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Distance
19.08 mi
Elevation gain
9,911 ft
Technical difficulty
Experts only
Elevation loss
11,457 ft
Max elevation
6,320 ft
TrailRank 
66
Min elevation
13 ft
Trail type
One Way
Moving time
13 hours 21 minutes
Time
one day 7 hours 35 minutes
Coordinates
5560
Uploaded
June 27, 2020
Recorded
June 2020
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6,320 ft
13 ft
19.08 mi

near Ágios Ioánnis, Crete (Greece)

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Itinerary description

Extremely difficult excursion!!
At some points you need good climbing experience. You have to have with you 5-6L of water and sleeping equipment. There is no path at the difficult part. If an accident happend it will be almost imposible to rescue the team (it will take days to reach and the summit line it is too technical to move an injured man/woman)
After the technical part you have to descent 1.400m to reach palaia agia roumeli but the field is very steep and there is danger of injury.

We started from krousia (1.200m) above ai giannis

(for more info about ai giannis region aks alonia guest house:

https://m.facebook.com/groups/aloniasfakia/?ref=group_header&view=group )

And we went through zarani pass to potamoi sheperd house.

Zarani pass is one of the most beautiful places in lefka ori. It is old pass where the sheperds from ai giannis and aradena moves with their sheeps to high lefka ori for the summer season. There is a source there but during summer it is better to ask if there is water at alonia-antonis.

From zarani source the path is descending slowly to potamoi (the start of eligias' gorge)the last part is difficult and it is not easy to find the path.

From the sheperd house we ascent t the summit line between the 2 gorges, samaaria and eligia and moved south. After vathia seli and alatsopetra summit we camp at the summit line for the night.

The problem with beviouac at the summit line is that you are exposed to wind. That was the reason we was looking the stars all night...strong winds didnt let us sleep.

The second day early in the morning to continue to the summitline until aggelokambi. It is very technical part, only for those who are strong, expirienced in lefka ori and who can carry 12-15k backpacks and climb with the backpacks in a very wild terain and in the group MUST be 2 people who have done this before. Max group 5-6 persons.

From aggelokambi there is a difficult descent to palaia agia roumeli. There is no path is is steep and easy to get injured..

From palaia agia roumeli we went to agia roumeli to "recharge our batteries". 2h break to drink eat and go to the beach and the river.

After that there was the most difficult part. We were tired it was the waest time of the day under the hot sun and sand...we moved east until the south entrance of eligias gorge where we started the ascent to fliskounias and from there to kormokopos.

The part from fliskounia to kormokopos cave is also little technical and it has many exposed parts!! Before you try this ask a local. Furthermore the path is NOT clear and there are NO signs.

From kormokopos cave (we lost the path and we accidentaly went little more east just few meters but there are blue signs that goes to the cave) there are just few km to ai giannis.

Before you go to lefka ori note that there are very dry, during the summer it is too hot and an average human needs to consume at least 5 liters of water in a day.

Waypoints

PictographInformation point Altitude 5,724 ft
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Path to zarani

PictographPhoto Altitude 5,807 ft
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PictographPhoto Altitude 5,870 ft
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PictographPhoto Altitude 5,944 ft
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PictographInformation point Altitude 5,993 ft
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Zarani pass

PictographFountain Altitude 6,250 ft
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Zarani soutce

PictographWilderness hut Altitude 6,243 ft
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Pace to sleep

PictographPhoto Altitude 6,223 ft
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PictographPhoto Altitude 6,179 ft
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PictographPhoto Altitude 5,925 ft
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PictographPhoto Altitude 5,542 ft
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PictographPhoto Altitude 5,491 ft
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PictographWilderness hut Altitude 5,117 ft
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Sheperd house (mitato potamon malefou)

PictographIntersection Altitude 5,156 ft
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Intersection. Reaching the summitline

PictographPhoto Altitude 5,438 ft
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Gremnara

PictographPhoto Altitude 6,135 ft
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Avlimanakou korfi

PictographSummit Altitude 5,938 ft
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Psiristra

PictographPhoto Altitude 5,867 ft
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Photo

PictographSummit Altitude 6,027 ft
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Vorino

PictographInformation point Altitude 5,525 ft
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Col vathia seli

PictographPhoto Altitude 5,416 ft
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PictographPhoto Altitude 5,586 ft
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PictographInformation point Altitude 5,800 ft
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Vlimonaria

PictographPhoto Altitude 5,884 ft
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PictographInformation point Altitude 5,937 ft
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Alatsopetra

PictographRisk Altitude 5,886 ft
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Danger

PictographCampsite Altitude 5,681 ft
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Sleeping place

The milky way hotel

PictographPhoto Altitude 5,687 ft
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Good morning!!

PictographInformation point Altitude 4,992 ft
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Kimises

PictographPhoto Altitude 4,963 ft
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Photo

PictographPhoto Altitude 4,759 ft
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Katsigianni miti

PictographSummit Altitude 4,727 ft
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Miti katsigianni

PictographRisk Altitude 4,720 ft
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Risk

PictographRisk Altitude 4,719 ft
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Louki katsimitika

PictographRisk Altitude 4,671 ft
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Louki katsimitika

PictographPhoto Altitude 4,579 ft
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PictographRisk Altitude 4,417 ft
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Risk

PictographRisk Altitude 4,409 ft
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Risk

PictographPhoto Altitude 4,400 ft
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Kouvara

PictographRisk Altitude 4,069 ft
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Risk

PictographRisk Altitude 4,060 ft
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Risk

PictographRisk Altitude 4,012 ft
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Risk

PictographSummit Altitude 3,955 ft
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Kouvara

PictographRisk Altitude 3,368 ft
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Steep

PictographRisk Altitude 2,268 ft
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Sara

PictographInformation point Altitude 1,804 ft
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Tis panagias to avlochi

PictographIntersection Altitude 1,125 ft
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Turn right

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Reaching palea agia roumeli

PictographPhoto Altitude 8 ft
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Agia roumeli

Comments  (2)

  • Photo of hollerfreund
    hollerfreund Jul 6, 2020

    Hello Eftihis,
    thanks for sharing this track. I've planed different times to walk this ridge down to Angelokambi, but never done. The images you have attached are very interesting and helpful to classify the dificulty of the path.
    Regards Matthias

  • Photo of eftihis
    eftihis May 23, 2021

    Hello hollerfteund!
    Thank you!
    To be honest I was not sure about uploading this excursion. But I know a lot of people who were asking information about this area. I hope it is helpful..

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