Top three reasons to go on a Kalymnos retreat
Sport climbing easily accessible within a few minutes walking distance
Almost 2500 well equipped sport climbing routes for all climbing levels
Remote beaches, turquoise waters, and amazing tufa formations all around
Kalymnos is a rocky island paradise with wonderful scenery, Greek tradition, Mediterranean weather, and stunning sea views. Climb the quality limestone cliffs and enjoy the breathtaking views of the endless Aegean Sea. Spend seven days right in the heart of the best climbing in Kalymnos with Kalydna Crag, Poets Crag, and Grande Grotta, all within a 15-minute walking distance. The island has almost 2500 well-equipped sport climbing routes for all skill levels — from beginner routes to extremely advanced ones for the experts. Climb easy slabs, technical wall climbs, wild overhanging, and even climbs between stalactites. Relax with three yoga classes and a Thai massage while exploring the local cuisine and tradition. If you like Greek culture, you are going to love this trip! Find out more about what you’ll gain at this Kalymnos Yoga & Climbing retreat from your guide Heidi Wirtz, a Colorado local, AMGA-certified Rock Guide, yoga teacher and owner of Earth Play Retreats.
Kalymnos is an hour away by airplane from Athens, Greece
Beginner to advanced
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Rock Climbing and Yoga Retreat in Kalymnos
Enjoy seven days of fantastic rock climbing and yoga on the Mediterranean Sea! Let your certified guides plan out the perfect days on the rocks and spend the rest of the time exploring the spectacular scenery, traditional cuisine, and markets of Kalymnos. During your week on the island, relax, advance your climbing skills, try climbing stalactites, and discover spectacular vistas from the limestone cliffs! This once-in-a-lifetime adventure will leave you with a sense of inspiration and relaxation. You will definitely want to come back as soon as possible!
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Earth Play Retreats
Earth Play Retreats
Earth Play was everything I could have wished for. Wake up to yoga and surfing in paradise, crushing gorgeous limestone coral formations in the jungle, and slacklining over the waves with a breathtaking ocean sunset, all accompanied by like-minded awesome people and culture.
Earth play retreats is a blast! It’s a great way to travel, and play with people who have similar interests. As a climber of 26+ years, finding a climbing/ travel partners isn’t always the easiest to find. Earth play has been awesome for that. I get to travel and climb with out the worries of finding someone to travel with.
Things to know
Covid measures in Kalymnos, Greece
57hours is committed to providing safe outdoor adventure experiences. We require all guides using our platform to have a COVID-19 safety plan and to make the details of that plan accessible to travelers. In most cases, group sizes will be reduced, guides will avoid overcrowded locations, and other safety measures will be met depending on the location and activity.
We also expect clients to respect local regulations and take measures to protect themselves, guides and the communities they’re travelling to. For more information on COVID-19 measures in Greece, please refer to the Discover Greece website.
Please contact us if you have any questions or require further information. We are happy to provide you with the most up-to-date information!
What you get in this adventure:
- Experienced rock-climbing guides (1 IFMGA climbing guide and 1 AMGA climbing guide) with extensive knowledge of the area
- Shared double room for 6 nights (private room with added fee)
- 6 Breakfasts
- 3 Yoga Classes
- 1 Thai Massage Class
- Morning meditation
- Daily Climbing Outings
- 1 Via Ferrata Adventure
What’s not included:
- Transportation to Kalymnos or to the retreat location
- In-island transportation
- Lunches and dinners
- Additional activities: Scuba Diving, Snorkeling, Horseback Riding
- Additional climbing days with no more than 2:1 guide to client ratio
- Accommodation for the additional climbing days
How fit do I need to be?
If you can climb a ladder, you’re good to go. Being in good shape is always a plus but far from necessary. Rock climbing is all about using good movement technique rather than muscling up a cliff using brute strength. To ensure you have a fun retreat, your guide will choose routes that best suit your skill and fitness level.
What if I’ve never climbed before?
Kalymnos has plenty of options for beginner climbers. Whether you’ve never climbed before or are transitioning from the gym to outdoor climbing, your guide will customize the day to suit your skill level and objectives. With a guide by your side, you’ll learn something new, stay safe on the rocks, and most importantly, have fun!
For intermediate to advanced climbers, Kalymnos has loads of routes to spend the day on. Your guide will discuss your objectives and customize the day to your goals. Let your guide plan the day so you can focus on developing your skills while climbing the classic routes or best hidden gems the area has to offer.
What about required equipment?
All technical climbing equipment will be provided by your guiding service. However, if you have your own gear, feel free to bring it. You’ll need:
- Climbing hardware (quickdraws, cam devices, stoppers, etc.)
- Belay device
- Chalk bag
You can rent from your guide:
- Harness with a locking carabiner
- Rock shoes
Here’s a list of the equipment we suggest you bring:
- Day pack large enough to carry all the items listed (around a 40L bag)
- Water bottle
- Toiletries (sunscreen, bug spray, toilet paper, etc.)
- Camera — optional
Dress comfortably and for the weather in clothes you can move in. We suggest bringing clothing appropriate for the season. Layers are best and don’t wear jeans.
Group sizes and age requirements
Group sizes and prices:
- For this group adventure, the max client to guide ratio is 5:1, up to 10 people and 2 guides, and cost is per person.
- Costs per person doesn’t decrease as the group grows.
- Climbing days can be arranged for bigger groups. Contact us prior to booking.
Min. age requirements:
- If you are older than 18, you’re good to go.
- Minors younger than 18 may be permitted to climb on a case-by-case basis, but must be in the presence of a parent or legal guardian.
If your group has climbers under the age of 18, contact us prior to booking to make arrangements.
With 57hours, you benefit from both our own cancellation policy as well as that of the individual guiding service that delivers your adventure. All policies regarding cancellation will be clearly laid out by your guide after booking your adventure, but rest assured that our own cancellation policy will work on top of what is provided by your guide.
For this adventure, 57hours offers a Expedition Cancellation Policy, which states:
If Client cancels the Booking anytime prior to one hundred twenty (120) calendar days in advance of the trip contemplated by the booking, Client is entitled to a full refund. For cancellations ninety (90) to one hundred nineteen(119) calendar days in advance, Client is entitled to a refund in the amount of fifty percent (50%) of the total amount paid when Booking. For cancellations seventy five (75) to eighty nine (89) calendar days in advance, Client is entitled to a refund in the amount of twenty-five percent (25%) of the total amount paid when Booking. After that deadline, Client is not entitled to any refund. Any reimbursable expenses arising out of the Booking incurred by Guide prior to the date of cancellation (including but not limited to plane tickets, car rental payments, and lodging or transportation fees) are non refundable as soon as they are incurred by the Guide.
Getting there and meeting location
To get to Kalymnos, most people fly into Athens International Airport, Greece, and then fly to the island of Kalymnos just an hour away. Once you get there, you can rent a car or motorbikes to get to your accommodation.
Once you and your guide agree on the details of your itinerary, your guide will suggest the best place to meet.