Tymfi Mountains Hiking Trip

7-day hiking trip to Tymfi Mountains, part of the Northern Pindus mountain range in Greece. We follow only tourist trails and in general the terrain is not difficult, but we’ll do about 7 hours walks with a couple of relatively steep sections on the way. No previous hiking experience is required, but a decent physical condition is a must to enjoy the walks.

Read more and see some nice photos of these mountains on our website – here

 

Highlights:

  • The most beautiful mountain range in Greece
  • World famous Vikos Gorge and the Dragon Lake
  • The unique Zagoria area with its stone built villages and bridges

Itinerary:

Day 1: Meeting with your English speaking guide – in Sofia or Thessaloniki. Transfer to the town of Ioannina. Accommodation in a campsite at the shore of Ioannina Lake or in a hotel. Walk around the town.

Day 2: Transfer to the village of Micro Papingo – 1 hour. Walk around the village, famous with its stone built houses, small church and a great view towards the mountain and the Pillars of Papigo. 4-4,5 hours walk to Astraka Hut at 1930 m (+1000 m.). Accommodation in the hut. Option to visit the Dragon Lake (Drakolimni) in the afternoon – +3 hours.

Day 3: Ascend to the highest point of the mountain – Mount Gamila (2497 m.) – 5-6 hours. Second chance to walk to Drakolimni Lake. Second night in the hut.

Day 4: Today we cross the whole mountain via its high plateau between the massifs of Gamila and Astraka, and further through Megas Lakos Canyon. Descent to the village of Tsepelovo (-1000 m, about 7 hours). Accommodation in a guest house in Tsepelovo.

Day 5: Relaxing day. Walk via the villages on that side of the mountain – Kipi with its famous stone bridge and Monodendri, located at the edge of Vikos Gorge. Accommodation in a guest house in Monodendri.

Day 6: Walk through Vikos Canyon near the springs of Voidomati River – 4-5 hours. Accommodation in a guest house in Vikos Village.

Day 7: Transfer to Sofia or Thessaloniki. Visit to some sights in the area on the way – the village of Metsovo, Perama Cave.

 

Possible extensions:

  • Mount Mytikas – the top of Olympus Mountains and Meteora Monastery Complex: + 3 days
  • The second highest mountain in Greece – Mount Smolikas: + 2 days
  • Nemerecka Mountains in nearby Albania: + 3 days

 

Required equipment: hiking boots, rucksack (35-45 l), trekking poles, water and windproof jacket, rain cover, sun hat, sun lotion, sunglasses, water bottle (1,5 liters), torch, personal first aid kit, travel liner for the night in the hut.

 

Contact us for any questions and prices.

 

Author: Lyuben Grancharov

“The World is a book and those who do not travel read only a page” (Augustine of Hippo). I enjoy filling up the page, called “Bulgaria”, both working as a guide and writing about the mountains of Bulgaria on this blog.