Dragon Lake

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Period of operation :May to October
Price :
  • Guided: 270€/person for 2-3 participants  (for more participants pls contact us)
  • Self Guided: 180€/person for 2-3 participants (for more participants pls contact us)
Duration :2 days/1 night
Minimum attendance :1 participant
Level requirements :A good level of fitness is required

Drakolimni is the name of the alpine lake in mountain Tymfi (2497m.). According to local folktales the lakes used to be inhabited by dragons who fought each other by throwing pines and rocks and thus created the peculiar landscape and gave their names to the lake. Starting from the village of Mikro Papingo, enjoy a great hike in this mountain paradise.


Day 1: Mikro Papingo - Astraka Hunt - Dragon Lake - Astraka Hut 

Our hike starts from the village of Mikro Papigo at 950 in the most popular pathway up to the mountain. This path is also a part of the long distance pathway so called 03. The first part is a steep 3,5hrs uphill climb to the cole at 1950m where Astraka’s hut is. There are 4 water springs on the way up so there is no need to carry water all the way from the beginning. We will make a rest in the hut, leave our back packs for the night and set off for Drakolimni, at 1,5hrs distance from the hut at 2100m. Drakolimni is amongst some of the highest peaks of the mountain offering great views to the North face of the mountain. It is really worth to climb to the small peak above the lake in order to enjoy at its best this majestic land all around us. Gamila 1 peak (2497m) and Smolikas peak (2637m) can be seen amongst tenths of other Pindos’ peaks. We return (1hr) back to the hut where we will have our dinner. 

Overnight stay in Astraka refuge (L/D)

Duration: 6 hours

Day 2:Astraka Hut - Mikro Papingo

Early in the morning after our breakfast we return from the same way back to Mikro Papigo. 

Duration: 2.30 hours 

Guided Mode

Self-Guided Mode

  • Trekking Hellas experienced English speaking guide
  • Accommodation in berths on refuge (1 night)
  • Meals as mentioned in the program (1 Breakfast at the refuge / 1 Picnic Lunch / 1 Dinner in the refuge)
  • vat
  • Briefing from Trekking Hellas experienced guide, map, footnotes and useful tel. numbers
  • Accommodation in berths on refuge (1 night)
  • Meals as mentioned in the program (1 Breakfast at the refuge / 1 Picnic Lunch / 1 Dinner in the refuge)
  • vat
  • Please try to travel as light as possible; remember that you must carry everything you bring on all the days' walk.
  • Large, comfortable rucksack (40 - 50 litres) with padded straps and waist belt, internal frame preferred; waterproof liner recommended keeping clothing, etc. dry inside.
  • Sturdy, worn in trekking shoes
  • Good waterproof top with hood
  • Warm clothes, both for windy / cold daytime conditions and for the cool evenings (fleece tops or similar)
  • Shorts and long trousers for walking, preferably quick-drying material (cotton or polycotton not denim)
  • Sweatshirts or T-shirts for walking, at least one with long sleeves and collar (against sun-burn)
  • Sheet sleeping bag or similar (e.g. duvet cover), for the overnights in the refuge, although blankets will be available.
  • Sunglasses, towel, sun hat or cap, sun block
  • Water bottle
  • Wash bag and simple first aid kit (plasters or blister kit, aspirin or similar, antiseptic)
  • Photographers: bring your cameras
  • Walking sticks

Meeting time @ 09.00 am

at the parking at the entrance of the village - google maps here



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