Walking and Trekking in Zagori

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

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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 within 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.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 248 pages
  • 116 x 172 x 15mm | 280g
  • Kendal, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 38 maps, 100 colour photos
  • 185284941X
  • 9781852849412
  • 324,375

Table of contents

Map key
Regional overview map
Location of walks and treks

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
Trekking in Mt Timfi
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 round of Mt 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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About Aris Leontaritis

Aris Leontaritis was born in Athens, where he studied and worked as a mechanical engineer for a few years before his love for the mountains and their nature inspired him to change direction. Already connected with the region of Epirus as a visitor, he moved to Metsovo to participate in a postgraduate program on the development prospects of mountainous regions, with respect to the preservation of local identity, culture and environment.
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