Walking and Trekking in Zagori

Walking routes in Greece's wild and beautiful northern Pindos mountains

By Aris-Dimitrios Leontaritis

Guidebook to 30 walks and 3 treks centred on Zagori and Konitsa in mainland Greece. From easy strolls to demanding hikes along remote mountainous traverses, including the rugged peaks of Mt Timfi and Mt Smolikas in the Pindos range, Drakolimni Lake, and the dramatic Vikos Gorge. With background information on architecture, history and wildlife.



The best time to walk the routes is in springtime (end of May - June) and autumn (September - October) when the sun and temperatures are milder and the region quieter.


Kipi, Dilofo, Tsepelovo, Monodendri, Elafotopos, Papigo, Konitsa, Pades, Metsovo, Vovousa


Routes range from easy one-hour strolls on clear and well-waymarked paths suitable for all hikers (Grade 1) to strenuous ascents and rugged non-technical mountainous routes for which a very good level of fitness, route-finding skills and experience in high mountain terrain are required (Grade 4).
Must See

Must See

Vikos Gorge; scenic villages with unique architecture; amazing 18th-century stone bridges and cobblestone path network; Drakolimni alpine tarns (also known as the Dragonlakes); rafting opportunities on the Voidomatis River; stunning mountain scenery; the mystical Valia Calda National Park
11 Jan 2019
17.2 x 11.6 x 1.5cm
  • Overview

    Zagori in Greece's Northern Pindos National Park is among the last relatively undiscovered and unspoilt hiking destinations in Europe. This guide presents a selection of thirty walks and three short treks showcasing the region's captivating scenery, from dramatic gorges to mystical forests, crystal-clear turquoise rivers, rugged alpine peaks and characterful mountain villages. Routes vary from easy walks on clear paths to strenuous ascents and mountain traverses, meaning that there is something to suit most ambitions and abilities.

    Clear mapping accompanies the route description, and the introduction to the guide covers all the practicalities, including getting to Zagori, accommodation, equipment, maps and safety. There is also a wealth of information about the region's rich history, architecture, geology, plants and wildlife, as well as fascinating notes on points of interest encountered on route.

    The routes are presented in five chapters, covering Central Zagori, Vikos Gorge and vicinity, Mt Timfi, Konitsa and Mt Smolikas, and Valia Calda National Park and Metsovo, with highlights including Mt Timfi and Mt Smolikas (Greece's second highest mountain), the breathtaking Vikos Gorge, traditional stone arch bridges and the alpine tarns of Drakolimni (Dragonlakes). With so much stunning scenery, this is a region that cries out to be explored.

  • Contents

    Zagori: a historical and cultural overview
    Geography and geology
    Plants and wildlife
    When to go
    Getting there
    Getting around
    Food and drink
    What to take
    Maps and GPS
    Weather forecasts
    Staying safe
    Emergencies, rescue and health services
    Using this guide
    The routes
    1 Central Zagori
    Walk 1 The round of the stone bridges
    Walk 2 Kipi to Dilofo and Vitsa
    Walk 3 Kipi to Kapesovo and Missios Bridge
    Walk 4 Kipi to Tsepelovo and Kapesovo
    Walk 5 The Vradeto staircase and Beloi viewpoint
    Walk 6 Vikaki (Selato) Gorge
    Walk 7 Mt Mitsikeli
    Walk 8 Iliochori waterfalls
    2 Vikos Gorge and vicinity
    Walk 9 Vikos Gorge crossing
    Walk 10 Oxia viewpoint
    Walk 11 Voidomatis Springs and Theotokos Monastery
    Walk 12 Voidomatis Gorge crossing
    Walk 13 Kokkino Lithari viewpoint
    Walk 14 Papigo villages and Ovires Rogovou natural pools
    Trek 1 An alternative approach to the Vikos Gorge
    3 Mt Timfi
    Walk 15 Astraka Refuge and Drakolimni Lake
    Walk 16 Robozi Lake
    Walk 17 Gamila summit
    Walk 18 Astraka summit
    Walk 19 The round of Astraka
    Walk 20 The Davalista trail (Astraka Refuge to Konitsa)
    Walk 21 Astraka Refuge to Konitsa or Vrisochori over the Karteros Pass
    Walk 22 Tsepelovo to Vrisochori traverse
    Trek 2 The ultimate Zagori trek
    4 Konitsa and Mt Smolikas
    Walk 23 Mt Trapezitsa and Roidovouni Peak
    Walk 24 Stomiou Monastery
    Walk 25 Konitsa to Vrisochori traverse
    Walk 26 Pades to Drakolimni of Smolikas Lake
    Trek 3 The classic ascent to the Dragonlake of Smolikas
    5 Valia Calda National Park and Metsovo
    Walk 27 Valia Calda National Park
    Walk 28 Avgo Peak
    Walk 29 The Flega Lakes
    Walk 30 Following the footprints of the brown bear in Metsovo

    Appendix A Route summary table
    Appendix B Useful contacts and other practical information
    Appendix C English-Greek glossary and expressions
    Appendix D Further reading

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  • Reviews
    I unreservedly recommend this guidebook.​

    This has all the qualities one expects from a Cicerone Guidebook: handy pocket-size, excellent route-maps and photographs, concise and clear route descriptions. Add to that the words of an author who clearly knows the region well and has a personal affinity with both its natural wonders and unique cultural history and the result is exemplary. It is a guidebook worthy of the region it describes, one of the great and little known natural treasures of Europe. As someone who has visited the region many times during forty years I unreservedly recommend this guidebook.

    Michael, by email.

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