Ε4.73 Agios Georgios – Havgas Gorge – Plateau of Katharo

Additional Info

  • path length 6.5 km
  • duration 2 hours & 45 minutes
  • suggested period Relatively easy
  • difficulty level It is strongly advised not to enter the gorge when heavy rainfall causes the river to flow in spate
  • markers' type Non-existent
  • Region Lasithi Plateau, Mirampelo (Lasithi)

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Trail Vertical Alignment

Trail Detailed Description

From the small cemetery (1) at the eastern exit of Agios Georgios, we follow the dirt road towards the east. After 1.300 m, we come to a junction (2), the right-hand branch of which leads to the plateau of Limnakaro.

On our left lies a big water storage pit; we walk along its eastern bank and 850 m after the Limnàkaro junction we come upon a smaller water storage pit (3), which we bypass on its north-eastern side. We then reach the entrance to the Gorge of Havgas (4), where we see a structure made for channelling the water of the gorge into the water storage pits. 

At this point we enter the gorge, the course of which we follow, except when we need to avoid the river flow or any remaining puddles of water.

During winter, when the water flow is constant, passing through the gorge should be avoided; this part of the route could be bypassed by following an alternative route, which begins at Agia Pelagia.

For approximately 1.700 m the gorge goes southwards and walking in it is fairly easy. 

It then turns eastwards for about 800 m, a section along which there are a few narrow as well as certain quite difficult uphill passages; towards the end, turning rather southwards again, we climb to a very narrow passage and then reach the confluence of two streams, where there is the dirt road (5)  where the first part of the aforementioned alternative route leads to (the one that begins at Agia Pelagia of Oropedio). 

 

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