_our excursion

A unique two-day hiking experience in Smolikas is organized by Picnic Sessions with overnight stay at the Mountaineering Refuge of Smolikas and destination Drakolimni.

_activity

hiking | ascent to the Drakolimni of Smolikas | 17km | medium difficulty | ages: 16+

We depart early on Saturday morning for the village of Paleoselli (1080m. altitude), from where we will start walking to the refuge Smolikas (1750m altitude). The hike takes place on a path and a forest road and is of moderate difficulty (about 4 km). In the afternoon and if the weather conditions allow it, the picnic night will take place around a fire in the courtyard of the shelter.

On Sunday morning we depart for the second part of the hike (4.5 km) to the Drakolimni of Smolikas through a dense forest of pines and robola and after 1.5 to 2 hours we reach Drakolimni. After admiring the unique view, we start our return to the village of Paleoselli where we will meet the bus to our return to Thessaloniki.

_accommodation

The mountai refuge of Smolikas is a stone building with rooms for 6 people. It is located at an altitude of 1750m, at the foot of Mount Smolikas, at the location ‘La Nane’, surrounded by a dense white pine forest (robolo) and is a station for the mountaineering path O3. After sunset the interior of the shelter is illuminated with oil lamps and the absolute absence of light pollution offers a magical spectacle to the sky.
The common areas include the hall with stove, fireplace and two large dining rooms, a shower, and separate men’s/women’s WC. he shelter operates an organized kitchen for all meals of the day, while many of the meals are cooked in a traditional wood oven!

_departure

The excursion takes place with a minimum required number of entries of 15 people and a maximum of 27 people.

_the price per person is 110€ and includes:

  • transfer from Thessaloniki
  • accommodation at Smolikas Mountain Shelter
  • accompanied by experienced escorts of our company
  • hiking sticks
  • picnic
  • liability insurance | legal taxes

_prices do not include:

  • breakfast
  • extra meals and drinks

_do not forget:

  • hiking / trekking / mountaineering shoes
  • backpack (ideally 40lit)
  • snacks (pastelia, chocolates, power bars) | water (1 lit)
  • sleeping bag, slippers (due to protection measures are not provided by the shelter)
  • personal hygiene items
  • raincoat – windstopper

_route details:

  • kilometers on Saturday : 4km | H.D. +670m
  • kilometers on Sunday: 9km (to the Drakolimni and back) & 4km
  • Required physical condition: good