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Tripiti: One of the most beautiful but difficult gorges of Crete

by Erno » 02 May 2019, 09:38

Tripiti: One of the most beautiful but difficult gorges of Crete - 2 May, 2019

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Meet one of the most magical parts of Crete, but also a place where with a wrong "step" you can find yourself trapped and helpless.

The Trypiti gorge has come to light recently as a result of surveys to locate the 64-years-old Pole who disappeared in early April with traces of reaching the beach of Tripiti where he camped, but for lovers of nature and walkers it is known for its unparalleled beauty and the dangers it hides.

It is one of the largest gorges in Crete and it usually takes two days to cross it, as there is no easy way to reach its exits. The high vertical walls with the caves give the gorge impressive beauty, compensate for the walker's effort and therefore it has its name, "Tripiti" [slotted].

Access to the entrance is made from Omalos through the path that leads to the peak of Gingilos and passes from the spring at Linoseli.

It is the second parallel gorge west of the Samaria Gorge after the gorge of Klados. To reach the entrance there is a dangerous passage with lots of gravel (gravel with pebbles), so you should not attempt to cross the point without the escort of experienced mountaineers. Already, as it has been known, people lost their lives at this point and many others have placed themselves in a very serious risk, so do not try to pass it if you do not have an experienced guide.

At the rocky beach of Trypiti, formed at the cape of Trypiti, there is a water shed, a shelter and the picturesque chapel of Agios Nikolaos. On the peninsula of Trypiti was built the ancient Potikilaos, the thriving port of Elyros.

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If there is no boat to pick you up from the beach, you can walk another 3-4 hours west along the E4 path to reach the southern village of Sougia. On this path you will find the ruins of a Turkish fortress, as well as a short path leading to the chapel of Prophet Elias with its unique sea view. In the chapel, overnight dozens of believers spend the night of the feast of Prophet Elias (on 19 July), who arrive by boat or hike from Sougia.

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From (with many more photos and video): https://flashnews.gr/post/388072/ena-ap ... inteo-fwto
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Neil
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Re: Tripiti: One of the most beautiful but difficult gorges of Crete

by Neil » 05 Feb 2020, 13:02

Last year a group of us spent some time around this area exploring the e4 coastal route. This year we are looking at something similar including a two day Gigilos and Tripiti gorge trek Early October. We are experienced hikers, but reading up the entrance to Tripiti gorge from the col Sounds particularly dangerous. Most forums seem to be recommending a guide. What can we expect to find here, Is it land slip? and can you recommend a local guide?
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Neil

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Re: Tripiti: One of the most beautiful but difficult gorges of Crete

by kiki » 10 Feb 2020, 17:18

Perhaps somebody can answer you in Lefka Ori Forum. https://www.levka-ori.com/phpBB3/index.php

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Re: Tripiti: One of the most beautiful but difficult gorges of Crete

by jan » 11 Feb 2020, 10:35

I've only seen the start of the descent into Tripiti from above, where the E4 leaves the Gingilos col and turns west. It looks terrifying - steep, slippery scree!

Kiki's suggestion to try the Levka Ori forum is a good one, as Simon (who runs that site) is very familiar with the route.

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