Spathi Hiking - Day Trip

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Join a day guided hiking trip to Lasithi Plateau a nice place for pleasant excursions. During this hike the group will reach the highest summit of the mountain, Dikti at 2148 meters.

  • Private
  • Full Day
  • Trekking & Hiking
  • Gorges
  • Wildlife & Nature


One will be able to see both sides of Crete from the summit including the Aegean and Lybean sea as well!

A superb hike.

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 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.

The dominant feature of Dikti is the Lasithi Plateau, the largest and most picturesque plateau in Crete. It is a place with a 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 trip has easy access for those staying in or near by Chersonissos, Stalis, Malia, Milatos, Sissi, Elounda and Agios Nikolaos.

Price

90€ or 120€ for a private hike, just you and the guide. 

Price Includes

 Local guide.

Not Included

- Transport
- picnic lunches during the walks
- everything that is not listed above.
- Our trusted partner is not responsible for any accidents or mishaps directly or indirectly related to the tour.

Start Time & Period

  We start at 10 am during the summer months and much earlier during the winter. Will be in touch via email with the exact meeting time.
The tour is available 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

We pick up clients from Heraklion, Chersonissos, Malia, Kokkini Chani and Stalis. Many times we are able to pick up clients from other locations as well but it needs to be on our way to the starting point. If you need transport and you are not sure get in touch with us. Remember to send us the exact location of your hotel, not just the name. Transport is provided for free.

In case you would prefer to rent a car. We suggest our sister website Crete-Car-Rental.com, which offers competitive prices. 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 & equipment in our trips.

Group Size

2-15 participants.

Difficulty

The Spathi hike is a demanding trek with a maximum of 8 hours walk on rocky terrain.
Participants should be in very good physical condition. Experience is essential during the winter.

Equipment

 You will need to pack your lunch. Other than that you will need at least 1.5lt of water (ideally 2-3 during the summer months),day-pack (approx. 35-45lt),sun glasses, hat, sunscreen, light jacket and good hiking shoes. If coming during the winter you need to have full winter mountaineering clothing as temperature can get below 0oC near the summit.

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.
If weather is bad and we will cancel the trip a full refund will be given. An alternative hike might be suggested if possible.

The temperature during the summer months (June - early September) is between 20oC - 35oC. Sun cream and hat is a must! During the winter temperature on the summit might be dropped down to -15oC. Usually is somewhere between 0/-4oC.

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