Cicerone Trekking in Greece

The Peloponnese and Pindos Way
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Guidebook describing challenging treks in the mountains of Greece, traversing the Pindhos Range, near Athens, and the Peloponnese, plus a handful of shorter routes including Mount Olympus. The treks demand a high level of commitment and fitness due to their remoteness and difficult terrain, and boast stunning unspoilt scenery.

Cicerone says:

This guidebook presents four specially devised treks in the mountains of Greece, showcasing its beautiful scenery, rich flora and cultural interest. The Peloponnese Way crosses the Peloponnese peninsula from Dhiakoftó in the north to Pantazí beach in the south, via Trípoli. Taking in alpine meadows, a dramatic gorge and forest-clad slopes, the 220km route can be walked in around a fortnight. The 460km Pindos Way is a south-north traverse of Greece's mountain backbone, and can be walked in a month, or split into sections of around a week. With remote terrain, navigational challenge and fewer facilities on route, it is the toughest of the four treks but offers a unique chance to experience both the country's wilderness and traditional mountain life. A shorter 80km Zagóri trek can be enjoyed in its own right or incorporated into the Pindos Way, and the final route explores Mt Olympus, home of the ancient gods of Greek myth and the highest mountain in Greece. With clear mapping alongside detailed route description for each stage of the treks, as well as background information about the region and a Greek-English glossary

 

For nearly 50 years Cicerone have been producing guidebooks on recognised treks, regions, areas and general tips for hikers.

We have used them countless times and they've always provided excellent insight and knowledge that you only get through experience, giving you the edge to make your trip a success and more enjoyable too.

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Seasons

June-Sept is the most settled period for weather, and not too hot in the mountains; snow Nov-April in the mountains

Centres

Karpenísi, Métsovo, Ámfissa, Trípoli, Dhíakhofto, Sparta, Áyios Nikólaos

Difficulty

Demanding rather than technically difficult; suitable for fit and experienced walkers; remote: navigation skills essential

Must See

Traverse of the Pindos, Mt Olympus, Mt Khelmós, Mt Párnonas, beautiful scenery, rich flora and cultural interest

 

  • Edition: Third
  • Number of pages: 304
  • Size: 17.2 x 11.6 x 1.6cm
  • Weighs 330g

Contents

Introduction
Traditional mountain life
A little history
Flowers and wildlife
Navigation and maps
Sleeping and eating
Dogs
Getting on with people
Weather and when to go
What to take
Emergency services
Access to the mountains
Using this guide
Part 1 The Peloponnese Way
Section 1 Dhiakoftó to Trípoli
Stage 1 Dhiakoftó to Méga Spílio monastery
Stage 2 Méga Spílio monastery to Áno Lousí
Stage 3 Áno Lousí to Tourládha
Stage 4 Near Tourládha to Dhára
Stage 5 Nimfasía to Vitína
Stage 6 Vitína to Kardharás or Kápsia
Stage 7 Kardharás or Kápsia to Trípoli
Section 2 Trípoli to Pantazí beach
Stage 8 Psilí Vrísi to Áyios Pétros
Stage 9 Malevís convent to Vamvakoú
Stage 10 Vamvakoú to Paleogoulás
Stage 11 Mistrás to Anavrití
Stage 12 Anavrití to Taïgetos mountain refuge
Stage 13 Taïgetos mountain refuge to Árna
Stage 14 Árna to Pantazí beach
Part 2 The Píndos Way
Section 1 Ámfissa to Karpenísi
Stage 1 Ámfissa to Víniani and Reká ravine
Stage 2 Mt Ghióna: Víniani to Láka Karvoúni refuge
Stage 3 Láka Karvoúni refuge to Sikiá
Stage 4 Sikiá to Athanásios Dhiákos/Áno Mousounítsa
Stage 5 Mt Vardhoúsia: Athanásios Dhiákos/Áno Mousounítsa to Yiourtáki sheepfold
Stage 6 Yiourtáki sheepfold to Mt Oxiá/Sarádena refuge
Stage 7 Mt Oxiá/Sarádena refuge to Kokália obelisk/Rákhes Timfristoú
Stage 8 Kokália obelisk/Rákhes Timfristoú to Karpenísi
Section 2 Karpenísi to Mesokhóra
Stage 9 Karpenísi to Kerasokhóri
Stage 10 Kerasokhóri to Varvariádha
Stage 11 Varvariádha to Epinianá
Stage 12 Epinianá to Spiliá monastery
Stage 13 Spiliá monastery to Petrotó
Stage 14 Petrotó to Kalí Kómi
Stage 15 Kalí Kómi to Moskhófito
Stage 15A Kalí Kómi to Mirófilo
Stage 16 Moskhófito to Mesokhóra
Stage 16A Mirófilo to Mesokhóra
Section 3 Mesokhóra to Métsovo
Stage 17 Mesokhóra to Gardhíki or Athamanía
Stage 18 Gardhíki or Athamanía to Matsoúki
Stage 19 Matsoúki to Kalarítes
Stage 20A Kalarítes to Khalíki ridge route
Stage 21 Khalíki to Métsovo
Section 4 Métsovo to the Albanian border
Stage 22 Métsovo to Vália Kálda
Stage 23 Vália Kálda to Vovoúsa
Stage 24 Vovoúsa to Dhístrato
Stage 24A Link: Vovoúsa to Skamnéli
Stage 25 Dhístrato to Samarína
Stage 25A Dhístrato to Palioséli
Stage 26 Samarína to Dhrakólimni
Stage 26A Palioséli to Dhrakólimni
Stage 27 Dhrakólimni to Ayía Paraskeví/Kerásovo
Stage 28 Ayía Paraskeví/Kerásovo to Kefalokhóri
Stage 29 Kefalokhóri to Aetomilítsa/Dénsko
Stage 30 Aetomilítsa/Dénsko to Mt Grámos summit
Part 3 Zagóri and Mt Gamíla
Stage 1 Tsepélovo to Kípi via Kapésovo and Koukoúli
Stage 1A Tsepélovo to Kípi via Khadzíou bridge
Stage 2 Kípi to Monodhéndhri
Stage 3 Monodhéndhri to Pápingo via Víkos gorge
Stage 4 Pápingo to Astráka refuge
Stage 5 Astráka refuge to Tsepélovo or Kapésovo
Stage 5A Astráka refuge to Kónitsa
Stage 6 Skamnéli to Kónitsa
Part 4 Mt Olympus
Stage 1 Priónia to Spílios Agapitós/Refuge A
Stage 2 Spílios Agapitós/Refuge A to Mítikas and Yiósos Apostolídhis/Refuge B
Stage 3 Yiósos Apostolídhis/Refuge B to Priónia
Stage 4 Priónia to Litókhoro

Appendix A Route summary tables
Appendix B Glossary
Appendix C Further reading
Appendix D Useful contacts

 

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