictive clothing
  • Flip-flops

Equipment / Gear

We Provide

  • Safety gear
  • Personal climbing equipment

You need to get

  • A day pack (so that your hands remain free while we hike to the climbing region) with the following items:
  • Drinking water (minimum 2 liters)
  • Hydration powder (glucose sachets)
  • Light packed lunch (Avoid fatty or greasy packs. Healthy sandwiches are good.)
  • Energy bars/Peanut and jaggery bars
  • Personal identification with blood group listed
  • Change of clothes

Medical Kit

  • Please carry specific personal or prescribed medication, personal first-aid kit for this tri

Cancellation policy

The refund policy for cancellations is specified below:

30 days or more – 90% of the total amount paid

Between 15-29 days – 70% of the total amount paid

Between 8-14 days – 35% of the total amount paid

Between 0-7 days – No refund

Rules on trip

Climbing, abseiling or related activity without gear or supervision of our staff is strictly not permitted.

MP3 players, iPods, cell phones, smartphones, and Bluetooth devices are not allowed while climbing, abseiling, top-roping, leading or belaying.

Do not climb directly below other climbers. Wait for you turn to climb or abseil.

Do not intentionally distract climbers or belayers.

Watch out for falling climbers and stand clear of fall zones and swing zones.

No barefoot climbing, hiking or abseiling.

No free soloing.

No running on cliff tops and rock edges.

Keep minimum 5 feet distance from the edge of the cliff at all times.

Do not lay down or sit directly below boulders.

If you spot or belay, stay focused on the climber at all times.

Do not wander off on your own in the wilderness.

Wait for your turn and await our instructors signal.

No eating or drinking while belaying or spotting.

Always perform safety checks before climbing. Check and recheck yourself and your partner’s knots, harnesses, and equipment.

Always use clear climbing commands.

No one is permitted to belay, tie in, mock-lead, or lead climb until they pass Vertical Bug pre-requisites.

Videotaping of any courses or instruction is prohibited.

Consumption of alcohol and/or controlled substances is not permitted at Vertical Bug. Anyone suspected of being under the influence will be asked to leave immediately.

Intimidating, harsh, or violent language and actions taken towards any members and staff will not be tolerated and will result in immediate removal.

Vertical Bug have the right to abort activity temporarily or permanently for unsafe or inappropriate behavior.

Any willful refusal to&

Additional instructions, booking policies, terms and conditions

Participants under the age of 18 must have their parent or legal guardian’s consent. Extended family and friends of parents are not legitimate guardians.

Adhere to the rules, abide by any notices or warnings, follow the instructions of our staff and instructors, and alert your fellow climbers and participants to possible dangers or unsafe practices. Failure to follow any of the rules can result in restrictions on certain participation privileges. Vertical Bug staff have the right to abort the activity for failure to comply safety norms.

The rules may be amended at any time without warning. Vertical Bug staff has been instructed to enforce rules through whichever means they see fit.

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