A half day hike near Kalamata at the foothills of mount Taygetos with one of a kind views of the Messinian Gulf.
Just a breath from Kalamata, lies mount Kalathi rising up to 1316 meters. Visible from any side of the city, you can see it sometimes lost in the clouds. It is very rare for a mountain of such height to be sited so close to the sea and the city. On its slopes, picturesque villages smothered in green and even higher on its summit, forests of fir and pine trees with stunning views to the Messinian Bay and the city of Kalamata.
Our hike starts from the village of Ano Verga. We follow the trail ascending to the mountain’s highest peak. Along the way, we discover the ruins of a Greek settlement of the past century lost among olive trees, walnuts, mulberries and fir trees. The smell of the herbs, fragrant shrubs and wildflowers dominate our senses. Arriving at the highest peak at 1316 meters the view to the Messinian Bay and the city of Kalamata is breathtaking. We stop at an old threshing floor to rest and taste a homemade picnic of local delicacies and fresh fruits enjoying stunning views.
Meeting time: 9:30 a.m.
Meeting point: Ano Verga.
Duration: 4 hours including breaks
Difficulty: Easy, some challenging parts
Suitability: Family friendly, Group friendly, Couples, Seniors, Youth
Know before you book
– Local mountain guide
– Tour planning
– Picnic with local products
– Photographs from the tour
– Liability insurance
– All taxes
– Transfer to meeting point
– Tip or gratuity
There is a minimum of 4 participants for the implementation of this outdoor activity.
We reserve the right to modify or cancel any outdoor activity due to bad weather or any other reason beyond our control.
Private trips available.
Discounts available for families and kids.
Hotel pick up / drop off upon request.
Know before you go
What to bring with you:
– Bottle of water
– Sun screen
– Hiking shoes or trainers (Open shoes, sandals or flip-flops are unsuitable)
– Hiking backpack (if available)
Frequently Asked Questions
Do I need previous experience?
No, many of our customers are first timers. This trip is easy to catch it up and beginners can complete a decent journey on their first-time hiking trip. All of our trips are about journeying. We walk at relaxed pace; we learn on the move and enjoy the natural environment. If you are a group of experienced hikers wanting to complete a demanding journey then a private trip would be the best option.
Is this hiking trip suitable for families with kids?
Absolutely Yes! A hiking trip is a wonderful way for your child to explore the outdoors. There are so many reasons to love a hiking trip with kids. Watching them gain confidence when outdoors, giving them the chance to see places from a different perspective, teaching them about the natural environment.
What is the minimum age for a kid to join this hiking trip?
Kids from 10 may join a standard group trip or a private trip. We always walk with kids at a relaxed pace giving them the opportunity to learn and have fun.
What kind of fitness level do I need to take part?
Relatively good physical condition is required. Keep in mind that the most important thing is to have fun and to enjoy the journey. We’ll take plenty of breaks and walk at an achievable pace.
What is the size of a group?
From 2 participants up to 12 people on our standard group trips. Most of our groups are consisted of couples, families and individuals. We can also cater smaller groups on private trips.
What is the trip best suited for me, how do I choose?
All of our trips are designed to be suitable for everybody. Each one has its own unique characteristics. Best way to choose a trip among others is to check which one departs closer from the place you are staying.
Do you offer private trips?
Yes, we can organize a private tour, standard or tailor made, just for you, your family or your friends.
Should I book a standard trip or a private trip?
If you are happy to hike with a mixed group or don’t want to spend as much money then booking a standard group trip is the best way to go. Private trips really work best with groups of experienced hikers or groups of friends who want to do something a bit different, would like to do a more advanced journey or just want to have privacy and enjoy the trip just themselves.
Is lunch provided?
Yes, simple, nutritious and flavorsome, the food is one of the pleasures during our trips. Halfway we make a relaxing stop at a nice place to taste a picnic with freshly baked bread, organic garden-grown fruits and vegetables, homemade olive oil, and cheese.
What route will we take?
We usually perform our tours within a certain route aiming to visit the most beautiful spots each trip has to offer however; your guide is likely to choose an alternative route that suits the conditions on the day and the experience and needs of the group. This is the safest and best way to operate hiking trips.
Where do I park my car?
You can park your vehicle safely and for free near our meeting point. Feel free to ask us about parking condition for a specific trip.
What happens if the weather is unsuitable?
A hiking trip is either cancelled and we return your money back or arranged for another day.
How can I book for a trip?
You can fill up the online booking form at the trip you want to participate.