This Northern Greece trekking holiday challenging hiking with lovely mountain scenery. Trek the Pindus Mountains for an awesome experience & great Greek hospitality
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.
The Pindus (also Pindos or Pindhos) (Greek: Πίνδος) is a mountain range located in northern Greece and southern Albania. To Trek the Pindus Mountains is roughly 160 km long, with a maximum elevation of 2,637m (Mount Smolikas). Because it runs along the border of Thessaly and Epirus, the Pindus range is known colloquially as the spine of Greece.
The mountain range stretches from near the Greek-Albanian border in Northern Epirus, entering the Epirus and Macedonia regions in northern Greece down to the north of the Peloponnese. Geologically it is an extension of the Dinaric Alps, which dominate the western region of the Balkan Peninsula. This Northern Greece trekking holiday is about as good as they get.
Itinerary to Trek the Pindus Mountains
Day 1: Arrival - Central Zagori Area
Arrival and transfer to Zagori area. Dinner and overnight stay in hotel on BB basis for the first night of this Northern Greece trekking holiday.
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) and a highlight when you trek the Pindus Mountains. We will walk by a beautiful alpine lake at 2200, named Drakolimni after the old legend. The peak is in front 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 of Northern Greece trekking holiday: 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: Final day