Guided walk to the peak of Mount Psiloritis, the highest mountain of Crete


Psiloritis Natural Park

Meet Mount Psiloritis (or Mount Ida) the mountain that rises to 2456m, the highest point on Crete, the place where Zeus was raised, refuge for rebels throughout numerous battles and wars, and the natural home of shepherds and wildlife. A walking route right at the heart of the Cretan countryside which is very interesting in terms of flora and geological features. It is of no coincidence that Mount Psiloritis is within the UNESCO Global Geoparks. Psiloritis offers an amazing experience to those who try to know it better by walking its many paths and peaks, and there you can see some of the most impressive wild landscapes of Crete – large caves, deep gorges, small plateaus, pine and oak woods and bare alpine zones.

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Itinerary description

The path
…starts at 1700m and ends at 2456m, described by a 3/5 difficulty-grade and requires 750 m ascent within 3 – 3,5 hours and another 2,5 – 3 hours descent.

Our trip
… starts at around 07.30 am and after a 1,5 hours drive we arrive at the beginning of the hiking path at 9.00. The walk normally lasts 5 – 6 hours.

The Shepherd’s Shelter
On the way back, the trip continues to the nearby shepherd shelter for a guided visit and lunch based on the Cretan diet. The Shepherd’s Shelter lends itself for experiencing local activities and stories, interacting with the locals, admiring the traditional architecture and tasting Cretan delicacies made by the local family.
For more information about the activities at the shelter, please visit http://tospititouvoskou.gr/.

Expected return time
At 17.30 or at 19.00 upon passing by the shelter

walk duration

5-6 hours

walking distance

10 km

ascent / descent

800m / 800m

difficulty

3/5

total duration

8-9 hours


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