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
Kalymnos has more than 2,500 climbing routes to explore
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.
Most Popular Itineraries
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!
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.
Intermediate Learn to Lead Course
This five-day course is designed for climbers familiar to the fundamentals of sport climbing and that may climb on top rope, and are looking to develop the skills and experience to safely lead a climb. do not have the experience and confidence to lead a climb. You’ll learn the fundamentals about knots, how to choose the right equipment, lead belaying, safety skills and gear placement. You’ll also learn about route selection and risk mitigation. By the end, you feel confident as a lead climber.
Family Rock Climbing Adventure
Offer your family an unforgettable experience and try a family rock climbing adventure together. Customized to your family’s skill level and objectives, spend a few hours on the rocks in Kalymnos and add a little action to your vacation. With a community that revolves around climbing, there’s no better spot to try something new than here — and all under the safety and instruction of a certified guide.
Things you need 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 Kalymnos, please refer to 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!
Why should I book with 57hours?
With us, it’s all play and no work for you! 57hours is an open platform that connects you with trained and certified outdoor adventure professionals all over the world. Using our tech-savvy, we make it super easy to find and book adventures worth tackling, with guides worth booking, all gathered from the first-hand experiences of the locals who adventure in these amazing locations.
Why should I go rock climbing?
Rock climbing is more than just a sport; it’s problem solving on-the-go. It’s a balance of intuition and fluidity of movement. The fun comes from the possibilities — each route with a variety of options and only a fraction of them leading to success. When you finally master a climb, after hours of practice, it transcends mere sport and is akin to art.
What you get in this adventure package:
- An experienced, local rock-climbing guide with extensive knowledge of the area
- 2 to 8 hours of rock climbing each day (depending on your chosen itinerary)
- All technical climbing gear
Technical gear list
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.)
What do I need to bring?
Here’s a list of the equipment you need to bring:
- Daypack large enough to carry all the items listed (around a 35L bag)
- Water bottle or hydration pack
- Food you can eat on-the-go
- Toiletries (sunscreen, hand sanitizer, 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.
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 does a typical day look like?
Your climbing itinerary will be fully customized to match your skill level and objectives. You and your guide will discuss route selection, skills development, and whatever else you’d like to focus on. From there, your guide will plan the perfect day tailored just for you.
Depending on your objectives, full days may start earlier and end later, but in general, your day will look like this:
- 9:00 am: Meet your guide at the guide’s recommended location
- 9:30 am: Gear up and head to the cliffs
- 10:00 am: Start climbing your objective for the day
- 12:30 pm – 1:00 pm: Lunch (bring snacks and plenty of water)
- 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm: Build upon techniques developed in the morning session and explore additional terrain as time allows
- 1:00 or 4:00 pm: Call it a day and head home
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 is the minimum age requirement?
- If you are older than 18, you’re good to go.
- Teens aged 14-17 can go on their own, but a guardian will need to provide a signed waiver before an outing with the guide.
- Kids younger than 14 can go climbing 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.
What about group sizes and pricing?
Group sizes are usually between two to six people with one guide.
Costs per person will decrease as the group grows for private tours, so it’s the perfect opportunity to climb with friends and family.
Climbing days can be arranged for larger groups. Contact us to make arrangements.
What about bad weather?
As the saying goes, “there’s no such thing as bad weather, only bad preparation.” You can expect your guides to be fully prepared for anything. Inclement weather can always get in the way of climbing, but your guide will know the best spots to move to if the weather takes a turn.
On the rare occasion of truly bad weather, your instructor will present you with suitable alternatives. The most common practice is to move to a nearby location if it exists, or to reschedule your climbing to a more favorable day.
If climbing is not possible on your scheduled day and no options presented are viable, you will be issued a full refund.
All policies regarding cancellation, rescheduling and trip insurance will be clearly laid out by your guide prior to booking your adventure. Contact us if you’d like more information on a specific adventure.
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!