White Mountains

The Ultimate Hiking Experience

 

For people who love outdoor activities deep into the nature, away from all the hustle and bustle of the civilized urban landscape.

Crete, the southernmost island of Europe, it is a unique place, a small planet within itself.The municipality of Sfakia is located in the south-west part of the island and it is one of the most isolated and at the same time one of the most authentic areas of Cretan land. Thus, the specific area forms the base of  “Natour-Lab’s” outdoor activities.Guided by our precious experience and a great network of people and services, our team has designed and developed  a 5 days trekking programme, in order to cover the needs of the most demanding hiker.

Equipped with a plan of a 4-hour average daily hiking, we will have the possibility of covering a significant route on the foothills and in the core of the White Mountains; An impressive mass with 50 peaks measuring above 2000m.We will cross two of the most important gorges of Crete, climb up on the highest peak of the White Mountains, wander around small forest areas, get to know the alpine desert at an altitude of 2000m, walk on the coastal European foot trail E4, swim in the crystal clear waters of the Libyan sea, explore uncharted areas, test our stamina on steep routes and discover the hidden naturally-made “balconies” and their breathtaking view of southern Crete.Our paths will end up early every afternoon at the kitchen of the Alonia mountain guesthouse, in which we will be residing, in order to feel the warm and cozy atmosphere created by the people and the surroundings. In addition, we will be dining with local seasonal products prepared with extra care and love by our production team.

Moreover, special presentations with topics of the flora and fauna of the area will be shown, visit at a local honey bee keeper as well as optional hands-on cooking workshops will be available upon request.

 

Itinerary

 

Welcome day

Evening briefing about the plans of our 5 days tour (with a glass of wine and our homemade snacks) at the place of Natour Lab in Chania.

Day 1

Morning transfer to Omalos village. Crossing Samaria gorge (6 hours hike). Evening swim in the Libyan sea. Dinner & overnight in a B&B at Agia Roumeli village

Day 2

Breakfast. Starting with the coastal E4 european path we hike up to Agios Ioannis village (650m, 4-5 hours hike). Break for swim on the way. Dinner & overnight at Agios Ioannis village

Day 3

Breakfast. 3-5 hours hike to a small peak of the region. Optional evening short hike (1-2 hours) through a pine forest to a natural balcony with Libyan sea view. Dinner & overnight at Agios Ioannis.

Day 4

Breakfast. Transfer with a 4×4 pick up car to the beginning of the path (1900m). Hike up to Pachnes summit (2453m) the highest peak of the White Mountains (optional hikes to some of the around  2000m peaks, 3-6 hours hike). Transfer with a 4×4 pick up car back to Agios Ioannis village. Dinner & overnight at Agios Ioannis village.

Day 5  
Breakfast. Crossing Aradena gorge towards the Libyan sea  (3 hours). Break for swim. Hike up to Livanania or Anopolis (1 or 3 hours). Transfer to Agios Ioannis village. Goodbye dinner & overnight at Agios Ioannis village.

Day 6

Breakfast. Transfer back to the city of Chania.

Price per person 950 €

Price includes :

  • All guiding (2 guides and  extra  support by our local team)
  •  All transfers
  •  5 overnights (in a double room) with breakfast
  •  5 full dinners with wine
  •  All hiking snacks
  •  Entrance fee for the Samaria gorge

 

 

 

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