Mount Parnon Traverse

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Key information: Mount Parnon Traverse

  • The traverse of the long ridge of Mount Parnon is an exceptionally enjoyable half-day walk. 
  • This is a tough walk in remote mountains with unpredictable weather. Come prepared. 

Walkopedia rating

  • Walkopedia rating85
  • Beauty31
  • Natural interest15
  • Human interest8
  • Charisma31
  • Negative points0
  • Total rating85

Vital Statistics

  • Length: 17km
  • 5.5hours
  • Maximum Altitude: 1,700m
  • Level of Difficulty: Strenuous

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The traverse of the long ridge of Mount Parnon is an exceptionally enjoyable half-day walk.

You start at the EOS refuge at Katafigio (or the road which leads there if you are happy to miss the views from the refuge) and descend to the road and a stream, from which you climb, at times steeply and at times on rocky riverbeds, through forest to a spur, where you contour and climb up to a rocky but grassy plateau (crazy with wild flowers in Spring) at some 1,700m. You cross below the main peak (which you can climb if you want, but is only for the over-keen) and on to a chapel below a smaller cone (which you can also climb, but more easily), at the northern end of the plateau. Thence, it is a long, steady-ish descent and traverse through rough, dry landscape to the Malevis convent.

As this is not a circuit, you will need to take a taxi or get other transport (likely from the main local village of Agios Petros).

Sunflower's Landscapes of the Southern Peloponnese has 30 walks, including on this walk. The Mountains of Greece - Cicerone, Tim Salmon with Michael Cullen has a worthwhile section too. Find relevant books by using our Amazon search function:

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