Find out which bouldering and indoor rock climbing gyms come out on top for us!
Since the first few bouldering gyms landed in the city, the climbing sport has certainly grown in popularity. Now climbers are spoiled for choice when it comes to deciding which wall to top next. Whether you’re looking for a convenient location, a wide variety of routes, training facilities or a good introductory class to get you started, we’ve got a range of gyms to choose from to suit climbers of all levels. So strap on your climbing shoes, here’s our pick of the top bouldering and indoor climbing gyms in Hong Kong.
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But first, for the uninitiated, here are the three main types of climbing that will be mentioned to help you decide where to begin:
Bouldering: Bouldering involves climbing up walls without a harness, and because of this, it is usually limited to shorter and lower climbs. The routes are climbed over a soft crash pad which allows climbers to safely jump down after completing a route. There is both indoor and outdoor bouldering.
Top-roping: Top-roping is a style of climbing where the climber is attached to a rope, which is then passed through an anchor at the top of the route and fed to the belayer who assists the climber from the ground. This is also done both indoors and outdoors.
Lead climbing: Lead climbing is where one climber follows another. The lead climber wears a harness attached to a rope, which is connected to the other climbers. As the leader climbs upwards, they attach their rope to anchors on the wall for safety, just in case there’s a fall, and the other climbers follow. This is predominately done outdoors.
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Verm City was one of the first bouldering gyms to land in Hong Kong, pioneering the sport as the perfect after-work stress reliever. The gym spans an impressive 20,000 square feet, comprising a Clip N’ Climb component (suitable for novice climbers of all ages), a moon board, training area, weights section and lounge area complete with a kiosk and free wifi. Verm City sets itself apart by being the only bouldering gym in the city to offer an augmented wall, which allows climbers to immerse themselves in a video game-like scenario.
How much: Rock Climbing Day Pass– $280; Clip N’ Climb Day Pass – $250
Verm City, 4/F, Kodak House 1, 321 Java Road, Quarry Bay, Hong Kong, 2560 8128, www.vermcity.com
Urban Stone Climbing Gym
Five-time Cheung Chau bun scrambling champion, Angel Wong Ka-yan, opened Urban Stone after retiring to share her passion for sports climbing with enthusiasts of all ages. On top of offering day passes, this gym offers weekday night passes at $148 and also organises regular excursions for more experienced climbers who want to try their hand at outdoor bouldering.
How much: Day Pass – $218 ($168 for students)
Urban Stone Climbing Gym, G/F, Shop 2, Magnet Place, Tower 2, 38-42, Kwai Fung Crescent, Kwai Fong, Hong Kong, 5286 8992, urbanstoneclimbing.com
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Project_ climb & boulder HK
Project Underscore provides an inviting space for climbers to strive towards their personal goals. At the centre of the gyms is a large column of overhanging routes and you can find easier vertical routes along the back walls. You’ll also find a separate space for yoga practice and an area for chilling where you can treat yourself to a cup of Joe after your session.
How much: Day Pass – $220 ($180 for students)
Project_ climb & boulder HK, Room 11, 2/F, 32 Lam Hing Street Metro Centre I, Kowloon Bay, Kowloon, Hong Kong, www.projectunderscorehk.com
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The Player Climbingym
Located just a stone’s throw away from Mei Foo MTR station, The Player Climbingym features 10,000 sq. ft. of bouldering walls studded with a range of routes, as well as a 4.5 metre-tall top rope climbing wall. Need someone to show you the ropes? The professional instructors on the floor are always happy to help you top a route.
How much: Day Pass – $288 ($218 for students)
The Player Climbingym, 6B & 6B1, UG/F, Lai Chi Kok Bay Garden, 272 Lai King Hill Road, Kowloon, Hong Kong, 6380 0112, www.theplayerclimbing.com
n Bouldering is the hip new bouldering gym on Hong Kong Island. While smaller than most other climbing gyms in the city, it features a seven-metre long overhanging wall with a 55 degree incline, not to mention an elevated view of the bustling city below. A nice touch is shoe rental is free for new members with day passes.
How much: Day Pass – $268
n Bouldering, 24/F, Success Commercial Building, 245-251 Hennessy Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong, 6060 1257, www.facebook.com/n.bouldering
Keep Climbing Gym
Keep Climbing Gym is a hidden gem amongst climbing enthusiasts in Hong Kong. Being conveniently tucked away in the heart of Sheung Wan allows Island dwellers to sneak in a lunchtime workout with maximum results. Though on the smaller side, Keep Climbing Gym has a strong community vibe between regulars. Routes are also changed regularly here, making up for its size.
How much: Day Pass– $150 ($100 for students)
Keep Climbing Gym, Wayson Commercial Building, Unit 6, 2/F, 28 Connaught Road West, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong, 3619 7166, www.facebook.com/keepclimbinggym
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Being one of the only climbing gyms with multiple branches in Hong Kong, Just Climb offers convenience for those who don’t want to cross the harbour for their workout. Both gyms cover a good range of climbs, allowing for both aspiring and expert climbers to progress at their own pace. On top of having a wide variety of route styles (modern routes to more technical climbs), Just Climb also offers a party hosting service.
How much: Day Pass – $278 ($248 for students)
Just Climb, various locations across Hong Kong, WhatsApp: 6499 4188, justclimb.hk
Hong Kong Climbing Park
Hong Kong Climbing Park is one of the largest climbing facilities in the city, with a total of five zones: lead zone, bouldering zone, ninja warrior zone, training zone and the dining area. Though it is fully indoors and air-conditioned, glass ceilings let in ample natural light and create a great sense of openness. The gym also offer climbing courses, certificate courses, fitness courses and yoga studio rental.
How much: One Zone Day Pass – $218; One Zone Pass (Monday to Friday) – $258; All Zone Day Pass – $248; All Zone Pass (Weekends) – $288
Hong Kong Climbing Park, Level 2, Belair Gardens Shopping Arcade Phase 2, 52 Tai Chung Kiu Road, Sha Tin, New Territories, Hong Kong, 3708 9075, www.hkclimbingpark.com
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This boutique bouldering gym in Jordan is a great option for beginners, offering first-time visitors a day pass and shoe rental for just $150. The routes are nice and varied here, with a range of problems suitable for both novice and advanced climbers. If your arms need a break, you can grab a book or a board game and chill on a beanbag.
How much: Day Pass – $180
Campus Climbing, 1/F, Jade Suites Podium, 600 Jordan, Canton Road, Yau Ma Tei, Kowloon, Hong Kong, 9010 7250, www.facebook.com/campusclimbinghk
Attic V is run by seasoned climbers Joanna and Gwei who have a combined climbing experience of over 40 years’ under their belts. Located just a five-minute walk away from Wong Chuk Hang MTR station, this gym is convenient for those of us hoping to squeeze in a climbing session after work. Attic V offers a range of courses on climbing as well as a lounge area for you to relax in between climbs.
How much: Day Pass – $150 ($130 for students)
Attic V, Shop E, G/F Derrick Industrial Building, 49 Wong Chuk Hang Road, Wong Chuk Hang, Hong Kong, 3101 2918, www.atticv.com.hk
Editor’s Note: “The Best Bouldering & Indoor Rock Climbing Gyms In Hong Kong” was most recently updated by Nicole Moraleda in March 2023.
Main image courtesy of Project_ Climb & Boulder HK via Instagram, image 1 courtesy of Verm City, image 2 courtesy of Project_ Climb & Boulder HK via Instagram, image 3 courtesy of n Bouldering via Facebook, image 4 courtesy of Just Climb, image 5 courtesy of Campus Climbing via Instagram.