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Rock Climbing around Northern Kalymnos

The second largest rock climbing area (after Masouri) is in the north of Kalymnos around the villages of Arginonta, Skalia, and Emporios.  As the majority of climbers stay in Masouri it is popular to rent a scooter for the day to visit this area.

Rock Climbing Crags in Northern Kalymnos

No Crag Name/Sector Total No of Routes Number of routes in grade range
Up to 5c+ 6a to 6b+ 6c to 7a+ 7b & over
1 Styx 74 10 36 24 4
2 Kastri 49 17 22 8 2
3 Vasilissa 44 29 13 2 0
4 Palace 44 9 15 15 5
5 Sikati Cave 33 4 3 7 19
6 The Beach 26 7 10 5 4
7 Secret Garden 50 2 6 18 24
8 Palionisos Red Wall 22 0 11 11 0
9 Palionisos Bay 82 34 39 8 1
10 Elephant Slide 19 17 2 0 0
11 Prophitis Andreas 44 7 16 11 10
12 Skalia 67 14 21 12 20
13 Ghost Kitchen 104 10 38 31 25
14 Cave 38 13 12 7 6
15 Galatiani 50 10 10 18 12
16 Noufaro 61 13 15 11 22
17 Belgian Chocolates 56 15 23 9 9
18 Arhi 129 19 45 19 46
19 Sea Breeze 103 27 41 25 10
20 Star Wall 32 4 28 0 0
21 Arginonta 85 33 28 18 6
22 Arginonta Skyline 119 30 51 28 10
23 Arginonta Valley 89 14 44 16 15
24 Summertime 101 16 27 19 39

Map of the rock climbing areas in Northern Kalymnos

Map of the rock climbing areas in Northern Kalymnos

The 8th edition of the Kalymnos rock climbing guidebook published in 2018All of the above information has been extracted from the Kalymnos rock climbing guidebook, which details 66 separate crags and 3,400 routes. This guidebook can be bought from our shop.

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Click on the images above to view a larger photograph, showing the excellent rock climbing to be found on the island of Kalymnos.

Rockfax Kalymnos rock climbing guidebookThe comprehensive guidebook for Kalymnos is the 8th edition of the Kalymnos rock climbing guidebook published in 2018. This Kalymnos guidebook is produced and published by local climbers with some of the profits contributing to the island’s bolt fund.  The guidebook includes a unique scratch code that allows you to download an app of the guidebook for both iOS and Android devices. A Rockfax Kalymnos rock climbing guidebook has also been produced.  Buy both of these rock climbing guidebook for Kalymnos from our shop. 

For information on getting to Kalymnos, the best time of the year to visit, and the type of equipment required go to the Kalymnos Logistics page.

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The 8th edition of the Kalymnos rock climbing guidebook published in 2018

The definitive Kalymnos rock climbing guidebook,published in 2018 is available to buy from our shop.