In this demanding hike we will try to reach 3 summits above 2000 meters in the region of Chania, in the heart of the White Mountains (Lefka Ori). You need to be very fit to complete this hike.
A minimum of 8 hours walking is required on a rocky terrain with high temperatures during the summer (20-35oC) and lots of steep ascents. During the winter, previous experience in snow is required and more specific how to use an ice axe and crampons.
The central and southern part of the Lefka Ori lying at an altitude of 1,800 m (5,906 ft) and above resembles a „moon landscape“. This is technically called a high desert. It is unique in the northern hemisphere!
ABOUT THE HIKE
The White Mountains or Lefka Ori occupy a large part of the centre of West Crete and are the main feature of the region. They consist mainly of limestone, from light grey to bluish or black color. The "White Mountains" have got their name from the perpetual white or off white color of their peaks as the off white of limestone during the summer and fall interchanges with the snow that covers the peaks until late in spring.
There are only a few main roads leading into the White Mountains. From the north the roads to Omalos and the entrance of the Samaria Gorge and the road to Chora Sfakion through the plateau of Askifou further to the east. Depending the group and the weather conditions we will start the hike either from Omalos or Askifou.