If you’ve earned the notches in your rock shoes, you know the hype around Kalymnos — this Aegean rock climbing oasis hosts over 4,000 fantastic single and multi-pitch routes, including some of the greatest sport climbs in Europe. With Olympus-quality limestone, well-bolted routes, and a wide variety of crags for all skill levels, it’s also the picture-perfect setting for advancing your journey from climber to crusher. Your instructor has been seasonally based in Kalymnos since 2004, meaning he knows how to find just the right route you need, as well as some hidden gems to help you steer clear of the crowds. Plus, nothing gets you as motivated to reach the top as the promise of local delicacies and epic Mediterranean views. Find out why you should head to Kalymnos for the best sport climbing in Greece from Emily Cole, avid sport climber and founding member of Crux Crush.

  • Advance your climbing on well-bolted routes with solid, grippy rock

  • Over 4,000 single and multi-pitch climbs for all levels of learners

  • Idyllic Mediterranean views, fantastic Greek delicacies, and perfect summer weather

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3 Days of Coaching and Guiding in Kalymnos
May 01 onwards
5 Days of Coaching and Guiding in Kalymnos
May 01 onwards

Meet your guides

Joe Fratianni
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Joe Fratianni
Joe is a multi-disciplined climber, skier, and alpinist. USA born, he now lives his life under the limestone walls of Kalymnos, in the north-eastern alps of Austria, and in the mountains of North America.  He's an Austrian State Certified Instructor in...
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Kalymnos Primal Climb
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Kalymnos Primal Climb
Kalymnos Primal Climb
​Kalymnos Primal Climb offers over twenty-five years of international experience in leading courses, instructing and teaching skills in all types of alpine situations and climbing disciplines. Natural movement, expert custom-tailored instruction, hones...
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Julia G. about Kalymnos Primal Climb on Google Reviews

It was amazing with Joe! We were a couple from Austria and for the first time on Kalymnos. Firstly, we wanted to book only one day a climbing teacher, but it was a perfect match with Joe 😉 – so we decided to spend 6 days with him 😀 Joe is not only an excellent climbing teacher – but he is also a great buddy, coach, friend, and teacher! We will come back for sure to spend great climbing days with Joe.

Hilde P. about Kalymnos Primal Climb on Google Reviews

I was climbing Kalymnos with Joe for two weeks. And it was a great time. The climbing group was made up of a wide variety of participants in terms of age and ability. And I was very impressed with how Joe was able to respond to the wishes and climbing goals of each individual. My climbing technique has improved enormously and I enjoy climbing even more. I can only recommend his deep and broad knowledge.

Things to know

  • 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, their guides, and the communities they’re traveling to. For more information on COVID-19 measures in Kalymnos, Greece, please refer to Discover Greece or the Greek National Public Health Organization.

    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 on this adventure:

      • An experienced, local rock-climbing guide and instructor with extensive knowledge of the area
      • Three, five, or more days of rock climbing and instruction
      • All group climbing gear 

    What’s not included:

      • Personal climbing equipment — can be rented
      • Transportation to Kalymnos
      • In-island transportation 
      • Meals and snacks
      • Accommodation
  • 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.

  • 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 or advance your skills 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.

  • All group climbing equipment will be provided by your guiding service. However, if you have your own gear, feel free to bring it. You’ll need:

      • Helmet
      • Harness with a locking carabiner, belay device, and chalk bag
      • Rock shoes (included in the price, but we recommend bringing your own if you have them)

    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)
      • Spare athletic clothes for 3-5 days of climbing
      • Water bottle
      • Toiletries (sunscreen, bug spray, toilet paper, etc.)
      • Sunglasses
      • Camera — optional

    All private climbing equipment can be rented in Kalymnos. 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 prices:

      • For these group courses, the usual client-to-guide ratio is 4:1. 
      • The cost per person decreases as the group grows, so it’s the perfect opportunity to climb with friends and family!

    Rock climbing courses in Kalymnos can be arranged for larger groups. Contact us to make arrangements.

    Min. age requirements:

      • If you are older than 18, you’re good to go.
      • Minors younger than 18 may be permitted to join the courses 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.

  • A 30% deposit to secure your place is due upon booking. The remaining amount is paid 3 months (90 days) prior to departure. Once the trip is confirmed by the guide, the cancellation policy stated below applies. 

      • 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.
  • 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 motorbike 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.

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