Follow the footprints and hike the paths of the ancient Spartans!
This is a unique six days trekking adventure on mount Taygetos, suitable for all those who seek an unforgettable trip at the highest mountain of Southern Greece, summiting at 2407m and offering stunning views all around its slopes.
Beautiful forests, blooming flora and fauna, gorges and ravines make Taygetos mount trekking a fascinating experience. Its highest summit, Prophet Elias, its name was derived from the homonymous chapel that was built there in ancient times, is one of the biggest natural pyramids in the world. A unique mountain crossing/trekking trip where we settle in picturesque villages and mountain refuges and taste rustic Greek cuisine.
Moderate, suitable for everybody with good physical condition, able to hike from 7-15 km per day which can last from 4 to 8 hours, depending on weather conditions.
Arrival day. Get any flight arriving to Kalamata or Athens.
Meet your guide in Kalamata or Athens airport for a drive to your hotel in Mystras. After settling, briefing about the following days and welcome dinner! (D)
Accommodation: Hotel in Mystras
After our mighty breakfast, meet our guide at your hotel’s lobby. Our first hiking day starts from the overwhelming castle town of Mystras which was built during the Byzantine period. We walk through the impressive medieval stone built houses and forts of the city up to the acropolis. Leaving back Mystras the trail take us to Anavriti village. This trail is part of the official European E4 hiking trail which is crossing Greece and part of the Balkans. During our way, we will make an ascent which will offer us an amazing view of Evrotas valley and Sparta from a high ground. Pine trees, cedars and yews are the dominant plants within the variety of the Mediterranean vegetation. Overnight in Anavriti village at a traditional guesthouse! (B,L,D)
Trail distance: 12,1 kilometers / Ascend: 805 meters / Time: 6 hours / Rating: Easy to moderate / Accommodation: Family owned guesthouse
After a good night’s rest, we fill our flasks with fresh water from the springs of Anavriti and we start our ascent towards the mountain refuge that will accommodate us for this night. We enjoy a 14 km trail through pine forests at the beginning that changes into fir forests while we move higher. A beautiful part of the trail that takes us away to a remote place. We settle for the night at the EOS Sparta mountain refuge at the foothills of the summit. (B,L,D)
Trail distance: 14,9 kilometers / Ascend: 1201 meters / Time: 7 hours / Rating: Easy to moderate / Accommodation: Mountain Refuge
An important and amazing day of the trip as we reach the summit of the mountain at 2407 meters after 2,5 hours from the refuge. Spend some time to enjoy the panoramic and mythical view from the rock made chapel of prophet Elias built at the roof of mountain! Then we keep walking on the path towards south at a descent with stunning views and a constantly changing landscape until the settlement of Agios Dimitrios where we spend the night in a hut. (L,D)
Trail distance: 11,9 kilometers / Ascend: 1102 meters / Time: 8 hours / Rating: Moderate / Accommodation: Mountain Hut
The region we are entering now is called Mani and our trail now takes through Vasiliki forest where we discover an amazing diversity of flora. Pinus negra is the name of the black pine tree which is rare to find and along with fir trees they compose the high plantation of the forest. As descend to the beautiful Kardamyli village, we walk through old coble paths and traditional olive groves that show us a glimpse of the past way of life among the villages of Mani. Dinner at a sea-side restaurant. (B,L,D)
Trail distance: 19,1 kilometers / Ascend: 1155 meters / Time: 8 hours / Rating: Moderate / Accommodation: Family owned hotel
Departure to Kalamata or Athens. Transfer to the airport. (B)
Price is based on a minimum attendance of 4 people (for less or more participants, feel free to contact us).