Summit of Gingilos
Summit of Gingilos
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Opinel
London, UK49 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
We didn't have time to go beyond the 'saddle', but it was well worth it. The scenery past the initial zigzag becomes increasingly rugged, even lunar, and spectacular. Be aware that much of the path is rubble and needs attention to walk on safely. In many places the path is on the edge of a steep slope of loose material - not always much chance of stopping yourself if you slipped off, and possibly ending in a cliff. There are also places where the path has washed away completely and you have to find your own way over boulders and outcrops. Best not to go alone unless you're very experienced. If you can't get to the bottom before nightfall, there's a cave about half-way.
Written March 20, 2024
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branto
Olomouc, Czech Republic19 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2019 • Solo
Definitely one of the most beautiful trips in Crete. You will feel like in the Alps. The trail starts at the Xyloskala restaurant (go to Omalos, then about 4 km straight until the road ends), where you can park for free (right at the restaurant for 5 euros), so in the same place where starts a very popular trip through Samaria gorge. Whats great, unlike Samaria Gorge, Gingilos is not much attended (I only met one person for the whole 5 hour hike). Although Gingilos is half a kilometer lower than Mount Ida (the highest mountain of Crete), the feeling is quite the opposite (Mount Ida is an easy peasy hike compared to Gingilos). For those who are afraid of heights (like me), it can be difficult at times, but it is definitely worth it. The first part of the trip is relatively steep but simple. Then the trail is more straightforward, but it is necessary to watch out for every step, because there is a risk of falling into Samaria gorge (I went a few hours after the earthquake, so it was necessary to watch every step from the beginning because there were many rocks on the trail, but maybe that will change). After about an hour and a half after the start you arrive at a place with tanks of water, but they were overgrown with algae, so it is not safe for drinking, maybe only for goats (but you can drink directly from a hose from which water flows slowly). After another half hour you get to the saddle, where you have a beautiful view of the other side of Crete for the first time. From now on, the road becomes less visible. Fortunately, tourists complement the official green and yellow signs sprayed on the stones with small stone towers (small stones stacked on top of each other), so you can also be oriented by them. From the saddle it is about an hour to the top. After climbing to the top of the mountain, you come across a hill of stones. But this is a fake peak (as told me the only tourist I met). The actual peak of Gingilos is about 500 m away. Although actual peak is not much higher than fake peak, access to it is relatively very difficult and poorly marked, it is necessary to climb the stones, although it is not necessary to use an equipment, I highly recommend to pay close attention to every move (with broken leg you would go down very badly). Then you will reach the summit, which is basically just an iron rod pushed into the ground and top book. The view from the top is great but it is all the way. On the way back I could not find the way from the right peak to the fake peak, I had to go back several times, marking is really bad and probably made so that it is visible only when going up (so try to remember the way when you are going up). If you see that fog or bad weather is approaching, go back immediately, because in poor visibility you do not have a chance to find a route at the top of the trail (it is only from the saddle that you can recognize the trail itself). I definitely recommend taking 2 or more liters of water (I took 1 liter and a half and it was not enough), sunscreen, hat, good shoes, food, camera and probably dont go alone (as I did). It took me up 2 and a half hours and down an hour and a half, so it's a half day trip. I would probably not recommend it to children, seniors and people without a certain physical condition, but if you go slowly, it's probably OK. However, the terrain is not quite simple and someone might be afraid because the trail is high above the gorge and the final kilometer is something between walking and climbing, so have that in mind. Anyway, a great trip for any mountain lover which deserves much more attention, but, on the other hand, it is good that most people goes to Samaria gorge and not here.
Written August 1, 2019
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Jay3449
Swindon, UK750 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2017 • Friends
To the top and back is not for the faint-hearted as this is a real "yomp" using every surface from good track to scrabbling over rocks BUT don't be put off, It's a cracking view from the top.
Glad I did it!
Written October 3, 2017
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Gość
Southern Poland, Poland28 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2020 • Couples
We chose this summit instead of samaria, It S really Worth! If you don t have much time Just go to the spring (it S about 1h walk), saddle it S Not impressing.
Written September 15, 2020
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