On the trail of Zeus: Ski mountaineering on the island of Crete 14-21 March 2020

Day 1: Arrival in Crete (Heraklion airport): if you arrive on the island in the morning you can visit the Archaeological Museum of Heraklion and Knossos. Night in Hotel in Heraklion.
Day 2: Transfer Anogia where depending on the snow conditions you have different possibilities of trips in the group of mountains Psiloritis that make up the massif of Mount Ida: overnight stay in guest house in Anogia.
Day 3: Transfer by minibus to the Plateau of Migeros (1550m): going up the north side of the mountain you will try to reach the summit of Mount Ida (2456m) the highest mountain of the island and where Zeus was born. Different possibilities of descent. Overnight in guest house at Anogia.
Day 4: Cultural day with visit to the village of Margarites and at the ancient town of Eleftherna. Overnight in hotel in Chania.Crossing of the White Mountains massif.
Day 5: Transfer by minibus from Chania to omalos Plateau (1080m) and climb to the Kallergis refuge (1680m) where we will spend the night.
Day 6: Crossing from Kallergis (1680m), Melidaou Mountain (2133m) and descent to Katsivelis Hut.
Day 7: Crossing from Katsivelis Hut (1980m) through different peaks (many possibilities depending on snow conditions) you come to Askyfou Plateau from which by minibus we reach Heraklion.
Day 8: End of trip: transfer to Heraklion airport and return home.
Duration: 8 days
Period: (depending on snow conditions) from 14/03 to 21/03 2020
Technical difficulty: INTERMEDIATE: good skiers on all types of slopes and snow conditions, able to adapt their own style to go down black slopes with a backpack of about 8 kg, sufficient experience to face short passages with crampons on mixed terrain (snow, rock) and some ski mountaineering experience (basic techniques).
Physical preparation: INTERMEDIATE: make regular mountain hikes (at least 1 time a week), carry out intense aerobic activities (for example, do weekly sessions of 40 km by bike and 10 km by foot). You are able to walk 6-8 hours a day, with elevation gain of 250 m/h and 800-1000 m per day.
Persons: min 4 – max 8
4 persons 800.€ /pax
5 persons 650.€ /pax
6 persons 550.€ /pax7 persons 450.€ /pax
8 persons 400.€ /pax

The rate includes

  • assistance of the UIAGM certified Alpine Guide
  • insurance RC
  • loan of common safety equipment

The rate does not include

  • any personal equipment (ARTVA, shovel, probe and ABS backpack): 25€/day per person until stocks last
  • lifts and lifts
  • Alpine Guide expenses (transfers, facilities and food) to be shared among all participants
  • transfers and food
  • all that is not specified in “The tariff includes”


ARTVA + shovel + probe (mandatory)

Ski mountaineering skis and attachment + poles

boots for Ski mountaineering

backpack 30 l

light sleeping bed

1l min bottle or thermos

energy bars or dried fruit

first aid kit (thermal blanket, elasto, compeed, aspirin, painkillers, …)



wool cap or hat with inner fleece

buff (neck cover)

ski socks and socks

fiber turtleneck (second layer)

waterproof jacket (gore-tex, pac-lite, conduit…) shell type (fourth layer)

ski gloves n.1 pair

spare light gloves n.1 pair

windstopper mesh or insulating garment type primaloft (third layer)

mask for skiing

Glacier/high mountain sunglasses

ski pants with possible tights

down jacket (optional)

waterproof overpants (gore-tex®, Paclite®)

Breathable T-shirt (first layer)


It is essential that participants follow the instructions given by the Mountain Guides before and during the activities and respect any change of program chosen to ensure their safety.

The rates for facilities, transfers and shelters may be subject to changes established and applied by the operators, without any responsibility attributable to Michele Viano Mountain Guide.

The shares indicated in section“The tariff does not include” they are to be considered indicative and therefore subject to possible variations.

For all itineraries and activity programs, Michele viano Mountain Guide reserves the right to change according to conditions (weather, accessibility, shelters) and physical preparation of the participants.

The periods indicated for the performance of the activities are subject to variations related to the weather conditions and the physical state of the places (snow, soil conditions, etc.)as well as necessarily dependent on the dates of opening/closing of the ski lifts, established seasonally/annually by the operators of the same and therefore in no way imputable to Michele Viano Mountain Guide.



During the performance of the activities, each participant is covered by the RCT insurance of the guide responsible for the activity. This policy covers customers for any damage suffered as a result of negligence committed by the Guide. Personal accident insurance is recommended.


The prices indicated refer to the cost of the Guide. Costs of driving (food and/or accommodation in shelters, bars, hotels, etc.; cable car expenses; transfer fees if the same travels with clients; etc.) shall be borne by the participants and shall be shared equally.

For some activities is included in the price the use of personal material made available by the organization (harnesses, helmets, ice axes, crampons, ARTVA devices, etc.); by contacting us you can get detailed information about this.

For less than 200 € the full amount must be paid at the time of booking*. For costs exceeding 200 € a deposit of 50% of the total price will be due; it must be received at the time of booking*.


If the customer withdraws from the contract within 20 business days prior to the activity, no percentage of the total price will be retained.

If the customer withdraws from the contract on a date prior to the 10 working days preceding the agreed activity, an amount of 10% of the fee will be retained.

If the customer withdraws from the contract at a later date the 10 working days preceding the agreed activity, an amount of 50% of the fee will be retained.

If the cancellation takes place within 24 hours prior to the trip, the amount withheld will be 100% of the fare due.

In case of cancellation by the organizer the client can:

take advantage of the same offer in the following period;

take advantage of an offer with the same price;

take advantage of an offer with a lower price (with refund of the price difference);

withdraw from the contract at no additional cost and with refund of the balance or advance already paid.


The Activity Guide may vary or justifiably cancel the programme.This decision is at the complete discretion of the Guide responsible.

The Guide may propose different solutions indicating any additional costs to be borne by the customer. This proposal may or may not be accepted by customers.

In the event that there is a difference between the agreed and the provided services, the organizer will reimburse the customer within the limits of the difference.

* Unless otherwise agreed between the organizer and the client at the time of booking.

and therefore in no way imputable to Michele Viano Mountain Guide.

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