Hiking in east side of mount Psiloritis or mount Ida 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. From Ano Asites the group will follow stay on an off road approximately for 1.5km and then will move on a rocky path all way up until the base of Giristi summit. During the walk there will be a break at the refuge of Prinos (1100 m). Occasionally is open; if that is the case we can have a cold or hot drink depending the season!

Level: Advanced
Walking time: 9 hours
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Part of the route is using the E4 path.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. 
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.
It is possible to adjust the route's length to a shorter one. If that is the case instead of Giristi summit  we will try to reach Piramida which is about 3 hours less walking (total 5-6 hours instead of 9).

The view to mount Ida from the summit of GIristi at 1779m.
Giristi hike
A great view to Dikti mountains in eastern Crete.
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.
We will meet in Asites village or if you do need a pick up in Heraklion. The exact spot will be sent via email after your booking.
Use the "BOOK NOW" button located on the top of this page as the booking form has extra details that we need. After submitting the form you will get an email within 1-2 days (usually same day) with a link to pay the 20% of the cost to confirm booking. Rest of the money either by cash when we meet or via credit card payment two days prior the starting date as we need the funds to have cleared by the date of the trip.
We start by 10 am and finish between 3-4pm. If time change for any reason you will be notified by email.
Usually that happens only during the winter. During the summer it is extremely unlikely to happen. If it happens a full refund will be given.
For 4 or more bookings there will be a 20% discount on listed price. For very large groups (8 or more) we can arrange to have the hut opened for lunch for an extra 10€ per person. If this is something you are interested in please get in touch with us at least a month in advance.