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

Summer time in Greece, means sun and high temperatures and most of the people visit the seaside and the islands of the country. Though, for me, summer time means a visit to one of my favourite -amongst others- areas of mainland Greece, Tzoumerka (or Athamanika).

Like every time I visit the area, I use as a base the Pramanta Mountain Refuge which is located few kilometres far from the village of Pramanta and under the Strogoula peak. One of the nicest things of that location, is that you can use your tent surrounded by the beautiful forest, with stunning view of Strogoula and by having all the comforts of the mountain refuge.

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Strogoula

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:


A couple of years ago (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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Sierra Designs Lightning || Tent
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Strogoula – View from the 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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Beginning of the trail
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Hiking

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lovely hike under the shade of the trees
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Crossroad
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Waterfall Kefaloviso Signboard
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Trail
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Enjoying the view
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lovely views
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hiking the last section towards the Kefalovriso Waterfall
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Almost at the waterfall
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Last uphill till the waterfall
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Kefalovriso Waterfall

Kefalovriso Waterfall

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Reaching the waterfall
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Fresh water falling down from the top

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Kefalovriso Waterfall – Melissourgoi Mountain Refuge

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Downhill towards Melissourgoi Mountain Refuge

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Sign direction Melissourgoi Mountain Refuge
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Lovely forest trail

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At this point we turn right
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We follow this old stone path
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At this point we turn left and we are only few minutes aways from Melissourgoi Mountain Refuge
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Arrived at Melissourgoi Mountain Refuge

About 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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View towards the mountain
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Fresh running water fountain at the refuge
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Melissourgoi Mountain Refuge
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Sauna at Melissourgoi Mountain Refuge

Melissourgoi Mountain Refuge – Pramanta Mountain Refuge

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Cairn – Start of the trail towards Pramanta Mountain Refuge

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Hiking uphill

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in the forest
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At this point we turn left

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We continue straight towards Pramanta Mountain Refuge

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This section of the trail is a bit steep

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We just made it on time before the thunderstorm

Details of the Hike:

  • Location: Athamanika (Tzoumerka) Mountains
  • Starting Point: Pramanta Mountain Refuge
  • Ending Point: Pramanta Mountain Refuge (via Kefalovriso Waterfall & Melissourgoi)
  • Trail Signs: Well signed path
  • Minimum Elevation: 957 m
  • Maximum Elevation: 1.399 m.
  • Total Distance: 6.5 km
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • When to Hike: All year round
  • Water Features: Two

Before you leave this blog check out the following map

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.


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