Spend 2 days in the Lefka Ori (White Mountains) and discover some of its hidden treasures. Our steps lead through rugged, alpine scenery with panoramic views on both days.
Explore the historical ice cave of Milé and experience the magic of spending an evening under the stars and a night in the remote Volikasmountain refuge!
English-speaking host from pick-up (D1) to drop-off (D2)-(For pick-up/drop-off from your hotel, please contact us)
Transfer of any luggage from Kambi-refuge (D1) and refuge-Kambi (D2)
Pick-up from your hotel and drive to Kambi village OR direct meeting in Kambi village.
Starting in the upland village of Kambi, we follow the path up the valley into the high mountains. The well-marked, ancient path leads us steadily up towards Volikas, one of the 4 mountain refuges located in the Lefka Ori (White Mountains), at an altitude of 1350m. As we wind our way up through ancient cypress and oak trees, the wilderness embraces us. As if out of nowhere, the refuge appears in front of us after an approximately 4-hour uphill hike. Here, our refuge host prepares our evening meal while we take in the impressive views of the nearby summits of Kriariko, Spathi and Kefala, and to the north, even the lighthouse in the old port of Chania!
Enjoy the crisp, refreshing mountain air on a unique overnight stay at altitude.
Transfer time: 1hr – Hiking time (approx.): 4hrs (5,5km) – Altitude range (m): 550-1350
Volikas – Milé: the ice cave
After waking to the sound of the birds we set off for today’s hike.
The uphill path from the refuge gradually takes us higher, where the trees are fewer. The white-grey limestone changes through a palette of colours as the sun rises above us. We follow the path for approx 3 hrs up to Milé, a vertical sinkhole and cave where ice exists all year round! In the days before refridgeration, this path was used by locals who would come up with their mules during the night, collect ice and return to Chania before daylight in order to sell it in the market… a task that today seems more than demanding! After a break and a snack, we make our way back to Volikas refuge and after lunch under the cypress trees, we continue down the valley to Kambi village. End of excursion or transfer back to your hotel.
Transfer time: 1hr – Hiking time (approx.): 4hrs (7km) + 3hrs (5,5km) – Altitude range (m): 1350-1750-1350-550
The “Kambi-Volikas-Milé” trip can be organised from April to October.
We do not have a fixed/weekly programme,
all trips are upon request and depend on availability.
For other months of the year, please contact us.