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The small book "Ways on Athos" with its very detailed trail map from Reinhold Zwerger is for precise orientation on the Holy Mount Athos absolutely necessary, especially if you choose a tour through the mountains.
While for the whole tour are only 4 days time, you must decide whether you want to visit the monasteries north or south of the capital Karyes.

Hiking the Mount Athos summit (2033 m)

  • With the ship from Ouranopolis to the harbour of Karyes
  • Shuttle Bus to the monk republic capital Karyes
  • Walking past the monastery Koutloumousiou
  • Stop at Monastery Philotheou (walk Karyes Philotheou takes about 2.5 hours)
    Visit of the Monastery Philotheou, possibly stay overnight at the Monastery
  • we continue to the Monastery Karakalou (walk Philotheou Karakalou about 30 min.)
  • via Morfonou to the big Monastery Megisti Lavra (hiking from Morfonou to Megisti Lavra takes about 2.5 hours)
    monastery sightseeing, dinner and stay overnight at the Monastery Megisti Lavra
  • On the next morning we walk past the Skite Prodromou (260 m) up to the saddle along the steep southeast flank of Mount Athos massif (770 m)
  • stay overnight in the alpine pasture Kerasia,
    the mountain hut Kerasia (650 m) is the best starting point for an ascent of Mount Athos summit,
    or if you are strong enough, continue climbing up to the chapel and refuge mountain hut Phanagia (1500 m) and stay overnight there
    (hiking from the saddle (770 m) to Mount Athos summit (2033 m) in about 4 hours)
  • After the descent either turn to Katounakia or walk directly to the Skite Ag.Anna
  • On the next morning we continue to the monasteries Dionysiou and Gregoriou
  • One last time we stay overnight in the Simonos Petra monastery
  • with the ship we go back to Ouranopolis
Holy Mount Athos summit
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