A unique two-day hiking experience in Smolikas with an overnight stay at the Mountaineering Refuge of Smolikas and destination Drakolimni. The alpine meadows and the dense forests of black pines, beeches and firs and robolas that we will cross until we reach the dragon lake are considered to be among the wildest areas of Greece.
hiking | ascent to the Drakolimni of Smolikas | 17km | difficulty: medium | 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).
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 our bus for our return to Thessaloniki.
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!
The excursion takes place with a minimum required number of entries of 10 people and a maximum of 30 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
- liability insurance | legal taxes
_prices do not include:
- 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
- kilometers on Saturday : 4km | H.D. +670m
- kilometers on Sunday: 9km (to the Drakolimni and back) & 4km
- Required physical condition: good