Hiking Drakolimni – Mount Tymphe
About The Place
Mount Tymphe, a part of the Pindus mountain range in northwestern Greece, is a stunning alpine destination. Its towering peaks, including Gamila, offer both challenge and reward for hikers and nature enthusiasts. The mountain’s slopes are adorned with diverse flora and fauna, making it a haven for wildlife enthusiasts. Hiking trails of various levels of difficulty crisscross the area, providing breathtaking views.
Drakolimni, or “Dragon Lake,” is a series of enchanting alpine lakes nestled within Mount Tymphe’s rugged terrain. These pristine high-altitude lakes add to the region’s allure, making it a must-visit destination for those seeking alpine beauty and adventure.
Admire the imposing view of the Gamila peak
Discover the dragon lake alpine newts
Worship the unique view of Pindos mountain range
Adore the wild horses and Balkan Chamoix
Distance: 16 km, Elevation gain: 1370 m
- 9 Hours
Exploring the pristine alpine Dragonlake of Mount Timfi stands as one of the most captivating attractions in the Zagori region of Greece. This hiking adventure promises to be a journey of awe-inspiring natural beauty, from lush forests to breathtaking rock formations, and finally to the mythical Dragonlake itself.
Our hiking expedition commences in the charming village of Mikro Papigko, nestled amidst the Zagori region’s lush landscapes. Here, we find ourselves surrounded by a captivating forest that ushers us into the heart of this alpine wonderland. The uphill path through this verdant forest is nothing short of magical, as sunlight filters through the leaves, casting dappled shadows along our route.
As we leave the embrace of the forest behind, a jaw-dropping alpine vista unfolds before our eyes. This is where the legendary ‘Towers of Astraka’ reveal themselves, towering rock formations that seem to touch the heavens. These awe-inspiring natural sculptures stand as sentinels of the alpine realm, testament to the raw power and beauty of nature.
Our journey continues as we ascend towards the Astraka Mountain Refuge, perched at an elevation of 1950 meters. Here, we pause to savor a well-deserved lunch, surrounded by the crisp mountain air and panoramic views that seem to stretch to the edge of the world. It’s a moment of tranquility amidst the grandeur of the alpine landscape.
With renewed energy, we set forth towards our ultimate destination—the mythical Dragonlake. This pristine alpine lake is a sight to behold, cradled within the embrace of Mount Timfi. As we approach its shores, we are greeted by the ethereal beauty of its crystal-clear waters, reflecting the azure sky above. The north side of the lake treats us to breathtaking vistas of the Smolikas mountain range and the Aoos valley, while the east side offers a panoramic canvas showcasing the northwest Gamilla Mount.
As the day begins to wane, we reluctantly bid farewell to the Dragonlake, retracing our steps back to Mikro Papigo. The return journey follows the same trail, offering a fresh perspective on the landscapes we traversed earlier in the day. It’s a chance to savor the beauty of the journey one more time before we reach the village, our hearts filled with the memories of an unforgettable adventure.
In conclusion, hiking to the alpine Dragonlake of Mount Timfi in Zagori is a soul-stirring experience that immerses you in the raw beauty of nature. From the lush forest to the towering rock formations and the tranquil embrace of the Dragonlake, this journey is a tapestry of natural wonders waiting to be explored. Each step is a testament to the majesty of Mount Timfi and the Zagori region, leaving an indelible mark on your soul.
What to Bring
Breathable and quick drying sports clothes
Hat / Sunglasses / Suncream (for summer months)
Experienced local mountain guide
Snacks in the mountain hut
Backpacks (upon prior request)
Waterproof poncho jacket (upon prior request)
- Good physical condition
- Minimum 12 years +
- Starting Time 08:00
- Ending Time 17:00
Cancellation Policy - Flexible
- Whenever you cancel 4 days or earlier than the confirmed activity starting date, your fee will be refunded for the entire activity charge.
- In case of cancellation within 48 and 96 hours before the scheduled activity starting date, you'll get 50% reimbursed.
- Those who cancel 48 hours or beyond are considered last-minute cancellations. There will be no refunds