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Cicerone Guides: The High Mountains of Crete: White Mountains, Psiloritis & Lassithi Ranges

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Cicerone Guides: Walks and Treks – The High Mountains of Crete

Guidebook to walking and trekking the high mountains of Crete. The largest...

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Series: Cicerone Guides

By: Loraine Wilson (Author)

379 pages, colour photos, colour maps

Cicerone Press

Paperback | laminated cover (not waterproof) | Jul 2008 | Edition: 2 | #174200 | ISBN-13: 9781852845254
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Now published as a full colour guide, this new edition supersedes and expands Cicerone's original guide to The White Mountains, with additional routes, photographs and information for the Psiloritis and Lassithi ranges, and new mapping. With an agreeable climate, an amazing landscape and a history stretching back to the start of civilisation, Crete makes an outstanding destination. The beauty of the Gorge of Samaria National Park is well known, but Crete offers many other spectacular gorges, together with numerous peaks rising to over 2100m. There are high mountain plains, forested crags, massive cliffs, and remote beaches. Proud, but also informal, friendly and hospitable, Cretans offer a range of facilities to visitors both in the countryside and on the coast.This work features general information on: walking in Crete; Western Crete: 53 walks in the White Mountains and south coast together with 10 multi-day trekking routes; Central Crete: 17 walks and treks on Mount Ida; Eastern Crete: 12 walks and treks in the Lassithi Mountains; and, E4 Trail across each of these ranges.


Contents

INTRODUCTION

 

Hillwalking and Trekking Regions   

 

Getting There 

Flying to Athens.   
Ferryboat from Piraeus   

Arriving in Crete: Airports   

Chania   
Heraklion    

Arriving in Crete: Ferryboat Ports   

Souda (for Chania)   
Heraklion (and bus stations)   
Rethymnon (and bus station)   
Arriving in the Evening   

Getting to the Trailhead   

Public Transport   
Taxis   

Shopping and Accommodation   

Shopping in Towns   
Shopping in the Countryside   
Accommodation in the Countryside   
Noise Pollution   
Mountain Refuges   

General Information, Skills and Equipment   

Public Holidays   
Time Difference   
The ‘Language Barrier’   
Weather   
The Winter Months   
Water   
Shelter   
Types of Pathways   
The E4 Trail   
Walking Technique   
Backpacking and Camping   
Daysack and Trekking Essentials   
Mobile Phones/Telephones   
Compass, Altimeter and GPS   
Contour Maps   
Emergencies   
Clothing and Footwear   
Lone Women Walkers   
Insects and Other Hazards   
Wildlife and Hunting   
Plants, Trees and Flowers   

Using this Guide   

Grading System   
Walking Times   

PART 1 THE WHITE MOUNTAINS – THE LEFKA ORI   

Route Suggestions   

The Omalos Plain   

Walk    Grade    Route
1     A      Around the Omalos Plain   
2     B      The Gorge of Samaria National Park   
3     C      The Ascent of Gingilos   
4     A      Xyloscala to Kallergi Refuge    
5     C      Kallergi Refuge to Melendaou    
6     D      Xyloscala to Koustoyerako via Strifomadi or E4 Trail variation   
6a   D      Koustoyerako to Xyloscala via Strifomadi   
7     C/D   Omalos to Koustoyerako via Ay. Theodoros Chapel   
7a   C/D   Koustoyerako to Omalos via Ay. Theodoros Chape   
8     B      Omalos to Ay. Irini Gorge   
9     B       Ay. Irini Gorge to Souyia   
9a   B       Souyia to Lissos and Paleochora (E4 Trail)   
10   C       Omalos to Zourva   
10a  C      Zourva to Omalos   
11    A      Zourva to Meskla   
12    C      Omalos to Lakki and Meskla   
12a  C      Lakki to Omalos   
 

The Northern Foothills (see also Walks 11a, b, c)   

Walk                 Grade          Route
13                     C                 Kambi to Volikas Refuge   
14                     B/C              Kambi to Melidoni   
14a                   B/C              Melidoni to Kambi    
15                     C                 Kares to Gournes   
16                     B/C              Melidoni to Fres   
17                     A                 Fres to Vrisses   
18                     A                 Fres to Vafes via Tzitzifes   
19                     C                 Melidoni to Vafes via Vothanas   
19a                   C                 Vafes to Melidoni via Vothanas    
20                     A                 Vafes to Vrisses   
20a                   A                 Vrisses to Vafes    
21                     C                 Vafes to Askifou   

The Askifou Plain   

Walk                 Grade             Route
22                     A                    Around the Plain   
23                     A                    Askifou to Imbros   
24                     A                    The Imbros Gorge   
25                     A                    Kommitades to Hora Sfakion   
26                     B/C                 The Asfendos Gorge from Askifou   
27                     D                    Askifou–Goni to Kallikratis   
28abc                B                    Connecting Walks from Kallikratis    
29                     B                    The Kallikratis Gorge   
30                     B                    Askifou–Ammoudari to Niato (E4 Trail)   
31                     D                    The Ascent of Kastro   
32                     B/C                 Askifou to Imbros via Trikoukia   
33                     C                    Askifou to Anopolis (or Hora Sfakion) via Kali Lakki and Mouri   
34                     C                    Askifou to Vafes    
35                     B                    Krappis to Lake Kourna   

Anopolis   

Walk                  Grade             Route
36                      A/B                 Anopolis to Loutro   
37                      A                    Kambia to Loutro   
38                      A                    Kambia to Anopolis or Ay. Ekaterini   
39                      B                    Kambia to Hora Sfakion   
40                      A                    Anopolis to Aradena   
40a                    C                    The Aradena Gorge  
41                      A                    Aradena to Ay. Ioannis and Sellouda   
42                      B                    Aradena to Ay. Roumeli via Sellouda    
43                      B/C                 The Aradena Forest and Kroussia   
44                      C                     Anopolis to Askifou via Kali Lakki    

The South Coast of Sfakia   

Walk                  Grade                Route
45                      B                       Hora Sfakion to Loutro (E4 Trail)   
46                      B                       Hora Sfakion to Anopolis   
47                      C                       Hora Sfakion to Mouri    
48                      B/C                    Loutro to Livaniana and (a) Anopolis or (b) Marmara Beach   
49                      B                       Loutro to Ay. Roumeli (E4 Trail)   
50                      B                       The Gorge of Samaria National Park    
51                      A                       Around Ay. Roumeli   
52                      C/D                    The Eligas Gorge   
53                      B/C                    Ay. Roumeli to Anopolis via Sellouda    

Mountain Treks   

The Madares   
Valleys of the Central Massif   
Katsiveli   
Potamos   
Route Suggestions   
Trek               Grade                 Route
T1                   D                        Theriso to Livada via Kolokithas   
T1a                 D                        Livada to Theriso   
T2                   D                        Kambi to Livada via EOS Volikas Refuge   
T2a                 D                        Livada to Kambi   
T3                   E                        Askifou to Livada via Niato and Grias Soros (E4 Trail)   
T3a                  E                       Livada to Niato and Askifou (E4 Trail) (Trek 3 in reverse)   
T4                   C/D                    Livada to Katsiveli (E4 Trail)   
T4a                 C/D                    Katsiveli to Livada (E4 Trail)    
T5                   C/D                    Katsiveli to Potamos (E4 Trail)   
T5a                 C/D                    Potamos to Katsiveli    
T6                   D                       Omalos (or Kallergi Refuge) to Potamos (and Katsiveli)
                                                via Melendaou (E4 Trail)   
T6a                 D                       Potamos to Kallergi Refuge (E4 Trail)    
T7                   D                       Potamos to Ay. Ioannis via Zaranokefala   
T7a                 D                       Ay. Ioannis to Potamos via Zaranokefala    
T8                   D                       Anopolis to Katsiveli   
T8a                 D                       Katsiveli to Anopolis    
                                               The Ascent of Pachnes   
T9                  C/D                    Roussies to Pachnes Summit   
T9a                C/D                     Pachnes Summit to Katsiveli   
T9b                C/D                     Katsiveli to Pachnes Summit    
                                                The South Coast   
T10                D                         Ay. Roumeli to Souyia (E4 Trail)   
T10a              D                        Souyia to Ay. Roumeli (E4 Trail)   
 

PART 2 PSILORITIS – MOUNT IDA   

The Summit   
The Nida Plain   
Approach Routes to the Mountain   
From the North   
From the South   
From the West    
Route Suggestions   

Walks and Treks from Trailheads of the Foothills   

Walk               Grade                   Route
P1                   C/D                       Anoyeia to the Nida Taverna   
                                                  (a) Ay. Yakinthos to Nida Taverna on the E4 Trail   
                                                  (b) Ay. Yakinthos to Nida Taverna via Old Droving Route   
P2                   C                          Zaros to Ay. Ioannis Chapel via the Rouvas Gorge   
P3                   D                         Ay. Ioannis Chapel to the Nida Plain (E4 Trail)   
P4                   C                         Kamares to the Kamares Cave   
P5                   C/D                      Kamares Cave to the Nida Plain   
P6                   D                         Kamares to the Summit of Mount Ida   
P7                   B/C                      The Arcadi Monastery to Aravanes Kampos   
P8                   D                         Aravanes Kampos to the Nida Taverna   
P9                   D                         Mount Ida Summit: Northern Approach Path   
P10                 D                         Aravanes Kampos to Toumbotos Prinos EOS Refuge    
P11                 C/D                      The Amari Valley: Fourfouras and Kouroutes   

Walks and Treks from Trailheads on the Nida Plain   

Walk               Grade                   Route
P12                 C/D                       Nida to the Summit of Mount Ida   
P13                 D                          Summit of Mount Ida: Descent to Kamares    
P14                 C/D                       Nida to Anoyeia on the E4 Trail    
P14a               C/D                       Nida to Anoyeia on Old Droving Trail   
P15                 D                          Nida to Ay. Ioannis Chapel (and on to Zaros
                                                   via Rouvas Gorge) on E4 Trail    
P16                 D                          Nida to Kamares via Kamares Cave    
P17                 D                          Nida Taverna to the Arcadi Monastery    

 

PART 3 THE LASSITHI MOUNTAINS   

Route Suggestions   
Walk               Grade                     Route
L1                   B                            Kastamonitsa to Ay. Georgios (E4 Trail)   
L2                   A                            Ay. Georgios to Tzermiado   
L2a                 A                            Tzermiado to Ay. Georgios    
L3                   B/C                         Tzermiado to Karphi and back   
L4                   B/C                         Ay. Georgios to the Katheros Plain and back   
L5                   D                            Ay. Georgios (for Mt Dikti Summit) to Selakano (E4 Trail)    
L5a                 D                            Selakano to Ay. Georgios   
L6                   B/C                         Selakano to the Katheros Plain (for Lassithi or Kritsa)    
L6a                 B/C                         Katheros Plain via Pertiakos to Selakano    
L7                   C                            Katheros Plain to Kritsa (for Ay. Nikolaos)   
L7a                 C                            Kritsa to the Katheros Plain   
L8                   B/C                        Margoulas to Xeniakos and Ano Viannos   

Appendix 1: Glossary   
Appendix 2: Further Reading   
Appeneix 3: Useful Information


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Biography

In 1979, after returning from a spell in the early Dubai building boom, Loraine Wilson swapped life as an Architectural Assistant for trek leading, mainly in the mountains of Greece. A lifelong hillwalker and backpacker, she has been walking the Cretan mountains since 1982.

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