Giristi Summit

Hiking in east side of mount Psiloritis and especially in summit Gurisi 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.
You need to be very fit to complete this hike.
The view from the summit is outstanding, one of the best landscapes in Crete.

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 kilometre 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.

Price Includes: Local guide and transport if you are close to Heraklion.

Not Included: Transport, picnic lunches during the walks and everything that is not listed above.

Enjoy-crete 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.

Group Size: 2-40 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€ per person, minimum participants 2. 

[1] The E4 European long distance path or E4 path is one of the European long-distance paths starting in Spain at its westernmost point and leading through France, Switzerland, Germany, Austria, Hungary, Romania and Bulgaria to end in Greece. It visits the Greek island of Crete as well as Cyprus.