Category Archives: walking

2082 – Athos pilgrimage 2019: the hike from Prodromou to Kavsokalivia

Planning a pilgrimage to the Holy Mountain is a necessity. Not only you’ll have make reservations for a place to sleep in a monastery or skete, you will also have book your trip by boat for Ouranopoli to Dafni and … Continue reading

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2079 – On our way to Vatopediou

We picked up our rucksacks, said goodbye to the archondariki, and were on our way to Vatopediou. Looking back to Pantocratoros we had a good view on the aqueduct that leads to the monastery. The aqueduct spans an olive orchard. … Continue reading

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2070 – On our way to Stavronikita

We found ourselves on the dirt road between skiti Agiou Andreou and Stavronikita. We hoped to spend the night in Stavronikita. The idea to sleep in a monastery without electric light enthralled us. But for the moment, the fog had … Continue reading

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2066 – Crossing the Profitou Eliou stream

In between the monastery of Pantocratoros and the Skiti of Profitou Eliou is a nice path (red and dotted line on the map) slightly uphill. It will take 30 minutes to get to the former Russian skiti. In the low … Continue reading

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2040 – the hike from Konstamonitou to Docheiariou

I am probably one of the worst pathfinders you can find. Our plan was to hike to Docheiariou and try to walk over as many monopati’s as possible. With the new map of Peter Holworth in our rucksack we left … Continue reading

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2029 – two old bridges and the lost coast path between Iviron and Lavra

In post 1617 my brother Herman payed attention to the old path that connected the monasteries Iviron and Lavra before the dirt road was build, probably just before 1968, when Athos celebrated its 1000th anniversary.  The old kalderimi path is almost … Continue reading

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2026 – How to preserve and keep the ancient paths of Mount Athos?

Greece has a long tradition in preserving ancient heritage. Even old roads, such as this one,  leading to Thessaloniki are kept in good condition for the future. This road is in the Museum of Modern Art in Thessaloniki. This nicely restored … Continue reading

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2023 – A walk along the border

This September I spent the holidays with my wife in the beautiful Skites Resort between Ouranoupolis and the Athos border. No plans to visit Athos but after some  time I felt the urge to make a long walk and see … Continue reading

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2009 – Trees on the mountain slope between Chairi Pass and Stavros

In 2017 we walked around the mountain from Megistis Lavras monastery via Katounakia to Nea Skiti (not on this map by Peter Howorth but located between Sk. Anna and Paulou monastery). It took us the whole day, no roads only … Continue reading

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1997 – a tragic and fatal accident on the Holy Mountain

Our reader Konstantinos Prigkipakis let us know in a comment that on May 1st shortly after 11 o’clock, a tragic accident happened on Athos. The 62-year old anesthetist George Karantinos from Heraklion Crete fell from a cliff in an inaccessible area … Continue reading

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