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Self-guided trekking ‘the Tracks of the Bear’ 2021
Travel code: PVWT311I
Tour type: Hiking-strenuous
Travel type: Self-guided trekking
Area: Valia Kalda/Smolikas
Number of days: 8 (extendable)
Tour description

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The hikes take place in the mountaineous areas of the National Parks Valia Kalda and Vikos-Aoos (Zagoria).
The Valia Kalda and the East Zagoria are unknown mountain areas. Here you’ll find unspoilt nature with alternating forests, lakes, barren slopes, savage streams and waterfalls. Here brown bears and other protected species still live in the wild. They are shy so there is little chance of encounter, but you’ll certainly come across the tracks!
The Smolikas is the third highest mountain in Greece. From the Dragon Lake you may climb the summit, but that will make it a quite long hike

This is a hiking tour for experienced mountain hikers who prefer to evade the trodden paths and do not mind stoney slopes and mountain meadows without a clear path.

Valia Kalda bear footprint bear on the trail

About the walks
The net walking time is between 5 and 8½ hours (excluding the breaks). You may extend your stay in each accommodation; we offer more hikes from several locations.
Most walks are on narrow and sometimes steep mountain paths. The paths generally are open and adequately waymarked. There are often loose stones and steep drop-offs. You must be sure-footed and fit and not vertigo-prone.

General tour information
You start with 2 overnight stays in Metsovo to make a warming-up walk. Then the trekking starts. Your luggage is tranferred.

About the accommodations
The accommodations are quite diverse: you’ll start in a somewhat luxurious hotel, then you’ll stay in guest houses and the final accommodation is a mountain refuge in a village. The reception is warm and the food is lovely.
At a surcharge you may enjoy your last overnight stay in a luxury hotel in Konitsa, with swimming pool, next to the Aoos river and the famous arched bridge.

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