Pindus Mountains Horseshoe Trek

Snow on tour of Pindos Mountains trail in Greece

Pindus Mountains Horseshoe Trek

Prices

From $925USD

Difficulty

Guided and self guided

Mixed

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Highlights

Trek through the stunning Pindus 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

Trekking the Pindus Mountains Horseshoe trek 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 on this famous Pindus Horseshoe trail are replaced by craggy mountains, mountain breezes and great hiking.

Zagori

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 Pindus Mountains, a hiker’s paradise.

Zagori is an area of great natural beauty, with striking geology and two national parks, one including the river Aoos and the Vikos Gorge, the other around Valia Kalda, to the east of the imposing snow-capped Mt Tymfi. The 46 or so villages of Zagori were interconnected by mountain roads and traditional arched stone bridges until modern roads were opened in the 1950s. The stone arched bridges were built by benefactions from expatriate merchants in the 18th century and replaced older wooden bridges.

Astraka

The stunning peaks of Mount Gamila and Astraka offer demanding hiking amongst wildflowers. Gamila and Astraka are only 2 of 8 peaks that make up the massif of Tymfi Mountain, Astrak being the highest at 2,436 m (7,992 ft). Astraka Towers are vertical rock formations resembling a huge wall of rocky towers looming over the Mikro Papigo village.

Vikos Gorge

Vikos Gorge, listed as the deepest gorge in the world, in proportion to its width, by the Guinness Book of Records, 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, amidst a variety of ecosystems.

The gorge begins 600m after Monodendri village and constitutes a true natural monument. Its overall length exceeds 30km. Its depth varies. In Monodendri it reaches 600m and is at its narrowest point and in Vikos village it reaches 1,200m (more than 1,300m in its east part and approximately 1,100m in its west part). In its deeper part the gorge reaches approximately 2,200m width.

Due to its geological isolation and the absence of human presence, Vikos Gorge includes many rare plant and flower species. There have also been recorded more than 110 bird species, 19 serpent and amphibian species, as well as many rare butterfly species.

Throughout the Pindus Mountains Horseshoe trek, expect to enjoy famous Greek hospitality, stunning architecture, engaging history, wonderful food and drink and beautiful views.

Itinerary of the Pindus Mountains Horseshoe Trek

Day 1 Arrival in Ioannina & travel to Vitsa village

Overnight: Vitsa Village

Distance
None
Meals
Dinner

Day 2 Vista - Koukouli / Kipi - Monodendri

Overnight: Monodendri

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

Day 3 Vikos Gorge hike

Overnight: Vikos or Aristi

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

Day 4 Papingo hike / Astraka

Overnight: Mikro Papingo

Distance
4 hours of hiking
Meals
breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 5 Astraka / Drakolimni

Overnight: Astraka Refuge

Distance
6 hours of hiking
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 6 Astraka Refuge to Tsepelovo

Overnight: Tsepelovo village

Distance
8 hours of hiking
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 7 Tsepelovo to Elati

Overnight: Elati

Distance
7 hours of hiking
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 8 Departure

Accommodation: None, departure day

Distance
None
Meals
Breakfast

Dates and prices of the Pindus Mountains Horseshoe Trek

This tour in Greece is run as a private tour for your group only and can be booked as guided or self-guided. The pricing depends on whether you need a guide or not, and on the size of your group.

Prices below are per person:

Prices of guided Pindus Mountains Horseshoe Trail trek

  • Guided Groups of 2-3: €1,850EUR per person
  • Guided Groups of 4-5: €1,275EUR per person

Prices of self-guided Pindus Mountains Horseshoe Trail trek

  • Self-Guided Groups of 2-3: €1,095EUR per person
  • Self-Guided Groups of 4+: €925EUR per person
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Accommodation on the Pindus Mountains Horseshoe Trek

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
You can pay a supplement of €295EUR to have a private room in hotels while traveling with your group. Single travelers can book private tours too, however, the cost is typically 2x the per-person cost for groups of 2-3. Contact us and we can try and match single travelers up, where possible.

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 Philoxenia

This inn in Monodendri is very popular, with guests noting the traditional breakfast, great location and clean premises. Some rooms come with a balcony and stunning views over the countryside.

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

Mountain Refuge, Astraka Refuge

Spend the night on the mountain at the Astraka Refuge, where you’ll enjoy a warm meal and share a dormitory-style room.

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.

Hotels on Standard Tour

What’s included in the Pindus Mountains Horseshoe Trek?

Meals

7 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 7 dinners are included.

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

Prices below are subject to availability and might change depending on the season, currency exchange rate and availability:

  • Flight from Athens with luggage - €350EUR per person
  • Additional night in Ioannina Town in a 3-star, double room before / after tour - €125EUR per room

Frequenty Asked Questions about Pindus Mountains Horseshoe Trek

How hard is the Pindus Mountains Horseshoe tour?

We rate this tour as a 3 / 5. There are some longer day hikes on this trekking tour of Pindus 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.

Do I need a Visa?

Check with your local country about visa requirements for travel to Tanzania. You could also try this website, though you should verify with your government.

Are meals included?

7 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 7 dinners are included.

Do I need insurance?

Yes, it is mandatory to have Travel Health and Medical insurance to join this trip. You can get travel insurance here.

How do I get to the start of this tour?

Make your way to Ioannina airport, where you will be met for your transfer to Vitsa for the start of this trip.

Are the tours in English?

Yes, your tour leader is English speaking (and a heck of a lot of fun!)

Where does the tour end?

The tour ends in Elati, and you will have a transfer to Ioannina airport.

Can I rent gear?

You shouldn’t need to rent any gear for this tour.

Do I need vaccines?

You should check with a doctor at a licenced travel clinic or talk to your family doctor.

Should I tip a guide?

Tips are optional and based on good service.

What should I bring with me?

Please 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.

  • 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 liters) 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)
  • Your own personal water bottle (at least 1 liter). As part of our environmental policy and actions, we are committed to eliminating the use of plastic water bottles.

Are children allowed on Pindus Mountains Horseshoe Tour?

Yes, children are welcome, as long as they have previous hiking experience. Please mind that we are going to walk 5-7 hours daily, so adequate physical preparation is a must.

When is the best time to travel to Greece for this tour?

This tour is typically run from April through November.

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.

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Prices

From $925USD

Difficulty

Guided and self guided

Mixed

Active Travel is what we do

10Adventures knows Active and Adventure Travel because everything we do is focused on Active and Adventure Travel. We understand the needs of travellers and partner with excellent local guides who specialize in active, experiential and adventure travel.

Real humans are always a click or call away

Your time is important, and you shouldn't have to deal with automated bots or a confusing phone system. At 10Adventures you are assigned an Adventure Concierge, who is a real person who has one job: to support you during the planning & booking of your trip.

Customize or go private and get the perfect trip for you

Taking a holiday can be the most fun you have all year. At 10Adventures we believe that you should have the ability to personalize the trip, to get it just the way you want. Sometimes that's joining a group, but more often it's going private with your loved ones, and getting the dates and itinerary that's just right for you.

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We rate this tour as a 3 / 5. There are some longer day hikes on this trekking tour of Pindus 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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