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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. 4.2.1, August 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
Trax
PATH CONDITION WALKING TIME SOURCE AND DATE OF INFORMATION
Agias Annis, Skete
(St Anne)
Kafsokalyvia, Ag. Triados Skete
Good, footpath
3.30 FoMA team member March 2016
Megisti Lavra
(Great Lavra)
Good, footpath
6.00 FoMA team member November 2015 and FoMA team May 2016
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 March 2016.
Agiou Pavlou
Good, footpath
1.15 FoMA team May 2015 and FoMA team member March 2016.
Prodromou, Skete
Good, footpath
5.00 FoMA team member November 2015 and FoMA team May 2016 .
Agiou Dimitriou, Skete Vatopedi
Good, path and track
0.45 FoMA team May 2016
Agiou Pavlou Dionysiou
Good, footpath and track
1.00 FoMA team member March 2016
Agias Annis, Skete
(St Anne)
Good, footpath
1.15 FoMA team May 2015 and FoMA team member March 2016
Nea Skiti
(Skiti Theotokou)
Good, footpath
0.45 FoMA team May 2015 and FoMA team member March 2016
Bogoroditsa, Skete Pantokrator
Good, path and track
1.30 FoMA team member March 2016, FoMA team May 2016
Profitis Ilias, Skete (Prophet Elijah)
Good, mainly path
1.00 FoMA team member March 2016, FoMA team May 2016
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 member March 2016
Grigoriou
Good, footpath
2.00 FoMA team May 2016
Dochiariou Konstamonitou via Arsanas Konstamonitou
Good, footpath and track
1.45 FoMA team member March and June 2016
Koutloumousiou and Karyes
Good, footpath and track. Follow Dochiariou to Vatopedi to WP 13 and then Hilandar to Karyes from WP 27.
4.30 - 5.00 FoMA team May 2014, May 2016
Vatopedi
Good, path, track and road
3.30 - 4.00 FoMA team May 2014, May 2016
Xenophontos
Good, path and track
0.25 FoMA team member January 2016
Esphigmenou Hilandar
Good, track
0.45 FoMA team May 2016
Koutloumousiou and Karyes
Passable to good, mainly footpath along the Way of the Bey
7.00 - 8.00 FoMA team May 2013, May 2015, May 2016
Vatopedi
Good, path and track
3.00 - 3.30 FoMA team May 2013, May 2016
Zographou via Vagenokamares
Good, footpath and track.
2.30 - 3.00 FoMA team May 2016
Grigoriou Dionysiou
Good, footpath
2.00 FoMA team May 2016
Simonopetra
Good, footpath and track
1.20 FoMA team May 2016
Hilandar Esphigmenou
Good, track
0.45 FoMA team May 2016
Karyes
Passable to good, mainly footpath along the Way of the Bey
7.00 - 8.00 FoMA team May 2013, May 2015, May 2016
Vatopedi via Esphigmenou
Good, track and footpath
3.45 - 4.15 FoMA team May 2013, May 2015, May 2016
Vatopedi via Chera
Passable to good, mainly footpath along the Way of the Bey. Follow Hilandar to Karyes to WP 33 (Chera), then Zographou to Vatopedi via Chera from WP 11.
5.00 - 5.30 FoMA team May 2015, May 2016
Zographou
Good, path and track
2.30 - 3.00 FoMA team May 2016 and FoMA team member June 2016
Iviron Karakalou
Good, road to Karakalou arsanas, then footpath
2.00 FoMA team May 2014
Koutloumousiou & Karyes
Good, footpath
2.00 FoMA team May 2016
Philotheou via coast road
Passable to good. Follow road towards Megisti Lavra then take footpath to right shortly after left fork to Philotheou Arsanas.
2.00 FoMA member May 2016
Philotheou via Skiti Iviron
Good, footpath and track.
2.00 FoMA member May 2016
Stavronikita
Good, mainly footpath
1.00 FoMA team May 2016
Kaliagra (Arsanas Koutloumousiou) Koutloumousiou & Karyes
Occasionally passable, otherwise Good, mainly footpath
1.30 - 2.00 FoMA team May 2016
Kafsokalyvia, Ag. Triados Skete Agias Annis, Skete
(St Anne)
Good, footpath
3.30 FoMA team member March 2016
Megisti Lavra
(Great Lavra)
Passable to good, footpath
3.30 - 4.00 FoMA team member November 2015 and FoMA team May 2016
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 member May 2016
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 member March and June 2016
Vatopedi
Early sections passable only with difficulty (storm damage) otherwise good, mainly footpath
3.00 - 4.00 FoMA team May 2015, May 2016
Vatopedi via Chera
Good, mainly footpath
3.00 FoMA team member January 2016, FoMA team May 2016
Xenophontos
Good, path and track via Dochiariou (see relevant entries)
2.00 FoMA team member January, March and June 2016
Zographou
Good, mainly footpath
2.00 FoMA team member June 2016
Koutloumousiou & Karyes Bourazeri, Cell
Good (= first part of Pantokrator path)
0.30 FoMA team May 2016
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, Path and track. Follow Karyes to Hilandar to WP 27 then Vatopedi to Dochiariou from WP 13.
c. 4.30 FoMA team May 2014, May 2016.
Esphigmenou
Passable to good, mainly footpath along the Way of the Bey
7.00 - 8.00 FoMA team May 2013, May 2015, May 2016
Hilandar
Passable to good, mainly footpath along the Way of the Bey
7.00 - 8.00 FoMA team May 2013, May 2015, May 2016
Iviron
Good, mainly footpath
1.30 FoMA team May 2016
Kaliagra (Arsanas Koutloumousiou)
Occasionally passable, otherwise Good, mainly footpath
1.00 - 1.30 FoMA team May 2016
Karakalou
Good, footpath and track via Philotheou (see relevant entries)
3.30 - 4.00 FoMA team May 2014
Konstamonitou
Later sections passable only with difficulty (storm damage) otherwise good. Path and track via Way of the Bey
c.4.00 FoMA team May 2015, May 2016
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 2016
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 2016
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 2016
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 33 then Vatopedi to Zographou via Chera from WP 11.
5.00 – 5.30 FoMA team May 2013, May 2016
Kolitsou Vatopedi
Passable to good, path and track. See Pantokrator to Vatopedi via Kolitsou
1.30 - 2.00 FoMA team May 2015, FoMA team member May 2016
Megisti Lavra
(Great Lavra)
Agias Annis, Skete
(St Anne)
Good, footpath
6.00 FoMA team member November 2015 and FoMA team May 2016
Kafsokalyvia, Ag. Triados Skete
Passable to good, footpath
3.30 - 4.00 FoMA team member November 2015 and FoMA team May2016
Prodromou, Skete
Good, path and track
1.30 FoMA team May 2016
Nea Skiti
(Skiti Theotokou)
Agias Annis, Skete
(St Anne)
Good, footpath
0.45 FoMA team May 2015 and FoMA team member March 2016
Agiou Pavlou
Good, footpath
0.45 FoMA team May 2015 and FoMA team member March 2016
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 FoMA team member March 2016, FoMA team May 2016
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)
Passable in places but mostly Good, footpath
0.45 - 1.00 FoMA team May 2016
Stavronikita
Passable to good, footpath
0.45 - 1.00 FoMA team May 2016
Vatopedi
Good, mainly footpath
2.30 - 3.00 FoMA team May 2016
Vatopedi via Kolitsou
Good, path and track
2.30 - 3.00 FoMA team May 2014 and FoMA team member March 2016
Philotheou Iviron via Skiti Iviron
Good, footpath and track
2.00 FoMA member May 2016
Iviron via coast road
Passable to good. Follow Footpath towards Philotheou Arsanas as far as road from Megisti Lavra to Iviron where turn left.
2.00 FoMA member May 2016
Karakalou
Good. Mainly footpath
0.45 FoMA member May 2016
Koutloumousiou & Karyes
Good, path and track
3.00 FoMA team May 2016
Prodromou, Skete Megisti Lavra
(Great Lavra)
Good, path and track
1.30 FoMA team May 2016
Agia Anna, Skete
(St Anne)
Good, footpath
5.00 FoMA team member November 2015 and FoMA team May 2016
Profitis Ilias, Skete (Prophet Elijah) Pantokrator
Passable in places but mostly Good, footpath
0.30 - 0.45 FoMA team May 2016
Bogoroditsa, Skete
Good, mainly footpath
1.30 FoMA team member March 2016, FoMA team May 2016
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 2016
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 2016
Karyes
Good, path and track
1.30 - 2.00 FoMA team May 2016
Pantokrator
Passable to good, footpath
0.45 - 1.00 FoMA team May 2016
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 2016
Dochiariou
Good, path, track and road
3.30 - 4.00 FoMA team May 2014, May 2016
Esphigmenou
Good, path and track
3.00 - 3.30 FoMA team May 2013, May 2016
Hilandar via Esphigmenou
Good, footpath and track
3.45 - 4.15 FoMA team May 2013, May 2016
Hilandar via Chera
Passable to good, mainly path, via Way of the Bey. Follow Vatopedi to Zographou via Chera as far as Chera, WP 11 , then Karyes to Hilandar from WP 33 .
5.00 - 5.30 FoMA team May 2015, May 2016
Kolitsou
Passable to good, path and track. See Pantokrator via Kolitsou below
1.30 - 2.00 FoMA team member May 2016
Konstamonitou
Later sections passable only with difficulty (storm damage) otherwise good, mainly footpath
3.00 - 4.00 FoMA team May 2015, May 2016
Konstamonitou via Chera
Good, mainly footpath
3.00 FoMA team member March 2016, FoMA team May 2016
Koutloumousiou & Karyes
Good, mainly footpath
3.30 - 4.00 FoMA team May 2016
Pantokrator
Good, mainly footpath
2.30 - 3.00 FoMA team May 2016
Pantokrator via Kolitsou
Passable to good, path and track
2.30 - 3.00 FoMA team May 2014 and team member May 2016
Zographou via Chera
Good, path and track
2.30 FoMA team May 2016
Xenophontos Dochiariou
Good, path and track
0.25 FoMA team member January, March and June 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 May 2016
Hilandar
Good, footpath and track
2.30 - 3.00 FoMA team May 2016 and FoMA team member June 2016
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, May 2016
Vatopedi via Chera
Good, path and track
2.30 FoMA team May 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 heartland of Athonite asceticism and lacks any type of road or track. Many footpaths connect the main settlements of the area; the most important of them can be found in the gpx file below. FoMA team May 2015, May 2016 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, May 2016
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.