Pindos Peaks is a trekking tour in Northwestern Greece with excellent hiking routes for those who want to combine challenging hiking with beautiful scenery in the Greek mainland. Pindos mountain range with it’s natural wealth offers an unforgettable experience to the visitor in combination with warm Greek hospitality and delicious cuisine.
Difficulty: HARD (AVERAGE WALKING HOURS PER DAY 6-7)
Point to point trekking, no technical difficulty requires good condition Min. 6 persons ( guided)
Compass Adventures provides, qualified local guides, local transfers, transfers from and to Ioannina, B&B guesthouses, lunch during the walks and dinners.
DAY 1: ARRIVAL – CENTRAL ZAGORI AREA
Arrival and transfer to Zagori area. Dinner and overnight stay in hotel on BB basis
DAY 2: TSEPELOVO – VIA TSOUKA ROSSA – VRISSOCHORI
We start in the morning from Tsepelovo and follow the trail up to the pass of “Tsouka Rossa” at 2.315m. From there we slope down to the Katsanos plateau, following a beautiful descent, across varied scenery until we reach Vrissochori village.
From Vrissochori, mini buses (aprox. Half an hour drive) wait for us and we will be transferred to Pades a small village on the foot of Mt Smolikas. Overnight in a guest house.
Hours of walking 9-10, (according to the group dynamic we can be transferred a small of road part on a higher plateau then the walk will be aprox. 7 hours)
Alt. 1100m – 2315 – 1000m
DAY 3: PADES – SAMARINA
Early in the morning we start climbing to the top of Smolikas mountain (2.637m-second highest peak of Greece). We will walk by a beautiful alpine lake at 2200, named Drakolimni after the old legend. The peak is infront of us and we can reach it after 1,5 hours. From there slopping down the mountain through pine and beech forest we’ll reach the Vlach (nomad) village Samarina. O/N guesthouse
Walk 10hrs (according to the group dynamic we can be transferred a small of road part on a higher plateau then the walk will be aprox. 7 hours)
Alt. 1150m – 2637m – 1450m
DAY 4: SAMARINA – DISTRATO
We start in the morning from Samarina and we’ll climb up the mountain of Gomara, a beautiful forest above the stream of Valia Kirna, offers beautiful views, we to the woodcutter village Distrato, for overnight stay. O/N guesthouse
7 hours walking. Alt 1450m – 1200m – 1700m – 1050m
DAY 5: DISTRATO – VOVOUSSA
Early in the morning we’ll head for Vovoussa village which is situated close to the banks of the Aoos River. The walk is through forest in one of the most unexplored areas of Greece, lots of wild animals find refuge here, such as the brown bear, wolves and wild cats! O/N guesthouse
Walk 6 hours Alt. 1050m – 1400m – 1000m
DAY 6: VOVOUSA – VALIA CALDA
We will enter the Protected area of Valia Calda, the walk starts next to the river Aoos and slowly entering the Arkoudorema stream (bear stream), which the path crosses several times! At the end of this beautiful walk we will have our tents organized and a barbeque will be prepared for our evening meal. O/N tents
Walk 5 hours. Alt. 1000m – 1400m
DAY 7: VALIA CALDA – FLEGGA PEAK – METSOVO
We ascent towards the twin alpine lakes of Flegga, above them is the peak, which offers great views to the plateau of the artificial lake of Aoos, descenting we reach the big lake and then we will be transferred to Metsovo, a mountain town hidden in the mountains! O/N guesthouse
Walk 6-7 hours. Alt 1400m – 2137m – 1250m
DAY 8: DEPARTURE