Hiking

Top 5 Trail Recommendations around Aigeira

Within approx. 50 km (30 miles) from Aigeira the visitor has the choice to hike either the nearby forest that surrounds Perithorio village (22km/14miles away) or head further south and experience three beautiful trails at the slopes of Mount Aroania. The trail along Vouraikos Gorge completes the 5 suggestions for all abilities.

Styx Waters Trail – Helmos Observatory at Mount Aroania

Aigeira - Activities - Hiking - Styx Waters - Mount Helmos - Aristarchos Observatory
Aigeira – Activities – Hiking – Styx Waters – Mount Helmos – Aristarchos Observatory

The most well known trail in the region is the Styx Waters Trail at Mount Aroania (2,355m / 7,726 ft), the 3rd highest mountain of the Peloponnese.

Aristarchos Telescope - Helmos Observatory - Mount Aroania
Milky Way over Aristarchos Telescope – Helmos Observatory – Mount Aroania

The mountain is the site of the Aristarchos telescope and of the Kalavryta Ski Resort. Points of interest on the mountain include the Styx Waterfall, the Lake Caves, the monastery of Mega Spilaio and the mountain town Kalavryta. Some of villages on the mountain are Planitero and Peristera.

Aigeira - Hiking - Styx Waters Trail
Aigeira – Activities – Hiking – Styx Waters Trail Map

There is a very well written article (in english) about the Styx Waters Trail at Mount Aroania over at hikingexperience.gr which provides a lot of information about the trail should you wish to complete it yourselves.

Tsivlos Lake to Plateau Stolos

If the aforementioned hike feels to demanding for your preferences then have a look at an alternative option below. This is a more moderate trail of approx 12 km length at the surrounding slopes of Lake Tsivlou (or Tsivlos) up to Plateau Stolos at 1,520m.

Aigeira - Activities - Hiking - Tsivlou Lake From Plateau Stolos
Aigeira – Activities – Hiking – Tsivlou Lake View From Plateau Stolos

Below is the hiking route at wikiloc.om from user spas00

Lake Tsivlou to Plateau Stolos Trail Map
Aigeira – Hiking – Lake Tsivlou to Plateau Stolos Trail Map

Here is the trail map at wikiloc.com.

Lake Doxa – Dourdouvana/Triantafilia Peak

For fitter hikers there is the option of hiking from Lake Doxa (Feneos) to the surrounding southern peaks of Mountain Aroania, Dourdouvana (2,078 m-6,817 ft) and Triantafilia (2,109 m-6,919 ft).

Aigeira - Hiking - Lake Doxa From Dourdouvana Peak of Mount Aroania
Aigeira – Activities – Hiking – Lake Doxa From Dourdouvana Peak of Mount Aroania

This is a demanding 20+ km trail that starts at about 900m and you ascend at approx. 2,100m. For more information about this trail check the link here.

Aigeira - Hiking - Lake Doxa - Dourdouvana-Triantafilia Peak of Mount Aroania - Trail Map
Aigeira – Hiking – Lake Doxa – Dourdouvana-Triantafilia Peak of Mount Aroania – Trail Map

Vouraikos Gorge along Odontotos (world’s narrowest rail track).

This route is part of the E4 European Long Distance Hiking Route. There are a few variations that one can try ranging from a fairly easy 16km walk (illustrated below), up to completing the whole 50km round-trip from Diakopto to Kalavryta.

Aigeira - Hiking - Vouraikos Gorge - Ano Zachlorou to Diakofto - Trail Map
Aigeira – Hiking – Vouraikos Gorge – Ano Zachlorou to Diakofto – Trail Map

As mentioned, the easiest and also the most scenic option is the part of the gorge from Zachlorou walking down to Diakopto following the famous Odontotos (Rack) Railway, which with a gauge of only 0,75m makes it the narrowest in the world.

Time Required: The distance is approx. 16km and should take you around 3-4hrs.

The tracks pass through iconic points of Vouraikos gorge, such as the Gates (greek: “Portes”), waterfalls, rail bridges along the river. The hike is easy and only downhill.

From Diakopto From Kalavrita
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Attention
Although the route is fairly easy please be aware of it’s risk factor as there is no pedestrian path and you would be walking along a narrow train track, crossing bridges constructed exclusively for the train with no safety barriers.

Do check the time table of the train for the whole day, both ways, to avoid meeting the train in the tunnels. It is also recommended to report your hike to the train authorities at the station in Diakopto in order to worn the train operator.

Aigeira - Hiking - Odontotos Trail Bridge
Aigeira – Hiking – Odontotos Trail – Bridge Crossing

Aigeira – Hiking – Odontotos Trail – Dangerous Spots or Passages (photo Artemis Klonos)

For more information about odontotos check out the official website here.

Also another article (in english) with the first hand experience and info about hiking the route from Alex here.

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