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Hiking in east side of mount Psiloritis and especially in summit Guristi is a great adventure.

This is a demanding hike as the journey starts from 400 meters and going up to the summit at 1779 meters; that is an ascent of 1379 meters in a day.

The hike starts from the village of Ano Asites just half an hour drive from the city of Heraklio. It has a population of around 3000 inhabitants. It is situated 24 km from Heraklion City. The village enjoys very hot and dry summers, with mild rainy winters and very rare snow.

One kilometer north of Asites is situated the Gorgolaini Monastery. The village has 9 churches, with church Agia Pariskevi being the most famous one.

The story behind the church is legendary to the village. While being under Turkish domination between 15th and 19 century, a Turk tried to sabotage a Cretan wedding.

He went to the wedding and tried to shoot the bride. Unfortunately for him, the bullet ricocheted off the church wall and into his stomach, killing him. If we've got enough time during the descent we will visit the monastery.

From Ano Asites the group will follow stay on an off road approximately for 1.5km and then will move on the E4 path *[1] all way up until the base of Giristi summit. After 1.5 hours walk there will be a break at the refuge of Prinos, owned by the Heraklion mountaineering club. After the quick stop there group will continue heading north. The journey concludes at spectacular view.

This hike is not easy and is definitely not for everyone. You need to be in a very good shape, been able to carry at least 2lt of water (during the summer months) and been able to walk for at least 8 hours within a day.

Detailed Information

Price Includes: Local guide.

Not Included: Transport, 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 can always recommend a rent-a-car company. 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 in our trips.

Group Size: 2-15 participants.

Difficulty: The Giristi hike offer a moderate trek with a minimum of 8 hours walk on rocky footpaths.

Participants should be in very good physical condition. Experience is essential during the winter but not during the summer.

Equipment: 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.

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 -10oC. Usually is somewhere between 0oC.

Price: 80€ or 160€ for a private hike, just you and the guide. 

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