I was staying at Ag' Nik' in Crete and so had a 0430 early morning start to reach the start of the walk. Organised tour, which I would recommend. You don't want to be driving for hours after having walked the gorge! Got started at 1030 but was so worried about missing he last ferry that I rushed through the walk. Should have taken more time to enjoy the walk, the scenery and rested in the selected areas. The start of the walk is the hardest as it is steep downhill over stones and there are too many people in the way! Once you reach the first resting place, the crowds dissipate and you can start to enjoy the walk more. Definitely do not take too much water as you will only have to carry it all through the walk. The mountain springs provide plenty of fresh water for drinking. However, you should take food as this is not available in the gorge. When you get to the level part of the walk after about 7kms, the sun is at its strongest and you begin to get tired. Worth it just to see "the gates". When you reach the end of the gorge, there is still a long walk into the village, which is harder than it looks as you are knackered by this point!
Overall, the walk is fabulous and I would highly recommend it. It is not the hardest of walks as there are very few ascents. However, you will feel your knees, ankles and toes by the end of the walk. After a further two days, you will hardly be able to walk down stairs!
If you are in Crete and have the time, make the effort to walk the gorge. Definitely worthwhile and it will provide a lasting memory of Crete - but don't miss the last boat!
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