Hiking in Psiloritis- Giristi summit 1779m
- ~8 Hours
Embark on an exhilarating hiking adventure in the eastern side of Mount Psiloritis or Mount Ida, particularly to the summit of Gurisi. This challenging hike begins at an altitude of 400 meters and ascends to the impressive summit at 1779 meters, covering a total elevation gain of 1379 meters in a single day. Undertaking this hike requires excellent fitness levels. The view from the summit offers breathtaking panoramas, showcasing some of the most stunning landscapes in Crete.
The journey commences from the village of Ano Asites, a mere half-hour drive from the city of Heraklion. Starting at Ano Asites, the group follows an off-road trail for approximately 1.5 kilometers before transitioning to a rocky path that continues all the way to the base of Giristi summit. Along the way, a rest stop is made at the Prinos refuge (1100 m), which may be open, providing an opportunity to enjoy a refreshing cold or hot beverage, depending on the season.
A portion of the route follows the E4 path, which is part of the European long-distance network. The E4 path spans several countries, including Greece, visiting the island of Crete and eventually concluding in Cyprus.
It is important to note that this hike is challenging and not suitable for everyone. Participants must be in excellent physical condition, capable of carrying at least 2-3 liters of water (during summer months), and able to walk for a minimum of 8 hours in a day. The length of the route can be adjusted for those seeking a shorter hike. In such cases, instead of reaching Giristi summit, the goal may be to reach Piramida, reducing the total walking time by approximately 3 hours (resulting in a total of 5-6 hours).
We provide complimentary pick-up service from Heraklion for our clients. On occasion, we may be able to arrange pick-ups from other locations along our route to the starting point. If you require transportation and are unsure, please contact us. Kindly remember to provide us with the exact location of your hotel, not just the name, ideally including a Google Maps link.
What to Bring
Daypack (approx. 25-35lt), trekking shoes, fleece jacket, windproof jacket, water bottle (at least 2.5lt of water during the summer), hat, sun cream, sun glasses and ice axe/crampons if you choose this hike during the winter.
For a winter ascent you need to have excellent skills in using crampons and ice axe.
- Minimum 3 Participants
- Starting Time 10:00
- EndingTime 18:00
Cancellation Policy - Flexible
- Whenever you cancel 4 days or earlier than the confirmed activity starting date, your fee will be refunded for the entire activity charge.
- In case of cancellation within 48 and 96 hours before the scheduled activity starting date, you'll get 50% reimbursed.
- Those who cancel 48 hours or beyond are considered last-minute cancellations. There will be no refunds