Hiking and Crossing Lambia Mountains

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.

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Starting Point Tsipiana Village

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.

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Beautiful landscape
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Green forest and blue sky
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Surrounding peaks
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Various trail paths
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Water feature

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.

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Trail sign that indicates the route towards North Col and Analipsi peak
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beautiful creek, green fields and forest
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Hiking up
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Hiking Up
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Hiking through the forest
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another small creek with running water
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Old shepherds mountain hut
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Water feature for pasture animals
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Almost at the North Col of Lambia Mountains
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Green fields and blue sky

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.

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Analipsi peak as seen from north col of Lambia Mountains

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Part of Erymanthos mountain

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In the far end, one can see Olenos peak of Erymanthos mountain

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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.

The view from Analipsi peak is breathtaking and one can easily see Erymanthos and Aroania mountains.

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Almost at the peak
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Trail signs just few meters before the peak
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On the highest point of Lambia Mountains
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View from the peak
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Stone structure on the peak

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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.

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Trail running downhill

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scrambling rocks
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route through the forest
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First view of the Lambia/Dirvi village
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Almost at Lambia/Dirvi Village

Lambia/Dirvi Village

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

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Lambia/Dirvi Village

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:

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4 thoughts on “Hiking and Crossing Lambia Mountains

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  2. I never expected that i could see such a landscape and rocky terrain in a flat region such as Ilia!
    For the fans of trail running, taking it back, could also be a rough training (+1800m positive ascent in 21km).
    In that case i would prefer village Divri (Lampeia) for starting point: it is easiest to reach by car and you can also find a few traditional cafe’ and tavernas to rest coming back from the Alalipsi peak or from Tsipiana!

    PS1 Congratulations for your nice photos!

    PS 2 If you decide to trail run this route, its extremely important to carry water! You can find only one water feature near Tsipiana village, as refered. Otherwise, you have to quench your thirst with river water…

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    1. Thank you for your kind comment and indeed, the region of Ilia a.k.a. Elia, also has beautiful rough mountains.

      I also agree with your PS2 comment regarding the water options on this specific route. Like in most mountains in Greece, from late spring till autumn, water features are rather rare. Therefore, depending the level of the hiker/runner, is quite important to carry some water, especially the very hot summer days.

      Again, thank you for stopping by and reading this post and for your nice comment.

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      1. I would also like to inform the readers of this interesting post that Divri village is located only 40 km away from Ancient Olympia!

        It means that you can easily combine a sea bath at one of the Western Peloponnese’s magnificent beaches with a visit to the bithplace of the Olympic games and – why not? – with a tough trekking or trail running experience on the Lampeia mountains! Just on an one ot two day trip!

        Thanks again for this post; you motivated me to visit this beautiful part of Peloponnese!

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