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T3 Pindos Peaks - National park of Valia Calda Trekking Tour

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Destinations: Zagori
Type of adventure: icon-16.png Trekking + walking
Guide language: English
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Difficulty level: Challenging (average hiking time daily is 8 hours)
Min – Max: 4 – 8 persons
Duration: 8 days – 7 nights
Price per person: € 957 (Trip prices are based on double occupancy. Single supplement € 130)

Mountaineering at the National Park of Western Greece

By keeping in its heart the biggest part of Modern Greek history, the chain of Mount Pindos offers unique scenery in Greece. A magnificent combination of trekking on cobblestone pavements and stone bridges, climbing in tracks that lead to the top of Smolikas at the altitude of 2637 meters (the second highest peak in Greece). We will discover the beauty of nature by walking inside the national park of Valia Kalnta, the place of brown bears in north west Greece, and climbing on the peak of Flegga, watching the view over the lake and South Pindos.

 

ITINERARY

DAY 1

Airport – Tsepelovo 

Your guide will meet you in the city of Ioannina. We will transfer you to the picturesque village of Tsepelovo in central Zagori. For those arriving at Corfu airport they will need a ferry crossing to Port Igoumenitsa, which takes 1 ½ hours and then continue to Tsepelovo.
Meals: Dinner. Overnight stay in Tsepelovo

DAY 2

Tsepelovo – Diaselo of Avalou – Vrisochori
The hiking starts on a forest road for one hour and then we climb to the area called Diaselo Avalou ridge. From the balcony the view is truly amazing. We walk above the tree line on the open escarpment, and then descend into the forest to find a natural spring with fresh running water. The local people call the spring Neraidovrisi from the fairy tale lady. After the spring we follow the forest road and the path until the village of Vrisochori . Dinner and overnight stay in Vrisochori.
Meals: Breakfast, Packed Lunch, Dinner.
Trekking altitude:  1080 m- 2200m – 850m
Trekking time: 8 – 9 hours
Trekking difficulty level: Moderate / Challenging

DAY 3

Vrisochori – River Aoos – Pades
From the village of Vrisochori we descend to Aoos river via an old road that has been re laid over time. The river invites us to take a refreshing plunge and then we start to climb to the village of Pades through the forest road and paths. The perfect view of Mount Timfi accompanies us all day. Dinner and overnight stay in Pades.
Meals: Breakfast, Picnic Lunch, Dinner.
Trekking altitude:  850 m- 650m – 1100m
Trekking time: 5 – 6 hours
Trekking difficulty level: Moderate

DAY 4

Mount Smolikas
This is our second biggest day of trekking and we hike to the second peak of Greece at 2637m. The brave ones amongst us can take a dip in Dragon Lake at 2100m just below the top. After the top we follow the ridge past the peak of Mossia and then we descend to the village of Samarina, most of the mountainous of Greece. Dinner and overnight stay in Samarina.
Meals: Breakfast, Picnic Lunch, Dinner.
Trekking altitude:  1100m – 2637m – 2150m – 2600m – 1450m
Trekking time: 8 – 9 hours
Trekking difficulty level: Challenging

DAY 5

Samarina – Distrato
As we leave the village of Samarina , we will follow the forest road at the beginning and then the national European walking path E6, through the breathtaking fauna and flora . As we walk we will see the mountains of Smolikas next to us and remind us how wondrous the glory of nature is. We will finish the day at the village of Distrato. Dinner and overnight stay in Distrato.
Meals: Breakfast, Picnic Lunch, Dinner.
Trekking altitude: 1450m – 1100m- 1350m – 1000m
Trekking time: 5 – 6 hours
Trekking difficulty level: Moderate

DAY 6

Distrato – Vovousa
The day begins with a small climb after we exit the village. After that we continue inside the National Park of Valia Kalnta. We will come across bear footprints and hope that we don’t meet the bear. By the end of the trekking we will walk at the forest road before we reach the village of Vovousa. Dinner and overnight stay in a private refuge in Vovousa.
Meals: Breakfast, Picnic Lunch, Dinner.
Trekking altitude: 1000m – 1200m- 950m – 1100m – 1000m
Trekking time: 7 – 8 hours
Trekking Difficulty Level: Moderate / Challenging

DAY 7

Valia Calda and Metsovo
This is by far one of the best trekkings in Greece . We are going to walk through the centre of the National Park, with its unspoilt fauna and flora. One of nature’s paradises to find wild animals. Here is the home of the brown bear which gives the name to the stream and of course the crystal water will invite us to jump in. After that, the climb for the top of Flega rewards us with the magnificent view at the Lake of Aoos Springs. Our day finishes in the refuge of Maurovouni and from there we are collected and taken to the village of Metsovo. Dinner and overnight stay in Metsovo.
Meals: Breakfast, Picknic Lunch, Dinner.
Trekking altitude: 1000m – 2159m – 1900m
Trekking time: 8 – 9 hours
Trekking Difficulty Level: Challenging

DAY 8

Departure Metsovo – Ioannina
After breakfast we transfer you to the city of Ioannina* (airport / hotel).
Meals: Breakfast

(*Transfer to other / cities airports such as Athens or Thessaloniki can be arranged with an additional cost.)

INCLUDED IN THE PRICE:

  • Experienced and licensed English speaking trekking guide
  • Luggage transfer.
  • Transfer from and to the airport
  • 6 nights bed & breakfast in local guest houses, based on double rooms with en-suite shower/WC, air conditioning, TV, telephone and internet access.
  • 1 night in Mountain refuge, in dormitories.
  • 13 meals: 7 dinners, 6 picnics – lunches
  • All activities as per itinerary
  • Local taxes

 

NOT INCLUDED IN THE PRICE:

  •  
  • Airplane tickets
  • A single room (Possible on request with an extra cost of € 100 per person)
  • Lunch on day 1
  • All beverages i.e. tea/coffee
  • Travel and Personal accident insurance
  • Anything which is not mentioned in the program

 

 Suggested equipment for your trekking holiday : 

  • Bottle/flask of water (1 liter per day)
  • Rucksack
  • Sun protection
  • Waterproof coat / windbreaker
  • Comfortable hiking clothing
  • Walking poles
  • Hat
  • TREKKING SHOES / BOOTS ARE NECESSARY!

 

NOTE:

This tour is subject to change at the discretion of the tour leader, according to weather conditions or circumstances beyond our control.
The refuge contains bunk beds, bed linen, pillows / pillow cases and blankets. There is also a restaurant, cold water showers and toilets. Guests are welcome to carry their own bed linen / sheets, for personal usage.

Walking Holidays Greece Pelion Zagoria Pindos Olympus Meteora Trekking Hiking

Tour Administrator:

Thanasis Pantes (Authorized Trekking Guide)
K.Kartali 270 , 382 21 Volos – Greece
thanasis@walkingholidays.gr

 

T3 Pindos Peaks - National park of Valia Calda Trekking Tour

Starting Date Bookings until Availability 08/07/2016 01/06/2016 CLOSED 01/08/2016 01/07/2016 CLOSED
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G.N.T.O. License number
07.26.E.60.00.00649.0.1

 

All tour descriptions and conditions are given in accordance with the information of Walking Holidays
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