Welcome to Kallergi Mountain Refuge!

Dear hikers, mountain ramblers, and Crete fanatics,

Another summer is here! We are open since April and will continue to be, as always, till late October. We welcome you to visit us and indulge yourself in the beautiful mountainscapes, the unique and challenging hiking and walking routes, and of course the great hospitality at Kallergi. Please don’t hesitate to contact Josef (tel: +302821033199, +306936657954)  for further inquiries, room bookings, and group visits.

Thanks! Also, do share your photos from your latest visits in Kallergi or the surrounding area and we will be happy to host them in our site.

The friendly staff 🙂


More details on Kallergi Mountain Refuge

Kallergi Mountain Refuge is located on the western side of Crete, above the Omalos plateau, in the White Mountains (Lefka Ori). Situated at an altitude of 1680 meters it sits in an outstanding locale overlooking the longest gorge in Europe, the famous Samaria Gorge (16km).  The breathtaking wilderness and superb walking terrain provide numerous day hikes and mountaineering opportunities (good connection with the European E4 trails). This close encounter with the pristine wildlife environment of the White Mountains is a powerful way to reconnect with nature and relax from the hectic city lifestyle.

How to find us:
There are two ways to reach Kallergi Refuge i) after Omalos plateau as you carry on towards Xyloskalo on your left handside there is sign next to a rocky road. You can reach the top after a 1.3 hrs hike or by 4×4 vehicle. ii) at Xyloskalo (just by the entrance to the Samaria Gorge) take the E4 trail. Please refer to map for further details.

Opening times:

  • Summer season:  April-October on a daily basis (Management contact: Josef Schwemberger, tel: +302821033199, +306936657954)
  • Winter season: November-March only Saturdays and Sundays (Management contact: George Hatzisotirakis, tel: +306937940511)

Information desk: Greek Mountaineering Club of Chania, address Stratigou Tzanakaki 90, 73134, Chania. Tel: +302821044647, Fax: +302821054903

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