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Trekking around Papigo in Zagoria - Vikos Gorge - Greece
Guide at Stone House Hotel

Among the Pindus mountain chain, the 46 old villages of Zagoria (which means behind the mountain) are scattered like eagle- nests. As all the little houses were made of stone, as well as the roofs, they are so well blended with the natural environment, that they seem like part of nature’s plan. The local cuisine is famous for its pies and the many fresh, local products such as meat, trout, honey, vegetables, cheese and yoghurt, served in a wide variety of tavernas.

Agia Paraskevi Byzantine monastery in Monodendri, ZagoriThe relatively difficult access to these villages, together with the creation of the national reserve park, have insured the preservation of the rich wild life of plants,herbs and animals, as the area is one of the few areas in Europe where one can easily come across a wild bear! Tradition is preserved, as they were not easily accessible during the period of the Turkish occupation, and culturally they flourished, producing beautiful stone bridges, convents and churches with interesting frescoes and icons. Τhe sharp mountainous area is so intense and impressive that the visitor feels humble compared to the greatness of nature, as he contemplates the sharp rocks, the cleanest, coldest and bluest river of Europe, or one of the deepest gorges of the world.

The notorious Provatina Cave is considered the third deepest vertical cave in the world, very interesting for cave studies, as it is 451m deep. The famous “dragonlake”, or Drakolimni, is a much photographed alpine lake, 2050 meters high, which is accessible, fortunately, only to those who really want to sacrifice 9 hours of their day walking up there and then back down to the village. There are many small gorges for canyoning and of course the deepest gorge in the world, in relation to its width, according to Guinness Book of records of 1989, is there for you to spend a trekking day, along with many other beautiful hiking paths making the area ideal for walking holidays.

Advanced

Day 1: Pick up from Ioannina and transfer to our dedicated restored (small) ancient stone house hotel in Papigo village. Balance of day free. Dinner.

Day 2: Breakfast. Trekking to refuge. Snack. Continue to Drakolimni. Return to refuge. Dinner and spend the night there. Walking time: 5 – 6 hours.

Day 3: Breakfast. Trekking through the plateau that leads to Megas Lakos gorge. Snack at Vradeto village. Continue down the famous steps to Kapesovo village. Dinner and spend the night there. Walking time: 5 – 7 hours.

Day 4: Breakfast. Transfer with van at Vovousa village. Trekking through Arkoudorema path forest (Bear Path forest) to Avdella village where we spend the day and have snack and dinner. Sleep. Walking time: 4 – 5 hours.

Day 5: Breakfast. Transfer with van to Papigo. On the way we visit the most impressive stone bridges of the area. Snack at Koukouli village. Return to Papigo for dinner and overnight at our stone house hotel..

Day 6: Breakfast. Relaxation day with walk to Ovires, mikro Papigo where we have a snack, and return to Papigo for walks around the area and BBQ farewell dinner. Walking time: 2 hours.

Day 7: Breakfast and transfer to Ioannina

Cost: €640/person

Moderate

Day 1: Pick up from Ioannina and transfer to our dedicated restored (small) ancient stone house hotel in Papigo village.. Balance of day free. Dinner.

Day 2: Breakfast. Trekking to refuge. Snack. Continue to Drakolimni. Return to refuge. Dinner and spend the night there. Walking time: 5 – 6 hours.

Day 3: Breakfast. Trekking through the Davalista stream and huge pine trees forest to Stomiou Monastery. Tour in the monastery from the monks. Trekking next to river Aoos and snack in Konitsa village. Transfer with van to Papigo. Dinner and overnight at our stone house hotel.. Walking time: 5 – 6 hours.

Day 4: Breakfast, transfer to Kapesovo village and river trekking in Vikaki gorge. Snack at Koukouli village and transfer with van to Papigo for dinner and overnight. Walking time: 3 – 4 hours.

Day 5: Breakfast. Relaxation day with walk to Ovires, mikro Papigo where we have snack, and return to Papigo for walks around the area and dinner. Walking time: 2 hours.

Day 6: Breakfast. Trekking through Vikos gorge to Monodendri village. Snack. Transfer from Monodendri to Papigo, Saxonis Houses for BBQ farewell dinner. Walking time: 7 hours.

Day 7: Breakfast and transfer to Ioannina

Cost: €550/person

Novice

Day 1: Pick up from Ioannina and transferto our dedicated restored (small) ancient stone house hotel in Papigo village.. Balance of day free. Dinner.

Day 3: Breakfast. Trekking to refuge. Snack. Continue to Drakolimni. Return to Papigo for dinner and overnight. Walking time: 8 hours


Day 3: Breakfast. Relaxation day with walk to Ovires, mikro Papigo where we have snack, and return to Papigo for walks around the area dinner. Walking time: 2 hours


Day 4: Breakfast. Trekking through Vikos gorge to Monodendri village. Snack. Transfer from Monodendri to Papigo.. Walking time: 7 hours

Day 5: Breakfast. Rafting in Voidomatis river to Klidonia village for snack. Transfer back to Papigo for walks in the village and dinner.


Day 6: Breakfast. Trekking to Ano Klidonia village. Snack. Return to Papigo for BBQ farewell dinner.


Day 7: Breakfast and transfer to Ioannina

Cost*: €530/person

Seasons:

Operates from May to November.

Wild flowers are best in May.

VERY busy in July and August

Papigo Village and Hotel

Papigo Village
Stone House hotel room

 

* Costs include Breakfast, dinner, snacks, transportation, guiding with a certified mountain guide, accommodation and insurance. Not included are flights and drinks

Air rescue services are included which are in cooperation with Hellenic Rotors, who provide helicopter rescue services.