Greece Climbing Holiday to Kalymnos
- Duration: 12 Days (approx.)
- Product code: PS-KALY
2022 - SUBJECT TO COVID RESTRICTIONS EASING - Please contact us to stay up to date with whether this trip can proceed.
Kalymnos is an idyllic Greek island in the Mediterranean dedicated to climbing. With it's beautiful limestone cliffs, amazing routes, and spectacular views, it's a dream come true! It has endless limestone crags suitable for beginners to advanced climbers, great food, friendly people and awesome Mediterranean views. We can tailor the experience to whatever you want to get out of your trip.
Professional climbing coaching sessions:
Also included in the trip are a number of professional climbing sessions, including: technique coaching, learn to lead or improve your lead climbing skills, route reading, and fall training clinics.Trip dates:
5-17 September 2021
Minimum Numbers - 6 People Required
3 days climbing, followed by 1 rest day (total of 9 days climbing and 2 rest days)Accommodation:
Your accommodation is situated in the heart of Kalymnos, overlooking the Mediterranean Sea. Imagine waking up to incredible island vistas! Accommodation is twin share. Upgrading to a single room is an additional $440 AUD.Rest day activities include:
Beaches, caves, snorkelling, scuba diving, archaeological ruins, castles, museums, and much more! Rest day activities are optional and are not included in the price of the trip.
Is this Climbing Holiday Right for You
Accommodation Style: Studio Style Apartments
Food: Mediterranean Cuisine
Climbing Level: Beginner to Advanced
Tour Climbing Focus: Onsighting and learning to lead
Rest Day Activities: Huge Variety (own cost)
1. Trip prices are in AUD (Australian Dollars)
2. Airfares are not included in the trip price
3. Accommodation is twin share (Single Room Supplement is available)
Two qualified climbing guides will be in charge of the group which is run as a climbing clinic. Maximum of 6-8 participants per group.
Your fellow climbers will have an array of experiences and will have come from different climbing backgrounds, age groups and from different parts of the world. We ask you to be understanding of the different personality types and courteous towards your fellow climbers. We have found that the very best trips we operate are those where the dynamics within the group work well - this takes a small amount of effort on your behalf.
Studio Apartments (11 nights)
On rare occasions, alternative arrangements may need to be made due to the lack of availability of rooms in our usual accommodation. A similar standard of accommodation will be used in these instances.
Crags are very accessible from the accommodation. Depending on the area, transport may be arranged by car and expect a walk in of around 20mins to the crag
When it comes to spending money on the trip, every traveller is a little different. You know your spending habits better than we do, so please budget a sensible amount for things like meals not included, drinks, shopping, optional activities and laundry. It's always better to bring a little more than you think you'll need. Also make sure you've read your trip details thoroughly so you know what's included in the trip price and what isn't. This should make budgeting a little easier. You'll find this info in the Inclusions section of your Essential Trip Information (that's this document).
MEALS NOT INCLUDED
We try to plan for every eventuality, but there are still some things beyond our control. Please make sure you bring an extra USD500 for emergencies (e.g. natural disasters or civil unrest). Sometimes these things necessitate last minute changes to our itineraries, and we can’t guarantee there won’t be some extra costs involved.
Many national governments provide a regularly updated advice service on safety issues involved with international travel. We recommend that you check your government's advice for their latest travel information before departure and ensure that your travel insurance covers you for all areas your itinerary covers.
We strongly recommend the use of a neck wallet or money belt while travelling, for the safe-keeping of your passport, air tickets, cash and other valuable items. Leave your valuable jewellery at home - you won't need it while climbing. A lock is recommended for securing your luggage.
Your climbing guides will accompany you on climbing days, however during your trip you'll have some free time to pursue your own interests, relax and take it easy or explore at your leisure. While your guide will assist you with the available options in a given location, please note that any optional activities you undertake are not part of your climbing itinerary, and Pinnacle Sports makes no representations about the safety of the activity or the standard of the operators running them. Please use your own good judgement when selecting an activity in your free time. Please also note that your guide has the authority to amend or cancel any part of the trip itinerary if it's deemed necessary due to safety concerns,
Please be aware that local laws governing tourism facilities in this region differ from those in your home country and not all the accommodation which we use has a fire exit, fire extinguishers or smoke alarms.
Please be aware that local laws governing transportation safety may differ from those in your home country and not all the transport which we use is able to provide seat belts.
PETTY THEFT AND PERSONAL SAFETY:
While travelling there is always the risk of pick-pocketing and petty theft, particularly in transit locations eg bus depots, train and airports.. We recommend that you exercise caution when walking alone at night and encourage you to walk together and only on main, well-lit thoroughfares. Be particularly vigilant on public transport. Simple measures like carrying your day pack on your front, not hanging your bag over the back of your chair or on the floor and wearing a money belt will reduce any chance that your valuables should go missing.
PPE CLIMBING EQUIPMENT
It is a requirement that climbing helmets that conform with EN 12492 / UIAA 106 are worn on climbing days and this PPE should be included in your luggage allowance.
Climbing harnesses must be within date (ie within 10 years of date of manufacture) and must comply with EN 12277 / UIAA 105.
Climbing slings must also be within date (ie within 10 years of date of manufacture and be certified to CE / UIAA standards
Fly direct to Kalymnos via Athens or fly to Kos and catch a ferry from Mastichari Port to Pothia Port in Kalymnos.
Your guides will pick you up from either the port or the Kalymnos airport when you arrive so you must advise us of your travel plans at least 4 weeks prior to the trip start date.
MEETING POINT DESCRIPTION
Kalymnos Island airport is located approx 5.8km from the city centre
JOINING POINT INSTRUCTIONS
Your guides will be waiting for you outside at the prearranged port or airport.
Transport will be arranged to take participants from the pre agreed location to the studio apartment.
Your guides will be take you back to the prearranged port or airport that you arrived from.
While we always endeavour to provide the best possible holiday experience, due to the nature of travel and the areas we visit sometimes things can and do go wrong. Should any issue occur while you are on your trip, it is imperative that you discuss this with your group leader immediately so that they can do their best to rectify the problem and save any potential negative impact on the rest of your trip.
Emergency contact details will be requested at time of booking.
Visas are the responsibility of the individual traveller. Entry requirements can change at any time, so it's important that you check for the latest information. Please visit the relevant consular website of the country or countries you’re visiting for detailed and up-to-date visa information specific to your nationality.
Allow time for Visas to be processed (this can take several weeks) so familiarise yourself with any requirements as soon as you have booked your trip to allow for this time..
Please ensure the name on your passport matches the name on your booking and airline tickets.
Your passport details are required and a representative from Pinnacle Sports will contact you to obtain a copy of the main passport pages.
Take a copy of the main passport pages and other important documents with you, and leave another copy at home with family or friends.
At the time of writing, Australian nationals may enter Greece for tourism purposes for 90 days in a six month period without a visa. As always, conditions can change at any time so check the latest information.
WHAT TO TAKE
Temperatures should be relatively warm. Average day time temperatures average around 24 degrees celsius, minimum averages 19 degrees celsius.
Backpack (around 45L)
Sturdy walking shoes
Locking carabiners x 4
Personal Safety (Black Diamond Link, Metolius PAS or Beal Dynaclip preferred).
Chalk bag & chalk
Water bottle 1-2 litre
Head torch and batteries
Small hand sanitiser is useful
Packs of pocket tissues
Participants may also be requested to take some group climbing gear with them and back again.
All climbing participants need to be in good physical health in order to participate fully on this trip. When selecting your trip please make sure you have read through the itinerary carefully and assess your ability to cope with the demands of a climbing trip. Please note that if, in the opinion of our group leader any traveller is unable to complete the itinerary without undue risk to themselves and/or the rest of the group Pinnacle Sports reserves the right to exclude them from all or part of a trip without refund.
You should consult your doctor or a travel specific doctor for up-to-date medical travel information or for any necessary vaccinations before departure. Some vaccinations require multiple treatments over an extended time frame. We recommend you consult your doctor as soon as you have booked on. We recommend that you carry a first aid kit as well as any personal medical requirements (including a spare pair of glasses) as they may not easily be obtained at the locations on this trip. For legal reasons our guides are prohibited from administering any type of drugs including headache tablets and antibiotics. Please ensure that you are adequately prepared. If you are carrying prescription medicines (eg. the contraceptive pill, insulin, etc) please ensure you also carry a letter from a medical practitioner authorising you to carry this medication.
Travel insurance which includes rock climbing cover is compulsory for this climbing holiday. We require that, at a minimum, you are covered for medical expenses including emergency repatriation. We strongly recommend that the policy also covers personal liability, cancellation, curtailment and loss of luggage and personal effects.
When travelling on a trip, these details must be supplied within 10 days prior to trip departure at the latest. You won't be permitted to join the group until evidence of travel insurance and the insurance company's 24 hour emergency contact number has been supplied.
A COUPLE OF RULES
Climbing under the influence of alcohol is not permitted. Our guides reserve the right to exclude you from climbing days if they feel that you are still under the influence of alcohol.
In non climbing time, you are responsible for the decisions you make with regards to extra curricular activities.
Illegal drugs will not be tolerated on our trips. Possessing or using drugs not only contravenes the laws of the land, but also puts the rest of the group at risk. Smoking marijuana and opium is a part of local culture in some parts of the world but is not acceptable for participants of our climbing holidays. Pinnacle Sports philosophy of travel is one of respect towards everyone we encounter and in particular, the local people who make our destinations such special places. The exploitation of prostitutes is completely contrary to this philosophy. Our head guide has the right to expel any member of the group if drugs are found in their possession or if they use prostitutes.
Everyone has the right to feel safe and secure on their trip. We don’t tolerate any form of sexual harassment, either between participants or involving our guides or local operators. Sexual relationships (consensual or otherwise) between a guide and a participant are unacceptable. If you ever feel another person is behaving inappropriately please inform us immediately.