_our excursion

A unique two-day hiking trip to Smolikas with an overnight stay at the Smolika Mountain Refuge and destination the Drakolimni and (on the 3-day version) the peak at 2,637m. The dense forests of black pines, beeches, firs and rombolas & the alpine meadows that we will cross until we reach the drakolimni are considered to be among the most beautiful – wild areas of Greece. On the three-day excursions we hike up to the Drakolimni & the top, while on the two-day tours only for Drakolimni.

 

_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!

*On the Smolika excursion for your stay you can also choose the camp which will be set up in a controlled area outside the refuge. In the camp you will find a 4-season tent (from 1 to 3 people) while you can use the common areas of the refuge. An important condition is to have a sleeping bag that covers you in the expected temperatures and a good substrate.

_departure

DateDate of ReturnDeparture KalamariaCity Center StopOne Salonica StopPalaioselliTransportationTrip DurationAvailable SeatsPrice
Saturday, 21/09/2024Sunday, 22/09/202406:3006:4507:00XBus04:30115,00
Saturday, 21/09/2024Sunday, 22/09/2024XXX13:00Car00:0080,00
Saturday, 26/10/2024Monday, 28/10/202406:3006:4507:00XBus04:30160,00
Saturday, 26/10/2024Monday, 28/10/2024XXX13:00Car00:00125,00

The excursion takes place with a minimum required number of participants of 15 people (mini van) and a maximum of 30 people (bus).

_two-day excursion

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

On our two-day excursion, we depart early on Saturday morning to the village of Paleoselli (1080m altitude), from where we will start the hike to the Smolikas refuge (1750m altitude). For participants by car, the meeting point is in the village square. The hike takes place on a path and a forest road and is of moderate difficulty (about 4 km).

On Sunday morning we leave for the second part of the route (4.3 km) to Drakolimni of Smolikas through a dense forest of pines and holm oaks and after 1.5 to 2 hours we reach Drakolimni. After the picnic we follow a path for about 10 minutes where we will find the bus for our return to Thessaloniki.

_three-day trips

hiking | Drakolimni & peak of Smolikas (2.637m) | 22km | medium/demanding difficulty | ages: 16+

On our three-day excursion, we depart early on Saturday morning to the village of Paleoselli (1080m altitude), from where we will start the walk to the Smolikas refuge (1750m altitude). The hike takes place on a path and a forest road and is of moderate difficulty (about 4 km).

On Sunday morning, after having breakfast, we start for the climb with the first destination being the Drakolimni. We hike through a forest of pine trees and we reach the Drakolimni after 1.5 to 2 hours. For those who wish and have the required physical condition, we continue to the second highest peak in Greece, the peak of Smolikas at 2,637m. After admiring the unique view, we will make our way back to the refuge, where its hospitable managers will be waiting for us for food, company by the fire and rest.

On Monday (Holy Spirit Day), after breakfast we will take the path to Paleoselli where the bus will be waiting for us to take us to Konitsa. In Konitsa you can choose between a leisurely stroll through the village or an even more beautiful route to the Stomio Monastery, next to the Aoos River. In the afternoon we will start for the return, arriving in the evening in Thessaloniki.

_the prices are per person and include:

  • transfer from Thessaloniki (depending on package selection)
  • accommodation at Smolikas Mountain Shelter
  • accompanied by experienced escorts of our company
  • hiking sticks
  • liability insurance | legal taxes

_prices do not include:

  • breakfast
  • extra meals and drinks

_do not forget:

  • hiking / trekking / mountaineering shoes
  • backpack (ideally 40lit)
  • snacks (cakes, chocolates, power bars) | water (1.5 lit)
  • sleeping bag or sheet & pillow case, slippers
  • personal hygiene items
  • raincoat – windstopper

_route details:

  • Palioselli – Smolikas refuge: 4km | HD +620m
  • Smolikas refuge – Drakolimni: 4.3km | HD +430m
  • Drakolimni – Smolikas peak: 2.3km | HD +485m (3-day excursion)
  • Konitsa bridge – Stomio Monastery: 5km | HD +250m (3-day excursion)
  • required physical condition: very good