Rock climbing course
15-22 October 2022
Once known as the “Sponge-divers’ island” in the Dodecanese, Kalymnos is a small jewel that quickly became a major attraction among climbers. The difficulty of its routes range from the easiest to more challenging levels. Kalymnos first became a climbing destination in 1996 and became increasingly popular as more routes were discovered. Today, the island counts more than 2700 pitches.
Discovering Kalymnos by sailboat is way more than an adventure, it is the most complete way to appreciate the nature and the beauty of the island.
– Improve your climbing technique
– Refine your knowledge of the safety maneuvers concerning free climbing.
– Learn the basics of sailing
– Have fun!
• The arrival airport is Kos (KGS). Depending on the departure airport, it will be possible to meet the guide before boarding the flight, then transfer to the Port.
• Italian and EU citizens can travel to Kos with their ID cards. A valid passport is advised but not required for members of the Schengen area.
• If you are coming from a country outside the Schengen area, visit mfa.gr to learn more about visas.
• Previous experience on climbing and sailing is not required.
• For existing groups of 4 people, it is possible to modify the departure day with a 2 months notice.
• Depending on the sea and weather conditions, the Skipper and the Alpine Guide will decide whether to apply changes to the daily programs.
Recommended clothing and equipment
Summer clothing to stay aboard, GoreTex shell, rainproof and windproof cape, fleece sweatshirt, backpack, headlamp, shorts and athletic apparel. Sleeping bag, personal towels and effects are needed for the accommodation on the boat. Bring a duffel bag, no luggage nor trolleys.
Bring climbing shoes and harness – it is possible to rent them from Overalp in advance.
Room and Board
The sailboat will be the accommodation in which we will sleep, eat generous breakfasts, snacks, lunches and dinners after each day we will spend out exploring. There might be evenings in which we will want to eat out, the decision will be taken as a group. Please inform us in advance of any food allergies or specific dietary needs.
Meet the guide and the other participants at Kos airport, then transfer to the port to board the sailboat. Once aboard, the skipper will brief us all on on-board safety. We begin our navigation to Telendos, a small, characteristic village on the homonymous island close to Kalymnos. Dinner in town and overnight stay on board.
After our first breakfast on board, we check the equipment and transfer ashore. We then walk to the cliff and begin to climb. In the afternoon we enjoy a restorative swim in the Aegean Sea and get back to the sailboat. The day ends in Telendos, in a typical inn where we enjoy our Greek dinner. Overnight stay on board.
We start the day sailing to Emborios, the northernmost inhabited place in Kalymnos. During the navigation, our skipper will show us the basic techniques to operate a sailboat. Once we reach the village, we walk to the climbing sector just above and put into practice what we learned the day before. We enjoy another swim in the crystal clear waters of the bay and then savor the local delicacies at Harry’s Paradise, one of the best restaurants on the island.
The sunrise wakes us up, and we are off to another destination: today is Sykati Bay. Here, climbing routes start a few meters above the clear waters of the bay. We continue focusing on our technique and, once every other climber will be gone, we can enjoy the view of the sunset from this quiet place. Dinner on board.
We leave Sykati Bay and move to Palionissos Bay: another magical place, among the most characteristic ones of the island. The site welcomes us with a pebbly beach, green and turquoise waters and 2 climbing sectors. It is our fourth day climbing, and the cliff is perfect for those who want to try as leaders, which brings much satisfaction! Another night, another occasion to try the local cuisine.
We wake up early to get the most out of the morning climbing, and during the afternoon we move to a little port in the green valley of Vathy, the only farmed area in the island, which makes it an oasis in the middle of the rocky island. This marks the last stop on the island. Let’s have dinner with the locals in the picturesque square facing the fishing port.
This is the day in which we sail the longest and reach Pothia, the main town of the island, and then Kos. With a bit of luck and favorable wind, we will have fun putting into practice what we learned about sailing. We enjoy our last night in Greece in the social scene of Kos to celebrate a week spent in the spirit of sport and nature.
Last breakfast together, then we will pack and transfer to the airport. Depending on the time of the return flights, we might have some more time to visit Kos before heading to the airport.
THE RATE INCLUDES: Organization and support by our Alpine Guide UIAGM for the duration of the trip; accommodation aboard the sailboat, skipper service, galley supply, breakfasts, post-trek snacks, dinners on board. Fuel, dinghy, port charges, boat cleaning fees at the end of the trip.
THE RATE DOES NOT INCLUDE: round-trip flight, any dinners at restaurants, anything that is not included in the “The rate includes” section.