Trekking in Group at Unesco Global Geopark Vikos - Aoos (Pindos)

Welcome to Zagori, the place hiding its unique natural beauty behind high mountains. Zagori is located at the Unesco Global Geopark at the heart of the National Park of North Pindos. It’s this hidden beauty of the mountains spread with paths, forests, rivers, canyons, caves and the spectacular architecture that we wish and have organized the ways to reveal to you in order to introduce you to an alternative approach trip in sensitivity and respect to its environment. In brief 8 days / 7 nights 7 days walking DEMANDING-MODERATE TO DIFFICULT – ONLY FOR EXPERIENCED TREKKERS Average duration per trekking: 5-7 hours

Trekking in Group at Unesco Global Geopark Vikos - Aoos (Pindos)
Trekking in Group at Unesco Global Geopark Vikos - Aoos (Pindos)
Trekking in Group at Unesco Global Geopark Vikos - Aoos (Pindos)
Trekking in Group at Unesco Global Geopark Vikos - Aoos (Pindos)
Trekking in Group at Unesco Global Geopark Vikos - Aoos (Pindos)
Trekking in Group at Unesco Global Geopark Vikos - Aoos (Pindos)
Trekking in Group at Unesco Global Geopark Vikos - Aoos (Pindos)
Trekking in Group at Unesco Global Geopark Vikos - Aoos (Pindos)
Trekking in Group at Unesco Global Geopark Vikos - Aoos (Pindos)
Trekking in Group at Unesco Global Geopark Vikos - Aoos (Pindos)
Trekking in Group at Unesco Global Geopark Vikos - Aoos (Pindos)
Trekking in Group at Unesco Global Geopark Vikos - Aoos (Pindos)
Trekking in Group at Unesco Global Geopark Vikos - Aoos (Pindos)
Trekking in Group at Unesco Global Geopark Vikos - Aoos (Pindos)
Trekking in Group at Unesco Global Geopark Vikos - Aoos (Pindos)
Trekking in Group at Unesco Global Geopark Vikos - Aoos (Pindos)
Trekking in Group at Unesco Global Geopark Vikos - Aoos (Pindos)
Trekking in Group at Unesco Global Geopark Vikos - Aoos (Pindos)
Trekking in Group at Unesco Global Geopark Vikos - Aoos (Pindos)
Trekking in Group at Unesco Global Geopark Vikos - Aoos (Pindos)
Trekking in Group at Unesco Global Geopark Vikos - Aoos (Pindos)
Trekking in Group at Unesco Global Geopark Vikos - Aoos (Pindos)

Detailed programme day by day

 

Day 1 – Arrival at Ioannina

Arrival at Ioannina or Preveza (Airports).

If you arrive at Preveza airport, you use public buses to arrive at Ioannina (you pay in situ). At Ioannina we organise your transfer to your traditional guesthouse by private vehicle (depending on the number of participants). The guesthouse is located at the village Dilofo, a village with the most well-preserved traditional architecture of Zagori.

Discussion of the program of the coming days.

Travel time: 36 km (45min)

Accommodation:  Hotel 3* in Dilofo

Included: Transfer from the airport of Ioannina to the hotel at Dilofo, meeting with your guide and delivery of documents for your trip (road-book, maps), accommodation

 

Day 2 – Trekking into the “stony paths”

Breakfast

We start and finish in the village of Dilofo (round trip). During the hike we’ll find five very old stone arched bridges with different characteristics as the size and the number of arches. 

We’ll move through the traditional stone-paved routes (Kalderimia) to the the villages of Kipoi, Vitsa, Koukouli where we will walk and admire the traditional architecture. The routes we chose pass from natural paths inside oak forests and at the same time allow us to admire a part of the Vikos gorge between the villages of Koukouli and Vitsa. The route is very impressive and one of the most important points of the itinerary is the ascent of the Vitsa stairs, a sinuous path climbing the steep slope after the Misios Bridge in the village of Vitsa.

Walking time: 5 hours

Accommodation:  Same hotel in Dilofo

Included: Accommodation, breakfast, escort by a local English speaking guide, light pick nick in nature (transfer is not needed, you move on foot)

   13km

    4.5-5h

     916m

    720m

   +829

   -828

  medium-easy (4/10)

  asphalt, path with soil, rocks

 

 

Day 3 – Geotrails in a part of the mountains of Tymphy in north Pindos

Breakfast

Transfer to the village of Tsepelovo the largest village of Zagori at an altitude of 1060m. From there, we trek along some ancient paths and we arrive at a unique geotope: the limestone pavements strongly carstisized rocks, remnants of glacial periods. Then we move to the alpine zone, reaching the ridge of Mount Avgerinos. Here we have a unique view of most of the limestone bulk of Mount Tymphi with a view to many summits a bit less than 2500m. The trek of this day continues, passing from some other zones with incredible views and a combination of wild cliffs, geotopes such as gorges and canyons and traditional villages such as Vradeto (with the famous Skala Fradetou) and Kapesovo.

Transfer from Kapesovo with private vehicle and arrival at Monodentri where you will overnight.

Transfer of luggage: included.

Walking time: 6-630 hours

Accommodation:  Hotel 3* in Monodendri

Included: Accommodation, breakfast, escort by a local English speaking guide, light pick nick in nature, transfer to Tsepelovo, transfer to Monodentri, transfer of luggage 

  14.6km

  6-6.5h

    1772m

   1082m

  +1097m

  -1046m

  moderate (6/10)

  path with soil, rocks

 

Day 4 – Hiking into the Vikos Gorge, the epicenter of the Geopark

Breakfast

We start walking from the hotel. The trek today takes place in the deepest and most spectacular gorge of Greece in the heart of the Geopark Vikos-Aoos, starting from Monodendri to the Vikos village, through a route of impressive vertical limestone rocks that were created in the bottom of the ocean millions of years ago. In the last part of the path we meet the first springs of Voidomatis river, the most clean and cold river of the country with an annual temperature of 8,5 C where the more brave ones of you can refresh themselves.

Arrival at Vikos village. Transfer from the village Vikos to Mikro Papingo where we will overnight.

Transfer of luggage: included.

Trekking time:(12.5km) 6 hours

Accommodation:  Hotel 3* at Mikro or Megalo Papingo

Included: Accommodation, breakfast, escort by a local English speaking guide, light pick nick in nature, transfer of luggage, transfer of people from Vikos village to Mikro Papingo.

   12.5km

    5,5-6h

   1064m

   496m

   +795m

   -1094m

   moderate (6/10)

   path with soil and rocks

 

Day 5 – Climb to the alpine lake Drakolimni of Tymfi at an altitude of 2000 meters

Breakfast

Today, you start the day with a small rucksack with the necessary personal items that you will need for the overnight at the refuge. Transfer of luggage is not included.

We start walking from our village, Mikro Papigo, at an altitude of 950 meters, at the foot of Astraka on Mount Tymphi. At the beginning we move between oak, anchovies, maple trees, crayfish, cedar and various other trees and shrubs. The route continues uphill and as we leave the woods, the impressive vertical limestone rocks that form the towers of Astraka are becoming more and more visible.

In this part of the path, the landscape becomes alpine with a wide variety of rare wildflowers and herbs of high altitude. Then we reach the mountain shelter of Astrakas at an altitude of 1950m where the view is unique. We descend into a purely alpine environment passing by an occasional lake in Xirolimni. We cross a large green valley and climb up to 2050m where the stunning alpine lake of Drakolimni is located. Its depth reaches 9 meters while in its waters live impressive amphibian alpine terrestones, which the locals used to call dragonflies. From the north side of the lake we have a great view facing the 2nd highest mountain of Greece, Smolikas, with a height of 2632 m and the verdant valley of Aoos river while from the east we have a wonderful view to the northwest side of Gamila the highest the peak of Tymfi at an altitude of 2497m. Then we return to the shelter in 1h and 10min where we will spend the rest of the day and spend the night in group dorms.

Transfer of luggage: Not included

Trekking time: 6 hours

Accommodation:  Refuge (shelter) of Astraka (possibility to eat at the refuge with an extra charge)

Included: Accommodation, breakfast, escort by a local English speaking guide, light pick nick in nature

   11.8km

    5,5h

   2011m

   971m

   +1485m

   -549m

 difficult (7/10)

  path with soil and rocks

 

 

Day 6 – Trekking in the heart of Tymphy Mountains

Breakfast

The hiking starts from the mountain shelter and ends at the village of Tsepelovo. We first descend from the refuge to Xerolimni and from there we climb eastwards to the great alpine highlands. On our way we pass from the Alpine Lake Robozi at a height of about 2000m. Then we arrive at the beginning of Mega Lakkos, the second largest gorge of the area, with impressive vertical limestone cliffs and rich vegetation. We walk on its NW side and climb up to a point with a unique view towards the eastern peaks of Tympis, Goura and Great Litharias -that exceed 2400 meters- as well as to other smaller ones. Then we head down to the village of Tsepelovo, where we cross the old terraces systematically cultivated in the past by the villagers for their family everyday needs.

From Tsepelovo village, transfer to Aristi village where you will overnight and transfer of your luggage from Mikro Papingo to Aristi.

Transfer of luggage: Included

Trekking time:7 hours

Accommodation:  Traditional guesthouse at the village Aristi

Included: Accommodation, breakfast, transfer from Tsepelovo to Aristi, escort by a local English speaking guide, light pick nick in nature, transfer of luggage

   13.4km

   7h

   1992m

   1082m

   +553m

   -1375m

 difficult (7/10)

  path with soil and rocks

 

 

Day 7 – Trekking in Voidomatis River and back to Papingo

Breakfast

This path starts from your hotel and it goes along the river of Voidomatis, a particularly impressive and green river, a geological extension of Viko’s gorge. Except from the fauna and flora, that we will have the chance to observe, we will also pass from the 17th century monastery of Agioi Anargiroi with frescoes, as well as from other beautiful stone-bridges.

We continue walking towards Papingo, through the bridge of Klidonia, passing from a path with stunning views to Astraka. Transfer at Ioannina.

Overnight at Ioannina.

Trekking time: 6h30 hours

Accommodation:  Traditional guesthouse at Ioannina

Included: Accommodation, breakfast, escort by a local English speaking guide, snack, transfer at Ioannina

 

Optional with extra cost: Rafting (Decision to be made there. Cost: count around 35-50 euros, prices of 2017: we are waiting for the new rates of 2018).

 

   8.3km

  4h

   m

   407m

   +310m

   -541m

  moderate (6/10)

  asphalt path with soil and rocks

 

 

Day 8 – Departure

After your breakfast you are transferred to the airport of Ioannina by private vehicle.

(If you fly from the airport of Preveza we transfer you to the bus station of Ioannina and from there you take the bus to Preveza).

Flight back home

Included: Transfer to the airport or the bus station of Ioannina, breakfast

 

Tarifs

One season

From 5 pax and more: 980 euros p.p.

 

The price includes:

  • Transfer from the airport of the bus station of Ioannina to the hotel at Dilofo (day 1)
  • Transfer from Ioannina to the airport of the bus station of Ioannina (last day)
  • Meeting with your guide and delivery of documents for your trip (road-book, maps)
  • Accommodation at beautiful traditional guesthouses described above and one day at the Astraka refuge
  • Breakfast in all the hotels
  • Escort by a local English speaking guide all the days except from the days 1 and 8
  • Light pick nick or snack every day (except the days 1 and 8)
  • Transfer of the luggage every day you do trekking or hiking, except from the day you overnight at the Astraka shelter
  • Transfer if participants, as described above in day by day descriptions
  • Phone support 24 hours a day.

 

The price doesn’t include:

  • International and internal flights
  • Guided tours and entrance fees to museums and organised archaeological sites
  • Tickets for national parks, buses and boats
  • Beverages (soft drinks), tips and personal expenses 
  • Lunch and dinner, unless otherwise mentioned in the proposal above (be ready to pay about 12-17 euros per person in a normal tavern).
  • Rucksack, trekking poles and other technical equipment (upon request)
  • Gps  
  • Personal insurance (upon request)
  • VAT for accommodation: 0.50 euros per day to be paid by you directly to each hotel.
  • Anything not mentioned above.

 

Payment and cancellation terms

Conditions of payment

In order to confirm your reservation you have to pay a deposit of the 50% of the total price of your trip either with a credit card or with direct debit, by clicking on the link that will be provide by your local agent.

You should have paid the remaining 70% of your trip at least 30 days before your departure.

Conditions of cancellation

All cancellations need to be done by e-mail to the local agency. The money to be paid varies depending on the date of the cancellation:

  • more than 50 days from the date of departure : 100 euros for the cost of the ‘planning of Dossier”
  • 49-30 days from the date of departure : 20% of the price
  • 29-21 days from the date of departure : 50 % of the price
  • 20-8 days from the date of departure : 70% of the price
  • 7-4 days from the date of departure : 90% of the price
  • less than 3 days from the date of departure or after the date of departure : 100% of the price

 

SERVICES RENDERED

  Services not used

  • All trips which are cut short, or all services concerning land, rivers, sea or air if they are not used for any reason, there will be no reimbursement by the local agent.
  • It is the traveler’s responsibility to draw an insurance contract based on which he will be able to be reimbursed in case services are not rendered.]

 

 

FLIGHTS / ARRIVALS* Arrival airports: Either the airport of Ioannina or the airport of Preveza

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