Tour overview

Enjoy a great hike from Mikro Papingo village to Drakolimni alpine lake, in Zagori mountain paradise.

Drakolimni is the name of the alpine lake in mountain Tymfi (2497 m). According to local folktales the lakes used to be inhabited by dragons who fought each other by throwing pines and rocks and thus created the peculiar landscape and gave their names to the lake.



Tour Summary


2 days

Period of Operation: May to October

Price per person:

Self Guided Option:

  • 125€ for 6-7 participants
  • 140€ for 4-5 participants
  • 180€ for 2-3 participants

Fully Guided Option:

  • 160€ for 6-7 participants
  • 190€ for 4-5 participants
  • 270€ for 2-3 participants

Participation requirements

A good level of fitness is required

Tour Details

Tour inclusions

Guided Mode

  • Trekking Hellas English speaking guide
  • Accommodation in berths on shelter (1 night)
  • Meals: 1 Breakfast at the mountain refuge, 1 picnic lunch / 1 dinner in the mountain refuge
  • Vat

Self-Guided Mode

  • Accommodation in berths on shelter (1 night)
  • Meals: 1 Breakfast at the mountain refuge, 1 picnic lunch / 1 dinner in the mountain refuge
  • Briefing from a local guide, map, footnotes and emergency support telephone
  • Vat

Availiable accommodations


Our hike starts from the village of Mikro Papigo at 950 meters, in the most popular pathway up to the mountain. This path is also a part of the long-distance pathway so called 03. The first part is a steep 3,5 hrs uphill climb to the cole at 1950 meters where Astraka’s refuge is. There are 4 water springs on the way up so there is no need to carry water all the way from the beginning.

We rest in the refuge, leave our backpacks for the night and set off for Drakolimni, hiking for about 1,5 hrs from the hut at 2100 meters.

Drakolimni is amongst some of the highest peaks of the mountain offering great views to its north face. It is really worth to climb to the small peak above the lake, to enjoy the best views of this majestic land.

Gamila 1 peak (2497 meters) and Smolikas peak (2637 meters) can be seen amongst tenths of other Pindos’ peaks.

We return hiking for about 1 hour back to the refuge to enjoy our dinner and rest.

Total Hiking Duration: 6 hours

Overnight in Astraka Refuge.


Early in the morning after our breakfast, we return from the same way back to Mikro Papingo.

Total Hiking Duration: 2.30 – 3 hours


Meeting Point: At the parking at the entrance of the village  Mikro Papingo – google maps here

Meeting Time: 09.00 am

  • Please try to travel as light as possible; remember that you must carry everything you bring on all the days’ walk.
  • Large, comfortable rucksack (40 – 50 liters) with padded straps and waist belt, internal frame preferred; waterproof liner recommended keeping clothing, etc. dry inside.
  • Sturdy, worn in trekking shoes.
  • Good waterproof top with hood.
  • Warm clothes, both for windy / cold daytime conditions and for the cool evenings (fleece tops or similar).
  • Shorts and long trousers for walking, preferably quick-drying material (cotton or poly-cotton not denim).
  • Sweatshirts or T-shirts for walking, at least one with long sleeves and collar (against sunburn).
  • Sheet sleeping bag or similar (e.g. duvet cover), for the overnights in the shelter, although blankets will be available.
  • Sunglasses, towel, sun hat or cap, sun block.
  • Your own personal water bottle. As part of our environmental policy and actions, we are committed to eliminating the use of plastic water bottles.
  • Wash bag and simple first aid kit (plasters or blister kit, aspirin or similar, antiseptic).
  • Photographers: bring your cameras.
  • Walking sticks.


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