Lambia Mountains or Lampia or Lampio (Greek: Λάμπεια όρη) are a branch and ridge of Erymanthos mountain, located in the Peloponnese, and are administratively owned by Ilia. Its highest peak is “Analipsi” at an altitude of 1,795 meters above sea level.
The name of this mountains come from the “shine of the snow” on the top of the mountain where the sunlight strikes it on its highest points. From Lambia Mountains, many tributaries of the Pineios spring . On the slopes of Lambia mountains there are various villages such as Divri (or Lambia), Kryovrisi, Kalyvia Kryovrisi, Tsipiana, Astras, Oreni, Amigdali, Kresova and Agia Kyriaki.
Pausanias reports that Lambia was a sanctuary of Pan. In ancient Greek religion and mythology, Pan is the god of the wild, shepherds and flocks, nature of mountain wilds, rustic music and impromptus, and companion of the nymphs. He has the hindquarters, legs, and horns of a goat, in the same manner as a faun or satyr. With his homeland in rustic Arcadia, he is also recognized as the god of fields, groves, wooded glens and often affiliated with sex; because of this, Pan is connected to fertility and the season of spring. The ancient Greeks also considered Pan to be the god of theatrical criticism. The word panic ultimately derives from the god’s name.
Tsipiana – Analipsi Peak 1.795m.
Our starting point was the small village, Tsipiana. Tsipiana is a village in Ilia in the Peloponnese Region of Greece. The Tsipian region is connected with Greek mythology, the caves of neighbouring Foloi lived in the many caves of the area, and in the mountains of the wider region, Heracles was chased and killed by Erymanthio Capro. On the hill of Litharaki, one and a half kilometers from the village, there have been found relics of a prehistoric settlement, and in the “Paleochori” site the remains of ancient buildings and two necropolis.
The route starts right from the central square of the village and the first part is a dirt road. This dirt road leads to the first water feature. On that point, the route splits in two sections. The first section leads to the North Col of Lambia Mountains, and after that the trail leads to the highest peak of the mountain, Analipsi peak at 1.795 meters above sea level.
Having reached the first water spring, we could see the beautiful forest and a small creek. On that point, there is a a board with indications of the various routes that one can hike on Lambia Mountains. Our goal was to reach the Analipsi peak from the north face and after that to descent from the south face towards the Dirvi/Lambia village.
Just few meters after the water spring, the trails splits in two and we had to move to the left and uphill. The trail is well signed and easy to identify it.
We have reached the north col of Lambia Mountains about 45 minutes since the moment we have started hiking. The distance from Tsipiana village is 3.5 km and is located at an altitude of 1.468 meters above sea level. On that beautiful spot, where we were surrounded by green fields, forests and high peaks, we have decided to have a short break in order to have some water, wear our hats and cover our -exposed to the sun- skin with some necessary sun screen.
From that very spot, we also had the first view of the Analipsi masif. A beautiful rocky peak that is relatively easy to reach.
Analipsi Peak 1.795 m. – Dirvi/Lambia Village
It was only one hour and thirty minutes since the moment we left behind us Tsipiana village, and we were already on the highest peak of Lambia Mountains, Analipsi.
On the top of the mountain, the climber can see a stone structure that in the past has been used as a sanctuary and nowadays most probably is used by the local shepherds as a resting point.
As soon we have reached the peak, we have noticed a rapid weather change and we could see that a thunderstorm was approaching Lambia Mountains. Therefore, our stay on the highest point of this mountain was rather short.
For the descent, and in order to avoid the bad weather we have decided to go down the mountain as fast as possible and therefore we have been trail running till our end point, the village of Lambia/Dirvi.
The trail is well marked and is easy to identify, but some part of the route were through beautiful rocks, where we decide to scramble.
Just a bit over an hour since the moment we have left Analipsi peak, we have reached the village of Lambia/Dirvi.
Lambia (Greek: Λάμπεια, before 1928: Δίβρη – Divri) is a mountain village, a community and a former municipality in Elis, Greece. Since the 2011 local government reform it is part of the municipality Ancient Olympia, of which it is a municipal unit. The municipal unit has an area of 72.447 km2.
Lambia is situated south of Mount Erymanthos, in the valley of a tributary of the river Erymanthos. Its elevation is about 800 m above sea level. Due to its inaccessibility, Lambia saw few invaders. Also the Ottomans stayed in the lower areas for strategic reasons. The Zoodochos Pigi monastery in Lambia was a centre of Greek culture and education. Several inhabitants fought in the Greek War of Independence
Details of the Hike:
- Location: Lambia Mountains
- Starting Point: Tsipiana village
- Ending Point: Dirvi/Lambia village
- Trail Signs: Very well signed path
- Minimum Elevation: 820 m
- Maximum Elevation: 1.795 m.
- Total Distance: 10.5 km
- Difficulty: Easy
- When to Hike: Autumn, Winter, Spring
- Water Features: One
Bellow you can see the route we have followed on a map and on 3D: