Location: North 34.89992, East 033.05814 (GPS at the summit)
Difficulty: (YDS) class 1.
Climbed December 15. 2012.
How to get there:
There are several possibilities, this detailed description is a nice route, it also helps
describing the route to the other peaks I climbed this day.
From motorway A1 in Limassol, most signs says Lemesos, take exit number 27. In the traffic circle follow signs
for E-110, direction to Palodia and Gerasa. Measure from this traffic circle.
At kilometer 5.3, you are in Palodia, go straight and stay on E-110. Around kilometer 13.3, you will pass by the
nice village of Geresa (on your left), continue on E-110. At kilometer 19.9, turn right in order to stay on
E-110 (a bit later there is a left curve, stay on E-110). Then, at kilometer 22.4, turn sharply right and leave
E-110, the new road is F-139. Shortly after, at 22.6, go straight ahead. At kilometer 29.2, fork right (uphill), there
is a sign here saying Troodos 43. Finally,
at kilometer 32.0, you reach a main col and road fork, this is the trailhead for Papoutsa.
Actually, keep right and continue about 25 meter in order to locate a small parking area on your right hand side.
This location is N34.90623, E033.05363, elevation about 1256 meter.
The trail heads uphill directly from the parking area at the very lower end of what is the north ridge.
Follow this trail as it zig-zags uphill along the ridge until the ridge merges with the west ridge (from your right).
The trail now turns more east and easily gains the summit. The summit
has a small religous memorial and a large
white summit cross.
This summit connects via a short ridge to
a second summit of very similar height. To cross over is a simple
scramble, (YDS) class 2.
Here is a Google map documenting my hikes on Cyprus.
I parked at a small turn-out exactly at the col and failed to see the correct parking and the trailhead.
I left at 1430, walked a few meter downhill (the wrong way), then climbed loose and awkward terrain in order
to reach the ridge. The trail was a pleasant surprise and made this ascent much easier than expected.
I arrived at the summit at 1455.
I spent 10 minutes enjoying the view as well as doing the short traverse to
the second summit and back.
Descending at 1505, I was back down by the car in 15 minutes. This was my
last climb on Cyprus, time to head back down to The Four Season Hotel in Limassol where a (hopefully)
nice oriental dinner had been booked for 1930.