Mount Koziakas in winter

 

Mount Koziakas is a long ridge with direction from North to South, located at the east borders of central Pindos, stretching from Kalampaka (Meteora) to the town Pili, 20 km (12.4 mi) west of Trikala, between the Peneos and Portaekos river banks.

The mountain ridge is rocky with low and sparse vegetation and is covered by thin coniferous forests, grasslands and shrubland.

The mountain is included in the National List of the European NATURA 2000, and has an altitude of 1,901 meters (6,237 ft) and is one of the most popular winter destinations.

 

Born in the region, Asklipios, the Ancient Greek god of medicine, used the vast variety of medicinal plants and herbs found on the slopes of Mount Koziakas to formulate cures for his many patients. In fact, Mount Koziakas is known as Asklipios’ pharmacy, in tribute to the god.

To climb Mount Koziakas is not hard, because is a trekking peak. There is a refuge at the area named «Mpakola» (1,738 m – 5,702 ft). Chatzipetros with 1,901 m (6,237 ft) is the highest peak of the mountain.

Mount Koziakas refuge from above

Pertouli ski resort is one of the most beautiful in the country as you’ll find yourself hugged by Greece’s biggest and most beautiful and pristine fir forest. There are 3 slopes and 3 cross-country ski routes that are perfect for mountain climbing in the summer. Don’t miss this ski resort in the spring and summer, as you’ll feel like you’re hiking amidst oceans of huge fir trees.

Pertouli ski resort area from Mount Koziakas

The E4 European Trail is an important part of the mountain which is perfect for a stunning route through the mountain’s natural beauty.

The most popular route to Chatzipetros is from Pertouli’s Ski Center, at the area named «Livadia». A well signed path, with red spot, goes directly ahead to the slope.Less than 2 hours are required in order to reach the refuge, from where in 30 minutes can summit the highest peak, Chatzipetros.

The start of the trail at the area named «Livadia»

St. Paul’s chapel at «Livadia»

Arrival at Mount Koziakas refuge

Trail Map

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