Period of operation: Throughout the year
Price: went up! 20€/person
Duration: 4-5 hours
Minimum attendance: 4 participants
Level requirements: Basic Physical Condition
The dramatic rocky pinnacles of Meteora with their thriving cliff top monasteries are a sight to behold. One marvels at the audacity of the monks who first dared to perch simple shelters on the tiny summits. Nowadays the monasteries are much grander, but we take the privilege of reaching them via windy rocky paths among the rocky “chaos”.
Our trekking tour starts from the square of Kastraki village, following the same old paths the monks used to use, which wind their way amongst the tall rock-towers.
We pass beneath the ruined monastery of Pantocrator on the north side of the rock of Dupiani and then the path takes us to the heart of the lush forest reaching the abandoned and restored Monastery of “Ipapanti”. Then our trail goes up to the rocks and takes us to the cliff top monasteries. We will have enough time to visit two of the most important ones: Megalo Meteoro, and Varlaam.
We then walk downhill to Kastraki passing next to the cave of St. George Mandila where every year climbers to hang their scarves.
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Not Included: Entrance fees to monasteries 3€/person/monastery
• Light hiking shoes
• Hut, sunglasses, sun cream
• Waterproof jacket during winter months