River Trekking Lepida Gorge
About The Place
Nestled in the southern part of the Peloponnese peninsula, Parnonas Mountain stands as a majestic testament to Greece’s natural beauty and cultural richness. This mountain range, stretching over 100 kilometers, is a treasure trove of diverse ecosystems, charming villages, and a tapestry of traditions that beckon both nature enthusiasts and cultural explorers.
Parnonas is characterized by its rugged terrain, soaring peaks, and lush valleys. At its highest point, the mountain reaches an elevation of around 1,935 meters, offering breathtaking panoramic views of the surrounding landscapes. The diverse topography provides a haven for a wide variety of flora and fauna, making it a haven for biodiversity.
Parnonas is a botanical paradise, boasting a rich array of plant species that paint the landscape with vibrant colors. From fragrant wildflowers like mountain tea and thyme to dense forests of fir and pine, the mountain’s flora is a sight to behold. The biodiversity extends to the fauna as well, with sightings of deer, wild boars, and eagles adding to the allure of the area.
Dotting the slopes of Parnonas are picturesque villages, each with its own unique charm and cultural identity. Villages like Leonidio and Kosmas offer a glimpse into traditional Greek life, with stone houses, narrow cobblestone streets, and warm, welcoming locals. The architecture reflects a harmonious blend of history and modernity, preserving the region’s cultural heritage.
The locals of Parnonas are proud custodians of age-old traditions. Visitors can experience authentic Greek hospitality through traditional festivals, where music, dance, and local cuisine take center stage. These events provide an opportunity to immerse oneself in the vibrant culture and forge connections with the welcoming community.
Parnonas caters to a wide range of interests, making it an ideal destination for diverse activities. Hiking enthusiasts can explore a network of trails that wind through the mountain, revealing hidden waterfalls, ancient ruins, and panoramic vistas. The Parnonas Geopark offers geological wonders, adding an educational dimension to the outdoor experience.
For those seeking a more leisurely pace, the villages offer a taste of rural life and the chance to savor traditional Greek delicacies in local tavernas. Olive oil tasting, a staple of the region’s agriculture, is an enriching experience for food enthusiasts. Adventure seekers can engage in rock climbing in Leonidio, renowned for its challenging routes and stunning limestone cliffs.
Parnonas Mountain stands as a multifaceted gem in the heart of Greece, where nature, culture, and tradition intertwine. Whether it’s the thrill of exploration, the tranquility of nature, or the warmth of local hospitality, Parnonas offers an immersive experience that captivates the senses and leaves an indelible mark on the hearts of those who venture into its embrace.
The wonderful waterfalls of Lepida in the gorge of the Parnonas mountain.
The big waterfall has a height of 70m (230ft) and the smaller one 45m (150ft).
- 5 hours
The waterfalls of Lepida are considered to be among the most beautiful but also unknown natural monuments of Parnonas.
The rocks around the falls are ash colored and the water falls with a particular force. The area smells of oregano, and sage, while the small plane trees on the stones make up a unique natural landscape. The wonderful waterfalls of Lepida are located in the homonymous gorge of the Parnonas mountain.
The big waterfall has a height of 70m and the smaller one 45m. The hike starts from a traditional village, hidden in the heart of Mount Parnonas, at an altitude of 450m rich in springs with running water and vegetation.
The duration of the hike will be around 5 hours which equates to about 4km (2.5mi) with a minor increase in elevation throughout. A moderate level of fitness is recommended, but there will be breaks incorporated into the hike with some healthy local snacks provided to recharge.
We will move inside the gorge and follow the water until we meet both waterfalls. We will return from a different path.
Activity duration: 5 hours
Total Distance : 4km (2.5mi)
– If there are any medical conditions, please let the instructor know in advance
– Always operating with your safety in mind, the tour may be canceled due to weather conditions and for any other reason deemed necessary by the tour guide.
– The gorge during the summer months is dry.
What to Bring
Hiking / Mountaineering shoes (basic requirement)
Hat / Windproof / Waterproof Jacket
Walking sticks (optional)
Clothes appropriate for the season
Food (snacks, fruits, nuts, etc.)
English speaking local and professional mountain guides
Certified mountain attendants – first aid training B.L.S.
First aid kit carried by drivers
Any mountaineering equipment
Transportation to starting point, if necessary
- Minimum age : From 8 years-old and up
- Fitness level : Occasionally sporty
- Spoken languages : English, Greek
- If there are any medical conditions, please let the instructor know in advance
- Starting Time: 10:00
- Ending Time: 15:00
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