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Ha Gorge

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Ha Gorge, a mesmerizing natural wonder carved into the western side of Mount Thrypti, channels water from the Thripti plateau to the Pachia Ammos beach. The gorge’s journey commences near the Saint Anne Byzantine church and the E4 footpath at approximately 800m altitude, and concludes near the Monastiraki village, about 100m above sea level.

Traversing the Ha Gorge demands canyoneering skills and specific gear due to its series of cascading waterfalls, including a 35m high plunge. The gorge tightens to a mere thirty centimetres at certain points, squeezed between cliffs that rise to 400 meters. The Mastoras waterfall, one of Greece’s tallest free falls reaching 215m, contributes substantial water midway through the route.

For those with less experience, a hike from the Monastiraki exit of the gorge provides a peek into its splendour, leading to a charming pond at the base of the final waterfall and past ancient grain mills. The name of the gorge, Ha, originates from the Greek verb “Hasko,” which means to create a gap. However, local folklore offers vibrant alternative explanations. From stories of misleading Saracens to myths of a golden chariot hidden deep within, the Ha Gorge is not only a stunning natural spectacle but also a symbol of intriguing local mythology.

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Most frequent asked questions

Where is Ha Gorge located?

Ha Gorge located in the west slope of Thrypti mountain and near of Monastiraki village in the plain of Ierapetra.

What type of gorge is Ha Gorge?

Ha Gorge is a narrow and steep gorge, which requires Canyoneering equipment located in the Lasithi region of Crete.

Is there water in Ha Gorge?

Ha Gorge has water flowing through it until the spring, making it a refreshing and scenic hike.

How accessible is Ha Gorge?

The entrance to Ha Gorge is accessible by a dirt track, which can be reached by car or on foot.

How long is Ha Gorge?

Ha Gorge is approximately 5 kilometer long, making it a relatively short hike.

How difficult is Ha Gorge?

Ha Gorge is rated as an 8 out of 10 in terms of difficulty, due to its steep and narrow terrain.

How many hours does it take to hike Ha Gorge?

It takes approximately 5 hours to hike through Ha Gorge, depending on your pace and level of fitness.

What is the altitude difference in Ha Gorge?

The altitude difference in Ha Gorge is 220 meters, which can be challenging for some hikers.
 

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