Kalymnos Sailing & Climbing Course

Alagna Ski Guides activity doesn’t stop at the melting of snow but continues in other seasons, especially by exploring the northern seas and the Mediterranean islands in the most natural and ecological way possible. Our great passions, climbing and trekking, discovering the more secluded places of the Mediterranean that we reach with a magnificent sailing boat.

Kalymnos Sailing and Climbing course Ph Carlo Gabasio

Kalymnos sailing and climbing course Kalymnos Sailing & Climbing Ph. Carlo Gabasio

Kalymnos is a small island of the Dodecanese, once known as Island of the Sponges, and now well known as a must for climbers with all the different ability and skills . On the island there are routes of all levels from the classic 4th degree to the highest climbeable difficulties. The climbing history of Kalymnos starts in 1996 and it is continuously growing. New crags and sectors are bolted every year . Today on the island there are 2700 equipped pitches in more than 50 main natural crags. With the big choiche of itenery and rock tipology is esy to find the right place every day where practice and improve our level.

 Living the Kalymnos adventure on a sailing boat is not only a different way to get there, it is the best way to appreciate the beauty and the nature of this island.

Kalymnos Sailing & Climbing Course
LocationKalymnos and Telendos Islands – Greece
Level requiredNovice to Expert for everybody
Max group size7 per guide
Group of 5€ 1400 x person 8 days
The organization provides the common gear for trekking and climbing logistics, please keep in touch with us to get the suggested “personal equipment list” and the detailed information.

Kalymnos is an island of the Dodecanese Archipelago known for its magnificent limestone crags and for its wild places that can only be reached on foot and by boat. This is our main program but we also offer another similar program of climbing and sailing and one of trekking and sailing. We also offer other similar programs in different areas of the Mediterranean See. Please write to us to get more details if you like.

Targets of our climbing and sailing course:

  • To improve the individual climbing technique from any starting level
  • To improve your knowledge of safety in sport climbing
  • To learn the basic of sailing
  • To have fun, not only climbing and sailing!

General Information:

  • Meeting point will be the airport of Kos (Kos Island, Greece) from where we will move to the harbor for boarding the boat.
  • For Eu Citizen is enough Identity Card as travel document.
  • No sailing or climbing experience is needed.
  • For groups of at least 4 people we can customize the date, but the starting day must be on Saturday.
  • Please note that the skipper might decide to change some of the harbours and the direction of the circumnavigation of Kalymnos depending on the wind and sea conditions.

Suggested clothing and equipment

On top of the clothing of a normal summer holiday at the seaside, you should carry a light wind jacket, a light polar sweat shirt and a light sleeping bag. For climbing joggers and shorts. A soft bag or backpack is better than a trolley or hard bag. Remember to take with you your harness and climbing shoes (if you don’t have them let us know).

Day by day Kalymnos sailing and climbing course

Flight to Kos and meeting at the Kos Airport. Transfer to the Marina and accommodation on the boat.
Sailing from Kos to Telendos, typical village on a small Island with no roads, just half a mile off Kalymnos. Dinner in a teverna and sleeping on the boat.

Breakfast on board, we check the individual climbing equipment, transfer to the shore, walk to the cliff for the first climbing day. The choice of the cliff will depend on the technical level of the climbers. In the afternoon on the way back to the boat a refreshing swim. Another dinner in the village of Telendos.

After breakfast we sail the short distance to the village of Emborios, the northernmost settlement on the Island of Kalymnos. We will take advantage of this time to learn some basic rules of sailing. In Emborios we sill walk to one of the 8 climbing sectors just above the village. Second climbing day when we can put into practice the suggestions and advice obtained during the first day. In the evening a dive in the crystalline water of the bay and super dinner at Harry’s Paradise, probably the best restaurant on the Island.

Early breakfast and sailing to a new destination hopefully powered by wind. We pass the north cape of Kalymnos and follow the East coast south to Sykati Bay. The pitches are only meters away from the clear water of the bay. One more climbing day, we can improve our technique and in the late afternoon when the last climbers will be gone we can enjoy the beauty of this bay where there are no houses. Dinner this time on board.

We move from Sykati to Palonissos Bay, another magic corner with a pebble beach, green turquoise water and 2 beautiful climbing sectors. It is the 4th day, the right time and place to start the first pitches as first climber. You’ll remember this experience! In the evening you have a choice between the 2 tavernas of the bay.

Early breakfast and one more chance to try the cliffs of Palonissos Bay. Later we sail to the little harbor of Vathy, the end of the only farmed valley of the island, like an oasis in a barren, rocky landscape. Dinner and evening in the small square overlooking the tiny fisherman port.

This is a day of sailing, first a short leg to Pothia, the main town on the Island, then the crossing to Kos. If the prevailing winds are blowing, it is the right occasion to practice all we have learned in the previous days. Evening in the town of Kos will feel very fancy and crowded after a week in Kaymnos between nature and sport. We sleep in the Marina.

Depending on the flight schedule we might have the chance to visit some great historical sites in Kos, the home town of Hippocrates.

The program will be updated every day by the guide and the skipper, with the group members, after knowing the expectations of everyone, the weather forecast and the sea conditions.

Detailed Pricing and Booking

Our guiding prices for this all-inclusive are based on the group size (I’ve seen it, take me to the BOOKING FORM)

Group sizePrice per person
3 people€ 1850
4 people€ 1450
5 people€ 1400
6 people€ 1400
7 people€ 1400



  • organization and the assistance from a UIAGM Mountain Guide during all the trip,
  • boat accommodation and skipper, breakfast, snacks and dinners on the boat.
  • Transfer from the airport to the boat.


  • Flights, transfers from/to home airports,
  • Dinners on shore (the cost of a dinner starts from 15 euros).
  • Travel and rescue insurance
We highly recommend that you arrange your own personal insurance before undertaking any mountain activity.
You can have a look at your own country EUROP-ASSISTANCE, they normally have an outdoor insurance (Outdoor no problem), or we suggest to register as member of your country Alpine Club (like CAF or CAS or BMC, personal insurance is included and also discounted price at mountain huts. Here you can see the official list). If your country doesn’t have an Alpine Club you can also check out the Britannia Section of Alpenverein, that is now normally open also to non-resident in UK: www.alpenverein.at/britannia/membership/

This is the “classic” program but other options are available and we can also tailor a program to suit you.

All of these programs must be booked in advance in order to secure hotel accommodation and the renting of the boat.

Program in collaboration with OVERALP Tour Operator.

Kalymnos Island Greece