Dikti (also Lassithiotika Ori) is a mountain range on the east of the island of Crete in the prefecture of Lassithi.
On the west it extends to the prefecture of Heraklio. According to the Greek Mythology, Zeus was reared on this mountain in a cave called Dictaeon Andron (Psychro Cave). On the north of the main massif, the plateau of Lassithi is located.
The topology of the mountain range is rich with a lot of plateaus (Lassithi, Katharo, Omalos Viannou, Limnakaro), valleys and secondary peaks. Some important peaks are Spathi 2148m, Afentis Christos/Psari Madara 2141m, Lazaros 2085m, Madara 1783m etc.
Large areas of the mountain are forested with pines (Pinus brutia), Kermes oaks (Quercus coccifera), cypresses (Cupressus sempervirens), Holm Oaks (Quercus ilex) and Cretan Maples (Acer sempervirens). The fertile valleys and plateaus of Dikti are of significant importance to the local economy.
Dominant feature of Dikti is the Lasithi Plateau, the largest and most picturesque plateau in Crete. It is a place with great history.
Diktaion Antron, is located here, a cave where -according to the Mythology- Zeus was born. In a different myth, Dias (Zeus) was born in Idaion Antron in Mt Idi. A third myth is a compromise of the two, claiming that Zeus was born in Diktaion Antron but raised in Idaion.
The Lasithi Plateau is a nice place for pleasant excursions. Durring this hike the group will reach the highest summit of the mountain, Dikti at 2148 meters. One will be able to see both sides of Crete from the summit including the Aegean and Lybean sea as well! A superb hike.
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.
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 Spathi hike is a demanding trek with a maximum of 8 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 2.5lt 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/-4oC.
Price: 90€ or 120€ for a private hike, just you and the guide.