Trekking Hellas

Hiking Marousi, Greece

An authentic experience of Greece hidden landscapes, exploring off the beaten track to take in the raw and rugged Greek countryside, mountains and ancient cities. From the coastline to the valleys, you will see a new side of Greece. Trekking alongside a passionate and experienced guide who will give all the local knowledge and show you the varied and exciting Greek nature of the flora and Fauna, wildlife and local people.

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Mount Olympus Express Hiking

Mt.Olympus Is the most famous mountain in Greece, mythical home of the ancient Greek Gods. From its steep rocky summit, first climbed only 100 years ago, Zeus supposedly hurled his thunderbolts against humankind. Its eastern flanks were the country's first national park (created in the 1930's), with dozens of endemic species of flowers, as well as some endangered bird and butterfly species; there are no roads within it apart from the trailhead access road. This trek pairs culture, history and physical exercise to make for a unique experience.

  • Accommodation in berths on refuges on Mt. Olympus

  • Trekking Hellas English speaking guide during the ascent of Mt.Olympus

  • Transfer Litochoro - Prionia & Gortsia - Litochoro

Accommodation in refuges on Mt. Olympus

Day 1 - Litochoro & Walk to Refuge A - Spilios Agapitos, alt. 2.100 m - Refuge Ch. Kakkalos, alt. 2,700 m
Arrive and meet your guide and rest of the group in Litochoro square – taxi station. Transfer to Prionia, from where we begin our hike, at an altitude of 1.100 metres. The route from Prionia to Spilios Agapitos Refuge is the most frequented hiking path on Mount Olympus and makes up a part of the E4. Prionia is the highest point which can be reached by car. Most of the hike is through a thick forest of pine, beech and fir trees, and the path is in good condition. We make our way up to 2.100m alt. and reach the refuge. From the refuge, we follow a short zig zaging path which will bring us just under the mountains main summits; soon we will see an alpine plateau at an altitude of 2700m where a small but friendly refuge will accommodate us.

Day 2 - Peak ascents – Gkortsia
After an early wake up and breakfast, we have two options according to participants fitness and weather conditions: We either climb first Skala at 2.882 meters and then crossing a narrow ridge climb to the summit of Skolio at 2.911meters. Or if weather permits and there is no snow, we ascent to the main summit - Mytikas (2.917meters), Greece’s highest peak, following a narrow gorge ( it involves about 1Km of scrambling ) ! ( 4-5 hrs walking on narrow paths – some scrambling involved – altitude gain of 800m ). After reaching the summit we descent by the same way to the main path and crossing the spectacular precipice under the summit of Stefani - the throne of Zeus, we emerge to the plateau of Mouses. In about 2 hours we will reach the refuge of the Hellenic rescue team (Petrostrougka @ 1.940m) where we can have our lunch and relax. From this point the end of our tour is near, we continue to our final destination, Gkortsia (2 – 3 hrs walking) from where we transfer back to Litochoro.

Map to October - Winter brings snow and makes the hikes more dangerous.

What to bring:

  • Large, comfortable rucksack (45-60 litres) with padded straps and waist belt, internal frame preferred; waterproof liner recommended keeping clothing, etc. dry inside.
  • Sturdy, worn in trekking shoes
  • Good waterproof top with hood
  • Warm clothes, both for windy / cold daytime conditions and for the cool evenings (fleece tops or similar)
  • Shorts and long trousers for walking, preferably quick-drying material (cotton or polycotton not denim)
  • Sweatshirts or T-shirts for walking, at least one with long sleeves and collar (against sunburn)
  • Sheet sleeping bag or similar (e.g. duvet cover), for the overnights in the refuge, although blankets will be available
  • Sunglasses, towel, sun hat or cap, sun block
  • Penknife
  • Water bottle
  • Wash bag and simple first aid kit (plasters or blister kit, aspirin or similar, antiseptic)
  • Photographers: bring your cameras
  • Torch (head torch if you have one
  • Walking sticks

Authentic Cyclades Guided Tour Hiking

Trek on two beautiful Greek Cycladic islands experiences the captivating Flora and Fauna as well as natural springs. Discover traditional Greek villages, local craftsmen, paths and trails with breathtaking views, Cycladic architecture, history, sandy beaches and beautiful sunsets. This is a well rounded and exciting trek that offers a little something for everyone; culture, physical endurance and pure nature! Perfect for novice hikers of experienced hikers who fancy taking a little more easy and enjoying the whole experience.

  • 8 days / 7 nights accommodation in double rooms in selected accommodations on BB

  • Trekking Hellas, English speaking guide throughout the trip (guided mode)

  • Full Board on guided mode (Starting with dinner on Day 1 until Breakfast on day 8) - Lunch box on self guided mode

  • All ferry tickets

  • Return transfers from ports to hotels

  • All necessary transfers for the hikes (by local bus or taxis)

8 days / 7 nights accommodation in double rooms in selected accommodations on a B&B basis.

Day 1: Arrival in Andros
Arrival day in Andros and check-in at the Hotel. Welcome drinks and Greek 'mezes' in the evening, first meeting with a little talk about the program.

Day 2: Batsi - Pitrofos (14 Km's - 8,6 Miles / 5 hours)
The longest route in the network follows the old path which connected south west Andros to the central villages and Chora, the so-called “Ample Way” (Fardia Strata). In the first part of the hike we enjoy panoramic views to the west coast and the ancient port of Palaiopolis on an exceptional cobbled path with holy-oak, wild olives and seasonal crops. En route we will pass by two small waterfalls the watermills of Melida and the Olive Oil Museum. we end to the charming village of Pitrofos for a gastronomic lunch with special local dishes.

Day 3: Hike Chora - Apoikia - Chora (10 Km's - 6,2 Miles / 4 hours)

Today we will start from Chora, for a beautiful circular hiking route. From Chora and Gialia Beach where the river forms a unique natural environment, the cemented footpath parallel to Pythara ravine, goes up towards Apikia Village passing through major settlements of seamanship and rural Andros. After some rest and a light lunch we descend this time to Chora via a different excellent cobbled path, with magnificent view to the capital city and the sea. During our hike, we will visit 'the Fabrica', an old pasta factory watermill, a medieval stone bridge, the Bistis-Mouvelas Tower dating from the 17th centrury and Pythara waterfalls. Light lunch during our hike to a local "mezedopoleo" and return to Chora. Stop for swim and free time for rest or a walk to the center of the town. Transfer back to the hotel.

Day 4: Chora - Korthi (12km - 7,4 Miles / 4,5 hours)
A route of great variety and wealth of rural landscapes connecting central with south Andros. We follow the old road leading to Korthi, connecting the two old medieval castles of the island on the central agricultural and commercial artery for south-eastern Andros until 1950. We will cross Dipotamata ravine, a valley with impressive water mills, an arched bridge and Kochylou medieval castle.

Day 5: Travel to Tinos
In the morning we will transfer to the port where we will take a boat to Tinos (2hours), the isle of dovecotes and small catholic chapels. Having settled at our hotel rest of the day free to explore the town of Tinos. Don’t forget to visit the church of Virgin Mary in Chora. Tradition says that a nun, Pelagia, from the nearby convent of Kechrovouni had visions of Virgin Mary revealing to her the burial place of an icon. After intensive searching, an icon was indeed found, at the spot where the Church stands today. Today the icon is widely believed to be the source of numerous miracles and Tinos has become the center of a yearly pilgrimage that takes place on the 15th of August. Many pilgrims make their way the 800 metres from the ferry wharf to the church on their hands and knees as sign of devotion.

Day 6: Hike: Chora Tinou - Ktikados - Kionia - Chora Tinou (13Km - 8 Miles / 5 hours)
The day is devoted to discovering the picturesque villages and dovecotes of Tinos. Following an impressive medieval paved path (kalderimi), we will visit the old villages of Ktikados, Xatzirados and Tarabados, the heart of traditional dovecote architecture and we will reach Kiona bay. Light Lunch during our hiking tour at the traditional "kafeneion" at Ktikados. Return to Hora hiking or by taxi. Rest and swim in the evening.

Day 7: Hike: Hora - Xobourgo - Koumaros - Volax - Falatados (10Km - 6,2 Miles / 4 hours)
We go up to Xobourgo the old Byzantine fort of the island via an old paved path. The view of the Aegean is remarkable. We continue walking down to Volax, an isolated, small, sparkling white village in the middle of a plateau surrounded by hills of round granite blocks and we return on to the village named Falatados the second biggest settlement in the island, with the imposing Cathedral and the famous House of Scetch.

Day 8 - Departure

Throughout the year

Try to travel as light as possible. Although you do not need to carry your entire luggage while walking, you will still need to carry it over short distances. Also, remember you unpack and repack on most nights. You can leave the luggage that you don’t need on the trek, at the hotel in Athens or in our offices.

What to bring:

  • Large rucksack or holdall to contain all your luggage; waterproof liner recommended
  • Good waterproof top (Gore-Tex recommended or similar) with hood.
  • Thick socks for walking
  • Spare shoes for the evenings (optional
  • Daypack (small rucksack, 20-40 litres) to carry picnic lunch, water bottle, cold/wet weather gear, camera, etc; straps should be strong, not too narrow and preferably padded. In wet weather, belongings should be packed in waterproof plastic bags inside the pack
  • Warm clothes for the evening including spare trousers and top (fleece jackets/pullovers are warm yet light); plus optionally thermal underwear, for April and October
  • Sweatshirts or T-shirts for walking, at least one with collar and long sleeves (against sunburn)
  • Water bottle or plastic bottle (at least 1 litre)

Guided trekking in Pindos Mountains & Zagori Trekking

The perfect hike where two worlds collide, history and nature, feel the awe-inspiring power of the ancient world matched with beautiful landscape. The region of Epirus boasts some of the most scenic green nature in the country. The Vikos Aoos National Park, in the area known as Zagori, is an ideal location for nature enthusiasts. The Zagori is one of the most picturesque regions of Greece with many authentic, stone villages and magnificent views of the Pindos mountains and the Vikos Gorge.

Accommodation in double rooms on B&B basis in guesthouses (4 nights) and in berths while on refuges (2 nights)

Day1: Arrival in Ioannina & Transfer to Monodendri
Pick up from Ioannina and transfer to Monodendri village, where you will settle to your friendly guesthouse and meet with your guide. Depending on time of arrival, we may visit the monastery of Agia Paraskevi, close to the edge of the gorge.

Day 2: Monodendri – Stone bridges and villages of Zagori (Approximate Hiking time: 6 hours)
Hike from Monodentri to Vitsa. We hike from Vitsa to Koukouli, Kipi, where we tour around the old bridges that connected the villages, years ago. The walk starts from Vitsa, down hilling the Vitsa Steps, in the heart of Vikos Gorge. We cross one of the famous arched bridges and start up hilling towards Koukouli. The village square calls for a refreshment!! The walk continues to Kipi, where we rest and see some more beautiful bridges, a real work of art! Through densed forest we hike to Dilofo, a village protected as a monument of local architecture. We rest at the square and walk back to Monodentri.

Day 3: Monodendri – Papingo (Approximate Hiking time: 6-7 hrs) Vikos Gorge Hike
Hike to Mikro Papingo through the Vikos Gorge with its turquoise river-pools (5 to 6 hours). A classic trek in one of Europe’s finest canyons. Spectacular cliff walls tower up on both sides as we follow the riverbed downstream, or a small path alongside (4 hrs). We end with a further 2 hours uphill beneath the towers of Papingo. We may cool off with a dip in the natural swimming pool of a nearby stream before settling into our rooms.

Day 4 : Papingo to Mt Gamila Refuge and Dragon Lake (Approximate Hiking time: 5 hrs)
Todays hike starts with 3 hours uphill from Mikro Papingo to the “Astraka” refuge on Mt. Gamila, at 1950m. Here we picnic and leave our packs for the afternoon walk to the first of the Dragon Lakes, an hour away across grassy uplands studded with flowers and (until July) some small snow pack. We return to the refuge for the night.

Day 5 : Astraka & Gamila Peaks (Approximate Hiking time: 6-8 hrs)
This is our peak day, the choice is to hike on one of the beautiful peaks, Astraka 2436m, or Gamila, the highest 2497m. Both options are good and quite demanding, as for the Astraka walk you must hike for about 6 to 8 hours and Gamila is closer with 5 hours. A great walk on alpine meadows and very impressive views of the steep cliffs and peaks! We return to the refuge for the night.

Day 6: Astraka refuge to Tsepelovo (Approximate hiking time: 8 hrs)
A long day is ahead of us today as we have to cross Timfi mountain range, a long but beautiful walk. We start down hilling from the refuge reaching the big plains of the mountain. Under the impressive cliffs of Astraka we continue direction a small water reservoir Loutsa Robozi. A place for the shepherds to water the animals in summer. The walk brings us at the beginning of Megas Lakos an impressive canyon which ends at Vikos. As we cross a water spring we continue to the lands of Tsepelovo our final destination. O/N in guesthouse (Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner)

Day 7: Transfer from Tsepelovo to Ioannina

May - October

Please try to travel as light as possible; remember that you must carry everything you bring on all the days' walk.

What to bring:

  • Large, comfortable rucksack (40 - 50 litres) with padded straps and waist belt, internal frame preferred; waterproof liner recommended keeping clothing, etc. dry inside.
  • Sturdy, worn in trekking shoes
  • Good waterproof top with hood
  • Warm clothes, both for windy / cold daytime conditions and for the cool evenings (fleece tops or similar)
  • Shorts and long trousers for walking, preferably quick-drying material (cotton or polycotton not denim)
  • Sweatshirts or T-shirts for walking, at least one with long sleeves and collar (against sun-burn)
  • Sheet sleeping bag or similar (e.g. duvet cover), for the overnights in the refuge, although blankets will be available
  • Sunglasses, towel, sun hat or cap, sun block
  • Water bottle
  • Wash bag and simple first aid kit (plasters or blister kit, aspirin or similar, antiseptic)
  • Photographers: bring your cameras
  • Walking sticks

Hike Menalon Trail Hiking

The Menalon Trail is a long mountain trail in Arcadia, in the centre of Peloponnese, that unfolds through the Lousios River gorge, the western slopes of Mt Menalo, the Valley of Mylaon River and the Northeast Gortynian Mountains. The Menalon Trail is incorporated in the prizewinning programme “Greek Paths of Culture” of the ELLINIKI ETAIRIA – Society for the Environment and Cultural Heritage. The programme aims to give new life to paths of particular natural beauty and historical importance, all over the country, stimulating local communities with an important factor of sustainable development, that of hiking tourism.

  • Accommodation in double rooms with breakfast

  • Lunch box x 5 days with local homemade products

  • Luggage Transfer from hotel to hotel throughout the trip

  • Map of Mainalo Trail

  • Welcome briefing in Stemnitsa and support emergency service

Accommodation in double rooms on a B&B basis.

The program begins in the village of Stemnitsa which can be reached either via Kalamata International Airport (78 Km’s – 1 hour and 30 minutes) or Athens International Airport (226 Km’s – 2 hours and 40 minutes) and ends in the village of Laggadia. If you wish transfer form the airports please contact us.

Day 1 - Arrive to Stemnitsa
Upon arrival to Stemnitsa settle to your hotel and a local representative will meet you in order to brief you and give you all necessary material for your tour.

Day 2 – Stemnitsa to Dimitsana Lousios Gorge
From Stemnitsa, the village of goldsmiths and headquarters for the Peloponnesians Senate in 1821 we will cross the famous Lousios Gorge to get to Dimitsana. En route we will cross old farmlands pass through the church of the Transfiguration of Christ and admire the view of Lousios gorge before going into the paved path that leads to the Prodromos Monastery nested right on the gorges walls (open every day, closes at noon, there is a fountain in the courtyard). We continue to the Old Philosophou Monastery dating to 963 and then to the New Philosophou Monastery founded in 1691. Afterwards via an old mule track we traverse to Dimitsana passing through interesting bridges, heading towards the Open Air Water Power Museum famous for its mills that made the fame and wealth of Dimitsana.

Day 3 – Dimitsana –Zygovitsi & Zygovitsi –Elati
The section Dimitsana-Zigovisti ascends from the Lousios valley to the outskirts of the fir forest. The trail head starts in Dimitsana and passes next to important historical buildings. Heading out from the settlement, take the footpath that ascends gently and arrives on the first plateau, intersecting a dirt road and the church of St. Paraskevi. This location offers splendid views of the median basin of Lousios river with the settlements of Dimitsana, Paliochori and Zatouna standing out in the wooded landscape. The route to Zigovisti follows a succession of footpaths and dirt roads winding a plain of old fields, passing by the small monastery of St. Apostoli. The paved path heading to Zigovisti meanders through a long array of big threshing floor. Just after passing through the Immortals Memorial, the guard of Theodore Kolokotronis, leader of the 1821 Independence War, we enter the center of Zigovisti. The memory of the battles, the sacrifices and the heroes of the Greek independence war of 1821 have imbued this small yet historically significant village with a great sense of patriotic pride.

The Zigovisti–Elati section straddles the Western Menalon massif. The trail heads through a beautiful ravine, continues through a crooked dirt road and an artificially reinforced footpath to the Bourniades Spring. We then smoothly ascend to Bilali Pass, an important node of old paths that connected Radou and Stemnitsa. From Bilali Pass we ascend to the saddle between Pliovouni and Fragovouni (short cut leading to the peak of Pliovouni 1643m, the highest peak of this route). Then following a steep path we enter Vlachika Plateau and follow the path to the mountain settlement of Elati.

Day 4 – Elati – Vytina - Nymfasia
The route descends from Elati to the riverbed of the Milaon River, where it meets the obvious pathway situated on the banks.Following the well waymarked trail (parts paved, parts plain path) pass by the big water drilling rig of the Pirgaki Springs (that supplies Vytina with water) and then the stone built Makrinou Fountain. Enter for 970 meters a dirt road wending to the place name Ellinika, under the hill where the acropolis of the antique city Methydrion was located. Hiking under the main road linking Vytina to Dimitsana we follow the nice, old mule track to Vytina. This part is the richest section of the route ; moving across Milaon River in high riparian vegetation of plane trees and passing by three consecutive abandoned watermills.

After resting and provisioning, we leave Vytina and continue on the route leading to Nymphasia through the Old Vytina footpath that leads to Mavra Litharia, a massive limestone boulder in the riverbed of Milaon River, that the stream cut in half creating a short yet impressive gorge. We then start descending to Tzavarenas’ bridge, a solid stone bridge that secured the connection between Vytina with the western Gortynian villages. The path gains altitude in a unique rocky landscape made of flysch covered with shrubs, reaching an altitude of 880 meters and wending horizontally towards Nymphasia, a small yet lively satellite of Vytina.

Day 5 – Nymfasia – Magouliana - Valtetsiniko
We enter a pleasant oak wood, to the trailhead that heads downhill to cross the Kernitsa Bridge, from where the trail ascends to the Kernitsas Monastery, a big monastic complex nested in an impressive monolith boulder. Following a combination of footpaths and dirt roads, we cross a dense fir forest and arrive at Sfyrida Hermitage, a nice place to rest with a spring. From Sfyrida (1000m) ascend through the forest straight until the intersection for Lasta (alt. 1250 m), from here take a southern direction and traverse the foot of the long steep slope of Kastro. This horizontal trail continues on an old pathway. After passing the Gavros Spring enter the small settlement of Magouliana .

Walk across Magouliana through small roads and arrive to the saddle west of the village, where an intersection to Lasta is located and point of splendid views, surrounded by stone built threshing floors. Descend toward the old sanatorium, known as the Mana Sanatorium, through small footpaths and small roads and reach the intersection of two asphalt roads across the church St. Pantes. The route leads down toward the valley along a small river and continues parallel to the riverbed direction through footpaths and small roads until the junction with another small river and a concrete bridge. The route continues to the left bank entering Kaminia, a nice small inner basin, tucked away at the foot of Valtesiniko. A good path, that was once paved, ascends to the mountain village of Valtesiniko (the village of woodcarvers).

Day 6 – Valtetsiniko – Lagadia
From Valtesiniko square, we pass by the impressive stone built school and access the upper peripheral road of the village, from here the view overlooks all the northern plains. We gain altitude from the footpath and the cement road up to 1250 meters, where the footpath becomes clearer and runs along the ridge where the byzantine fortress of Valtesiniko is nested. Descend to the small country church St. Triada through open landscapes and stunning views. The next part of the route traverses an extensive fir forest through a series of artificially widened paths. After a short detour for the spring at the location Grias to Lithari, gain some altitude before going down again near Kria Vrisi fountain from where the path ascends smoothly to the saddle and asphalt road. Follow the small forest road though a wooded ridge to the place named Elatakos to the great Grilas meadow, withwalnut trees, threshing floors and huts. On the western edge of this zone you’ll see Lagkadia Passing by the small Koubliza Spring and the impressive complex of Rapi Watermills, we enter Lagkadia (the village of the stone builders) and conclude the Menalon Trail to the war memorial.

Day 7 – Lagadia Departure

March to November

About the location

Accommodation

All the packages include accommodation. The accommodation varies between mountain refuges, guest houses, hotels and camping facilities.

Location

From Santorini to Mt.Olympus, or the gorges of Crete or Epirus, the stone villages of the Peloponnese, Rhodes or any of the other captivating locations in Greece, you will experience the country of the pass less travelled, away from the crowded beach promenades and into the wild.

Food

Food and beverages are not generally included in the packages with Trekking Hellas unless specified otherwise. However, this opens up a world of opportunity to sample the local cuisine, take some mouth-watering snacks with you on your hikes, head out to local restaurants or enjoy cooking alfresco or a BBQ. Greek cuisine, like many of its Mediterranean counterparts, offers a whole wealth of delicious delicacies. Using olive oil and focussing mainly on what the earth blesses them with season after season, the Greeks cook with a whole host of vegetables, grains, legumes and seasonings. The Greeks also place plenty of emphasis on fish, with there being an abundance coming in daily from the local markets. The country is also famous for its yoghurt with features proudly in the cooking. However, Vegetarians, Vegans and those with intolerances to gluten and lactose will also find plenty of option in both supermarkets and restaurants.

Activities

Trekking Hellas specialise in hiking and trekking. Whether you are flying solo, in a group or a corporate party, they cater all excursions to maximise your time in the outdoors. Every aspect of the hike is organised and planned with precision to take any stress out of travelling and exploring.

Amenities

  • Guides

Available activities

  • Hiking