TREKKING IN THE HIGHLANDS OF PSILORITIS Explore the Minoan routes in Psiloritis Unesco Global Georpark

Ideon Andron Cave - Zominthos. Walk on the footsteps of common Minoan people in the highlands of Psiloritis Natural Park. The subalpine zone to the north of Psiloritis central ridge is the highest archaeological park of Crete, comprising some of the most notable excavated ancient sites of the island. The geological importance of the area is also outstanding and relevant to the nomination of Psiloritis as Geopark, member of Global Geoparks Network by UNESCO. The flora and fauna of the highest mountain of Crete stimulated some of the first scientific missions in modern times.


Initially we visit the Psiloritis Geopark Information Center in the village of Anogia. Then, we drive southwards to Zominthos and from there on we begin our hiking journey to the north face of Psiloritis central ridge. The guided tour emphasizes on aspects of natural and human made environment in the legendary mountain of the Minoan cult of Zeus. We will walk over parts of the E4 European Path and other traditional paths used by shepherds.


General Info - Statistics

Region: Region of Rethymnon, Central Crete Mountain Range: Psiloritis Range Geopark
Meeting Point: Anogia
Trail blazing: occasionally marked, easy to get confused without guidance
Path condition: generally good
Path length: 6,5 Km
Duration: 3 hours
Max. Altitude: 1.450 m.
Elevation gain: 300 m.
Difficulty level: easy



The price includes:

  • Experienced mountain guide
  • Visit at the Information Center of Psiloritis Geopark
  • Personal accident insurance, powed by Lloyd's Insurance company
  • Excursion booklet
  • Transfer from the end of the path back to the vehicle
  • First Aid kit
  • Walking poles (on request, depending on availability)
  • Light lunch in nature
  • Water (1 lt)
  • Third Party Liability
  • Taxes


The price does not include:

  • Transport from/to your accommodation (upon request)
  • Entrance fees for organized historical / archaeological sites
  • Beverages and drinks
  • Personal expenses & tips
  • Anything not mentioned above


* This trip is a private excursion.
* Children can participate from the age of 12, given they have a relative trekking experience.
* Necessary personal equipment: Sunscreen oil, Hat, Sunglasses │Walking or trekking shoes │Small rucksack with your personal items
* (!) Please inform us of any dietary needs/particularities you might have (allergies, intolerances) or other health issues we have to take into consideration.
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Duration: 4-6 hours
Dates: From mid-April to October
Note: With at least 3 days’ notice
Location: Psiloritis Mountain - Anogeia Village
Difficulty: Easy / 1B
Languages: English
Note: For other languages, it is possible to have an interpreter, with a supplement.
Cost: Upon request


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