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
A relative newcomer on the world climbing scene, Kalymnos is considered to be an incredible sport climbing area. Most of its many routes have easy access and with the Aegean Sea as your backdrop, what more could you want. With well-bolted crags and a community centered around climbing, it’s the perfect spot for a climbing vacation. Traveling to the island is easy during the high season, and after a day on the crags, going for a dip in the surrounding turquoise blue water makes for a pretty good way to cool off, too. 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
Half-day to 5 days
Beginner to advanced
Choose how you spend your time
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. Does not matter if you are a beginner and a more advanced climber, you’re welcome to enjoy swimming in clear water, lying in the sun and climbing in one of the most popular destinations in the world!
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!
Intermediate Multi-Pitch Climbing Course
This course is designed for climbers familiar to the fundamentals of sport climbing that wish to learn how to climb on multi-pitch routes. For many climbers, multi-pitch routes are what brings all the soul-fulfilling elements of climbing together! This 3-day course takes you from single-pitch sport climbing to learning all the basic elements needed to climb multi-pitch sport routes with 100% confidence and security. Learn about partner assistance, rescue, double rope technique and emergency retreat. By the end, you feel confident on big walls and ready for your new adventure on the rocks!
Beginner Five-Day Climbing Course
Here’s where to start if you’ve never tried rock climbing before or have limited experience. In this five-day course, you’ll get familiar with using the equipment, belaying, top-rope climbing before moving on to leading. As the number of participants is small, your instructor can focus on each student and give you personal instructions on how to apply your skills on the cliff.
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!
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 per day (depending on your chosen itinerary)
- All technical climbing gear
- Transportation to the rock climbing location
What’s not included:
- 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 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:
- 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)
- Climbing hardware (quickdraws, cam devices, stoppers, etc.)
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 the custom day adventures, the max client to guide ratio is 3:1, and cost is per person. Costs per person decreases as the group grows.
- For the group courses, the max client to guide ratio depends on the itinerary. The usual ratio is 2:1 and cost is per person. Costs per person doesn’t decrease as the group grows.
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!