Erymanthos is a mountain range in the southern part of Achaea and the northeastern part of Elis. With an elevation of 2,224 meters, it is the fourth-tallest mountain in the Peloponnese peninsula. The summit is located on the boundary of Achaea and Elis. Historically, Mount Erymanthos was part of northwestern Arcadia, where it was the second-tallest mountain range. The northern portion belonged to the historic Achaea.
We have arrived in the village named “Micha” late Friday night where we had our first bivy night. The morning after and quite early (6:30 a.m.) we have started our ascent from the village of Micha and 917 meters of altitude. The first part of the route was actually a descent and we dropped to 720 meters above sea level. Having left behind us Tsapournia the real ascent started. The trail is clear and there are identification marks on all crucial points. At first we have been crossing beautiful green fields and nice pine forests. It was a magical morning and we had our first break in an altitude of 1.050 meters in a beautiful hut that is used by shepherds during summer time.
Having left behind us the beautiful location of the shepherd’s hut, we have been moving through the first till the point we have reached the above the trees line. The surrounding environment was different but beautiful too.
Having reached the top we had a small break for some snacks, water and of course the “necessary” photos. The view from the top, like on any mountain was stunning. We could see several surrounding peaks such as Aroania (Chelmos), Ziria, Parnonas, Panachaiko etc. We were even able to identify the mountains of Giona and Vardousia.
On our descent towards Alepochori we have passed through wonderful landscapes, we have seen great peaks above us, we have crossed a river, we had a cold bath under a waterfall. All this, within the same mountain range!
At around 19.30 in the evening and after 13 hours on the trail and having done more that 25 kilometres, we have reached our final destination, Alepochori. As soon we reached the village, we created our campsite nearby the river. Our view from there was again great and we prepared dinner. My sleeping equipment for this trip was the following:
- Sierra Designs Flash 3 tent
- Cumulus Panyam 600 Sleeping bag
- Klymit V Static Ultralight insulated sleeping pad
The following day, we dedicated our activities to rock climbing and the whole group enjoyed it.
Bellow the route and elevation profile of our path.