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Viros Gorge

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Viros Gorge

Hi

We are not doing our beloved Ikaria this year so we will be in Kardamyli the first week in September (Anniskas) and are hoping to do the Gorge but we aren't hiking pro's so is it reasonably do-able for a pair of fifty year olds...plus how do you get up to the start. Anything else about Kardamyli and the surrounding area would be welcome

David & Wendy

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1. Re: Viros Gorge

Yes - perfectly do-able. We did an all-day walk in the area in May (we are late 50s/late 60s, so you are spring chickens!). Get an early start, take plenty of water & give yourself time to enjoy the glorious views & explore little places along the way. Also take a picnic. We did find a place for a drink in Nikovo, but had hoped to get lunch at Viros Gorge Hotel in Exohori, but this was firmly closed & according to some locals no-one knew what was happening with the place. It might by now have revived, but I would not count on it unless someone local can confirm. Luckily we had taken some trail snacks anyway.

Can recommend the book by Lance Chilton "Walks in Stoupa & Kardamyli" which gives a choice of routes of varying lengths. We tacked together small sections of several walks to make an 8 mile circuit, from Kardamyli - Old Kardamyli - Sotiros Monastery - Exohori - Nikovo - Petrovouni. There are coloured waymarks along the paths, which are reproduced on the Anavasi map of the area which is really excellent. The easiest start is the path signed out of Kardamyli up to Old Kardamyli on the north side of the village (opposite a small supermarket I think).

You do need decent boots as it can be rocky underfoot, & advise long trousers to protect from insects & vegetation!

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Tsipouro

Thanks for your comprehensive reply and tips..much appreciated...we will definately be giving it a go now and thanks for the book recommendation. Quick question...how long should it take if we do it steady

D&W

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We started out at 8am - in order to do most of the "uphill" in the cooler morning. We did stop often to take photos, to explore Old Kardamyli, Agia Sofia church, then Sotiros Monastery - this involves trekking right down into the valley floor & then re-tracing your path uphill to continue to the church of Agios Georgios from where the views of the gorge are rewards for the effort. As you walk from Sotiros up to Georgios you cannot believe you will ever reach the top - it looks soooo far above you! But so worth it!

Once at Exohori we slowed right down, stopped at Nikovo for at least an hour as we found a small taverna serving cold beers & then made our way slowly back down to Kardamyli arriving back at 5pm! The paths vary from dirt tracks, stretches of surfaced road, rough ground & kalderimi in various states of repair.

If we had just done the walk as a route march I suppose we could have got round in 5 to 6 hours, but as I said we were doing bits of several walks from the book added together to make a full day in this wonderful area.

The book does come with it's own map. The Anavasi map is Ref 8.12 1:25,000 Mani (Khardhamili - Stoupa) ISBN 978-960-8195-17-2.

Definitely a highlight day of our Peloponnese tour & we will be back to this area in future.

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Thanks again for your great descriptions...you obviously loved the area...we cant wait to go now

D&W

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