If you have time to summit only one then you wont be disappointed by reaching the top of Dikti mountain and Spathi summit. The topology of the mountain range is rich with a lot of plateaus (Lassithi, Katharo, Omalos Viannou, Limnakaro), valleys and secondary peaks. This is an amazing summit, maybe the best in Crete with superb views of the island.
Some important peaks apart from Spathi 2148m are Afentis Christos/Psari Madara 2141m, Lazaros 2085m and Madara 1783m.
In this hike we will start from Limnakaro plateau at about 1050m altitude and reach the summit of Spathi at 2148m. It is a steep ascent with very rocky terrain.
Large areas of the mountain are forested with pines (Pinus brutia), Kermes oaks , cypresses , Holm Oaks and Cretan Maples.
The trip has easy access for those staying in or near by Chersonissos, Stalis, Malia, Milatos, Sissi, Elounda and Agios Nikolaos.
The fertile valleys and plateaus of Dikti are of significant importance to the local economy. Dominant feature of Dikti is the Lasithi Plateau, the largest and most picturesque plateau in Crete. It is a place with great history.
Diktaion Antron, is located here, a cave where -according to the Mythology- Zeus was born. In a different myth, Dias (Zeus) was born in Idaion Antron in Mt Idi. A third myth is a compromise of the two, claiming that Zeus was born in Diktaion Antron but raised in Idaion.
During this hike the group will reach the highest summit of the mountain, Dikti at 2148 meters. You will have an outstanding view from the summit, including the Aegean and Lybean sea! A superb hike.
What to bring?
You will need to pack your lunch. Other than that you will need at least 1.5lt of water (ideally 2-3 during the summer months),day-pack (approx. 35-45lt),sun glasses, hat, sunscreen, light jacket and good hiking shoes or trail running shoes. If coming during the winter you need to have a full winter mountaineering clothing as temperature can get below 0oC near the summit.
What about transfer?
We pick up clients from Heraklion, Chersonissos, Malia, Kokkini Chani and Stalis. If you need transfer, remember to send us the exact location of your hotel, not just the name ideally with a Google map link to it.
What if weather is bad?
If weather is bad and we will cancel the trip a full refund will be given. An alternative hike might be suggested if possible.
If you're ready to take on a new challenge and savor the rewards of reaching Spathi's summit, we invite you to join us for this thrilling adventure. Embrace the sense of accomplishment that comes from pushing your limits, and be prepared to be humbled by the grandeur of Crete's landscapes. Together with Enjoy-Crete, reach new heights and explore the world from the Spathi Hiking Summit.