A spectacular journey hiking and rafting through the Vikos-Aoös National Park, home to one of the world's deepest gorges.
Meet the group and your head guide at the hotel in Athens (50 minutes train from the airport). In the evening we'll head out to explore a lively area of downtown Athens, with dinner in a fantastic local tavern.
After a traditional breakfast, you'll head towards the Zagori region where your hike will begin. Until 1974 the village was connected to the rest of the world only by the famous Vradeto steps. During the hike, you'll visit Beloi, a natural balcony that offers the best and most imposing view of Vikos Gorge. In the afternoon you'll have some free time to explore the village and enjoy a lunch with local delicatessens.
You'll start the day with a hike over to the traditional village of Monodendri. Weaving and winding your way through the gorge, your now deep in the National Park of Vikos-Aoos, A magnificent area with great ecological value. In the afternoon, you'll hike through Vikos, with breathtaking views of the valley, before heading down to Papigko village. This is where you'll spend the night.
An early start today as you head towards Dracolimni. Start the hike through forests, before entering the alpine zone of Mt. Tymphe. Hiking through the mesmerising landscape, you'll end the day at the refuge, surrounded by the impressive Greek mountains.
We'll kick off our day after breakfast, heading down the same path we used to get to Papigko village. On the way to Konitsa, we will make a pit stop at Ovires natural swimming pools. You can swim in the crystal clear waters, cool off under small waterfalls, and enjoy the serenity of this hidden gem. Once we're done at Ovires, we'll roll into Konitsa and check into a local hotel. You have the afternoon to explore and grab some lunch. Before dinner, we'll head to the famous Konitsa arched Bridge for the most epic sunset around!
Morning grub at the hotel is a must, and then it's time to dive into the Voidomatis River – the cleanest river in Europe- for some rafting (no experience required!). Afterwards, we'll sadly have to start making our way back to Athens.
After breakfast, your adventure will come to an end.
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You’ll need a moderate level of fitness - on this trip you'll be hiking for around 6 hours per day (with regular breaks).
Please see the section above for trip inclusions and exclusions.
• Hiking shoes/boots • Shoes for the evening and city • Head torch • Daypack or Backpack • Water Bottles • Clothes for hiking • Clothes for the evening • Swimsuit • Towel • Waterproof jacket • Hat • Sunscreen • Toiletries • Any personal medication • Camera, book (optional)
- Visit 8 traditional villages in the area of Zagori and around throughout the journey - Hike one of the deepest gorges in the world - Hike Vradeto steps, a very old stone structure trail with stunning views - Rafting in the calm and crystal clear waters of Voidomatis river - Hike up to the amazing dragon lake - Taste traditional local delicatessens
You'll stay in cosy hostels, family-run hotels, and mountain refuges. The accommodation will be based on double occupancy, and if you are travelling by yourself, you will be paired up with another hiker. Free wifi is available in most of the hotels. The sleeping arrangement at the mountain hut (Day 5) is dormitory-style. Warm showers are available at the hotels but not at the mountain hut.
Day 1: 1 - 2 hours. Day 2: 3 hours, 9km, 670m of height gained. Day 3: 6 hours, 12.5km, 600m height gained Day 4: 6 hours, 12km, 1100m height gained Day 5: 3 hours, 6km, 900m height loss Day 6: NA Day 7: NA
Day 1: Welcome Dinner Day 2: Breakfast, Dinner Day 3: Breakfast, Dinner Day 4: Breakfast Day 5: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Day 6: Breakfast Day 7: Breakfast All meals are locally made with the best ingredients of the area.
Accommodation in the mountain hut is very basic, and typical of other remote mountain refuges (e.g. the French/Swiss alpine club huts) around the world. It has mixed dormitories with bunk beds and shared facilities. No hot water is available for showers.
On the last day, your guide will drop you off at the central square of Athens Syntagma or Monastiraki. From here, you can take the metro or taxi to the airport or other places in the city.
We recommend that you bring 100-150 euros for the whole trip. It's best to bring cash (or get it out at the airport), as the remote huts sometimes struggle with card payments.
Start: You'll meet your guide at the hotel upon arrival. You are free to arrive at the hotel at anytime on day 1. Your guide will confirm the hotel address in Athens after booking. End: You'll end the trip back at the hotel in Athens after breakfast on day 7 of the itinerary.
Airport Transfers can be arranged upon demand (*at cost) - please just message your head guide after booking from your dashboard, or put this on your trip form. * Airport transfers usually cost 50 EUR cash paid directly toi the driver. After-hours (between 23:00- 06:00) is usually a little more expensive (80 EUR). The cheaper alternative is to take the bus from Syntagma Square. You can check bus schedules on athensairportbus.com.
For everyday use, a day pack of 25-30 litres is what you need. Larger backpacks (not exceeding 60 litres) stay in the car and are only carried to your hotel daily. This excludes the day we sleep at the mountain hut when we don't have access to them.
Depending on the weather and the season of the year your guide adjusts the program accordingly.
The water levels in the lake fluctuate with the changing seasons, with more water typically seen in spring and early summer, and lower levels in late summer and fall. However, the scenery remains breathtaking throughout the year, and occasionally, you may be fortunate to witness wild horses in the vicinity of the lake.
Private air conditioned van .
The distance is approximately 500km about 5-6 hours of driving .
Depending on the season of the year, the springs of the river may experience partial drying, particularly from late July until the end of October. There is a possibility to visit an alternate location to view them, but this would require an additional 1.5 hours of hiking. The decision to do so will be based on the group's dynamics and your guide.
For a single supplement, the extra cost would be 240 euros per person. Please note that in the mountain hut (day 4) there are no single rooms, so the single supplement is not possible for this night. Please let us know in advance via your trip form, after booking.
All trips on Skyhook are run by small, hand-picked local guiding companies. For this trip your guides run Nomadspath, based in Athens.
By booking through Skyhook you'll be joining a small-group trip. This can make it nice and sociable (you'll be added to a group chat after booking), and guarantees great value for money!