Ymittos, Kessariani, 3 Nov.

Our hike on Saturday 3rd November starts at 2:00 pm. We shall be hiking to the summit of Mount Ymittos. The hike will be led by Geoffrey and will NOT go ahead if it is raining or if it has been raining during the morning, due to extremely slippery rock. If you need to call him, Geoffrey’s mobile is 6930776807. Here is what Geoffrey has to say about the hike:

This is the most difficult hike that I’ve led for this group. Rating of the walk – Difficult.

It is for experienced, fit & confident hikers. Often unprepared hikers have turned back from my previous easier hikes on Ymittos.

If you suffer from vertigo or poor balance, this is not for you. The surface is difficult in places, accompanied by loose rocks.

Good hiking boots/shoes are essential & trekking poles should prove helpful.

Duration: 2 hours plus

How to get to the walk start

Find yourself at the junction between Messoghion avenue and Katechaki avenue. Set your odometer to zero. Turn in the direction that takes you towards the mountain (and Attiki Odos). You are now in Katechaki avenue. Proceed. You will soon see large road signs that lead to Attiki Odos (green signs) and large blue signs. Follow the blue signs. The road bends to the right and you see road signs that read “Kessariani”. Follow these. They take you to the first exit to the principal road, on your right. Take this exit to the right. The distance from start to this exit is 3.4 km. After 200 meters down this side road, turn left, going under the bridge (Alimou-Katechaki highway). Set your odometer to zero, again. As you enter the road leading up to Ymittos, there appears to be a “no entry” sign. Ignore this, as it only applies when the Mount is shut overnight.

Continue along the road that climbs up into the mountain, for 1000 meters. You have now reached the Monastery (on your right). Continue for a further 100 meters. You reach a fork. Take the right hand road and drive on for close to 3 km.

The start point is the car park on the right, with the shrines, about 3 km up from Kessariani Monastery.

Coming via the Attiki Odos

From the Attiki Odos get on the Ymittos ring road. Keep going to the very end. Do not take the exit for Katechaki, but follow the sign for “Kareas Ave”.

Very soon you will turn off to the right (signposted to Kessariani). Turn off on this slip road right and almost immediately turn left. You will now pass under the Alimou-Katechaki highway. Set your odometer to zero here. As you enter the road leading up to Ymittos, there appears to be a “no entry” sign. Ignore this, as it only applies when the Mount is shut overnight.

Continue along the road that climbs up into the mountain, for 1000 meters. You have now reached the Monastery (on your right). Continue for a further 100 meters. You reach a fork. Take the right hand road and drive on for close to 3 km.

The start point is the car park on the right, with the shrines, about 3 km up from Kessariani Monastery.

Coming from the South (e.g. Voula, Glyfada) Get on the Alimou-Katechaki highway, going towards Messoghion Avenue. Note you cannot turn off to Kessariani direct. So pass the turning on your right for Kareas. Pass the next turning on your left for Vyronas. Pass the next junction, with traffic lights. Get in the left hand lane (while still on Katechaki). At the next traffic lights there is a turning left signposted to Kessariani Monastery. Turn left off Katechaki here. You will come to a T-junction, with a cemetery on your right. Turn right here. This road goes uphill and takes you under the Alimou-Katechaki highway. Set your odometer to zero here. As you enter the road leading up to Ymittos, there appears to be a “no entry” sign. Ignore this, as it only applies when the Mount is shut overnight.

Continue along the road that climbs up into the mountain, for 1000 meters. You have now reached the Monastery (on your right). Continue for a further 100 meters. You reach a fork. Take the right hand road and drive on for close to 3 km.

The start point is the car park on the right, with the shrines, about 3 km up from Kessariani Monastery.

The Taverna

After the walk we will eat at the cafe at Kalopoula. This is on the mountain, 1.5 km on the right, driving down from the start point.

Google Maps

Here is a link to take you from the junction of Messoghion avenue and Katechaki avenue to the exit to the right from Katechaki avenue (after 3.4 km) https://tinyurl.com/6g2dosp