“With most sports you either win or lose but climbing is about your own personal experience.” Chris Sharma

“With most sports you either win or lose but climbing is about your own personal experience.” Chris Sharma

Next Trip

17 – 24 October 2020

Trip details


Learn to be a safe, independent outdoor rock climber. Discover this beautiful island with our Kalymnos rock climbing course this autumn! It’s the perfect place to learn outdoor climbing with well equipped routes of all grades.

Learn good rock climbing and belaying techniques in all climbing situations including multi – pitch climbing.

After climbing enjoy a swim in the Adriatic sea and the evening meal together.

What we teach in this course:

This adventure is for people who already climb independently indoors or have some outdoor experience but no outdoor experience is required.

There will be up to 6 people per IFMGA mountain guide who will watch your progress and advise. You will climb with the other course participants for the most part, with the guide keeping an eye on you and instructing. The guide will only suggest routes that you’re ready for and takes your safety very seriously.

The activities are always adapted to the group’s capabilities, the week starts fairly easily and builds in intensity.

Sample Itinerary

Land at Kos or Kalymnos and take a taxi or short ferry ride to the apartments in Massouri. Meet the group, have dinner together and plan for the first day of climbing.

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View out from the terrace over Aegean Sea and the mountainous island of Telendos 2km away. The apartments face west and the sunsets are the best!

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The rooms are comfortable and spacious with kitchenette area, bathroom en-suite and big terraces.

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The entrance to the Apartments, a stone’s throw from the bars and shops in the friendly little town of Massouri.

Practical Details

  • Price

    € 1760 per person (Minimum 4 participants to run the trip)

    Pricing details

  • How many people in a group

    6 Clients per guide maximum

  • Fitness and technical level required

    Beginner – Intermediate

    You should already climb and be able to belay safely. No outdoor experience required. It’s best to be able to top – rope at least 5b. Cardio fitness is not very important, you should be able to walk uphill for 2 hour at a relaxed pace.

    Fitness level: F2 to F4

    Climbing level: C2 to C4

    The activities will be adapted to the group level.

  • When


    Saturday to Saturday

    6 Days Guiding

  • Included

    Guiding and training

    Transport on Kalymnos

    Comfortable apartment accommodation 7 nights


    Rope if needed

  • Not Included

    Transportation to Kalymnos

    Lunches & drinks

    Breakfast is up to you, the apartments have their own kitchen. Food shop 200m away.

    Personal climbing equipment: shoes, harness, helmet, belay device, backpack.

  • Closest airport

    Kalymnos airport

    but more flights to

    Kos airport (a short ferry ride from Kalymnos)

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Contact Us


We will mail you an equipment list on booking. Ask us if you have any specific questions.

Are these activities risky?

Studies done by the Swiss on annual risk of death in mountain sports compared to annual risk of death in road transport in Switzerland came up with the following conclusions:

  • High Mountain Sports ≈ 2 × the risk of death in road transport
  • Rock Climbing ≈ risk of death in road transport
  • Ski Touring ≈ risk of death in road transport
  • Mountain Hiking ≈ 5 × less risk of death compared to road transport

(Extract from ‘Sports de montagne d’hiver’ © 2005 Edition du CAS) 

A professionally qualified Mountain Guide will try to keep the risks down to what our guides associations consider to be socially acceptable risk levels. We carefully consider the conditions, terrain, group capabilities and aptitudes. We work to reduce the consequences of an accident (e.g. Avalanche transceivers) and build redundancy into our systems (e.g. 2 points on a rock climbing belay)

However, this does not eliminate the risk! Like driving your car, there are residual risks even if your car is serviced, you drive within the laws and take due care, you can still have a mortal accident.

The mountains are not a controlled environment, there are objective dangers. i.e. Seracs, Avalanches, Rock Fall and more.


Anyone considering participation in these activities must understand that these are adventure sports with real risks.  You must take responsibility for your own participation.

Generally it is possible to still have a good day in the mountains when the weather is bad or conditions aren’t optimal.

Skiing in average snow conditions is part of high mountain skiing and often we learn a lot in average snow conditions. We don’t cancel or refund due to snow conditions.

Climbing and Mountaineering courses will always run regardless of the weather or conditions. We will do our best to find appropriate routes for the conditions. We can train skills, do a hut approach, or occasionally indoor climbing if the weather is very bad.

We can’t offer a refund due to injured participants. We recommend a good travel insurance that covers such eventualities.

If you felt a guide went out of their way and gave you a great experience, a tip is much appreciated. Guides don’t expect tips and understand that it’s easier for some guests to offer a tip than for others.

It’s good to keep track of where you are on the mountain. Ask the guide questions so as to take an active role in the team and understand where you’re going.

In case of an accident of any kind always think about keeping yourself safe first and then take your time to consider secondary action.

Call: 112 in Europe

Tell the rescuers where you are, what happened, how many victims there are, what the weather is like there. They will generally guide the questioning. Keep calm and speak in short clear sentences.

Often the guide will carry a radio for rescue.

If you have a victim remember: Airway, Breathing, Recovery Position

Then very important: the COLD will put an injured person into a hypothermic state very quickly. Protect them from the elements.

Private Mountain Guiding

Make your own adventure in the Alps

  • As many days as you like

    Let us know how many days you have and what you’d like to do in the mountains and we’ll build a program together.

  • As hard or as easy as you like

    We can arrange everything from short hikes to climbing some of the toughest routes in Europe to skiing the best descents.

  • From €400 per day + expenses

    Price depends on activity, route and number of participants. Contact us to customise your trip.

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