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Pindos Horseshoe Trail

7 nights

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Highlights

Trek through the stunning Pindos Mountains in Northern Greece

Explore the pretty Vikos Aoos National Park.
Hike the stunning peaks of Mount Gamila and Astraka.
Marvel at Vikos gorge - the deepest gorge in the world
Stay in authentic, stone villages of Zagori.

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8 days / 7 nights
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A trekking holiday in Northern Greece will challenge your expectations for this beautiful country. Yes it has incredible history, great scenery, friendly locals and delicious food. However the stunning beaches are replaced by craggy mountains, mountain breezes and great hiking.

This region, known locally as Epirus, boasts some of the most scenic mountains in Greece.The famous Vikos Aoos National Park, known as Zagori, is the ideal location for nature lovers.The Zagori is especially pretty, with many authentic, stone villages and magnificent views of the Pindos Mountains, a hiker’s paradise.

The stunning peaks of Mount Gamila and Astraka  offer demanding hiking amongst wildflowers. Vikos Gorge, listed as the deepest gorge in the world by the Guinness Book of Records, is renowned for its natural beauty and crystal river pools is an unforgettable experience. Here you’ll find walls of up to 1 km in height, and contains a variety of ecosystems. It is also a haven for endangered species.

Throughout this tour, expect to enjoy famous Greek hospitality, stunning architecture, engaging history, wonderful food and drink and beautiful views.

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Day 1: Arrival in Ioannina & travel to Vitsa village

Today you’ll be met at the Ioannina airport and transfer to Vitsa, one of the largest villages of central Zagori, on a mountain slope near Vikos Gorge. You will rest in a traditional guesthouse and enjoy exploring the village.

Overnight: Vitsa Village
Distance: None
Meals: Dinner

 

Day 2: Vista - Koukouli / Kipi - Monodendri

Today is a wonderful hike taking in villages and a quick look at the stunning Vikos Gorge. You will start by heading downhill from Vitsa on the Vitsa Steps and into the heart of the Vikos Gorge. From here you will cross beautiful arched bridges and start heading uphill towards Koukouli. The village square in Koukouli is a great place for a refreshment!! You will then continue walking towards the village of Kipi, where you will have another break and see more beautiful bridges! From Kipi you will walk through dense forest towards Dilofo, a protected village due to the local architecture. Finally you will continue towards Vitsa and then walk past the village and towards Monodendri, a charming village that retains much of the traditional stone-build architecture.

Overnight: Monodendri
Distance: 6-7 hours of hiking
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

 

Day 3: Vikos gorge hike

Today you will get a chance to cross Vikos Gorge, a spectacular site, and the deepest canyon in the world. From Monodendri you will hike downhill, where you will meet the small river that flows through the gorge. Continue hiking next to the stream and walk right into the heart of the National Park. Vikos-Aoos National Park is full of wildlife, and you may spot birds of prey, wild boars and occasionally even bears find refuge in the park! Your walk will end at Vikos village after a short ascent, around 40 minutes.

Overnight: Vikos or Aristi
Distance: 6-7 hours of hiking
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

 

Day 4: Papingo hike / Astraka

Starting at Vikos Village, the walk today heads towards the charming village of Mikro Papingo. You’ll start todays hike by walking down to Voidomatis springs, which are beautiful, but don’t flow as strongly in late summer. After a short rest, you’ll continue hiking along the north-west face of the Vikos Gorge in the direction of the Mikro Papingo village. The views get more impressive as you gain elevation. The walk continues through the forest and under the impressive towers of Astraka. Soon, you will reach Mikro Papingo, one of the most beautiful and well-preserved villages in Zagori. Today is a shorter day to give you free time to explore the nearby natural rock pools of Rogovos, near the village of Mikro Papingo.

Overnight: Mikro Papingo
Distance: 4 hours of hiking
Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner

 

Day 5: Astraka / Drakolimni

Today you will hike the high plateaus of Mt. Timfi, reaching an alpine lake at 2,050m. You will start in Mikro Papingo village and walk through beautiful and tranquil alpine scenery towards Astraka’s mountain refuge. On the way up, you will pass numerous water springs. After a short stop at the refuge, you will continue another 1 1/2 hours to the “Drakolimni”, an alpine lake at 2050m. The scenery is magnificent, with incredible views over Pindos mountain range. You will hike back to the refuge where you will spend the night.

Overnight: Astraka Refuge
Distance: 6
hours of hiking
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

 

Day 6: Astraka Refuge to Tsepelovo

Today is a big day, as you are crossing Timfi’s mountain range. It is a long but beautiful walk, as you are in the mountains, away from villages all day. Starting from the refuge, hike downhill reaching the plains below. Under the impressive cliffs of Astraka, continue towards a small water reservoir, known locally as Loutsa Robozi. This reservoir is used by shepherds to water animals during summer months. The walk brings us at the beginning of Megas Lakos, an impressive canyon. Continue on the hike as you cross a water spring, and then back into civilization in Tsepelovo village, a village with a stunning location and views.

Overnight: Tsepelovo village
Distance: 8 hours of hiking
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

 

Day 7: Tsepelovo to Elati

Today is the last day of walking, and another big day as you walk from Tsepelovo to Kapesovo via the pretty Beloi viewpoint. You start by walking from Tsepelovo towards Vradeto, the highest village in Zagori. This walk goes on pretty cobblestone paths and has stunning views of the Vikos gorge. You will eventually reach Beloi Viewpoint, a natural balcony overlooking the Vikos gorge.  You will then walk towards the Vradeto village for a short stop and hike down the impressive Vradeto steps, an old and historic path which takes you down to Kapesovo village. You will get a transfer from Kapesovo to Elati, where you will spend the night.

Overnight: Elati
Distance: 7 hours of hiking
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

 

Day 8: Departure

Unfortunately, this wonderful Greek trekking tour of the Pindos Horseshoe finishes today. Enjoy breakfast before saying Goodbye. Enjoy a transfer back to the airport, where you can make the journey back to Athens.

Accommodation: None, departure day
Distance: None
Meals: Breakfast

Dates and prices of Pindos Horseshoe Trail hike

This trek in Greece is always run as a custom tour for you and your group. Please contact us with your preferred starting date and group size so we can help you make incredible memories on this private group tour. Pricing is based on the number of guests on your trip and whether you want a guided or self-guided tour. This tour is typically run from April through November.

Prices of guided Pindos Horseshoe Trail trek

• Guided Groups of 2-3: $2,050 US, on sale for $1,995
• Guided Groups of 4-5: $1,400 US, on sale for $1,350
• Guided Groups of 6+: $1,200 US, on sale for $1,150

Prices of self-guided Pindos Horseshoe Trail trek

• Self-Guided Groups of 2-3: $1,250 US, on sale for $1,195
• Self-Guided Groups of 4+: $1,025 US, on sale for $995
• Self-Guided Groups of 6+: $925 US, on sale for $895

Other notes on the pricing of this tour

Single travelers can book private tours, however, the cost is typically 2x the per-person cost for groups of 2-3.

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This Greek hiking tour provides accommodation in double rooms on B/B basis in guesthouses (6 nights) and in berth while in a mountain refuge (1 nights). The hotels listed below are subject to availability and may change. For groups with an odd number of guests, you can choose a triple room and receive a discount on the tour price.

 

Single Rooms and Solo Travelers

Single travelers can book private tours, however the cost is typically 2x the per person cost for groups of 2-3.

En Chora Vezitsa ★★

En Chora Vezitsa is situated in Vitsa Village and offers 10 spacious rooms with free parking and traditional breakfast prepared with local products included. The hotel's terraces feature beautiful views of Vikos Gorge.

Zagori Zissis Hotel ★★

Zissis Hotel is located in the picturesque village of Aristi, in the Zagori area of Epirus. It features a stone-paved yard with views of Vikos Aoos National Park and the surrounding mountains.

Dias Guesthouse

Overlooking Mount Tymfis and Vikos Gorge, stone-built Dias Guesthouse is located in Mikro Papigo and features rooms with fireplace and free Wi-Fi.

Night 5

Astraka Refuge

Astraka Mountain hut on Tymfi Mountain is located at an altitude of 1930 meters (6332 feet). There are 50 beds in the dormitories, which are comfortable and clean, though not private rooms. There is also a dining-room with fireplace, common showers (cold water) and shared bathroom.

Kadi Hostel ★★

Located in Tsepelovo Village in the Zagori region, the traditionally built Kadi is made of stone. It offers accommodation with Tymfi Mountain views.

Driofillo Hotel ★★

The 4-star Guesthouse Driofillo is centrally situated in Elati. It features romantic rooms with fireplace and satellite LCD TV, and offers traditional regional cuisine. Wi-Fi is free throughout.

Meals
7 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 7 dinners if booked as a guided tour.
7 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 7 dinners if booked as a self-guided tour.

Accommodations
Accommodations are included for the duration of the tour

Transportation during the Tour
This tour includes return transfers from airport to hotels as well as all necessary transfers for the hikes.

Also Included

  • English speaking guide throughout the trip (if booked on a guided tour only)
  • Hotel taxes and service charges
  • Transfer from Ioannina to Monodendri and from Tsepelovo to Ioannina
  • Luggage transfers (both for guided and self-guided mode)

Not included

  • Domestic and/or international air fare
  • Medical expenses, travel or emergency evacuation insurance
  • Gratuities for leader/guide or driver
  • Alcoholic beverages and meals other than outlined in itinerary
  • Transfer to and from the airport/port
  • Other items of a personal nature.

Optional Extras

  • Flight from Athens with luggage - $350USD per person
  • Additional Night in Ionnia Town in a 3-star, Double Room before / after tour: 110 USD

Frequently Asked Questions about Pindos Horseshoe Trail

Trekking Hellas Group of Companies was founded in 1986, and is the largest and most distinguished adventure tour operator in Greece. They operate adventure tours all over Greece, and embrace and have implemented socially and environmentally responsible policies for the protection of nature and environmental awareness.

Is this tour for me?

We rate this tour as a 3 / 5. There are some longer day hikes on this trekking tour of Pindos Horseshoe. The walking is on a mixture of dirt tracks and well-constructed stone paths. These trips are designed for active people who enjoy active days. Participants should have hiked similar distances in the past.

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