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The Footpaths of
Mount Athos

List of Mount Athos Footpaths with Conditions,
Walking Times & Links to Descriptions and GPS Tracks


v. 4.1.1, March 2016

Language Switcher: to Greek

This table contains the latest information available to The Friends of Mount Athos on the condition of the footpaths of Mount Athos.* Routes are listed alphabetically by the Greek name of the monastery, skete or other landmark at which each path begins. Names beginning with “Saint” (St. Anne, St. Paul, St. Dimitrios) are under Agias/Agiou. The Great Lavra is listed as “Megisti Lavra”.

Pilgrims are recommended to refer to Practical Information about Walking the Footpaths of Mount Athos before setting out.

Most of the information in the list is from the FoMA project to clear and restore the footpaths of Mount Athos, or from pilgrimages made by members of the project team, as specified under "source and date of information." If you have current information on path conditions or the timings shown below, The Friends of Mount Athos would greatly appreciate your report. We invite you to contribute to this service by e-mailing The FoMA Footpaths Team.

Click on links below to view detailed path descriptions and GPS tracking
FROM TO
GPS
TRACKS
PATH CONDITION WALKING TIME SOURCE AND DATE OF INFORMATION
Agias Annis, Skete
(St Anne)
Megisti Lavra
(Great Lavra)
Passable to good, footpath
6.00 FoMA team May 2015 and FoMA team member November 2015
Mount Athos Summit
Good, footpath
8 hrs. return FoMA team member May 2015
Nea Skiti
(Skiti Theotokou)
Good, footpath
0.45 FoMA team May 2015 and FoMA team member November 2015.
Agiou Pavlou
Good, footpath
1.15 FoMA team May 2015 and FoMA team member November 2015.
Prodromou, Skete
Good, footpath
0.45 FoMA team May 2015 and FoMA team member November 2015.
Agiou Dimitriou, Skete Vatopedi
Good, path and track
0.45 FoMA team May 2015
Agiou Pavlou Dionysiou
Good, footpath and track
1.00 FoMA team May 2015
Agias Annis, Skete
(St Anne)
Good, footpath
1.15 FoMA team May 2015
Nea Skiti
(Skiti Theotokou)
Good, footpath
0.45 FoMA team May 2015
Bogoroditsa, Skete Pantokrator
Good, path and track
1.30 More direct route, FoMA team member March 2014. Longer route, FoMA team May 2012
Profitis Ilias, Skete (Prophet Elijah)
Good, mainly path
1.00 FoMA team May 2015
Chilandar: see below, Hilandar
Daphni Koutloumousiou & Karyes
From Daphni to Stavros = road, from Stavros to Karyes Good, path and track (= Stavros to Koutloumousiou & Karyes)
3.30 - 4.00 Karyes-Stavros by FoMA team May 2015 (remainder = road)
Panteleimonos
Good, path and track
1.45 FoMA team member January 2016
Xeropotamou
Good, path and track
0.45 FoMA team member January 2016
Dionysiou Agiou Pavlou
Good, path and track
1.00 FoMA team May 2015
Grigoriou
Good, footpath
2.00 FoMA team May 2015
Dochiariou Konstamonitou via Arsanas Konstamonitou
Good, footpath and track
1.45 FoMA team May 2014 and FoMA team member January 2016
Koutloumousiou and Karyes
Good, path and track, via Way of the Bey
4.30 - 5.00 FoMA team May 2014
Vatopedi
Good, path, track and road
3.30 - 4.00 FoMA team May 2014
Xenophontos
Good, path and track
0.25 FoMA team member January 2016
Esphigmenou Hilandar
Good, track
0.45 FoMA team May 2015
Koutloumousiou and Karyes
Passable to good, mainly footpath along the Way of the Bey
7.00 - 8.00 FoMA team May 2013, May 2015
Vatopedi
Good, path and track
3.00 - 3.30 FoMA team May 2013, May 2015
Zographou via Vagenokamares
Good, footpath and track.
2.30 - 3.00 FoMA team member October 2014
Grigoriou Dionysiou
Good, footpath
2.00 FoMA team May 2015
Simonopetra
Good, footpath and track
1.20 FoMA team May 2015
Hilandar Esphigmenou
Good, track
0.45 FoMA team May 2015
Karyes
Passable to good, mainly footpath along the Way of the Bey
7.00 - 8.00 FoMA team May 2013, May 2015
Vatopedi via Esphigmenou
Good, track and footpath
3.45 - 4.15 FoMA team May 2013, May 2015
Vatopedi via Chera
Passable to good, mainly footpath along the Way of the Bey as far as Chera
5.00 - 5.30 FoMA team May 2015
Zographou
Good, path and track
2.30 FoMA team May 2015
Iviron Karakalou
Good, road to Karakalou arsanas, then footpath
2.00 FoMA team May 2014
Koutloumousiou & Karyes
Good, footpath
2.00 FoMA team May 2015
Philotheou via coast road
Passable to good. Road up to Philotheou arsanas, then footpath.
2.00 FoMA team May 2014
Philotheou via Skiti Iviron
Good, footpath and track.
2.00 FoMA team members November 2015
Stavronikita
Good, mainly footpath
1.00 FoMA team May 2015 and FoMA team members November 2015
Kaliagra (Arsanas
Koutloumousiou
)
Koutloumousiou & Karyes
Good, mainly footpath<
1.30 - 2.00 FoMA team May 2015
Kafsokalyvia, Ag. Triados Skete Megisti Lavra
(Great Lavra)
Passable to good, footpath
3.30 - 4.00 FoMA team May 2015 and FoMA team members November 2015
Karakalou Iviron
Good, footpath to Karakalou arsanas, then road
2.00 FoMA team May 2014
Koutloumousiou & Karyes
Good, footpath and track via Philotheou (see relevant entries)
3.30 - 4.00 FoMA team May 2014 and FoMA team members November 2015
Megisti Lavra
(Great Lavra)
Good, footpath to Karakalou arsanas, then road
6.00 FoMA team May 2014 to arsanas (remainder = road)
Philotheou
Good, mainly footpath
0.45 FoMA team members November 2015
Provata
Passable to good, mainly footpath
0.45 FoMA team members November 2015
Karyes: see below: Koutloumousiou & Karyes
Konstamonitou Dochiariou via Konstamonitou arsanas
Good, footpath and track
1.30 FoMA team May 2014 and FoMA team member January 2016
Vatopedi
Passable (storm damage) to good, mainly footpath
3.00 - 4.00 FoMA team May 2015
Vatopedi via Chera
Good, mainly footpath
3.00 FoMA team member January 2016
Xenophontos
Good, path and track via Dochiariou (see relevant entries)
2.00 FoMA team May 2014 and FoMA team member January 2016
Zographou
Good, mainly footpath
2.00 FoMA team member January 2016
Koutloumousiou & Karyes Bourazeri, Cell
Good (= first part of Pantokrator path)
0.30 FoMA team May 2015
Daphni via Stavros
Good, path and track (= Koutloumousiou & Karyes to Stavros), remainder Road
3.00 Karyes-Stavros: FoMA team May 2015 (remainder = road)
Dochiariou
Good, footpath and track (via the Way of the Bey)
c. 4.30 FoMA team May 2014.
Esphigmenou
Passable to good, mainly footpath along the Way of the Bey
7.00 - 8.00 FoMA team May 2013, May 2015
Hilandar
Passable to good, mainly footpath along the Way of the Bey
7.00 - 8.00 FoMA team May 2013, May 2015
Iviron
Good, mainly footpath
1.30 FoMA team May 2015
Kaliagra (Arsanas Koutloumousiou)
Good, mainly footpath
1.00 - 1.30 FoMA team May 2015
Karakalou
Good, footpath and track via Philotheou (see relevant entries)
3.30 - 4.00 FoMA team May 2014
Konstamonitou
Good, path and track, using Way of the Bey
c.4.00 FoMA team May 2015
Panteleimonos
Good, road from Stavros to Xeropotamou, then mainly footpath
3.15 Karyes-Stavros by FoMA team May 2015. Team member January 2016
Pantokrator
Good, path and track
1.30 FoMA team May 2015, FoMA team member September 2014
Philotheou
Good, Path and track
3.00 FoMA team May 2015
Simonopetra
Good, mainly track, path at the beginning and end
4.00 - 4.30 Karyes-Stavros by FoMA team May 2015. Remainder FoMA Team members March 2015
Stavronikita
Good, path and track
1.15 - 1.30 FoMA team May 2015
Stavros (on the Karyes-Daphni Road)
Good, path and track
0.45 - 1.0 FoMA team May 2015
Vatopedi
Good, mainly footpath
3.00 - 3.30 FoMA team May 2015
Xenophontos
Good, mainly track
2.30 FoMA team member Sept 2011
Xeropotamou
Good, path and track to Stavros, then road
2.30 Karyes-Stavros by FoMA team May 2015 (remainder = road)
Zographou
Good, Path and track. Follow Karyes to Hilandar to WP 11 then Vatopedi to Zographou via Chera from WP 33.
5.00 – 5.30 FoMA team May 2013, May 2015
Kolitsou Vatopedi
Passable to good, path and track. See Pantokrator to Vatopedi via Kolitsou
1.30 - 2.00 FoMA team May 2015
Megisti Lavra
(Great Lavra)
Agias Annis, Skete
(St Anne)
Passable to good, footpath
6.00 FoMA team members November 2015
Kafsokalyvia, Ag. Triados Skete
Passable to good, footpath
3.30 - 4.00 FoMA team member November 2015
Prodromou, Skete
Passable to good, path and track
1.30 FoMA team May 2015 and FoMA team members November 2015
Nea Skiti
(Skiti Theotokou)
Agias Annis, Skete
(St Anne)
Good, footpath
0.45 FoMA team member November 2015
Agiou Pavlou
Good, footpath
0.45 FoMA team member November 2015
Panteleimonos Daphni
Good, path and track
1.45 FoMA team member January 2016
Koutloumousiou & Karyes
Good, mainly footpath to Xeropotamou, then road on to Stavros
3.15 Stavros-Karyes by FoMA team May 2015. Team member January 2016
Xenophontos
Good, mainly track
1.00 FoMA team member January 2016
Xeropotamou
Good, mainly footpath
1.15 FoMA team member January 2016
Pantokrator Bogoroditsa, Skete
Good, path and track
1.30 - 2.00 More direct route, FoMA team member March 2014, Longer route FoMA team May 2012.
Koutloumousiou & Karyes
Good, path and track
1.45 - 2.15 FoMA team May 2015 and FoMA team member September 2014
Profitis Ilias, Skete (Prophet Elijah)
Good, footpath
0.45 - 1.00 FoMA team May 2015
Stavronikita
Passable to good, footpath
0.45 - 1.00 FoMA team May 2015
Vatopedi
Good, mainly footpath
2.30 - 3.00 FoMA team May 2015
Vatopedi via Kolitsou
Good, path and track
2.30 - 3.00 FoMA team May 2014, May 2015
Philotheou Iviron via Skiti Iviron
Good, footpath and track
2.00 FoMA team members November 2015
Iviron via coast road
Passable to good. Footpath to Philotheou arsanas, then road
2.00 FoMA team May 2014
Karakalou
Good. Mainly footpath
0.45 FoMA team members November 2015
Koutloumousiou & Karyes
Good, path and track
3.00 FoMA team May 2015
Prodromou, Skete Megisti Lavra
(Great Lavra)
Passable to good, path and track
1.30 FoMA team May 2015 and FoMA team member November 2015
Agia Anna, Skete
(St Anne)
Good, footpath
5.00 FoMA team May 2015 and FoMA team member November 2015
Profitis Ilias, Skete (Prophet Elijah) Pantokrator
Good, footpath
0.30 - 0.45 FoMA team May 2015
Bogoroditsa, Skete
Good, mainly footpath
1.30 FoMA team May 2015
Provata Karakalou
Passable to good, mainly footpath
0.45 FoMA team members November 2015
Simonopetra Daphni
Road only, no footpath
2.30
Grigoriou
Good, mainly footpath and with track at the end
1.20 FoMA team May 2015
Koutloumousiou & Karyes
Good, mainly track, path at the beginning and end
4.00 - 4.30 Stavros – Karyes by FoMA team May 2015; remainder FoMA team members March 2015
Stavronikita Iviron
Good, mainly footpath
1.00 FoMA team May 2015 and FoMA team members November 2015
Karyes
Good, path and track
1.30 - 2.00 FoMA team May 2015
Pantokrator
Passable to good, footpath
0.45 - 1.00 FoMA team May 2015
Stavros (on the Karyes-Daphni road) Koutloumousiou & Karyes
Good, path and track
0.30 FoMA team May 2015
Vatopedi Agiou Dimitriou, Skete
Good, path and track
0.45 FoMA team May 2015
Dochiariou
Good, path, track and road
3.30 - 4.00 FoMA team May 2014
Esphigmenou
Good, path and track
3.00 - 3.30 FoMA team May 2013, May 2015
Hilandar via Esphigmenou
Good, footpath and track
3.45 - 4.15 FoMA team May 2013, May 2015
Hilandar via Chera
Passable to good, mainly path, via Way of the Bey after Chera
5.00 - 5.30 FoMA team May 2015
Kolitsou
Passable to good, path and track. See Pantokrator via Kolitsou below
1.30 - 2.00 FoMA team May 2015
Konstamonitou
Passable (storm damaged) to good, mainly footpath
3.00 - 4.00 FoMA team May 2015
Konstamonitou via Chera
Good, mainly footpath
3.00 FoMA team member January 2016
Koutloumousiou & Karyes
Good, mainly footpath
3.30 - 4.00 FoMA team May 2015
Pantokrator
Good, mainly footpath
2.30 - 3.00 FoMA team May 2015
Pantokrator via Kolitsou
Passable to good, path and track
2.30 - 3.00 FoMA team May 2015
Zographou via Chera
Good, path and track
2.30 FoMA team May 2015 and FoMA team member January 2016
Xenophontos Dochiariou
Good, path and track
0.25 FoMA team member January 2016
Konstamonitou
Good, path and track via Dochiariou (see relevant entries)
2.00 FoMA team May 2014 and FoMA team member January 2016
Panteleimonos
Good, mainly track
1.00 FoMA team member January 2016
Xeropotamou Daphni
Good, footpath and track
0.45 FoMA team member January 2016
Koutloumousiou & Karyes
Good, road as far as Stavros, then path and track
2.45 FoMA team May 2015 from Stavros to Karyes (remainder = road)
Panteleimonos
Good, mainly footpath
1.15 FoMA team member January 2016
Zographou Arsanas Zographou
Good, all but short initial and final parts are track
1.00 FoMA team member January 2016
Esphigmenou via Vagenokamares
Good, footpath and track
2.30 - 3.00 FoMA team member October 2014
Hilandar
Good, footpath and track
2.30 FoMA team May 2015
Konstamonitou
Good, mainly footpath
2.00 FoMA team member January 2016
Koutloumousiou & Karyes
Good, footpath and track. Follow Vatopedi via Chera to WP 11 and then Hilandar to Karyes from WP 33.
5.00 – 5.30 FoMA team May 2013, May 2015
Vatopedi via Chera
Good, path and track
2.30 FoMA team May 2015 and FoMA team member January 2016

The Far South
The southern part of the Athonite peninsula, between Agia Anna and Megisti Lavra, covers the southern slopes of the Athos ‘massif’. It is the heart of Athonite asceticism and lacks any type of road or track. There are many footpaths that connect the main settlements of the area; the most important of them can be found in the gpx file below. FoMA team May 2015 and FoMA team members November 2015

The Way of the Bey
This historically important path follows the ridge down the spine of the Athonite peninsula. The full Northern section is now passable to good from Hilandar to the Vatopedi/Karyes road at Stavros Makrygenous.
Paths lead off these sections of the Way of the Bey towards Esphigmenou, Zographou, Konstamonitou, Dochiariou and Vatopedi.
South of Stavros Makrygenous, the Way of the Bey is now mostly road or track.
FoMA team May 2013, May 2015
Notes
1. Footpaths are shown in preference to roads (tracks).

2. Path Condition is at date of latest information. Key: 'Good' means path can be followed with ease
'Passable' means that the path is easy to find but may be overgrown in places.
'Blocked' means that the path can no longer be followed at present.
'Unknown' means that the condition of the path is unknown.

3. To cover the complete route, several dates may appear under Source and Date of Information.

*The condition and signing of paths and tracks on the Holy Mountain are subject to continual change. While care has been taken in producing and maintaining each description, including independent validation, the Friends of Mount Athos does not take any responsibility for its accuracy or currency.

Copies of footpath descriptions are available, free, from the Friends website, www.athosfriends.org and in a number of places on or associated with the Holy Mountain.