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River Trekking the Vikaki Gorge

River Trekking the Vikaki Gorge

Product Code : 9562

About The Place

Vikos Gorge, an awe-inspiring natural wonder situated in the heart of Epirus, Greece, stands as a testament to the geological grandeur of the region. Renowned as one of the deepest gorges in the world, Vikos Gorge captivates visitors with its towering cliffs, pristine landscapes, and the cultural tapestry woven by the villages nestled along its rim.

Geologically, Vikos Gorge is a masterpiece shaped by the erosive forces of the Voidomatis River. Carved through limestone and metamorphic rocks over millions of years, the gorge stretches approximately 20 kilometers in length and reaches depths of up to 900 meters. The sheer cliffs that flank the gorge showcase the geological complexity of the Pindus mountain range, creating a dramatic landscape that leaves a lasting impression on all who behold it.

The fauna of Vikos Gorge contributes to its ecological significance. The region is home to a variety of plant and animal species, adapted to the rugged terrain. The gorge provides a sanctuary for birds of prey, including eagles and vultures, soaring above the cliffs in search of prey. The flora includes a diverse range of plant life, with endemic species thriving in the unique microclimates created by the gorge’s topography.

Culturally, Vikos Gorge is intertwined with the traditions of the local communities. The villages perched on the edges of the gorge, such as Monodendri and Vikos, boast traditional stone-built houses that blend seamlessly with the natural surroundings. The people of these villages maintain a deep connection to the land, and their way of life reflects a harmonious coexistence with the untamed beauty of Vikos Gorge.

The villages along the rim of Vikos Gorge are not only charming in their architecture but also rich in history. Monodendri, for example, is known for its cobbled streets, traditional mansions, and the Church of Agia Paraskevi, a cultural landmark that dates back to the 18th century. These villages serve as gateways to the gorge, offering a starting point for hikers and nature enthusiasts eager to explore its depths.

Hiking trails crisscross the landscape, providing access to viewpoints that offer breathtaking panoramas of Vikos Gorge. The Vikos-Aoos National Park, in which the gorge is located, is a protected area that encompasses diverse ecosystems and rare wildlife. Hikers may encounter the native chamois, a species of mountain goat, as well as other fauna adapted to the rugged mountain environment.

Vikos Gorge also holds cultural significance beyond its natural beauty. The Vikos Gorge Trail Run, an annual event, attracts athletes from around the world to compete in a challenging trail race that winds its way through the gorge’s stunning landscapes. This event showcases the area’s appeal to outdoor enthusiasts seeking both physical and aesthetic fulfillment.

In conclusion, Vikos Gorge in Epirus, Greece, is a geological masterpiece that combines towering cliffs, diverse fauna, and a rich cultural heritage. The villages along its rim provide a glimpse into the traditional way of life, while hiking trails offer opportunities for exploration and appreciation of the natural beauty that has evolved over millennia. Whether seeking adventure, cultural immersion, or simply the tranquility of a pristine natural setting, Vikos Gorge offers a multifaceted experience for those who venture into its depths.

Highlights

  • Pristine nature and lush vegetation

  • Traditional Tsepelovo and Kipi villages

  • Picturesque Kontodimos bridge

  • Natural pools with crystal clear water

Total Duration

  • 5 Hours

Full description

Embark on an unforgettable river trekking adventure in the pristine landscapes of Epirus, Greece. Immerse yourself in the beauty of Vikaki Gorge, a hidden gem within the Vikos-Aoos National Geopark, a UNESCO World Heritage site. This remarkable journey combines swimming and hiking through limestone alleys filled with crystal-clear water, offering a unique experience in the heart of the untouched Zagori region.

The trek begins in the picturesque village of Tsepelovo and winds its way for 4 kilometers until it reaches the charming village of Kipi. Along the way, Vikaki Gorge merges with the Bagiotiko stream, forming the magnificent Vikos stream. Prepare to be captivated by the awe-inspiring scenery, characterized by steep slopes, vibrant light blue water ponds, and lush vegetation.

Technical Information:

Distance: 4.5 km Elevation Loss: 90 m

As you traverse this breathtaking gorge, you’ll be surrounded by the untouched beauty of nature, immersing yourself in the tranquility and serenity of the surroundings. The combination of swimming and hiking creates a dynamic and engaging experience, allowing you to connect with the natural elements of the landscape.

Tour Exclusions:

  • Personal accident insurance
  • Anything not mentioned below

Suitable Seasons: June – July

Difficulty Level: 3

What to Bring

  • A pair of sports shoes that will get wet

  • Second pair of shoes

  • Swimming suit or second pair of underwear

  • Sunglasses/ Suncream

  • Towel

  • Backpack 20-30L

  • Water bottle

Includes

  • Experienced local Trekking Hellas guide

  • All necessary river trekking equipment (neoprene suit, waterproof jacket, helmet, lifejacket)

  • Snacks (seasonal fruits, cereal bars, traditional pie)

  • Photos

  • Necessary local transfer

  • Liability insurance

  • Taxes

Limitations

  • 12 years and above
  • Good physical condition
  • Knowledge of swimming ‎
  • Minimum 4 Participants

Itinerary

  • Starting Time 09:00
  • Ending Time 14:00

Meeting point

Kipi village, Central Zagori

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

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Sold By: Trekking Hellas Ioannina

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