gorge of Samaria is by
far the most famous and the most
crowded of all the gorges. There
are plenty of organized tours available
and it is also easy (if a little
long) and safe to walk on your own.
The Imbros gorge
(ending near Hora Sfakion) can get
crowded in the spring, before the
Samaria gorge opens to the public
when it is used as an alternative
for organized tour. The path is
easy to follow and the walk is short.
The gorge of Agia Irini
which ends near Sougia, also has
a few organized tours taking visitors
there but no crowds. If you go on
your own you will find that the
path is well-maintained and easy
The gorge of Aradena (not
far from Loutro) is far less frequented
and the walk is more difficult,
with some steep passages.
There are a few other relatively
easy and little known gorges in
the Sfakia region as well as a few
nearer to the North coast.
And a few gorges
for aficionados only
The gorge of Tripiti is
hardly frequented by anyone, and
not without reason: it is a long,
arduous walk starting just below
the summit of Gingilos. The path
is very difficult to find and there
are numerous difficult passages.
The gorge is almost as long as the
Samaria gorge but not as narrow.
It has a lot of very large trees.
A guide is absolutely essential.
of Eligas runs very close
to the East of the gorge of Samaria.
It is just as unknown as Tripiti,
although less dangerous and the
path is somewhat easier to find.
It is wild and full of amazing trees,
high cliffs and great mountain views.
It is a two days walk because the
beginning of the gorge is at the
foot of Pachnes and is at least
5 hours walk from the nearest road.
A guide is essential.
of Klados (west of the
Samaria gorge) is probably the most
difficult gorge in the White Mountains
and can only be crossed by climbers.