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Vikos Gorge Full-Day Guided Hike

1. Vikos Gorge Full-Day Guided Hike

Experience the varied terrain and vistas of the Vikos Gorge in the Pindus Mountains and see untouched and untamed nature. Vikos Gorge is listed as the deepest gorge in the world by the Guinness Book of Records, and is famous for its unique natural beauty and crystal-clear waters. The full-day hike starts from the village of Monodendri on the southern rim of the gorge. It's a restored stone village of walled courtyards with fortress-like gates. Follow a signposted path near the open-air theater at the top of the trail, from where the path drops steeply to the Voidomatis River. Walk the course of the river through the shade, with sparkling water as your companion. After about 4 hours, you will reach the Voidomatis River springs. Continue through the woods for a while, hiking uphill to exit at Vikos village. The tour covers a distance of about 7.5 miles (12.6 kilometers), passing towering rocks and virgin vegetation. Upon arrival at Vikos, a transfer will be waiting to take you back to Monodendri.

Vikos Gorge Beloi Viewpoint 3-Hour Hike

2. Vikos Gorge Beloi Viewpoint 3-Hour Hike

Enjoy a light 3-hour hike with a trek leader from the Chapel of Profitis Ilias to the Beloi viewpoint in the Pindus Mountains, offering breathtaking panoramas of the limestone and dolomite rocks and virgin vegetation. Visitors to the Zagori area will often hear about Vradeto, the highest village in the region. But there is more to see than a mountain village. A stunning ride through varied landscapes leads to this small, picturesque place, from where you’ll start your hike of about 3.6 miles (6 kilometers). Suitable for the entire family, this is one of the easiest hiking routes in the Pindus Mountains, home to the world’s deepest gorge. After you’ve taken in views of the entire length of the Vikos Gorge, return to Vradeto for a short coffee break at the traditional kafenion (café), where you can see a photo exhibition. Next, you will walk the famous Vradeto rocksteps, a traditional stone-made path that used to connect Vradeto with the rest of the region’s settlements. End your tour close to the village of Kapesovo, where a transfer will be waiting to take you back to the meeting point.

Zagori: Vikos Gorge full-day guided hike

3. Zagori: Vikos Gorge full-day guided hike

Vikos gorge is one of the most popular hiking destinations in Greece. The gorge consists of limestone and dolomite formations dating back to 150 million years ago and vertical walls extending up to a height of 1700 m. The hike starts from Monodendri village with a 45-minute descent towards the river bed. The trail is ascending and descending surrounded by steep mountain tops and dense forests of deciduous trees and 1800 plant species. Before ascending to Vikos village, visit the Voidomati Springs, Greece's cleanest and coldest river, with an average all year temperature of 8.5°C. If you are brave you might want to try the experience of a very refreshing dive in the crystal clear waters during summer months. The hike finishes at Vikos village, after a 1-hour ascent from the Voidomatis springs.

Ioannina: Valia Calda Off-Road Tour & Cooking Experience

4. Ioannina: Valia Calda Off-Road Tour & Cooking Experience

Where Valia Calda begins, we meet beautiful landscapes, such as Vovousa with the Aoos river that passes through the village, high peaks, steep slopes, stunning colors, spectacular trees, and a strong taste of the wild beauty of the Pindos National Park, combined all together in a magical mountain landscape that nature has given us. An ideal excursion for nature lovers and people who love swimming in rivers. Our excursion starts with Valia Calda as our first destination, and we will head to the core. From the heart of the National Park, we will start our hike to the natural pools of the Arkoudorema stream. Once we reach the natural pools, we will enjoy swimming and return to the vehicle to cook our traditional meal. Then we will head to Vovousa. Our route there gives us an incredible landscape with tall black pines, streams, and high peaks. In Vovousa, we will take a break, and whoever wishes can swim in the clear waters of the Aoos river, under the bridge of Vovousa. Finally, we will visit the source lake Aoos and the incredible mountain landscapes around the lake on our return.

Pindus Mountains: Dragon Lake Full-Day Guided Hike

5. Pindus Mountains: Dragon Lake Full-Day Guided Hike

Experience the alpine terrain and stunning vistas of Mount Tymfi in the Pindus Mountains and see untamed nature on a full-day hike to Dragon Lake According to legend, the lake was named for the dragon that is said to inhabit its waters. The dragon is said to be in constant conflict with another, from Mount Smolikas, the 2nd highest mountain in Greece after Mount Olympus. The 2 beasts fought each other by throwing pines and rocks, creating the peculiar landscape you will hike through. As you walk, discover a rich fauna, including alpine triton, a very rare amphibian that measures between 8-12 centimeters in length, has a black-brown shaded outer spine, and is protected by law. Hiking from Mikro Papingo, you will follow an uphill path to the Astraka refuge, where you can rest over hot coffee or lunch. Then, continue to the grassy uplands, studded with wildflowers. At some points you might encounter pack snow, even up until July. After approximately 1.5 hours, you will reach the lake. Nestled at an altitude of 6,725 feet (2,050 meters) on Mount Tymfi, it’s surrounded by the towering mountain peaks of Lapatos and Ploskos. Take in this magical scenery - and keep an eye out for the dragon - before retracing your steps back to Mikro Papingo.

From Monodendri: Vikos Gorge Trekking with River Swimming

6. From Monodendri: Vikos Gorge Trekking with River Swimming

Vikos gorge is the deepest canyon in the world. The Vikos Gorge, with a length of 20 km, walls that range from 120–490 m deep, and a width ranging from 400 m to just a few meters at its narrowest part, is listed by the Guinness Book of records. The Vikos Gorge has been designated as a world geopark by UNESCO. Most of the route has no elevation differences except for the start (downhill) and the end of it (uphill). In the middle of the trail visitors may refill their canteens from a spring. At the end of the trail a tour of the nearby Voidomatis springs and the monastery of Panagia will be provided. Visitors also have the chance to swim in Voidomatis cold blue waters and drink water from the springs. Trekking time is about 6 – 8 hours. Difficulty level: moderate. Equipment needed: mountain sports shoes or hiking boots, waterproof jacket.

Zagori: Alpine Dragon Lake Hike

7. Zagori: Alpine Dragon Lake Hike

Embark on a mountainous adventure on a private guided hike to the Dragon Lake. This hike rewards you with magnificent mountain views, leafy forest trails, and impressive rock formations. Start the hike in the village of Mikro Papigko, which is tucked away in the middle of a lush forest. Pass through the leafy forest to see imposing rock formations surrounding you up high, known as the “Towers of Astraka”. Alpine Dragon lake hike is one of the most famous hiking routes in Greece, which combines the incredible view of the peaks of Tymfi with the enchanting natural landscape. Continue along the path to reach Astraka’s mountain hut. The hut is located at an altitude of 1,950 meters. Here, take a nice break and tuck into a nutritious lunch. Once recharged, set off to reach the legendary Dragon Lake. Learn about the Dragon Lake from your local guide. Mount Tymphi (known as Drakolimni) is located in an environment of limited nutrients, wide variations in sunlight during the summer and the winter months, and acute fluctuations in temperature have turned the Dragon Lake of Mt. Tymfi into a truly unique ecosystem. Hear how the lake's waters are home to the Alpine Newt, a striking amphibian that has been around for thousands of years. It is approximately 10-12 centimeters long with an impressive orange-red color in the lower part of its body – looking remarkably similar to a tiny dragon! Stop to take in the striking natural landscape around you. To the north is the Smolikas mountain range and the Aoos Valley, and to the east is the impressive Mount Gamila. After having your fill of nature, head back to Mikro Papigo, following the same route, before returning to your hotel.

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We contacted our guide the previous evening when he explained the program and told us what to bring. We met him in the village where he gave us walking poles and we started off It was an amazing hike covering the stone bridges and took us through woods, downhill, uphill and some river beds. The day was hot but the forest provided cover. Water was available on the way at drinking fountains. Make sure you use sunscreen and protect your arms from scratches and bugs with longer sleeves You will need at least good trainers for the walk not sandals. Our guide was excellent and explained so many things and had interesting anecdotes about the area and it’s history Definitely a must do.

The tour through the gorge was very impressive and Nikos was a great guide. We needed a total of 6 hours including several small breaks. The hike initially goes downhill into the gorge, then through the gorge (flat parts and partly slight hills) and finally out of the gorge via a stepped path. Niko's wife picked us up punctually upon arrival and drove us back to Monodendri. Most of the hike was shaded and on the climb up at the end we were lucky that it was a bit overcast so it wasn't too hot. Nikos shared a lot of knowledge about the environment, plants and animals with us and was always careful that we crossed the paths safely. Highly Recommended!

An amazing adventure passing through very wild and unspoiled nature.A truly unique experience.Be prepared for considerable physical effort.We are very glad to have Vasilis as a guide.He is very knowledgeable of the Vikos gorge and helps to indicate the path and the nature as we go..He works with Nikos who picked us up at Vikos village for the ride back to Mondendri.This is not an easy one so if you are not a pro i suggest a guide.We we’re also lucky with the weather,although on the last part it was a bit hot.Strongly suggest.

Very courteous and a very detailed and interesting tour. I would take Nikos again.

Very experienced guide who pays attention to his customers.