Hiking the High Deserts of the Madares
Price in euro
Price upon request
When: From May to October
Languages: Greek, German, English, French, Italian, Russian
Duration: 8 hours
Meeting Point: Agora (Market Hall) in Chania; or if you prefer, pickup from your hotel
Dress Code: Casual, warm clothes, hat, sun block, good walking shoes, a back-pack for water and light snacks, and a full meal after the hike
Including: Services of a professional qualified Greek tourist guide, entry fees, lunch, and bottled water
Walking Difficulty: Difficult walk, participants must be physically fit
Rest Rooms/ WC: Yes
The ultimate highlands of the island of Crete, the so-called Madares, are located in the White Mountains. The quest of this hike is Mt. Pachnes: at 2453m it stands second only by a mere 3 meters to Mt. Psiloritis at 2456m.
This adventure calls for travel in 4 x 4 vehicles in order to access a parking plateau three hours from the top. The landscape of Pachnes is barren, almost Martian-like; the views from the summit are breathtaking, almost surreal — on a clear day you can see forever.
This trip can be combined with other spectacular hikes in the same area, including the E4 European long distance path, that meanders east-west along the spine of Crete.
This tour does not include tips to the guides or drivers as well as miscellaneous personal expenses