Grammos, Tsouka Petsik 2.520 m.
Grammos is the fourth highest mountain in Greece. It remains unexplored by many because of its location (border with Albania) and its difficult access in winter.
North, by car you can reach the village of Grammousta (1400m) if the road is clear of snow, usually around March. From the south side to the village of Aetomilitsa (1450 m)
Water (last spring in the village)
Crampons and Ice Axe
From the village of Gramos or Gramousta at 1,380 m we follow the dirt road to the south towards the mountain. As soon as we start to gain height the dirt road ends and the snow cover begins. HIking before the skins depends on the season we choose to go and usually varies between 20 '- 60'.
We follow the trail (use a mountain map or GPS will be helpful) to the alpine Lake Gistova and the peak of Tsouka Petsik.
The following route was made by mountaineering skiing and starts from the Grammos Lodge refuge up to Gistova lake 2360 m.
The trail heads south and after the first peak, Sakouli 2414m, we continue on the ridge (which is the natural border with Albania) until we reach the frozen Gistova, at 2360 m, the highest lake in Greece.
After the lake the path to the top is clear, we have to follow the ridge leading to the steep slope of the summit.
From the lake the distance to the top is, depending on the weather always, about 2 to 3 hours of continuous ascent.
Crampons and Ice Axe absolutely necessary.
The following route was not made by skiing or splitboard but is the path from Grammos Lodge to the summit.
Due to the many and large streams the descent should be planned before even starting and specifically from the top to the lake and then to the village following the ascent path.
Grammos, like most mountains in Greece, is quite remote from civilization. Whenever we decide to visit such a mountain, let s not forget that an emergency rescue or aid would take many hours to reach us.
For the summit the best is to approach a day with good weather and start the climb very early in the morning so that there is no time to return without rush.
Snow above 2200m is usually frozen. It is best to reach the Grammos Lodge owner for mountain climbing information if you wish to contact the owner of the Grammos Lodge for information on the mountain refuge, road and snow cover.