Agrafa is a mountainous region in Evrytania and Karditsa regional units in mainland Greece, consisting mainly of small villages. It is the southernmost part of the Pindus range. The Agrafa region is famous for its complete autonomy throughout the entire 400 years of Ottoman Turkish occupation of Greece. The word agrafa literally translates to unwritten which means unregistered or uncharted; because the Ottomans were unable to conquer this region, the area and its population were not recorded in the Sultan’s tax register. As a result the people were usually free to conduct their business and customs as they pleased without Ottoman influence.
The fiercely independent spirit of its people, known as Agrafiotes, is matched by a harsh and forbidding landscape. The central Agrafiotis River valley is surrounded on three sides by a steep 2,000-metre wall of mountains, and on its south side the river drains via a series of narrow and often impassable gorges into the man-made Lake Kremasta. The other great river of Agrafa, Tavropos (aka Megdovas), feeds two man-made lakes: Plastiras and Kremasta.
Our ascent started around 14.30 from the central square of a village called Anthiro. There is a clear trail within a beautiful forest full of trees, flowers and wildlife. Actually, in this part of Greece is rather common to come across wolfs, foxes, deers and even bears.
Due to weather conditions we had to abort the ascent to the final two towers. The last tower needs to be climbed and for the reason we were surrounded by thunderstorm clouds we have decided to descent safely back to Anthiro Village.
At around 21.00 we reached our camp site where we had the time to prepare our dinner meal, chit-chat and to have rest for the following’s day long trekking in Voutsikaki peak of Agrafa Mountain.
My sleeping equipment for this trip was the following:
- Hilleberg Akto Tent
- Cumulus Panyam 600 Sleeping bag (Practically I did not use the sleeping bag, cause weather was way too warm for such sleeping bag)
- Klymit V Static Ultralight insulated sleeping pad
Bellow the trail we have followed for the peak of Five Towers and the elevation profile.