With great caution we pass over the rocks (there is a signal on the rock from where we have to start) going to the opposite bank. The path is clear and shows us its intensions from the very beginning, as it is quite steep. Of course in the one and a half hour that we need to get to “Krevatia”, there are mild spots and passes but in general we gain altitude very fast. We realize this when, after about an hour, we see the banks of the stream hanging 500 meters below our feet.
The route from the refuge to the summit is relatively easy. The mountain, on this side is a stone and dry land, so the hiker has a great open view in the horizon. Besides that, the uphill is not too bad. So the climber can follow different routes for hiking, since the orientation is very easy.
Remember that we only get essential equipment with us. We load the backpack in layers, from bottom to top. We fill all the gaps where they exist and make sure that a solid and symmetrical load is formed. When we wear the backpack, we adjust it in such a way that it is an extension of our body.
Finally, to complete the purchase of your backpack, check the above and test it on the store. Fill it with something (for example your jacket), wear it and take several steps with it, to “feel” it. Many times you will find that what you visually like, does not suit you physically.
Since our first visit to the mountain seven years ago, we have praised the work of the Forestry Dept of Goumenissa and will do so again because of the very good marking and maintenance of the trail and the very good maintenance and aesthetics of the wooden structures (cabins, benches etc).
When temperatures drop down, ice and snow bring new challenges to the hikes. So here are some important rules that will help you stay safe and enjoy your routes in the nature, without having unexpected problems.
Nothing of whatever we are trying to write, can describe the picture of what we see. The clearness and the sunshine allow us to gaze as far as the eye can see, while beneath us the refuge is like looking it from an airplane.
What a great scenery. The plateau is narrow, lying at the bottom of the summit and at its edge, a beautiful two-floor stone building with all the modern comforts and a spectacular view of Chatzipetros summit to the east and the mountains of South Pindos to the west.
During trekking, but also in camp site, various accidents might happen. So it is a must, to have a first aid kit with us. In addition to the basic ingredients described below, be sure to consult your doctor if you require specialized treatment and inform the rest of the group about it.
After another two hours and a painful and ruthless climb, we are coming out of the forest. There is no path anymore but there is no orientation problem either. In front of us, there is the last steep uphill that will bring us to the summit. At last, we have arrived and it was worth every step. The view is astonishing. In front of us are, the “Papa” stream and the high peaks of the mountain of gods, Profitis Elias, Touba, Stefani, Christakis. On the other side, we are gazing at Pieria Mountains, Vrodou, the beaches of Katerini, Thermaikos Gulf and Halkidiki.