Erymanthos Mountain Spring Ascent

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.

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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.

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Shepherd’s house with goats
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One of the high peaks of Erymanthos
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Signs that indicate the trail
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At some point we came across this view
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Our first break point in this beautiful shepherd’s hut
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Having a break with beautiful view
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Trail path within the forest

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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.

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Lakes Olenou Alpine level
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First view of Mouggila peak (opposite of Olenos peak)
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Goat path
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Trail towards the 
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Mouggila Peak 2.169 meters
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Mouggila Peak 2.169 meters
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Trail identification
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First view of Olenos peak. Highest peak of Erymanthos mountain
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Climbing to the top view. We can see the Psili Tourla peak
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View while climbing to the highest peak of Erymanthos
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Last snow near the peak
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Erymanthos Mountain, Olenos Peak 2.224 m.
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Highest point of Erymanthos
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View from the top
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View from the top
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View from the top

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!

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Another Shepherd’s hut with the Olenos peak in the background

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Beautiful field of wild flowers
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Psili Tourla
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We came across a Viber Snake
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River
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Waterfall
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Waterfall
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Reaching Alepochori village
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Church of Alepochori village

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:

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Our campsite
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View from my tent
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My tent with the Solar Batter Charger

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Preparing tortelini for dinner

The following day, we dedicated our activities to rock climbing and the whole group enjoyed it.

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Rock Climbing 6a+
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Rock Climbing

Bellow the route and elevation profile of our path.

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12 thoughts on “Erymanthos Mountain Spring Ascent

    1. It is indeed a beautiful destination. Also keep in mind that from the base of the mountain to the seaside is just 30 minutes drive. So, from spring to autumn, one can combine nice trekking and swimming in the same day.

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