(follow us on a 4-day adventure into the wilds) *
The Legend
According to the legend, the dragonlake of Tymfi and the dragonlake of Smolikas were home to two
dragons who were enemies.
Each time they battled, they threw rocks at each other. According to the locals, this legend explains
why the shores of Drakolake of Smolikas are white with scattered black stones, while the shores of
Dragonlake of Tymfi are black with scattered white stones!
The Dragonlake of Smolikas
At an altitude of 1,150 meters, Pades is the village with the shortest access to Drakolimni and the
peak of Smolikas (2,637m), the second highest peak in Greece after Olympus.
Through an amazing path that starts from the river Aoos all the energy of nature is transferred and
after crossing Pades, the Pantelexarchos plateau and the Drakolake, it ends at the top of Mount
Drakolimni is located at an altitude of 2,150m to the west of the peak of Smolikas. It has a heart
shape and it’s many waters flow towards the valley of Kerasovo. The bottom at it’s edges is reddish,
but the lake is generally blue. It is the second largest after the Drakolimni of Tymfi. In Vlach it is
called “Lakou-Vinitou” meaning “blue lake”
It is a beautiful lake, in an alpine landscape with green meadows with violets, orchids, wildflowers,
saxifrages and lilies in the lakeside areas. Serene and crystal clear, a real gem for the mountain, full
of alpine newts, the only trace we have from the ice age, taken through fairy tales and myths about

The Drakolimni of Tymfi
From Papigo starts the mountaineering route to the peaks of Tymfi and Drakolimni, which we will
It is a busy mountaineering destination and is a mountain point with stunning beauty.
The Drakolimni of Tymfi is located at an altitude of 2,050 meters and is inhabited like the Drakolimni
of Smolikas by the small amphibious "dragons", the alpine newts.
The two neighboring stone villages (Mikro and Megalo Papigo) are characterized by picturesque
cobbled streets and are one of the most characteristic examples of Zagorian architecture.
The imposing formation of Astraka (peak of Tymfi) contributes to the impressive image of the
settlement, with it’s steep cliffs rising impressively above the settlement, reminiscent of towers.
The chapels and the ornate fountains complete the scenery of one of the most picturesque
mountain settlements in Greece, while in the gorge outside the village there are natural "swimming
pools", also known as Ovires, which fill with water in winter and transform into swimming pools in

Our itinerary:

DAY 1:

  • We start from a pre-agreed point (your hotel, Thessaloniki airport or whichever point serves you)
  • We head to the inn in the village of Pades (www.Muntismolikas.com, 1,150m) (4-5 hours)
  • Arrival at our inn and settlement
  • If the time of arrival allows it, we start a descent to the river Aoos (4km, 2.5-3 hours) and take a
    break for a swim in the river.
  • Return to the inn for lunch and rest.

DAY 2:

  • Wake up and breakfast
  • We start our ascent to Drakolimni (2,150m.)
    The duration of the ascent is about 4 hours (8km) and moderate difficulty.
  • Stop in Drakolimni to take a breath, and enjoy the exceptional beauty of the landscape.
  • We continue to the top of Smolikas (2,637m)
    The duration of the climb is about 1.5 hours to the top with an altitude difference of about 600m.
  • Return to the inn for lunch and rest.

DAY 3:

  • Wake up and breakfast
  • We head to Mikro Papigo and the shelter of Astraka
  • We will stop at the traditional village of Megalo Papigo for a tour, coffee, etc.
  • We continue to Ovires.
  • Park the vehicles in Mikro Papigo and start the climb for it
    Astraka refuge (1950m) (http://www.astrakarefuge.com)
  • Climb duration about 3 hours, 5.5km with 1000m altitude.
    Arrival at the shelter (Rest-Eating-Sleep).

DAY 4:

  • Wake up and breakfast
  • Ascent to Drakolimni (2,050m.)
    The duration of the climb is about 2 hours, (3km)
  • Return to the shelter and from there to the vehicles
  • Lunch and return.

Necessary equipment

  • Clothes suitable for the season
  • Hiking or mountaineering shoes
  • Swimsuit and towel
  • Waterproof or disposable waterproof
  • Trekking poles
  • Supplies for the ascents (food and water)

Everyone should take care of the supplies they need during the climbs

The shelters offer food and water. On the 3rd day there will be stops in residential areas in which
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