Omalos – Koukoule – Gigilos

Weekend October, 1st and 2nd, 2022

A weekend in the White Mountains and ascent to the peaks of Koukoule (1630 m) and Gigilos (1980 m) of the imposing rocky mountain above Samaria Gorge.

We set off on Saturday early morning for Omalos Plateau, where we spend the night in tents. Shortly after our arrival, we start a circular route: from Xyloskalo (1200m) to the shelter Kallerghi and after resting and enjoying the unique view from the shelter, we move northwards t the summit Koukoule (1630m) and then descend from a different path to the plateau of Omalos.

Early on Sunday morning, we start from Xyloskalo, at 1200m a.s.l. We follow the E4 European trail and pass by impressive rock formations, we have a short stop at the water spring of Linoseli, and then reach the saddle at 1650m enjoying the view. We continue on rocky terrain admiring the breathtaking view over the biggest part of western Crete until we reach the top of Gigilos, at 1980m.

We follow the same route on our way down.

You can see the track to Gigilos on wikiloc here.

Leader: Sophia Sotiropoulou  •  Hiking hours: 5+8 •  Difficulty Rate: 2+3

Departure: Saturday 7:00 from the Archaeological Museum.

Information – Registration: Monday to Thursday, 20.30 – 22.30, at the Mountaineering Club Office, 53 Dikeosynis st, telephone number: 2810227609.

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