Duration: 2 Days
  Group size: 6-10 people
  Departure: Athens center
  Meals: Snacks and meals are included in this trip
  Level: Demanding
 Altitude  2050m

Trip Introduction

This route takes place in Vikos-Aoos National Park, on Tymfi mountain. It is an area of protected natural wealth, north of the city of Ioannina, in the region of Epirus. It was officially declared a national park in 1973 and is bordered northeast with the Pindus-Valia Calda National Park. The region is part of the European network of protected areas Natura 2000.

We will hike on Tymfi mountain to in order to arrive at the alpine dragon lake at 2050m altitude. The view up there is one of the most mesmerising views that someone can enjoy from the impressive greek mountain peaks. We sleep and dinner on top of the mountain in the refuge house.
The next day we will visit Papingo rock pools where we can have a dive there and we will end up at Voidomatis river spring which is ranked as one of the cleanest in Europe.

Key highlights of this journey:
- Visit the alpine Dragonlake
- Visit Voidomatis river 
- Visit Papngo rock pools

Physical Condition & Experience Requirements

For this trip a prior trekking experience is required. The hiking level for participants is demanding. We will be walking at least 6-7 hours per day, so having a strong stamina is definitely an advance. It is recommended for participants with pre-existing medical conditions such as heart, lung, and blood diseases to consult their doctor before any hike.

Trek Itinerary

DAY1 ButtonArrive at Papigo village, hike to Dragon lake

Meeting at the metro of Doukissis Plakentias.to begin our journey, about 6 hours, towards the traditional village Mikro Papigo. Today we will be walking uphill and our first stop will be the Astracas refuge house at 1930m. During the first part of our journey will be passing through forest areas. Soon enough, the landscape will change as we will be entering the alpine zone of Mt. Tymphi. The variation of the surrounding environment is something that we should take into consideration especially during the summer when the temperatures can be really high. Hopefully, on our path will find three natural refreshing water sources. The journey till our first stop at the refuge will be approximately four hours. There, we will have a snack and some rest. After that we will hit the road again and we will walk for 1.5 hours until we reach our final destination, Dragon lake (Dracolimni). The view up there is one of the most mesmerising views that someone can enjoy from the impressive greek mountain peaks. We return back to the refuge for dinner and rest.

refuge house Accomodation in refuge house      trek icon small1  7 hours hiking

DAY2 ButtonSwim at Papingo rock pools, dive at Voidomatis river.
After the breakfast at the refuge house we will start our descent towards Papingo village. Next stop is Papingo rock pools, a magical unique place located just a few minutes outside of the village.The dense vegetation, the waterfalls, the rocks and the successive "pools" create a fairytale scenery that only those who see it can fully understand its beauty. Our final stop is Voidomatis which is ranked as one of the cleanest and coldest river in Europe. We will admire the stunning nature,  have a snack and the most daring ones can have a swim in the crystal clean waters of the river. Afterwards we are ready to return in Athens.

trek icon small1  3 hours hiking

What is included in the price


  • Transportation from Athens to Papigo village and return.
  • Hiking Equipment (baton)
  • Snacks during the hikes
  • All meals (1 breakfast, 2 lunches, 1 dinners)
  • English speaking guide
  • Camping equipment
  • All taxes

What is not included in the price

  • Booking flights to Athens
  • Travel insurance
  • Sleeping bags
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Additional expences as a result of leaving the tour earlier
  • Additional expences as a result of staying longer
  • All other services that are not listed above

What to bring with you

  • Hiking shoes
  • Headlamp
  • Daypack or Backpack
  • Water Bottle
  • Extra clothes
  • Waterproof jacket
  • Hat
  • Sunscreen
  • Swimsuit
  • Towel

Dragon lake express

€ 265

/starting price per person

Hiking Equipment
English speaking guide
Accomodation Snacks and meals
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Dragon lake

An alpine lake on top of Tymphi mountain. One of the most mesmerising views that someone can enjoy from the impressive greek mountain peaks.

English speaking guide

A local guide speaking fluently English will guide you throughout the hike.

National Park

Explore the National Park of Vikos-Aoos a protected area with High mountains, exciting canyons, crystal rivers and dense forests

Voidomatis river

Ranked as one of the cleanest and coldest river in Europe is located in the heart of the Vikos gorge.

Charateristics of the hike

Trip Duration

Duration of Dragon lake express tour, including the transportation is 2 days.

Period of operation

Hiking to Dragon lake can be done in the period May-October.

Minimum attendance

The minimun attendance for Dragon lake express tour is 6 persons.

Hiking Level

The difficulty level for the Dragon lake expresse tour is Demanding.