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Vikos Gorge, Epirus

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  • The Vikos gorge is one of the most dramatic elements of the Geopark of Vikos-Aoos, recognized by Unesco since 2010. The hike which leads from the village of Monodendri to the village of Vikos is a classic presented by many travel guides. So our little group of 3 + 60 (regular walkers but not big hikers) and a thirty-year embarked on the adventure in this early August. The adventure definitely requires some effort but... She deserves it also because of the exceptional nature of sites and landscapes encountered. Behold, in bulk, advice-reflections from our own experience: * from Monodendri, there are two possibilities to get out ultimately in the gorges: either to the village of Vikos, or to the village of Papigko. The first possibility is both shorter and especially less difference. Also given the heat in the middle of the day, we recommend it rather (except for "extreme" lovers...) * the course is absolutely not dangerous; It is more carefully marked * on the other hand, some sections (particularly during the first third of the bottom of the gorges - to the point of water of Klima) can be difficult (moving on the rocks, occupying the bed of the river - usually dry in summer) and so tiring... * Similarly, the ascent to Vikos, after hiking and, usually, at the hottest time of the day , can be taxing * approximate distance between Monodendri and Vikos is 12-13 km; the total climb of the trip is about 800-900 metres * it is recommended to be in good physical shape before you start hiking * it is essential to have good reserves of water (2 L per person is a minimum); There, at the bottom of the Gorge, to +/-1/3 of their length, a single point of drinking water and fresh, very welcome * the departure time is important: it is best to go early in the day to take advantage of the cooler temperatures (the largest part of the track in the bottom of the Gorge is nevertheless shaded permanently). However, given the length of the route, (little shaded) climb up to Vikos will be inevitably at the hot hours (except to start at 5: 00 or 5:30 in the morning) * from a practical point of view, the easiest way is to go by car (if you have one) to Monodendri and get back by a "taxi" (official or rather non-cost between € 30 and € 40) of Vikos to Monodendri. While waiting, you can enjoy one or more Mythos to the terrace of the restaurant facing the arrival of the trail at Vikos...
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  • Great, however, 90% of the route we are going in the forest. The descent and exit difficult. Us the whole thing took 5 hours. Don't forget to take water. In the middle of the road you can water.
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  • My husband and I recently spent several days in Greece with two good friends of ours. As a part of our trip we wanted to hike the Vikos Gorge. We had heard that you could hike to the bottom on the gor...  more »

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