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Tripiti Gorge - Chania

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Tripiti, the second largest gorge in proximity to Samaria gorge after Klados gorge, can be reached from Omalos plateau via the Gigilos peak trail that intersects Linosseli spring. However, caution is advised due to a precarious pathway where massive landslides could occur, potentially trapping you. It is strongly recommended to be accompanied by an experienced hiker for safety.

As one of Crete’s longest gorges, Tripiti necessitates a two-day journey since no roads lead directly to its entrance. The adventure begins on the first day from Plateau Omalos (elevation 1200 meters), climbing towards the formidable Gigilos peak (2080m). The path crosses the Linoseli spring (1,400m), then ascends to a mountain ridge at 1700m where the Koustogerako trail intersects with the Gigilos trail. From this ridge, the descent to Tripiti gorge’s riverbed commences, which can be reached from Omalos in about three hours. Overnight options include staying on the ridge or continuing slightly further to the dilapidated Tzatzimos sheepfold.

The following day, continue down the trail until it intersects with the river bed at an elevation of 700m. From there, follow the bed to reach the South Cretan Sea at Tripiti beach. The journey from Gigilos to the beach is approximately six hours. The gorge is a spectacle with towering, often cavernous walls (Tripiti’s name derives from the Greek word for caves, “tripes”). It’s not uncommon for hikers to encounter the endangered Cretan ibex amidst the lush flora and pine trees.

Close to Tripiti beach, located at Cape Tripiti, you’ll find a water cistern, a quaint goat pen, and the picturesque chapel of Saint Nicholas. The Tripiti peninsula was once home to the ancient town Pikilasos, a port for the influential town Elyros. If no boat is available for pick-up, a 3-4 hour walk along the E4 trail to the west will take you to the coastal village of Sougia. This trail also passes by the ruins of the Turkish tower of Voukelasi and the chapel of Profitis Ilias (Prophet Elijah). On the feast day of Prophet Elijah (19-20 July), many people from Sougia visit the chapel either by boat or on foot.

For the initial part of the gorge, the riverbed has steep descents requiring canyoneering equipment. Therefore, canyoners can bypass the side trail and traverse the gorge using technical gear in the bed.


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Most frequent asked questions

What is Tripiti Gorge?

Tripiti Gorge is a hiking gorge located in Chania, Greece.

What type of gorge is Tripiti Gorge?

Tripiti Gorge is a hiking gorge.

Is there water in Tripiti Gorge?

Generally, Tripiti Gorge is dry.

How can I access Tripiti Gorge?

You can access Tripiti Gorge by boat or walking.

How long is Tripiti Gorge?

Tripiti Gorge is 9 km long.

What is the difficulty level of Tripiti Gorge?

On a scale of 1 to 10, the difficulty level of Tripiti Gorge is 3.

How many hours does it take to hike Tripiti Gorge?

It takes approximately 9 hours to hike Tripiti Gorge.

What is the altitude difference of Tripiti Gorge?

The altitude difference of Tripiti Gorge is 2080.

Where is Tripiti Gorge located?

Tripiti Gorge is located in the region of Chania, Greece.


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