Discover North Pindos

Discover North PindosExcept famous Zagori, Epirus wider area has to offer more hidden trails, more breathtaking views, more unspoiled beauty. This journey is a challenging one, for those who prefer to discover less known places but equally beautiful, the North Pindos range…

Day 1: Arrival – Tsepelovo

Arrival at Ioannina airport and direct transportation to Tsepelovo village (1.100m).The village of Tsepelovo is one of the biggest villages in Zagori area. In the beginning of the 20th century the population was above 1000 people. Homeland of Katina Paxinou, very famous actress in ancient Greek tragedy. Check-in at local hotel, briefing and welcome dinner.

Day 2: Tsepelovo – Avalos pass – Vrissochori:

Following an up going path from Tsepelovo we walk through Avalos Pass. After about 5 hours, we reach at a point which offers incredible views to inaccessible “Tsouka Rossa” peak at 2315 m altitude. We continue downhill and on our way we admire the Northern peaks of Tymfi and Mt. Karteros. We pass through the area called «Ta Limeria ton klefton”(the area of Thieves) across varied scenery, (alpine meadows, black pine forests). From there we slope down the mountain and reach Vrissohori where we spend the night.

(Walking time: 10h.)

Day 3: Vrissochori – Pades:

We walk, following the main road, until Aoos River Bridge, where we have a stop for swimming. Transportation to the village of Pades (located at the foothills of Mountain Smolikas) for lunch at local tavern. Check-in at hotel and free time until dinner.

(Walking time: 2h.)

Day 4: Pades – Top of Mt. Smolikas (2637m) – Samarina:

Morning transportation up to a certain point of Smolikas Mountain. Walk to the Dragon Lake on our way up to the top of Mt. Smolikas (The second highest peak in Greece, 2637m. altitude). We have the chance to admire the breathtaking views of the whole mountain range. We continue downhill and after about 6 hours we reach Samarina.  Samarina is the second biggest Vlach village in Greece (Vlachs used to be a nomadic tribe, dealing mostly with livestock still using their own special language).

(Walking time: 8h.)

Day 5: Samarina – Metsovo – Ioannina – Departure

Today we drive from Samarina back to the city of Ioannina. On our way, we stop to picturesque Metsovo. Metsovo is settled at an altitude of 1150m. in an impressive landscape. Free time to stroll in the cobbled streets of the town.  We continue to Ioannina. End of trip.

Useful info

  • The trip starts and ends at Ioannina airport. Please note that different transportation arrangements can be made under request.
  • All local transportations and luggage transfers are included in the rate
  • Accommodations in local hotels, breakfast included
  • 2 packed lunches, 1 lunch in local restaurant and 4 dinners are provided (drinks and beverages are not included)
  • Difficulty rate: C
  • Travel insurance is not included in the package
  • Professional trekking leader’s services