Mountain Refuge



The Kallergi mountain Refuge was build in 1971 by the Greek Mountaineering Club of Chania and ever since it hosts hikers and climbers from all around the world that want to experience the magesty of the Lefka Ori massif . The refuge located, on the west side of the mountain range at the altitude of 1680 meters (5510 ft) , 600 meters higher from Omalos plateau is the only staffed refuge of west Crete and it can accomodate up to 45 people.  The refuge is accessed only on foot or a 4by4 vechicle. The  hike up takes about 1 hour and thirty minutes starting from the entrance of Samaria National Park or just follow the rural road  leading to the refuge

Covid-19 protocols

Under the instructions of the Greek Goverment and  the Greek mountaineering association all refuge guests must have a vaccination certificate (green pass).

Beds and rooms  are disinfected on daily bases after use.

Common fascilities such us WC and shower are disenfected multiple times during the day.

All guests are advised to use their own sleeping bag for hygiene purposes or rent  extra linens from the refuge.

The capacity of the refuge is reduced from 50 to 20 guests.

Working Days


The refuge from May to October may operate any day of the week  for a minimum of guests per night. Solo travelers should consider making a request prior to their visit to check the working status of the refuge on the date of choice.

A reservation is required  in order for someone to spend the night to the refuge by contacting via email on refugecrete@gmail.com or via text (Whatsapp) on +306976585849.

Day visitors may also contact via email or text to check if the refuge is open the day they wish to visit. 

Or check our online status calendar

How to get here


The refuge is accessible on foot or by off road car (jeep type) . 

On Foot : a) From Ksiloskalo (the entrance of Samaria National Park) follow  the E4 trail going NorthEast that eventually meets the dirt road and continue going up, Hiking Hours 1:30. b) Follow the dirt road starting 1,6 km before the entrance of Samaria National Park, Hiking Hours 1:40 c) From Omalos take the red and blue marked trail going SouthEast, Hiking Hours 2:40  

By 4wd car: Follow the dirt road starting 1,6 km before the entrance of Samaria National Park.



The Refuge can provide basic trekkers accomodation, either in 4  double deck bunk bed rooms or in  the group bunk bed loft. Blankets and pillows are provided guests are advised to use their ownn sleeping bag.




Breakfast is served on demand from 6:15  to 9:00 a.m.


Dont forget to le us know about any 

dietery requests such vegeterian gluten free allergies


Shower is available to the overnight guests depending on the water reserve of the refuge.

Trekking Guide services

Guided trekks in the area may be organised after arrangements





Samaria Gorge


Propably the most famous trekking route on the Island one of the longest gorges of Europe (14KM) center of the White Mountains National Park. 

Melindaou Summit


Altitude 2133m a great view to north and south side of the island will give you the sense of flying.

Gingilos summit

One of the most known summits of the White Mountains massif. A very well marked trail takes you to the altitude of 2005 meters with a magnificent view of the area.

Psari  Summit


Altitude 1817m a even that it is lower summit its position makes it a great view point of the Samaria gorge and the surrounding area.

Ksiloskalo – Kallergi ref. – Omalos


A very beautiful and interesting hike route that circles the east ridge of the plateau with great view all the way.

Lefka Ori (White Mountains) traverse


The classic route to cross the massif through high summits and majestic valleys. A minimum two days hike starting from Kallergi refuge



Après la remontée des gorges de Samaria et avant de poursuivre vers Katsivelli puis le Pachnes, étape particulièrement agréable à Kallergi. Christóphoros est dans le top des gardiens de refuge : cuisine, accueil, écoute et conseils de montagne...