Klados Gorge

Klados gorge is the first one to the west of Samaria Gorge. The path leading to its north entrance starts from the Linosseli west of peak Gigilos. It is not marked except by a few “domes” - piled up rocks - at the most dangerous points, and it is evidently very infrequently crossed as the path is often blocked by bushes.

Klados is one of the most difficult and dangerous gorges of Crete because of its loose walls. A little before the entrance to the gorge there is a very dangerous spot with a chalasè (loose gravel on a steep slope) and a nine-hundred-metre precipice making access almost impossible, even with technical equipment. Thus, in order to cross the gorge you could do that upside down starting from Dhomata beach.

From Domata and for a quite a long distance, you can hike in the gorge riverbed. Soon the walls of the gorge get very narrow and Klados turns into a watery grave, in case of an unexpected rain. At some point the high rocks stop the route and normally you will just have to return to the beach.

However, if you are an experienced climber and once you have an escorting group of other climbers, you can continue the difficult course to conquer Klados. From the point where trekking stops, you need to climb three points with rappels (70, 25 and 15 meters high) and reach the gorge entrance from its south side. When the snow melts in the spring, there are many cascades along the gorge length. Indeed, at one the Black Sea is formed after rain, a very deep and dark "crater" with water.

Needless to say, before attempting to cross the gorge you should get a detailed weather forecast, because the sudden rainstorms create sweeping torrents, which in the narrow parts of the gorge may be as deep as fifteen metres! (Incidentally, almost the entire gorge is very narrow.)

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