Hiking in Tzoumerka (Athamanika) – Pramanta Refuge – Kefalovriso Waterfall – Melissourgoi Refuge

There are a lot of mapped hiking routes at Tzoumerka, with special markings, both for advanced and beginners in hiking. A very easy hike is the one that starts from the Pramanta Mountain Refuge till Kefalovriso Waterfall. The waterfall of Kefalovriso, the highest of Greece (350 m.)

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Kefalovriso Waterfall

About Pramanta Mountain Refuge

The Pramanta Mountain Refuge restarted its operation on 28 October 2006 under new administration! Babis and Pola, together with their two wonderful and kind kids, provided us excellent service and great company during our stay there.

There are two 8-bed rooms and one 10-bed room, totalling 26 beds, a fully functional kitchen, dining tables, a living room and a fireplace. It operates round the year, every day, should no emergencies occur (we’re humans!). The whole “Isioma” plateau is there for games, camping, football, excursions even a little theatre! (mountain theatre).


See more hiking/mountaineering routes around this area:


Last summer (2020), Babis and Pola, updated the refuge with even more services and even a small swimming pool. Furthermore, there is plenty of space round the refuge for some wild comping and the location is really ideal.

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Pramanta Mountain Refuge
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My home at Pramanta – Sierra Designs Lightning 2 tent
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Sierra Designs Lightning 2 tent

Pramanta Mountain Refuge – Waterfall

The route starts at an altitude of 1.300 m (4.265 ft), in the “Isioma” plateau on the slopes of Tzoumerka Mountain.  About 100 meters away from the refuge there is a clear sign that indicates the trail to the magnificent waterfall. The trail is very easy to identify and to follow and there is not any single difficulty. In fact, is an ideal hike for beginners but also for families with kids.

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Strogoula as seen from Pramanta Mountain Refuge
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Sign towards the Waterfall – Starting point
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hiking through the green fields and the pine trees

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Hiking path
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Hiking in the beautiful forest

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Hiking in the beautiful forest
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Hiking in the beautiful forest
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Trail signs
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Waterfall Trail Sign
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a baby tree
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Hiking in the beautiful forest
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Stunning view

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Hiking

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Getting close to the waterfall

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Trail signs
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Getting very close to the Kefalovriso waterfall

Kefalovriso Waterfall

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Kefalovriso Waterfall
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Kefalovriso Waterfall
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Kefalovriso Waterfall
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Kefalovriso Waterfall

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Kefalovriso Waterfall – Melissourgoi Mountain Refuge

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Trail sign – Direction Pramanta refuge or Melissourgoi refuge
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Downhill
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Trail signs
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great landscape to hike
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The waterfall as seen from the path towards Melissourgoi
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Hiking in the forest
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Barefoot hiking in the forest
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Hiking in the forest
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Getting close to Melissourgoi
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5 more minutes till Melissourgoi mountain refuge

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Melissourgoi Mountain Refuge

Melissourgoi mountain refuge is equipped with five five-bed rooms with heating, each of which has its own independent bathroom. In a separate space there is the living room with the stone-built fireplace, which is a reference point for visitors especially in the winter months. Moreover, there is plenty of space in the fir forest surrounding the shelter, ideally designed for camping and  outdoor showers in the summer months.

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Melissourgoi Mountain Refuge
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Fresh running water fountain at the refuge
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View from the refuge

Details of the Hike:

  • Location: Athamanika (Tzoumerka) Mountains
  • Starting Point: Pramanta Mountain Refuge
  • Ending Point: Melissourgoi Mountain Refuge (via Kefalovriso Waterfall)
  • Trail Signs: Well signed path
  • Minimum Elevation: 1.027 m
  • Maximum Elevation: 1.399 m.
  • Total Distance: 4.1 km
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • When to Hike: All year round
  • Water Features: One

Bellow you can see the route we have followed on a map and 3D:

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Route on Map
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Route on Google Earth

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Check this map before you leave this blog

Below: This map marks all the mountaineering adventures that have been featured on Olympus Mountaineering so far, including several Sport climbing crags – Select full screen to expand, zoom in for more detail, or click on a marker for a link to the post.

8 thoughts on “Hiking in Tzoumerka (Athamanika) – Pramanta Refuge – Kefalovriso Waterfall – Melissourgoi Refuge

  1. Hello! Another amazing waterfall. Does it ever end? The beauty of Greece is simply stunning.

    I like all the maps you are using. Topo, as well as satellite with the route overlaid. I was also admiring your map with the routes pegged. How did you do that? It’s a very useful tool for people to see where this hike is, compared to where some of your other treks are located.

    Thanks for a great trip report!
    Alisen

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    1. Thank you Alisen!

      Tzoumerka, and overall the Pindus range (including Mt. Tymfi) is full of beautiful spots.

      With regards, the map, with the routes pegged, I just use google maps and I add the info and the tags there. Should you need more detailed info, feel free to get in touch via email (contact form), and I will be happy to provide you all info.

      Again, thank you for your nice comment.

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    1. Thank you Caroline.

      I have heard from more Canadians, that in Canada you do not have many of such refuges and I and surprised about it. Let’s hope the local mountaineering clubs (In Canada) will want to build and operate such refuges.

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