Where everybody goes down, we go up. One of the major attractions of Crete is the Samaria gorge. From the parking area there also is an alternative, the mountain on the right called Gigilos.
This is the second highest face in the whole Greece with 1000 meters length. Lot of rock climbing activity on this mountain and a great hike too.
The group will meet in Omalos Plateau where the hike starts.
Gigilos (2080 meters) is the most accessible high peak of the White Mountains. We'll need just 3 hours to reach the summit and another 2 hours to return back. The return is down the same way, so the walk can be curtailed at any stage if you prefer.
There are spectacular views from the summit, such as most of the high summits of White mountains and pictureque view to the open sea and Heraklion town.
Price Includes: Local guide.
Not Included: Transport to and from Crete, picnic lunches during the walks and everything that is not listed above.
Enjoy-crete (our trusted partner) is not responsible for any accidents or mishaps directly or indirectly related to the tour.
Period: All year long. During the winter months you will need to have excellent self rescue skills on snow using your ice axe and crampons due to snow. Usually there is snow from late December to late March.
Transport: You will need to use your own car. We suggest our Partner Budget, which offers competitive prices . Due to Greek law we are not allowed to transfer you with our vehicles. This is allowed only from companies registered with the Greek Tourism Organization (called EOT) which Enjoy-Crete is not part of it as we offer only the guides & equipment in our trips.
Group Size: 2-15 participants.
Difficulty: The Gigilos hike is a demanding trek with a maximum of 5-6 hrs walk on rocky terrain.
Participants should be in very good physical condition. Experience is essential during the winter.
Equipment: Daypack (approx. 35-45lt), trekking shoes, fleece jacket, windproof jacket, water bottle (at least 1.5lt of water during the summer), hat, sun cream, sun glasses and ice axe/crampons if you choose this trek during the winter.
Notes: Please bear in mind that the itinerary can be altered for numerous reasons beyond our control (e.g. harsh weather, trail conditions -- snow) to ensure the safety and the well being of the group. The final hiking selection is left up to the guide.
Temperature during summer months (June - early September) are between 20oC - 35oC. Sun cream and hat is a must! During the winter temperature on the summit might dropped down to -15oC. Usually is somewhere between 0/-6oC.
Price: 90€ or 160€ for a private hike, just you and the guide.