Set just off the coast of Turkey, Kalymnos is a small island boasting more than 4,000 sport and multi-pitch routes on the best limestone in the world—nothing short of a climber’s paradise! A relative newcomer to the climbing scene, it is considered to be an incredible active vacation spot. There is a whole array of exciting routes suitable for almost everybody, ranging from 5a to 9a (5.7 to 5.14d). The welcoming locals will keep you happy and full with their traditional Greek cuisine as you explore the traditional culture and have fun on the crags. You’ll be accompanied by a guide and coach that’s been seasonally Kalymnos-based since 2004, and is a great resource on current info and local knowledge both on and off the crags. After a long day on the rocks, head to the beach and take a dip in the emerald Aegean sea. 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.

  • Easily accessible sport climbing and quality limestone cliffs 

  • More than 4,000 well equipped sport and multi-pitch routes to explore 

  • Traditional small island Greek hospitality, Mediterranean weather, and stunning sea views 

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Half-Day of Climbing With a Private Guide
May 01 onwards
Full-Day of Climbing With a Private Guide
May 01 onwards
Multi-Pitch Climbing With a Private Guide
May 01 onwards
Deep Water Soloing in Kalymnos
Jun 01 onwards

Meet your guides

Heidi Wirtz
Heidi Wirtz
AMGA Certified Rock Guide, Wilderness First Responder
AMGA Certified Rock Guide, Wilderness First Responder
Heidi is a climber, yogi and philanthropist at heart. She is one of the country’s few prominent female adventure climbers, climbing for over twenty years, and letting her passion for adventure and exploration lead her to exotic and remote places around...
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Joe Fratianni
Joe Fratianni
Austrian State Certified Instructor, AMGA/IFMGA Apprentice
Austrian State Certified Instructor, AMGA/IFMGA Apprentice
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
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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Rock Climbing Instructor
Fred has always had a passion for climbing and the outdoors— he started climbing at the age of 8. Active lifestyle became a profession in 2015, when he completed his climbing guide certification with the French National Diploma, focusing on teaching sk...
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Kalymnos Climbing Adventure
Kalymnos Climbing Adventure
Kalymnos Climbing Adventure
Serenity, kindness and attentiveness — these are the qualities KCA hopes to portray. Founder and Rock Climbing Instructor Fred continues his journey with the desire to convey the fullness of the great spaces and vertical life. Join him on daily climbin...
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5.00 (4 reviews)
Lydia Van Clief about Joe Fratianni on 57hours

Climbing was spectacular! Felt pushed but never overwhelmed. Scenery was spectacular! Joe was absolutely amazing! He was kind, patient, and made our adventure the most fun for our skill level. Learned a ton from him as well that we will use on our own adventures! Can’t recommend Joe enough!

Ian Wagner about Joe Fratianni on 57hours

Joe was phenomenal. Kind, efficient and very knowledgeable of both the sport and the area. Our experience with Joe was absolutely incredible.

Sjoerd Evelo about Joe Fratianni on 57hours

Joe has been an absolute hero in setting us up for our climbing holiday. We had as goal during our day out to become less dependent on guides or more experienced climbers. Joe made us feel comfortable and confident while also making sure we were having a lot of fun in the process. He absolutely surpassed all our expectations with his tailor-made guiding, both on climbing and personal level. All in all, a very experienced climbing guide and all-around amazing person.

Chelsea Fenn about Joe Fratianni on 57hours

Kalymnos is home to so much climbing, I cannot even wrap my head around the amount of routes here. Doing this adventure was the best decision of our trip because we were able to pack a full day of quality climbing with a guide, rather than wander around crags hoping routes would be good. Everything was amazing!

Joe is the most professional and experienced guide I’ve worked with. He is clearly passionate about his craft and will go beyond expectations to make your experience one to remember. Prior to our guided full-day with him, Joe arranged an in-person meeting to give us beta on the area to best suit our climbing abilities. Our day with him was so relaxed and fun. He truly created an amazing experience based on our climbing goals.

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, guides and the communities they’re travelling to. For more information on COVID-19 measures in Greece, please refer to the 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 in this adventure:

    • An experienced, local rock-climbing guide with extensive knowledge of the area
    • 4 to 8 hours of rock climbing (depending on your chosen itinerary)
    • 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 day, 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 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 technical climbing equipment will be provided by your guiding service. All private climbing equipment can be rented in Kalymnos. 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)
    • Water bottle
    • Toiletries (sunscreen, bug spray, toilet paper, etc.)
    • Sunglasses
    • 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 prices:

    • For these private climbs, the max client-to-guide ratio is 4:1, and cost is per person. Costs per person decreases as the group grows.
    • For multi-pitch climbs, the max client-to-guide ratio is 2:1, and cost is per person.

    Climbing in Kalymnos 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.

  • There are direct flights to Kalymnos via Athens several times per week, though most climbers and vacationers elect to fly to the nearby island Kos. From Kos, climbers can take a taxi to the port at Mastichari and then ferry over to Pothia on Kalymnos. From Pothia, you can take a taxi to Masouri, and start climbing.

    Once you and your guide agree on the details of your itinerary, your guide will suggest the best place to meet — either at the climbing area’s parking lots or nearby markets/coffee shops. From there, you’ll head to the crag and begin your day of climbing!

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