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Page Type: Mountain/Rock

Location: Greece, Europe

Lat/Lon: 40.05000°N / 20.55000°E

Object Title: Smolikas

Activities: Hiking, Mountaineering, Skiing

Season: Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

Elevation: 8652 ft / 2637 m


Page By: Thomas Gurviez

Created/Edited: Jun 1, 2006 / Apr 1, 2007

Object ID: 197512

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With its altitude of 2637 meters, Smolikas is the second highest mountain in Greece after Olympus, and top of the Pindos mountain range. Whereas Olympus is a remote mountain, limited to its highest summits, Pindos is a mountain range wich extends throughout Greece, from the albanian boarder to the canal of Corinthos.

This is a rather wet area compared with Olympus, with a lot of storms in wintertime that let the mountains covered with meters of snow and huge cornices in spring. Skihiking can be considered from the first significant snowfalls (December to January) to April-early May, depending on the year. In late May 2006 it was still possible to ski from 1800 meters on north sloped and 2000 meters on south slopes...

Thus this area includes big forests, still wild, one of the few areas in Europe where you can still find a rich wildlife, with even some bears close to Smolikas.

Getting There

The start of the climb is the small village of Palioseli, at the altitude of 1100 m, close to the bigger village of Elfthero. To get there you've to go to the city of Konitsa, close to the Ioannina-Kastoria or Kozani road.

From Athens to Konitsa, it's a long drive on usually good roads ; the best way is probably through Lamia, Karditsa and Trikala, the trip lasts between 5 and 7 hours...

From Konitsa to Palioseli the road is not in very good shape, be careful with potholes, rocks or tortoises (!) on the road, and don't get disturbed by the beautiful views to the east face of Gamila range... Count at least 1 hour (with good weather conditions) from Konista to Palioseli.

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