The Pindos Horse shoe Trail in Zagori

Day 1:
Meeting at Vitsa village. We rest in the traditional guesthouse and walk around the village.

Day 2:
We hike from Vitsa to Koukouli, Kipi, where we tour around the old bridges that connected the villages, years ago. The walk starts from Vitsa, down hilling the Vitsa Steps, in the heart of Vikos Gorge. We cross one of the famous arched bridges and walk uphill towards Koukouli. The village square calls for a refreshment!! The walk continues to Kipi, where we rest and see some more beautiful bridges, a real work of art! Through the dense forest, we hike to Dilofo, a village protected as a monument of local architecture. We rest at the square and walk back to Vitsa. Duration: 5-6 hours.

Day 3:
We start to cross Vikos Gorge, a very impressive canyon and one of the deepest in the world! We will be transferred to Monodendri (2km), then we hike downhill, where we meet the small river that flows through the gorge. We continue next to the stream and walk right into the heart of the National Park. In the gorge still find refuge a lot of wild animals, such as pray birds, bears and wild boars. Our walk will end at Vikos village after a small ascent, around 40 minutes. We make a rest at Vikos. Dinner / overnight. Duration: 6-7 hours.

Day 4:
We drive back to Vikos Village. Our walk will take us towards Mikro Papingo. We start the tour walking down to Voidomatis springs. After a small rest, we start to climb the north-west face of Vikos Gorge direction Mikro Papingo. The views get more and more impressive as we hike up. The walk continues through the forest and under the impressive towers of Papingo, soon we will reach the village. A free evening can be enjoyed swimming by the natural pools near the village. Duration: 4 hours.

Day 5:
We hike from Papingo towards the high plateaus of Mt. Timfi, reaching an alpine lake at 2050 m. The walk begins from Mikro Papingo, one of the most beautiful villages of Zagori, and continues through beautiful and quiet scenery towards Astraka mountain refuge. On the way up we will meet a lot of water springs so there is no need to carry a lot of water. After a small stop at the refuge, we continue another 1.30 hour to the “Drakolimni”, an alpine lake at 2050m. The scenery is magnificent as we have great views over the Pindos mountain range. We hike back to the refuge where we stay for the night. Duration: 6 hours.

Day 6:
A long day is ahead of us today as we have to cross Timfi mountain range, a long but beautiful walk. We start down hilling from the refuge reaching the big plains of the mountain. Under the impressive cliffs of Astraka, we continue direction a small water reservoir Loutsa Robozi. A place for the shepherds to water the animals in summer. The walk brings us at the beginning of Megas Lakos an impressive canyon which ends at Vikos. As we cross a water spring we continue to the lands of Tsepelovo our final destination. Duration: 8 hours.

Day 7:
Our last day will lead us through old roads (Kalderimia) through the plains of Vradeto, the highest village of Zagori. After a visit to Beloi, a viewpoint into the gorge, we walk towards Vradeto. From thereafter a stop in the village, we hike down the impressive Vradeto steps, a path which takes us down to Kapesovo. We drive to Elati where we spend the night. Duration: 7 hours.

Day 8:
Departure from Elati.

Duration details: 8 days
Min. guests: 6
Max. guests: 15
Minimum age: 14
Activity level: Moderate
Skill level: Intermediate
Included services: Guide, accommodation, meals, local transfers, luggage transfers
Things to bring: 30 lt backpack, liner, warm hiking gear, rain jacket, hat, hiking boots.
Meeting point: Ioannina airport
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Cancellation policy: MODERATE: full refund if you cancel at least 10 days before the experience is scheduled to start, or within 24 hours of purchase.
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€860 per person