Trekking & mountaineering in Crete

Trekking & Mountaineering in Crete: Theo

Trekking & Mountaineering In Crete

Theo is your lead guide for your trekking & mountaineering in Crete. He has a vast experience in the mountains of Crete both in summer and winter, so you can be confident in his company.

Crete has some of the most spectacular mountain ranges in Europe. This is a sport that has been greatly under-reported in the outdoor world. There are also a large number of gorges in Crete that provide a fantastic range of walking experiences. One of the most well known is the Sameria Gorge of course, but there are many more – both more challenging and more sedate. So if you are interested in a more sedate and relaxed trek we can provide exactly what you want, on the other hand if you want a full on mountaineering experience then equally we can offer the expedition that will challenge and inspire you.

Trekking And Mountaineering In Crete For School Groups

We have a nice selection of half day treks that will introduce your pupils to a very different world of trekking than they may be used to in Wales. There are some good treks into the foot hills of the Lefka Ori (White Mountains) around a picturesque village called Thereso. The trekking option fits nicely alongside a climbing and abseiling activity in the same area.

Trekking And Mountaineering In Crete For Families And Adult Groups

We offer half-day beginner treks that are suitable for families, and full-day treks right up to multi-day Alpine-style trips. The Imbros Gorge is an ideal trek for the family, it is not so well known as the Samaria Gorge but is as equally spectacular and scenic. Theo and his team will be pleased to share their view from the roof of Crete! See a sample of our trips below.

One Day Treks In Crete

Trekking and Mountaineering in Crete

trekking and Mountaineering in Crete: Gigilos

Route 1: Omalos – Gigilos

Starting Point: Omalos Plateau (1250m)
Finishing Point: Gigilos (1964m)
From Omalos to Gigilos is about 3 hours (5km); the decent in this trek is 730m

The trek is on the west-side of Leuka Ori, the highest mountain range in Crete. Also known as the White Mountains, we start from the north-side of the range and head south. En-route we will see the Samaria gorge from above and the gorge of Tripiti. We will also pass next to the Libyan sea in Southern Crete.

This trek doesn’t need any particular special skills – anyone can do it who has an average level of fitness.

Route 2: Samaria Gorge

Starting Point: Omalos Plateau (Xiloskalo)
Finishing Point: Agia Roumeli

This is a very popular trip with visitors to Crete – the trek lasts for about 5 hours (15km). It is not particularly challenging but the remoteness and scenery is fantastic. When we reach Agia Roumeli we have to take the ferry boat to Hora Safakion the capital of Sfakia – more about that on the trek!

This trek doesn’t need any special skills, anyone can do it with an average level of fitness.

Trekking and Mountaineering in Crete

Trekking and Mountaineering in Crete: Lefka Ori

Route 3: Xiloskalo – Melidau

Starting Point: Xiloskala (1300m)
Finishing Point: Melidau summit (1950m)
The trek takes about 5:30 hours (6.5km)

We will pass by the Kallerghi Mountain Refuge (1680m), then we will continue to Poria (1500m). After that we will continue to our finishing point, Melidau which is the western entrance for other Leuka Ori trips. This trek goes through E4 trekking route but in some points it’s just along a dirt road.

This trek doesn’t need any special skills – anyone can do it with an average level of fitness.

Route 4: Imbros Gorge

Starting Point: Imbros Village
Finishing Point: Komitades
This trek is about 2:30 hours (6km) and has a decent of 620m

It’s a small gorge located in the southeast side of Sfakia whick has some of the features of the much longer Samaria Gorge, but is obviously a much shorter trip. It makes a good introduction to the Samaria trek. We finish next to the Libyan sea in Southern Crete, ideal to take a dip before we head home.

This trek doesn’t need any special skills – anyone can do it with an average level of fitness.

Route 5: Pahnes Summit (2453m)

Starting Point: Amoutsera
Finish Point: Amoutsera
On this trek we will return to the starting point once we have reached the summit

We take the bus to Anopoli, and then we need the 4×4 jeeps in order to climb to Amoutsera (1980m). The drive in the jeeps is about 1 hour 30 minutes, so the trip is a mini jeep safari in itself. We then trek to Pahnes which takes about 3 hours. Pahnes is the highest summit in the Leuka Ori.

This trek doesn’t need any special skills – anyone can do it with an average level of fitness.

Route 6: Sougia – Palaiochora

Starting Point: Sougia
Finishing Point: Palaiochora

This trek last for about 5 hours and starts in Sougia. We will pass by the temple of Asklepios and from there we will continue to Palaiochora. This trek is about 5.5km following dirt road and about 9.5km of path. We are going to walk through a densely wooded ravine, with many pine and carob trees. We will also pass through Lisos, which was the religious centre for the ancient cities in Southwest Crete. The trek is one of the famous south coast treks in Crete.

This trek doesn’t need any special skills – anyone can do it anyone can do it with an average level of fitness.

Two Day Treks In Crete

Route1: Achlada – Xiloskalo

Starting Point: Achlada (1250m) (near Omalos Plateau)
Finishing Point: Xiloskalo (1300m)
This trek lasts about 10 hours in total for the 2 days (16km)

This trek starts from the Church of Aghia Theodhori, passes over level ground with old fields and traverses wooded slopes. We will camp for the night in the open valley of Achlada. Here we can see a lot of traditional shepherd’s huts known as a Kumous and sheep-holding pens. The next morning we will wake up in the fresh mountain air and go to Linoseli. Here there are several springs of fresh cold water. The trail continues through a natural archway and finally we will end at the entrance of the Samaria gorge – but that’s another trek!

This trek doesn’t need any special skills –anyone can do it anyone can do it with an average level of fitness.

Route 2: Poria – Kachiveli – Rousies – Anopoli

Starting Point: Poria (1500m)
Finishing Point: Anopoli (600m)
This trek lasts about 11.5 hours in total, spread over the 2 days

This trek starts from the Omalos Palteau. We are transported to Poria, where we trek to the refuge of Kachiveli. It is at 1960m and about an 8km trek (about 5 hours in total). Here we will camp for the night as the refuge is closed at the moment. The next day we will go to Rousies at 2150m – it is about 3km (a 2 hour trek). Then on to Anopoli at about 600m which is 13.5km (4 – 5 hour trek). The route at this point is mostly dirt road.

This trek doesn’t need any special skills – anyone can do it anyone can do it with an average level of fitness.

Route 3: Refuge Volika – Livada – Katsiveli Refuge – Melidau – Poria

Starting Point: Volika
Finishing Point: Poria (1500m)
This trek lasts about 11 hours in total over the 2 days – an 18.5km trek

We start from the village of Keramia with a jeep trip of 1 hour to the refuge of Volika, which is located in the northeast side of Lefka Ori. We walk from the refuge (which is at 1300m) to the Spathi summit at 2048m. We then go over the Livada Plateau to end at Katsiveli refuge. It is a 10km trek (about 6 hours). Here we will camp for the night. The next day we start from Kachiveli and go to the Melidau summit at 2100m. Then on to the finishing point at Poria, at 1500m – it is about a 5.5 hour trek to cover the 8.8km. Finally back by jeep to the Omalos Plateau.

This trek needs medium trekking skills and a good level of fitness.

Things You May Want To Know About Trekking & Mountaineering In Crete

  • Fully experienced mountain guides
  • English speaking guides
  • Full insurance
  • Good level of fitness required for the multi day treks
  • Low level treks available for beginners with an average level of fitness

 

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