Hike Zagori is the best possible way to discover this wonderful area is on foot! This is our philosophy and this is what we know best! The classic trail for someone to follow when visiting the area! We start hiking through the villages and bridges, crossing the Vikos Gorge, hiking to the alpine lake Drakolimni and the plateaus of Mt. Timfi! 6 hiking days inside the heart of the National Park!
- Difficulty: Moderate
- Minimum attendance: 6 persons (guided) and 2 persons (self guided)
- Level requirements: Point to point trekking, no technical difficulty, medium condition
Compass Adventures provides, qualified local guides, local transfers, transfers from and to Ioannina, B&B guesthouses, lunch during the walks and dinners.
Meeting at Vitsa village. We rest in the traditional guesthouse and walk around the village.
Duration: 2 hours drive
We hike from Vitsa to Koukouli, Kipi, where we tour around the old bridges that connected the villages, years ago. The walk starts from Vitsa, downhilling the Vitsa Steps, in the heart of Vikos Gorge. We cross one of the famous arched bridges and start up hilling towards Koukouli. The village square calls for a refreshment!! The walk continues to Kipi, where we rest and see some more beautiful bridges, a real work of art! Through densed forest we hike to Dilofo, a village protected as a monument of local architecture. We rest at the square and walk back to Vitsa.
Duration: 5-6 hours
We start to cross Vikos Gorge, a very impressive canyon and one of the deepest in the world! We will be transferred to Monodendri (2km), then we hike downhill, where we meet the small river that flows through the gorge. We continue next to the stream, and walk right into the heart of the National Park. In the gorge still find refuge a lot of wild animals, such as pray birds, bears and wild boars. Our walk will end at Vikos village after a small ascent, around 40 minutes. We make a rest at Vikos. Bus will transfer us to Aristi village where we spent the night.
Duration: 6-7 hours
We drive back to Vikos Village. Our walk will take us towards Mikro Papiggo. We start the tour walking down to Voidomatis springs. After a small rest we start to climb the north-west face of Vikos Gorge direction Mikro Papingo. The views get more and more impressive as we hike up. The walk continiues through forest and under the impressive towers of Papiggo, soon we will reach the village. A free evening can be enjoyed swimming by the natural pools near the village.
Duration: 4 hours
We hike from Papigo towards the high plateaus of Mt. Timfi, reaching an alpine lake at 2050m. The walk begins from Mikro Papigo, one of the most beautiful villages of Zagori, and continues through beautiful and quiet scenery 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, we continue another 1.30 hour to the “Drakolimni”, an alpine lake at 2050m. The scenery is magnificent as we have great views over Pindos mountain range. We hike back to the refuge where we stay for the night.
A long day is ahead of us today as we have to cross Timfi mountainrange, a long but beautiful walk. We start downhilling from the refuge reaching the big plains of the mountain. Under the impressive cliffs of Astraka we continue direction a small water reservoir Loutsa Robozi. A place for the shepards to water the animals in summer. The walk brings us at the beginning of Megas Lakos an impressive canyon wich ends at Vikos. As we cross a water spring we continue to the lands of Tsepelovo our final destination.
Duration: 8 hrs
Our last day will lead us through old roads (kalderimia) through the plains of Vradeto, the highest village of Zagori. After a visit to Beloi, a view point into the gorge, we walk towards Vradeto. From there after a stop in the village we hike down the impressive Vradeto steps, a path wich takes us down to Kapesovo. We drive to Elati where we spend the night.
Duration: 7 hrs
Departure from Elati.