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Climb the Highest Mountain in the Greek Peloponnese - Mt. Taygetos

Hike the highest peak in the Greek Peloponnese (2404m) on this guided trek through forests, valleys and alpine meadows. 1 day off work.

  • Greece
  • May, June, September, October
  • Eleftherios Venizelos International Airport, Athens. Check flights

The Peloponnese region of Greece is famous for its pristine landscape and rugged wilderness, including the impressive Mount Taygetos (2404m). You’ll start at the base of the peak and trek to its summit, passing through beautiful mountain landscapes and enjoying incredible views of the Mediterranean Sea on the way. Your hassle-free trip includes:

  • 1 night in a boutique guesthouse, and 1 night in a mountain refuge
  • 2 days of guided trekking on Mount Taygetos
  • All meals
  • Professional, local, English-speaking guide
  • Airport transfers
  • Local transfers and luggage transfers
  • Digital photos of your trip
  • All taxes and fees

Perfect for:
This is the perfect low-stress mountain escape for travelers seeking fresh air and adventure in beautiful Greece.

Need To Know

The following are not included in the trip price:

  • International flights to/from Greece
  • Personal expenses
  • Alcoholic beverages not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Travel insurance
  • Tips for your guide (optional)

Sure can! A lot of people do, it’s a great way to meet like-minded people.

This trip will run with a minimum of 4 people, and a maximum of 10. Please note, if there are not 4 people booked the trip may be rearranged or cancelled.

Greek food is fresh and flavorful. Common dishes include Greek salad, moussaka (kind of like lasagna), souvlaki (meat skewers served on a platter or in a wrap), and dolmades (stuffed grape leaves). Breakfasts are typically light, with fresh fruit, olives, and yogurt providing the staples.

Absolutely! Just let us know at booking.

A good level of fitness is needed, and some previous hiking experience is recommended. More important is an adventurous and positive spirit!

The climate in the Peloponnese is Mediterranean. Summer temperatures average 15 – 26 °C, and winters cool down to about 11 – 19 °C. Days are generally clear and sunny, especially in the summer when there’s very little chance of rain. Mountain weather is typically a bit cooler and possibly windy.

  • Sturdy hiking boots or shoes
  • Lightweight, breathable hiking trousers and shirts
  • Hiking socks
  • Waterproof jacket and trousers
  • Warm jacket or sweater
  • Warm base layers
  • Sunglasses, sunhat, sun block
  • Small (30 - 35L) rucksack
  • 1L water bottle
  • Personal first aid kit
  • Trekking poles (optional but recommended)
  • Comfortable clothes for relaxing at night
  • Sleeping bag liner

Start point?
You will be met at the Athens International Airport upon arrival. Your host will be in touch before the trip to finalise details.

Finish point?
Your tour will end at the Athens International Airport in the afternoon of the last day. Your host will be in touch before the trip to finalise details.

Getting there and away?
Athens International Airport is served by inexpensive flights year round, including flights on British Airways, EasyJet and Thomas Cook Airlines.

For extra financial protection against unforeseen circumstances such as erupting Icelandic volcanoes, we recommend you book your flights using a credit card.

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Location

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The Peloponnese is a large peninsula in southern Greece separated from the mainland by the Gulf of Corinth. The region features in countless Greek myths, and it’s easy to see why: the landscape is a complex jumble of snowcapped mountains, beautiful beaches, and rushing rivers. The region isn’t heavily touristed, and famous Greek hospitality is alive and well.

The Taygetus Massif is a 100km-long chain of mountains on the peninsula. Its highest point is Profitis Ilias (2404m), an ultra-prominent peak that dominates the skyline. The mountain is composed of limestone and covered in forests of black pine and Greek fir. It has carried the same name since ancient times, and is even mentioned by name in the Odyssey.

Start point?
You will be met at the Athens International Airport upon arrival. Your host will be in touch before the trip to finalise details.

Finish point?
Your tour will end at the Athens International Airport in the afternoon of the last day. Your host will be in touch before the trip to finalise details.

Getting there and away?
Athens International Airport is served by inexpensive flights year round, including flights on British Airways, EasyJet and Thomas Cook Airlines.

For extra financial protection against unforeseen circumstances such as erupting Icelandic volcanoes, we recommend you book your flights using a credit card.

What to Expect

Friday: Arrival

Fly into Athens International Airport. Meet your guide there and transfer to your accommodation in Anavryti (3 hours).

Check in, get settled, then enjoy a delicious light dinner and some ouzo while gazing at the mountain views.

Saturday: Hike to Taygetos Refuge

Enjoy a fresh, homemade breakfast at the guesthouse, then begin your 5-hour hike to the Taygetos Refuge.

You’ll ascend via the east slopes through forests of fir and pine, and past gorges and natural springs.

Stop for a picnic lunch and the chance to refill your water bottle at a cool spring, then finish the hike to the Taygetos Refuge (1550m). Enjoy panoramic views from the refuge while eating a hot and hearty dinner.

Sunday: Summit Mount Taygetos, departure

After breakfast you’ll make the final push to the peak. Attain the “Immortal Ridge”, walk through meadows of alpine flowers, and finish on the summit plateau (2404m).

Enjoy a picnic lunch on the summit and marvel at the views.

Descend the mountain on a different trail, ending at Maganari Spring (900m) around noon. A car will be waiting to drive you back to the airport.

Note: This itinerary and the duration of the activities are subject to change due to group abilities and preferences, weather conditions and forecasts, etc.

Accommodation

In Anavryti you’ll stay at a comfortable, family-run guesthouse with wifi, ensuite rooms, central heating, and homemade breakfast.

The mountain refuge sleeps 26 people in dormitory-style bunk beds. Pillows and thick blankets are provided, but you may want to bring a sleeping bag liner or sheet. Hot, hearty food is served onsite, and drinks are available to purchase. The views from the refuge are outstanding!

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