Kallergis shelter is a mountain refuge at an elevation of 1.589m (5,213ft) above the sea level, located in western Crete, in the Mousouroi unit of the Chania region, Greece.
Located in the White Mountains (Lefka Ori) mountain range, the winding gravel road to the summit is bumped. It is subject to winter snowfalls with such a high summit altitude, and it can be closed anytime when the access is not cleared of snow. Due to the high elevations and exposure, the road is subject to strong winds and rapid weather changes. Be prepared for the cold and wind! High winds blow here all year long. 4wd vehicle required. The journey offers breathtaking views of the surrounding peaks and the seas of both North and South Crete.
The shelter was built in 1971. It is open daily from April to October. After rain, even a single rainfall, conditions of the road can be challenging. Watch out for sudden loose-gravel breaks. This is definitely not a Sunday drive. Drive with care as this is a mountain road with dangerous dropoffs. Expect a trail pretty steep. Starting from Omalos – Ομαλός village, the ascent is 7.7 km long via 14 hairpin turns. Over this distance the elevation gain is 545 meters. The average gradient is 7.07%.
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