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  • OVERVIEW
      Duration: 4 Days
      Group size: 4-10 people
      Departure: Athens center
      Meals: Snacks and meals are included in this trip
      Level: Demanding
     Altitude  2050m

    Trip Introduction

    This route takes place in the Vikos-Aoos National Park. 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.

    The National Park also includes the Tymfi mountain range, the Aoos River gorge and a number of traditional villages. The core of the National Park is the gorge of Vikos, the deepest gorge in the world, according to the Guinness Book. The imposing gorge is 20 km long (we will hike 15) and its depth is over 1,000 meters. We will also have the chance to see the mythical Drakolimni, an alpine lake at an altitude of 2,050 meters.

    Finally, walking along a beautiful path, we will end up in the village of Konitsa where Via Ferrata begins.

    Key highlights of this journey:
     
    - Cross the gorge of Vikos
    - Visit the alpine Dragonlake
    - Via ferrata experience
    - Steam bath in natural hot springs

    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.

  • ITINERARY

    DAY1 ButtonArrive at Monodendri village, cross Vikos gorge. 

    Meeting at the metro of Doukissis Plakentias to begin our journey, about 5 hours, towards the traditional village Monodendri . Today's day is quite interesting as we will cross the imposing gorge of Vikos. It is located in the heart of the National Park of Vikos-Aoos, A magnificent area with great ecological value. A feast of flora and fauna, Vikos is one of the few wildlife shelters in Europe. We will hike for about 7 hours, a 12 km distance, in order to reach the traditional village Mikro Papigko. Free time for everyone, for a tour in the village or for a visit and in the nearby village which is 20 minutes walk. We will set up the tents and afterwards  we will taste excellent traditional local delicacies.
     
    tent small3    Accomodation in tents         trek icon small1   7 hours hiking


    DAY2 Button
    Hike to Dragon lake and sleep at the refuge house. 


    We will have an early start as we will be heading towards Dracolimni. We will be walking uphill and our first stop will be the Astracas shelter 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. Tymphe. 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 find three natural refreshing water sources. The journey till our first stop at the shelter will be approximately four hours. There, we will have lunch 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, 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    6 hours hiking


    DAY3 ButtonDescent the mountain, arrive at Amarantos village and enjoy a natural hot steam bath.

    Today we will descent the mountain taking Davalitsa’s path. This path will take us through forest areas and after five hours walking we will reach our destination in Konitsa. Free time to explore the village. Our next stop is Amarantos village 45mins away from Konitsa, an isolated small village located on the mountains near the border with Albania. In the village there are hot springs which are unique to their species across Europe and we will have the chance to enjoy the therapeutic effects of steam. Dinner and overnight staying at the guesthouse, in a cozy family enviroment at an altitude of 1260m.

    refuge house    Accomodation in guest house
            trek icon small1    5 hours hiking


    DAY4 ButtonCross Aoos river, via ferrata experience.

    We will get up at 7am, have a light breakfast and head along the Aoos river to get where the Via Ferrata begins. You will be given all the necessary materials and a short demostration of how to use them. Via Ferrata's route takes about 6-7 hours. When the route is completed, we will rest on the banks of Aoos River. we will have a lunch and then we will get prepared for our journey back to Athens.
  • INCLUDES

    What is included in the price

    - Transportation from Athens to Monodedri village and return.
    - Hiking Equipment (baton)
    - Snacks during the hikes
    - All meals (4 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 3 dinners)
    - English speaking guide
    - Via ferrata equipment
    - Camping equipment (tents, carrimats)
    - Luggage transfer
    - Raincoat (upon demand)
    - 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

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

  • GALLERY
  Duration: 4 Days
  Group size: 4-10 people
  Departure: Athens center
  Meals: Snacks and meals are included in this trip
  Level: Demanding
 Altitude  2050m

Trip Introduction

This route takes place in the Vikos-Aoos National Park. 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.

The National Park also includes the Tymfi mountain range, the Aoos River gorge and a number of traditional villages. The core of the National Park is the gorge of Vikos, the deepest gorge in the world, according to the Guinness Book. The imposing gorge is 20 km long (we will hike 15) and its depth is over 1,000 meters. We will also have the chance to see the mythical Drakolimni, an alpine lake at an altitude of 2,050 meters.

Finally, walking along a beautiful path, we will end up in the village of Konitsa where Via Ferrata begins.

Key highlights of this journey:
 
- Cross the gorge of Vikos
- Visit the alpine Dragonlake
- Via ferrata experience
- Steam bath in natural hot springs

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.

Travel from Athens to Monodendri village, cross Vikos gorge. 

Meeting at the metro of Doukissis Plakentias to begin our journey, about 5 hours, towards the traditional village Monodendri . Today's day is quite interesting as we will cross the imposing gorge of Vikos. It is located in the heart of the National Park of Vikos-Aoos, A magnificent area with great ecological value. A feast of flora and fauna, Vikos is one of the few wildlife shelters in Europe. We will hike for about 7 hours, a 12 km distance, in order to reach the traditional village Mikro Papigko. Free time for everyone, for a tour in the village or for a visit and in the nearby village which is 20 minutes walk. We will set up the tents and afterwards  we will taste excellent traditional local delicacies.
 
tent small3    Accomodation in tents         trek icon small1   7 hours hiking


DAY2 Button
Hike to Dragon lake and sleep at the refuge house. 


We will have an early start as we will be heading towards Dracolimni. We will be walking uphill and our first stop will be the Astracas shelter 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. Tymphe. 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 find three natural refreshing water sources. The journey till our first stop at the shelter will be approximately four hours. There, we will have lunch 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, 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    6 hours hiking


DAY3 ButtonDescent the mountain, arrive at Amarantos village and enjoy a natural hot steam bath.

Today we will descent the mountain taking Davalitsa’s path. This path will take us through forest areas and after five hours walking we will reach our destination in Konitsa. Free time to explore the village. Our next stop is Amarantos village 45mins away from Konitsa, an isolated small village located on the mountains near the border with Albania. In the village there are hot springs which are unique to their species across Europe and we will have the chance to enjoy the therapeutic effects of steam. Dinner and overnight staying at the guesthouse, in a cozy family enviroment at an altitude of 1260m.

refuge house    Accomodation in guest house
        trek icon small1    5 hours hiking


DAY4 ButtonCross Aoos river, via ferrata experience.

We will get up at 7am, have a light breakfast and head along the Aoos river to get where the Via Ferrata begins. You will be given all the necessary materials and a short demostration of how to use them. Via Ferrata's route takes about 6-7 hours. When the route is completed, we will rest on the banks of Aoos River. we will have a lunch and then we will get prepared for our journey back to Athens.

What is included in the price

- Transportation from Athens to Monodedri village and return.
- Hiking Equipment (baton)
- Snacks during the hikes
- All meals (4 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 3 dinners)
- English speaking guide
- Via ferrata equipment
- Camping equipment (tents, carrimats)
- Luggage transfer
- Raincoat (upon demand)
- 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

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

Vikos Gorge - Dragon lake

€ 550

/starting price per person

Hiking Equipment
English speaking guide
Transportation
Accomodation Snacks and meals
View available dates

Vikos Gorge

Vikos Gorge is the deepest gorge in the world, located in the heart of Vikos National Park. A hiking experience you should not miss.

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

Via Ferrata

The longest Via Ferrata in Greece which cross the Aoos gorge in Konitsa

Charateristics of the hike

Trip Duration

Duration of Vikos tour, including the transportation is 4 days.

Period of operation

Hiking in the National Park of Vikos can be done in the period May-October.

Minimum attendance

The minimun attendance for Vikos tour is 4 persons.

Hiking Level

The difficulty level for the Vikos & Dragon lake tour is Demanding