Pindos Mountain Highlights

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Period of operation :May to October
Price :
Minimum Participants Guided Self Guided
2 participants 625€/person 455€/person
4 participants 435€/person 360€/person
Duration :3 day/2 nights
Minimum attendance :2 participants - for less or more please contact us
Level requirements :A good level of fitness is required

In and around Zagori, a mountain paradise is waiting for you to experience it: Lush nature, awe inspiring mountains and pristine rivers; beautiful architecture all around; fun, adrenaline pumping activities and relaxed, stress-free ones. Whatever your definition of an ideal vacation is, no matter the time of year, here is the place to be. This is a tour for hiking enthusiasts in two of the highlights of the region and Vikos Aoos National Park. The aim is in a limited time to walk in Vikos Gorge, an amazing one if its kind scenery and to climb Mt.Gamila and admire the alpine dragon lake. The tour starts and ends in Ioannina city where you can fly to. 

Day 1: Arrival in Ioannina and transfer to Monodendri

Upon your arrival to Ioannina airport you will be greeted by our guides and transferred to Monodendri village (1 hour drive). Settle to your hotel and dinner. (Optional and depending on your arrival time you may visit the Monastery of Saint Paraskevi  an abandoned monastery situated on the edge of Vikos Gorge, The monastery founded at 1413–1414, consists of a small stone-built chapel, the oldest preserved in Zagori, and offers panoramic views to the gorge. O/N IN MONODENDRI (D)
 
Day 2: Trekking in Vikos Gorge - (Approximate Hiking time: 6-7 hrs)

Vikos Gorge, with a length of 20 km, walls that range from 450m  to 1,600 m deep, and a width from 400 m to some meters at its narrowest part, is listed by the Guiness Book of Records as the deepest canyon in the world in proportion to its width. This follows a somewhat arbitrary definition of a gorge that excludes deeper features such as Colca Canyon because of their greater width to depth ratio. The landscape of the 20 km long gorge, 12 km οf which belong to the Vikos – Aoos National Park’s core zοne, presents a diverse relief and is characterized by abrupt altitudinal changes. Steep slopes and precipitous rocky cliffs dominate in the middle and higher zones respectively. The gorge has been carved over millions of years by the Voidomatis River, a tributary of the Aoos. 
Enjoy a fascinating trek in one of the most beautiful gorges of Europe. The crossing lasts between 5-7 hours, whilst we walk along the riverbanks and sometimes inside the crystal clear waters of Vikos. The trek starts at the village of Monodendri and after 45 minutes we enter the gorge. We will need approximately 4 hours until we reach the springs of Voidomatis and another hour until we reach the village of Vikos. O/N IN MIKRO PAPIGO (B/L/D)

Day 3: Papingo to Mt Gamila Refuge and Dragon Lake (Approximate Hiking time: 8-9 hrs) and transfer back to Ioannina
Today’s hike starts with 3 hours uphill from Mikro Papingo to the “Astraka” refuge on Mt. Gamila, at 1950m. Here we picnic and leave our packs for the afternoon walk to the first of the Dragon Lakes, an hour away across grassy uplands studded with flowers and (until July) some small snow pack. This is a long hiking day and we eventually return back to Mikro Papingo for our transfer back to Ioannina or to another destination. (B/L)

Included:

  • 3 days/2 nights, accommodation in  DBL room in local guesthouses indicative hotels mentioned below on BB basis
  • Transfers from /to Ioannina city – and all necessary local transfers for the hikes
  • Meals full board starting from dinner on day 1 until lunch on day 3
  • In the self guided option we provide GPS routes 
  • In the guided option a professional english speaking guide 

Not Included:

  • Personal Expenses
  • Anything not mentioned in above program
  • Personal Insurance

Monodendri: http://www.monodendri.com/ or http://www.monodendrihotel.com/ or similar

Mikro Papigo: http://www.diaspapigo.gr/ or similar

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