PINDOS TREKKING ADVENTURE
Trekking in Vikos Gorge - Dragonlake - Valia Kalnta - Meteora
There are places in the world, which are hidden from the first sight, they are not on headlines and you hardly can hear from your friends about them. But after you visit Zagoria villages you will be one of those who can tell about the unspoiled beauty, the traditional villages and the stone trails and arched bridges of the area.
- Tour Code: TRKzag_02
- Duration: 8 days / 7 nights
- Season: May to October
- Location: Greece, Eperus district, Zagorochoria area. – Meteora
- Style: Trekking holidays – Hiking nature
- Difficulty level: 3/5
- Hike in the beautiful Zagorochoria area with the 46 traditional villages
- Cross 3 arch traditional stone bridges
- Cross amazing Vikos gorge the deepest canyon in the world in proportion to its width
- walk at the high alpine meadows of Mt. Timfi and Dragonlake (2.497 m)
ACTIVITIES IN THE AREA
The following activites are available in the area. They are not included in the package, can be included upon request.
- Mountain Bike
- Mushroom hike
- All transfers with private minibus or minivan
- Traditional guesthouses or 3* hotels on HB base
- 1 overnight in alpine refuge (bank beds, common washrooms)
- Experienced En speaking mountain guide
- Meet & Greet on the arrival at the airport
- Flight tickets
- Accommodation tax (0.5€ per day per room for guesthouses -1.5€ per day per room for 3* hotels – 3€ per day per room for 4* hotels) paid directly by the clients to hotel.
*All packages are flexible and dynamic for any changes according to any personal needs and desires upon request.
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Day 1: Ioannina – Monodendri
Arrival at Ioannina airport. Meet our staff at the airport, welcome Drive to Monodendri village, 40 min from Ioannina and hotel check in. Later walk to the Monastery of Ag Paraskevi (1,5km) a vantage point of Vikos gorge. Dinner at the hotel or a local tavern (B,_,D).
Day 2: Monodendri – Vista – Koukouli – Kipi – Dilofo (B,L,D)
We hike from Monodendri south to Vitsa, down hilling the Vitsa steps in the heart of Vikos Gorge. We cross the arched bridge and up hilling we arrive to Koukouli. We continue to kipi village with its wonderful single and triple arch stone bridges where we have a rest. Through dense forest we hike to Dilofo, a village protected as a monument of local architecture. We rest at the square and walk back to Monodendri. Dinner at a local tavern.
Distance: 20km Duration: 7 hours Trekking altitude 1060 – 760 – 1060 Grade : 3
Day 3: Monodendri – Vikos Gorge – Vikos Village (B,L,D)
This hike will lead us through one of the most beautiful parts of the gorge (12,6 km). The gorge with walls of up to 1 km height is listed as the deepest gorge in the world in Guinness records. The hike starts from Monodendri with a 45 minute descend until we reach the river bed. The trail crosses the river bed and back and leads us into the heart of the National Park with loads of wildlife, dense forests of deciduous trees and 1800 plant species. The hike finishes at Vikos village with 1-hour ascend walk in the last part. Dinner at the hotel or a local tavern.
Distance: 12km Duration: 6-7hours Ascent: 791m Descent: 1091m Grade: 4
Day 4: Vikos village – Voidomatis springs – Papingo
We start from Vikos village walking down to Voidomatis springs. Greece’s cleanest and coldest river, with an average all year temperature of 8,5°. After a small rest we start climbing the north-west face of Vikos Gorge towards Mikro Papingo. The views get more and more impressive as we hike up. We walk through forest and under the impressive towers of Papingo and soon we reach the village. In the afternoon you can be enjoyed swimming in the natural pools near the village.
Distance: 5,7km Duration: 4hours Ascent: 811m Descent: 600m Grade: 2
Day 5: Papingo – Astraka refuge – Dragonlake (B,L,D)
We start our hike early in the morning, following an uphill path to high plateaus of Mt. Timfi reaching the Astraka refuge and then the alpine lake Drakolimni at 2050m. We walk to the grassy uplands studded with flowers and at some points we often meet pack snow, towards Astraka mountain refuge. On the way up we will meet a lot of water springs so there is no need to carry a lot of water. After a small stop at the refuge for a light lunch we continue our hike up for 1.5hrs more to the “Drakolimni”, an alpine lake at 2050m. From there our eyes won’t get enough of the breath taking views up to Olympus mountain and Aegean sea. We walk back to Astraka refuge for dinner and dormitory style overnight. (B,L,D).
Distance: 12km Duration: 6-7hours Ascent: 1368m Descent: 425m Grade: 3
Day 6: Astraka refuge – Tsepelovo (B,L,D)
Today we cross Tymfi mountain range, a long and beautiful walk. We start down hilling from the refuge reaching the big plains of the mountain. Under the impressive cliffs of Astraka we followed the path to Rompozi Loutsa, a small water reservoir, a place for the shepards to water the animals in summer. We continue to Arvanitis sheepfold and Mega Lakos, an impressive canyon which ends at Vikos. As we cross a water spring we continue to the lands of Tsepelovo our final destination. Dinner at the hotel or a local tavern.
Distance: 12,5km Duration: 7hours Ascent: 383m Descent: 1222m Grade : 3
Day 7: Tsepelovo – Beloi – Vradeto- Skala Vradedou – kapesovo – Kalambaka/Meteora (B,L,D)
Hiking starts from Tsepelovo and lead us to Beloi through the plains of Vradeto, the “balcony”(highest village) of Zagorochoria with the gorgeous view to the surrounding landscape. Beloi, is a natural balcony overlooking the Vikos gorge, as we walk towards the edges of the gorge. We continue to Vradeto village for a short stop and afterwards hike down the impressive Vradeto steps, an old and historic path, will reach Kapesovo village. Then we drive to Kalambaka / Meteora with a short stop at Metsovo traditional village. Dinner at a local tavern.
Distance: 14,5km Duration: 7 hours Ascent: 816m Descent: 744m Grade:3
Day 8: Meteora monasteries – Departure. (B,L._)
Morning short drive to Meteora. Guided visit to 2 monasteries, standing at top of huge rocks between earth and sky.Then drive to Thessaloniki or Athens airport for your flight back home.
Alternatively Hiking 3 hrs. Follow the old paths used by the monks, through the steep rocks, visit one of the monasteries and enjoy the beautiful views.