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Why hire a guide, I could find my way..

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Well, many people travel around the world, and into places wilder than Greece. So all the people would think that the Greek mountains are not difficult, or dangerous, because “Greece is only sand and beaches”! 

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The truth is that Greece, is the second most mountainius land in Europe, after Albania!! The mainland is covered 80% of mountains above 1000m reaching the altitude of 2918m which is the highest mountain Olympus. To the west of the country we have Pindos mountains, a mountainchain that stretches from north to south for about 200km with a lot of high peaks above 2000m. This is an area where you have a lot of snow during winter and most of the countries big rivers have their basic springs on these mountains. It is an isolated area with small little villages, national parks, vast forests, landscapes people dont imagine that this could be Greece!

Distrato in early springThere was a huge network of passes and paths that used to connect the villages with the rest of the world, people used to cover great distances with their animals, bringing them up for the summer months and back to the valley for winter. There is an effort in marking and preserving part of this network, but still the paths are in many cases no clear, the lower areas have closed from vegitation. Not many people use them anymore…

Vikos GorgeThis is where someone would hire a guide or walk with an organized guided group. The guides we use are qualified and have a good knowledge of the area. The guides job is not only to show you the way, but to be helpful in any difficult situation such as, where to find a pharmacy, or even where to have nice food. You wont waste your time searching to find the nice views, you will get tips on how to have fun with locals, and what most important you will really learn about the area you hike in. 

Only you would need to ask for guides qualifications, in order to have a safe and pleasant hike. Have fun on our mountains and discover the other side of Greece with us!!

Vikos Gorge

Hiking Vikaki gorge in Zagori

In the Zagori region apart from the beautiful and classic trails of the Vikos canyon, Drakolimni, there are too many other options for hiking. Countless old paths, more open, others closed due to abandonment ..last-photos-079

Vikaki or Selato is a small gorge near Tsepelovo villages Kapesovo and Kipi. Impressive, although smaller than the great Vikos, sharing the same bed and geological form a canyon.

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The narrow gorge has a permanent flow throughout the year, and there are two ways to hike it. One is from the village Tsepelovo, going down the road that starts from the stadium of the village or the path that passes by St. John the Rogovo.

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The first case requires proper equipment and organization. We will refer to another article.The path starts from the road that connects Kapesovo and Tsepelovo villages where there is a sign of a trail marking effort that had fortunately preserved the path.

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Impressive descend to the river bed, where you can hike a short pert of it, and it ascends through the woods to the monastery. The monastery is still closed due to maintenance. The trail continues on an old path, but unfortunately the path has been abandoned and needs attention. The route goes through an impressive hermitage, again leads to the canyon mouth where you face a nice pool.

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Beautiful hiking 3hours about, you just need someone to have a second car to return to the beginning of the hike.

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