Trekking into Vikos Gorge

A trek into Vikos Gorge is a serious endeavor. Just to get to the gorge's beginning, you must do a rugged 4 1/2- to 5-hour walk -- not including the hike back up. The walk through the entire gorge -- approximately 16km (10 miles) -- is even more demanding. Do not attempt this without proper gear, supplies, and experience.

If you do go, Monodendri's lower square offers one of the most accessible approaches. The path down into the gorge is signed here. To take part in an organized expedition, join one of the groups put together by Robinson Travel Agency, at the edge of Ioannina on the main road to the airport, 10 8th Merarchias (tel. 26510/29-402). More experienced trekkers might prefer to deal with the Mountain Climbing Association of Ioannina (tel. 26530/22-138) or the Mountain Climbing Association of Papingo (tel. 26530/41-138), based in one of the Zagori villages.

Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.