Ascent to Psiloritis

A group of Slovenian friends asked me to guide them hiking to Timios Stavros, the highest peak of mountain Psiloritis (2456m), in Crete – Greece. The wider area of Psiloritis is a Natural park founded in 2001, and a UNESCO Global Geopark.

We met in Heraklion, where they picked me up with a minibus and started the long route to the village of Anogeia and then to Migeros plateau.
During the 2 hours drive, we discussed many things… Our countries, economy, culture, history, mythology…

When we reached Migeros at 1670m altitude, we got our backpacks and we started walking slowly up the Northside of the mountain, by the well-trodden trail called “I strata tou Psiloriti” (Route of Psiloriti). An easy but rocky trail, almost 3km long, leads to the top, where the small church of “Timios Stavros” stands.  It was very windy and we needed 3 hours to cover the distance but the panoramic view of both sides of the island (North and South), was refreshing! After taking the necessary photos, having some snacks, and some more talking, we started our descent. The way down was faster (almost 2 hours), and we were soon back to the van.

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