Logo DAV
Logo OEAV
Logo AVS
Try Pro 30 days for free Community
Choose a language
Start Routes NP Vikos - 4 days loop trail, mountains&canyon walk
Plan a route here Copy route
Long distance hiking trail recommended route

NP Vikos - 4 days loop trail, mountains&canyon walk

Long distance hiking trail · Epirus
Profile picture of Maruša Orel
Responsible for this content
Maruša Orel
  • Day 1: Dragon's lake
    Day 1: Dragon's lake
    Photo: Maruša Orel, Community
m 2500 2000 1500 1000 500 60 50 40 30 20 10 km
A multi day trail that offers amazing landscape scenery and it surprises you on every step. It leads you up on the mountains, through old villages, vast meadows and through Vikos Gorge.
moderate
Distance 60.5 km
18:03 h
5,410 m
5,409 m
0 m
0 m
Day 1: Mikro Papingo - mountain hut Astraka - Dragon's lake - Tsoumanis' lake Day 2: Gamila - two other peaks - tent spot by the trail. If you have time and energy, you can also go on Astraka. In that case, take the trail that goes directly to the lake Loutsa Robozi. Day 3: Viewpoint of the canyon - Vradeto - Kapesovo - river bed. Day 4: Monodendri - monastery on a cliff - through Vikos Gorge - Mikro Papingo. All tent spots and water sources are marked on a map. Trail is mostly visible and well singed, sometimes help from the map is needed. You walk almost all the time on nice paths, except when you come to villages - there are a little bit of stone-paved and asphalt roads. We did three detours, you can decide for yourself if you want to do them or not. Your comments about conditions of the trail are welcome, because it will help the others.

Author’s recommendation

Start hiking early in the morning when is not hot and take a lunch break during the hottest time of the day. Go to Monodendri and monastery on a cliff early in the morning, when there are no turists (they started coming around 8:30).
Difficulty
moderate
Stamina
Experience
Landscape
Highest point
0 m
Lowest point
0 m
Best time of year
Jan
Feb
Mar
Apr
May
Jun
Jul
Aug
Sep
Oct
Nov
Dec

Track types

Dirt road 7.12%Forested/wild trail 2.10%Path 60.52%Road 0.72%Traces of trail 9.96%Unknown 19.54%
Dirt road
4.3 km
Forested/wild trail
1.3 km
Path
36.6 km
Road
0.4 km
Traces of trail
6 km
Unknown
11.8 km
Show elevation profile

Safety information

Don't walk to close to sheeps, cows and goats, because dogs are guarding them and if they consider you as a threat they may attack you. Think in advance about water refillment, because some parts of a trail has just few water souces.

Start

Mikro Papingo, but you can also start and finish in Vradeto, Kapesovo or Monodendri. With short detour you can also start and finish in Vikos or Papingo. (964 m)
Coordinates:
DD
39.969066, 20.728195
DMS
39°58'08.6"N 20°43'41.5"E
UTM
34S 476788 4424359
w3w 
///strictly.halts.accounted
Show on Map

Note


all notes on protected areas

Coordinates

DD
39.969066, 20.728195
DMS
39°58'08.6"N 20°43'41.5"E
UTM
34S 476788 4424359
w3w 
///strictly.halts.accounted
Show on Map
Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Equipment

Basic overnight hiking equipment - if you don't have it you can sleep in mountain hut Astraka (1 or 2 times) and in villages that you pass by (Vradeto, Kapesovo, Monodendri), but check availabilty in advance. Don't forget hat and sunscreen, shade is rare on first 3 days.

Questions and answers

Ask the first question

Would you like to the ask the author a question?


Rating

Write your first review

Help others by being the first to add a review.


Photos from others


Difficulty
moderate
Distance
60.5 km
Duration
18:03 h
Ascent
5,410 m
Descent
5,409 m
Multi-stage route Scenic Flora and fauna Summit route Circular route Refreshment stops available Cultural/historical interest Botanical highlights

Statistics

  • My Map
  • Content
  • Show images Hide images
Features
2D 3D
Maps and trails
Distance  km
Duration : h
Ascent  m
Descent  m
Highest point  m
Lowest point  m
Push the arrows to change the view