1 day Dragon Lake Hike
1 day Dragon Lake Hike! A fascinating hike to the alpine lake of the imposing Mount Tymphi!
Hiking to the alpine Dragon lake of Mount Tymphi is one of the most impressive attractions of Zagori. Our 1 day Dragon Lake Hike starts in the village of Mikro Papigko, which is tucked away in the midst of a lush forest. As we pass through the beautiful forest, we have the imposing rock formations, known as the “Towers of Astraka” in full view! Continuing on our path, we reach Astraka’s mountain hut. The hut is located at an altitude of 1.950 meters. A nice break and nutritious lunch is in order! After recharging our batteries, we set off to reach the legendary Dragon Lake. The stunning alpine lake called by locals dragon lake (drakolimni in Greek), is believed to be a remnant of the Ice Age.
This harsh environment of limited nutrients, wide variations in sunlight during the summer and the winter months and acute fluctuations in temperature have turned the Dragon lake of Mt Tymphi into a truly unique ecosystem. Their waters are home to the Alpine Newt, a striking amphibian that has been around for thousands of years. It is approximately 10-12 cm long with an impressive orange-red color in the lower part of its body. And truly resembles a small dragon! From here we take in the breathtaking views! To the north is the Smolikas mountain range and the Aoos Valley and to the east the impressive Mount Gamilla. Then we head back to the village of Mikro Papigo following the same route.
Check also our 2Days/1 Night Dragon Lake Hike if you wish to follow a slower pace !
Trekking Hellas offers an array of day and multi day tours in this beloved region. If you like to keep active, also have a look at our Mountain Bike Tour or Rafting Voidomatis! For travelers with special preferences or needs we also customize our tours! Feel free to contact us and we will create the perfect experience for you!
Period of operation: April to November
Level of difficulty: Moderate
- 70€/pp for min 5-6 participants
- 80€/pp for min 2-4 participants
(for less or more participants please contact us)
- Good physical condition
- Age from 12 years and above
- English speaking Trekking Hellas Guide
- Hiking poles
- Backpack / 4 participants
- Picnic lunch
- Meal in the mountain hut
- Waterproof poncho jacket for the rainy days
April to November
Meeting point: Mikro Papigko, parking lot. Click here for our meeting point on the map.
Meeting time: 09:00am
- Small backpack
- Comfortable clothes (preferably quick-drying material: cotton or polycotton not denim)
- Light hiking shoes or hiking boots
- Hat or beanie sunglasses sunblock
- Waterproof jacket/membrane (for the rainy days)
- Your own personal water bottle. As part of our environmental policy and actions, we are committed to eliminating the use of plastic water bottles.