Mount Gigilos

Details

DURATION

Half day

DIFFICULTY

Difficult

GROUP SIZE

2 - 6 persons

SCHEDULE

Every Saturday

TYPE

Small group

PICK UP TIME

07:00 (Depending on your hotel)

PICK UP PLACE

Hotels in Rethymno district

Price List

Highlights

  • Enjoy one of the most accessible summit walks in Crete
  • Walk in this impressive summit, with a massive vertical north face 
  • Enjoy the superb views along the walk and from the summit
  • Meet beautiful rock formations and cypress trees hanging on the edge of the cliffs
  • Stop for a well deserved pique-nique with the most amazing view

    ITINERARY

    Every Stop a Unique Experience

    Up we go!

    Up we go!

    The walk can roughly be divided into three parts, the return is by the same route and the total walking time is approximately 5 hours.

    The summit is at an altitude of 2080m. The total ascent from the start at Xyloskala (which is at 1230m) is a little over 800m (as a descent during the traverse to the spring adds to the total ascent).

    Mount Gigilos is one of the most impressive formations on Crete, its name originally meant ‘great concentration of rocks’. To reach our starting point we drive through the region to the north of the White Mountains which is very lush and rich in citrus and sweet chestnut trees. Upon arriving on the Omalos plateau at 1100 meters we can have a short break to enjoy the view and possibly a snack. From here we can see the entrance of the famous Samaria gorge and then we turn towards our path that takes us to higher regions. The trail to the spring of Linoseli takes about one hour and gives us a beautiful frontal view of Gigilos. At the spring we can have a small stop to enjoy the fresh water. After we continue we will see the pass of the Tripiti gorge and catch the first glimpse of the Libyan sea and Gavdos island before we start our final ascend to ‘conquer’ the summit. This part is dominated by rocks and requires some minor climbing to reach the top where you will enjoy the stunning view of both the Libyan and the Aegean sea, the White Mountains, Gavdos island and the Omalos plateau. Even the entire Samaria gorge will be at your feet. After a well deserved picnic at this wonderful summit we will descend again towards the Omalos plateau where we can decide to spend some time to relax and enjoy a ‘recovery meal.

    What’s Included

    Hotel pick up and drop off (Only Rethymno district)

    English or French speaking guide

    Local driver/guide​

    Transport by air-conditioned car​/mini bus

    Walk to a 2080m summit 

    Pique-nique on the trail (vegetarian options included)

    All taxes, fees and handling charges​

    Lots of adventure and laughter :)

    ADULTS

    145 EURO P/P

    CHILDREN (3 - 12)50%
    INFANTS (0 - 2)FREE
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