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Kallergi - Xylo Skalo - Koustogerako - Sougia

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Trail stats

Distance
14.53 mi
Elevation gain
2,139 ft
Technical difficulty
Difficult
Elevation loss
7,454 ft
Max elevation
5,974 ft
TrailRank 
76 4.3
Min elevation
-36 ft
Trail type
One Way
Time
8 hours 17 minutes
Coordinates
2164
Uploaded
August 10, 2016
Recorded
August 2016
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5,974 ft
-36 ft
14.53 mi

near Samariá, Crete (Greece)

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Itinerary description

Long, very rewarding tour through Lefka Ori with a great variety of landscapes. Containing a few sections which require concentration, this is not a walk for tourists but needs some basic experience in the mountains.
Start the tour early - not only because of its sheer length, but during the day humidity may condense into fog on Gigilos col, making it difficult to find the way.
Starting at Kallergi refuge, you follow E4 walking down to Xylo Skalo where you will meet an army of tourists aiming for Samaria gorge. Climb up following E4 to Gigilos col - you will pass by Linoselli fountain, where you can fill/refill your water bottles. There will be no water until you reach the valley of Achlada (90 mins walk from the col) and water there may also require some tablets to be drinkable (I did not try). After Gigilos col you will traverse into Achlada valley, which is the most challenging part of the tour (some sections require climbing). Achlada starts as a plain with only bushes but follows a riverbed very soon and for some hours. Nice forests you will be walking through, before you have to climb up again to circumvent some bold cliffs. Shortly after you reach a chapel, and from there you can walk a road down to Koustogerako (but will use the short-cuts in the upper section of the road). In Koustogerako you do not need to use the asphalt road down to Livada but can take a trail which was heavily used before cars took over in Southern Crete. The trail can be found easily although bushes are fighting back, making it a pretty spiky endeavor. From Livada you follow the asphalt street till you hit an intersection with an unpaved road to Sougia. You can find this easily since it is at the very bend of a zig zag. Walk down to Sougia and enjoy the beach!

Waypoints

PictographMountain hut Altitude 5,280 ft
Photo ofKallergi refuge

Kallergi refuge

Kallergi refuge

PictographPhoto Altitude 4,042 ft
Photo ofXylo Skalo

Xylo Skalo

Xylo Skalo

PictographDoor Altitude 4,827 ft
Photo ofNatural door on the way to Linoselli

Natural door on the way to Linoselli

One of several very nice views along the trail to Linoselli springs

PictographDoor Altitude 4,715 ft
Photo ofLinoselli 2

Linoselli 2

PictographFountain Altitude 4,801 ft
Photo ofLinoselli spring

Linoselli spring

Linoselli has great water - refill your bottles!

PictographIntersection Altitude 5,571 ft
Photo ofGigilos col

Gigilos col

Gigilos col - you go right

PictographWaypoint Altitude 5,732 ft
Photo ofTraverse

Traverse

Traverse

PictographWaypoint Altitude 5,233 ft
Photo ofEntering valley

Entering valley

Entering valley

PictographPanorama Altitude 5,230 ft
Photo ofView on Tripiti gorge

View on Tripiti gorge

PictographPhoto Altitude 5,124 ft
Photo ofAncient tree

Ancient tree

... on the way down

PictographWilderness hut Altitude 5,023 ft
Photo ofShelter in Achlada

Shelter in Achlada

PictographPanorama Altitude 4,837 ft
Photo ofView to Moni

View to Moni

View to Moni

PictographPhoto Altitude 2,936 ft
Photo ofClimbing up again

Climbing up again

PictographReligious site Altitude 2,811 ft
Photo ofChapel

Chapel

Chapel

PictographPanorama Altitude 2,138 ft
Photo ofThis is why we had to climb again

This is why we had to climb again

This is why we had to climb again

PictographPhoto Altitude 1,970 ft
Photo ofKoustogerako comes into sight

Koustogerako comes into sight

PictographPhoto Altitude 1,625 ft
Photo ofKoustogerako Photo ofKoustogerako

Koustogerako

Koustogerako

PictographPanorama Altitude 1,127 ft
Photo ofView on Livada

View on Livada

View on Livada

PictographIntersection Altitude 625 ft
Photo ofTake a left to the unpaved road

Take a left to the unpaved road

Take a left to the unpaved road

PictographPanorama Altitude 514 ft
Photo ofSougia comes into sight

Sougia comes into sight

Sougia comes into sight

PictographBeach Altitude -35 ft
Photo ofSougia - finally

Sougia - finally

Sougia - finally

Comments  (2)

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    pierrepisano Nov 6, 2016

    I have followed this trail  View more

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  • Jayhickson Jan 26, 2020

    I have followed this trail  View more

    One of my favourite walks. The rock formations on the way to Linoseli are spectacular and the variety of environments along the route is second to none. Between Gingilos col and Achlada there are a couple of sections of the path which require concentration and a head for heights

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