Top three reasons to rock climb in Kalymnos
Easily accessible sport climbing and quality limestone cliffs
Almost 2500 well equipped sport climbing routes to explore
Greek tradition, Mediterranean weather, and stunning sea views
Set just off the coast of Turkey, Kalymnos is a small island boasting almost 2500 sport 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. After a long day on the rocks, head to the beach and take a dip in the emerald Aegean sea. Find out more about rock climbing in Kalymnos from AMGA Rock Guide Heidi Wirtz and get some insider tips, crag beta, and photographic inspiration! 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.
Year-round, but the best seasons are spring, summer and fall
Athens, Greece is a one-hour flight away
Beginner to advanced
Choose how you spend your day
Half-Day of Climbing With a Private Guide
This is the perfect way to get the most out of your climbing trip to Kalymnos. Your guide will be there to get you where you need to go, provide gear, and show you the good spots, all tailored to your needs. Doesn’t matter if you are a beginner or a pro—your guide will tailor the experience to your skills and goals!
Full-Day of Climbing With a Private Guide
Choose how you spend your day in this jaw-dropping setting and let your guide tailor the day according to your needs! Upgrade your climbing skills or simply have fun on the rocks, and see why Kalymnos is a world-class destination for outdoor enthusiasts!
Multi-Pitch Climbing With a Private Guide
Conquer various multi-pitch routes with stunning views and learn about anchors, climbing movements, and a whole lot more! Kalymnos’ crags are home to both beginner multi-pitch routes as well as some iconic ones with up to 11 pitches! Join a guide and reach a new level of climbing while having fun under the cozy Mediterranean sun.
Meet your guides
AMGA/IFMGA Mountain Guide
AMGA/IFMGA Mountain Guide
Kalymnos Primal ClimbKalymnos 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, honest real-world fitness, rediscovering play, trusting yourself, and exceeding limitations are some of the goals that the guides of KPC strive for!
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!
Joe was phenomenal. Kind, efficient and very knowledgeable of both the sport and the area. Our experience with Joe was absolutely incredible.
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.
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
Covid measures in Kalymnos
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
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 day, 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 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:
- 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.)
- 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 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.
Getting there and meeting location
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!