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7 days skiing in Crete Island, Greece

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Enjoy skiing in Crete with certified local guide Akis. Skin up to experience awe-inspiring views from the highest spots on the island before skiing back down to delight in the perks of the Mediterranean on an unforgettable 7-day adventure in the birthplace of mighty Zeus!

Private

7 Days

Jan - Apr

High

Advanced


Highlights

* Experience the high mountain snow and fresh sea breeze of Crete.

* Discover amazing landscapes and local Cretian spots on a ski touring adventure.

* Taste the local cuisine and wine, and participate in the vibrant local culture.

Description

Would you like to experience an unforgettable adventure in a land full of mythology and mystery? Then come skiing in Crete with me on this 7-day program designed to show you the most amazing spots on the island’s snow-covered peaks.

Crete is famous for being the birthplace of Zeus and the land of King Minos. However, its Mediterranean coastline and beautiful mountains also make it a top spot for ski touring adventures in the winter.

On this 7 day program, we will visit Mount Ida – Psiloritis and The White Mountains, where some of the highest mountains in Crete are located. Skinning up and skiing down the fresh snow will only be part of the fun. You will also have the chance to taste delicious Mediterranean homemade cuisine, drink otherworldly wines, participate in traditional dances, and experience the hospitality of the locals. You can find a detailed itinerary below.

In order to join this adventure, you will need to have a good fitness level and have the ability to skin uphill for 300-350m/hour.  Additionally, you will need the skills to ski on powder, hard, or corn snow with a backpack. Of course, I will be there to help and guide you every step of the way!

So, are you ready to go skiing in Crete and discover awe-inspiring landscapes as well as a unique culture? Then contact me now and let’s start planning this exciting adventure together! I look forward to being your guide.

Or, if you prefer an option for the warmer months, I also offer programs to go hiking in Crete!

Price includes

- Guiding fee

- Transport during the trip

- Transportation start and back

- Mountain guide expenses

- Luggage transfer

Price details

Not included : Flight tickets, extra meals, bottled water and drinks consumption.


Itinerary

Day 1: Meeting in Crete Island - Heraklion City

Meeting with the guests in Heraklion and pick up from the hotel or airport. Travel towards the Cretan mainland, aiming to the foot of Mount Ida – Psiloritis. Settle down in a traditional hotel and briefing about the schedule, dinner, and overnight stay.

Day 2: Mount Ida - North East Traverse

Breakfast at the guest house and transfer towards the mountain. Today we will ski tour the north east face of Mount Ida via gentle slopes in a unique mountain and sea ambience. The traverse includes a sequel of 3 peaks, Kousakas 2209m – Voulomenou 2267m & Agathias 2424m, and ends with a magnificent descent to the car level.

Duration: 5 – 6 hours Vertical ascent: 1000m

Late afternoon transfer to the hotel – dinner – overnight.

Day 3: Mount Ida - Ascent the Very Top of Crete 2456m

Breakfast at the guest house and transfer towards Mount Ida. In a low pace rhythm – in order to enjoy the sea views – and setting an elegant track, we will ascent the very top of Crete at 2456m altitude. The small summit chapel, welcomes the guests and we will spend some time on the summit for relaxation, pictures, and picnic with local Cretan cheese, delights, and Raki…

Duration: 4 – 5 hours Vertical ascent: 1000m

Ski back to the car level and transfer towards The White Mountains – settle down in a traditional guest house. Dinner – Briefing and overnight.

Day 4: The White Mountains - North East Traverse

Breakfast at the guest house and transfer towards the north east side of White Mountains. The panorama of the high peaks (Kastro 2219m & Kakovoli 2215m), attracts us in a magnificent summit traverse, with excellent views both in the Aegean Sea and the African coastline. I will choose the finest and most aesthetic descent for you, almost to the village level.

Duration: 4 – 5 hours Vertical ascent: 1000m

Day 5: The White Mountains - South Side Massive

Breakfast at the guest house and transfer towards in the deep heart of the Cretan White Mountains. As we approach the snow line it is time to stick the skins and skin up the magnificent terrain that gives access on the southern massive. The diversity of the scenery is huge… so close to the sea but also full of snow around. After the high peaks traverse we will ski down to the valley, towards a small mountain refuge, nestled at the foot of the high summits. Settle down – overnight stay.

Duration: 5 – 6 hours Vertical ascent: 1000 – 1200

Day 6: Last day-The White Mountains Peak 2453m

The fresh mountain and sea breeze is by our side, as today we will skin up to the very top. Ready for the huge descent, everything seems daring and dramatic… as it looks like a jump into the Mediterranean Sea !!!

Duration: 4 – 5 hours Vertical ascent: 600m

Ski back to the village – settle down to the guest house – dinner – overnight stay.

Day 7: Transfer to Heraklion

 

Equipment you will need to bring

Crampons

Water bottle

Backpack

Helmet

Poles

Ski equipment

Sunglasses

Goggles

Avalanche eqmnt

Climbing skins


FAQs

What experience and how fit do I need to be to climb this mountain?

You need to be extremely fit for this tour.

Is this program suitable for children or older people?

No, this trip is not suitable for children or older people.

What is the best time of the year to climb this mountain?

The best time of the year to climb this mountain is from January to April.

Can I join a group?

No, this is a private tour.

How will accommodation and meals be handled during the trek?

Meals and accommodation are not included in the price of this trip.

What is the average distance and altitude in this tour?

The average distance and altitude are 4-6 hours, and 1000 m per day.

What is the meeting point?

The meeting point is in Crete Island - Heraklion City.

What are some recommended accommodations near our adventure location?

We understand that finding the perfect place to stay is an essential part of your adventure experience. To help you with this, we’ve curated a list of three highly recommended hotels that offer comfort, convenience, and a touch of local charm. These accommodations are well-suited for adventurers looking to relax and rejuvenate after an exciting day of exploration
Hotel Matina Kamari Greece
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Bellonias Villas Kamari Greece
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9 Muses Santorini Resort Perissa Greece
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About the guide

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Akis

4.80

(77)

Mountain Guide

I come from Greece and always remember myself as a kid in the mountains…
Now, I am a Certified Mountain Guide HMGA, member of the Hellenic Mountain Guides Association (License number A.N 867/37, Nr 19 FEK (A)621-999/28-11-07) also a Mountaineering – Ski Mountaineering and Climbing Instructor, member of the Hellenic Federation of Mountaineering & Climbing (H.F.M.C).

My passion for the mountains led me on numerous hikes, ski tours, and rock and ice climbs in Greece, the Alps, France, Switzerland, Italy, and Bulgaria, with many new routes under my signature.

The beautiful valleys at the foot of Mount Olympus – Greece are my home, and the flanks above are the playground to follow my mountain love, may it be ice-climbing, ski touring, hiking, or alpine climbing. For me, it is the perfect terrain to train, play and guide.

I teach mountaineering, rock climbing, and ski mountaineering in various Climbing Schools & Mountaineering Associations, and I spend a lot of wintertime as a ski instructor. I love to share my passion with guests and guide hikers, mountaineers, climbers, and ski tourers all year round.

I am married to Mariza and we have a daughter and two sons together.
I speak Greek, English, and French.

Languages

Greek | French | English

Certificates

HMGA

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What people are saying about Akis

Catherine

5.00

No intrigue but just too busy after this marvelous trip !!! And at last I take a few minutes to write. I enjoyed each step in this glorious mountain. Everything was carefully organized. Akis was a wonderful guide so careful, kind, serious and professional. I hope I will come back soon. Thank you very much. Catherine

Wendy

5.00

Akis was an absolutely exceptional guide for our Mount Olympus ascent, which was one of my favourite memories from our Greece trip. I cannot recommend him highly enough! He is a local to the area, a certified guide, and his knowledge of the terrain is unparalleled which made all of us feel safe and capable of completing the whole journey right to the summit and back. This is a hike we would not have been able to do without the assistance from Akis, especially the last scramble up to the summit. I would would urge anyone considering this hike to book him as your guide. Thank you Akis!

Grace

5.00

Akis is a great guide and runs a wonderful trip. The mountain is beautiful. The recommended headlamp is only for the refuge and not for hiking, so not 100% necessary.

Perry

5.00

Both the guides were super. Akis was great with the group keeping us on track and Theo went above and beyond helping me personally. A memorable trip.

5.00

Professional, inspired safety and confidence, knowledgable of the mountain, nothing is too much trouble - meeting all our needs: as an adventurous couple the first time around and as a small family the second and third, well balanced between friendly and giving space, fully available, in short: exceptional and we would not hesitate to recommend him to all levels of mountaineers: from absolute beginners to the fully accomplished looking to stretch themselves that little bit more.


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