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The first certified hiking path in Greece by the European Ramblers Association (ERA) is a fact and Climb Up is ready to guide even the most demanding hiker. Menalo’s trail is a 75km/46mi hiking trail that crosses Arcadia in the heart of the mythical Peloponnese. With a varied landscape of rugged mountains, gorges and green valleys, the path passes through scenic villages such as Stemnitsa, Dimitsana, Elati, Vytina, Nympassia and includes eight sections with different levels of difficulty and length, which are worth to explore. We have divided the path into 5 parts with an average of 15 km/9mi per day combining pure adventure with absolute fun and professional guidance. All transfers and accommodation are included.

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Season - Spring, summer and autumn

Trail length - 75km/46mi in total

Hiking time - 30 hours in total

Elevation - from 420m/1377ft to 1643m/5390ft max

Kids friendly - 12+

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Upon arrival at Menalo, settle in your guesthouse. You will be informed by your guide for all the details of the program. Walk in the village.
The path starts from the historic village of Stemnitsa. Going out to the gorge of Lousios you will meet the imposing and well-known monastery of Prodromos. It is a monument of the 12th century, built at the foot of a vertical rock. Then you will meet the two monasteries of Philosopher, 9th and 17th centuries. A little while after a short break at the Open-air water museum in Dimitsana will be a boost for the last 5km/3mi for Zigovisti. From there you will return to the hotel by car. (climb: 1094m/3589ft, descent: 1015m/3330ft, min-height: 420m/1377ft, max height: 1175m/3854ft)
The third day will find you back where you started. But before starting your hike you will have the chance to taste the authentic Greek coffee in the cafeteria of the village. Then, passing through the churches of Saint John and Saint George you will find yourself on a curved gravel road that goes smoothly uphill to the highest peak of the route at 1,643m/5390ft. There you will be able to make a nice break for a snack while the view will not leave you in peace. After walking and taking down the downhill, just 1.5 km/9mi before Elati and the end of your trek you will pass through the holy temple of ZoodochosPigis. (climb: 642m/2106ft, descent: 618m/2027ft, min-height : 1105m/3625ft, maximum height: 1643m/5390ft)
Undoubtedly one of the most beautiful pieces of the whole path. The route descends from Elati to the river Millaon and passes down the hill where the ancient city of Methidrion was located. Throughout the path, you will move through a dense forest and alongside the river. After this amazing place, you will make a small stop in the village of Vytina, perhaps the most beautiful village in the whole area. The day ends after Vytina, in the village of Nimfasia, where a small piece is made on asphalt, while the rest of it in a gorge until its exit. (Rising: 488m/1601ft, cathode: 740m/2427ft, minimum height: 813m/2667ft, maximum height: 1180m/3871ft)
Leaving Nymfassia behind you, the route begins through an oak forest that leads you to the Cairn Bridge and the impressive monastery. It is a monastic complex nestled in an impressive monolith. After crossing a dense fir forest and reaching the Whistle Bell, you will have the chance to rest near the freshwater source. After that, we continue to hike through the forest and just before Magouliana you find another freshwater source. Much of the route from Maguliana to Valtesinikos moves downhill into the valley to the riverbed where later it meets a cobbled path that climbs up to the village. In the evening this will be the last one at the hotel where you will stay, which means that the procedures should be taken to check out the next morning. (climb: 464m/1522ft, descent: 914m/2998ft, height min: 781m/2562ft, maximum height: 1307m/4288ft)
The last part of your multi-day hike rises smoothly into a Byzantine castle and again after that, it begins to descend through a dense fir forest through a beautiful path. Your road passes through valleys, threshing floors, and huts while its continuation ends in a war memorial. Our last destination. Lagadia also features an impressive complex of watermills. After the end of the hiking and the end of the multi-day activity, dinner will take place if and when our time permits. (climb: 612m/2007ft, descent: 791m/2595ft, height min: 937m/3074ft, maximum height: 1377m/4517ft)
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