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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. 4.5.2, October 2018

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, and to use the Pilgrim Map of Mount Athos along with their footpath descriptions in both planning and making their pilgrimages.

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 LATEST INFORMATION
Agias Annis, Skete
(St Anne)
Kafsokalyvia, Ag. Triados Skete
Good, footpath
3.30 FoMA team member March 2016 and September 2017
Megisti Lavra
(Great Lavra)
Good, footpath
6.00 FoMA team member November 2015 and FoMA team May 2018
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 member March 2016, FoMA team member April 2018.
Prodromou, Skete
Good, footpath
5.00 FoMA team member November 2015 and FoMA team May 2016 and May 2018.
Agiou Dimitriou, Skete Vatopedi
Good, path and track
0.45 FoMA team May 2018
Agiou Pavlou Dionysiou
Good, footpath and track
1.00 FoMA team May 2018
Agias Annis, Skete
(St Anne)
Good, footpath
1.15 FoMA team member March 2016, FoMA team member April 2018
Nea Skiti
(Skiti Theotokou)
Good, footpath
0.45 FoMA team member April 2018
Bogoroditsa, Skete Pantokrator
Passable to Good, path and track
1.30 FoMA team May 2018
Profitis Ilias, Skete (Prophet Elijah)
Passable to Good, mainly path
1.00 FoMA team May 2018
Chilandar: see below, Hilandar
Daphni Koutloumousiou & Karyes
From Daphni to Stavros = road. From Stavros to Karyes Good, path and track - follow last part of Simonopetra - Karyes)
3.30 - 4.00 Karyes-Stavros by FoMA team May 2017 (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 2018
Grigoriou
Good, footpath
2.00 FoMA team May 2018
Dochiariou Konstamonitou via Arsanas Konstamonitou
Good, footpath and track
1.45 FoMA team May 2018
Koutloumousiou and Karyes
Passable to 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 2018
Vatopedi
Passable to Good, path, track and road
3.30 - 4.00 FoMA team 2018
Xenophontos
Good, path and track
0.25 FoMA team May 2018
Esphigmenou Hilandar
Good, track
0.45 FoMA team May 2018
Koutloumousiou and Karyes
Passable to good, mainly footpath along the Way of the Bey
7.00 - 8.00 FoMA team May 2018
Vatopedi
Good, path and track
3.00 - 3.30 FoMA team members April 2018. FoMA team May 2018
Zographou via Vagenokamares
Good, footpath and track.
2.30 - 3.00 FoMA team May 2017, May 2018
Grigoriou Dionysiou
Good, footpath
2.00 FoMA team May 2018
Simonopetra
Good, footpath and track
1.20 FoMA team member April 2018
Hilandar Esphigmenou
Good, track
0.45 FoMA team May 2018
Karyes
Passable to good, mainly footpath along the Way of the Bey
7.00 - 8.00 FoMA team May 2018
Vatopedi via Esphigmenou
Good, track and footpath
3.45 - 4.15 FoMA team members April 2018. FoMA team May 2018
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 2018
Zographou
Good, path and track
2.30 - 3.00 FoMA team May 2018
Iviron Karakalou
Good, road to Karakalou arsanas, then footpath
2.00 FoMA team May 2017
Koutloumousiou & Karyes
Good, footpath
2.00 FoMA team members April 2018
Philotheou via coast road
Passable to good. Main road towards Megisti Lavra, then footpath just before Philotheou Arsanas.
2.00 FoMA team May 2017
Philotheou via Skiti Iviron
Good, Path and track. Bridge close to Philotheou now rebuilt.
2.00 FoMA member May 2016 and FoMA team May 2018
Stavronikita
Good, mainly footpath
1.00 FoMA team May 2018
Kaliagra (Arsanas Koutloumousiou) Koutloumousiou & Karyes
Occasionally passable, otherwise Good, mainly footpath
1.30 - 2.00 FoMA team May 2017
Kafsokalyvia, Ag. Triados Skete Agias Annis, Skete
(St Anne)
Good, footpath
3.30 FoMA team member March 2016 and September 2017
Megisti Lavra
(Great Lavra)
Passable to good, footpath
3.30 - 4.00 FoMA team member September 2017, FoMA team May 2018
Karakalou Iviron
Good, footpath to Karakalou arsanas, then road
2.00 FoMA team May 2017
Koutloumousiou & Karyes
Good, footpath and track via Philotheou (see relevant entries)
3.30 - 4.00 FoMA team member October 2016 and FoMA team May 2017 and May 2018
Megisti Lavra
(Great Lavra)
Good, footpath to Karakalou arsanas, then road
6.00 FoMA team May 2017 to arsanas (remainder = road)
Philotheou
Good, mainly footpath
0.45 FoMA team May 2017
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 2018
Karyes
Good. Path and track via Way of the Bey
c.4.30 FoMA team May 2018
Vatopedi via Chera
Good, mainly footpath
3.00 FoMA team May 2018
Vatopedi (crosses the ridge to the South of Chera)
Good, Path and track. Follow Konstamonitou to Karyes to WP 27 then Dochiariou to Vatopedi from WP 13
3.30 - 4.00 FoMA team May 2018
Xenophontos
Good, path and track via Dochiariou (see relevant entries)
2.00 FoMA team May 2018
Zographou
Good, mainly footpath
2.00 FoMA team May 2017
Koutloumousiou & Karyes Bourazeri, Cell
Good (= first part of Pantokrator path)
0.30 FoMA team May 2018
Daphni via Stavros
Good, path and track (follow start of Karyes - Simonopetra); remainder Road
3.00 Karyes-Stavros: FoMA team May 2017 (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 2018.
Esphigmenou
Passable to good, mainly footpath along the Way of the Bey
7.00 - 8.00 FoMA team May 2018
Hilandar
Passable to good, mainly footpath along the Way of the Bey
7.00 - 8.00 FoMA team May 2018
Iviron
Good, mainly footpath
1.30 FoMA team member April 2018
Kaliagra (Arsanas Koutloumousiou)
Occasionally passable, otherwise Good, mainly footpath
1.00 - 1.30 FoMA team May 2017
Karakalou
Good, footpath and track via Philotheou (see relevant entries)
3.30 - 4.00 FoMA team member October 2016 and FoMA team May 2017 and May 2018
Konstamonitou
Good. Path and track via Way of the Bey
c.4.30 FoMA team May 2018
Panteleimonos
Good. Path and track to Stavros (follow first part of Karyes - Simonopetra); then road to Xeropotamou; then mainly footpath (follow Xeropotamou-Panteleimonos).
3.15 Karyes-Stavros by FoMA team May 2017. Xeropotamou-Panteleimonos by FoMA team member January 2016
Pantokrator
Good, path and track
1.30 FoMA team May 2018
Philotheou
Good, Path and track. Bridge close to Philotheou now rebuilt.
3.00 FoMA team member October 2016. FoMA team May 2018
Simonopetra
Good, mainly track, path at the beginning and end
4.00 - 4.30 FoMA team member October 2016. FoMA team May 2017
Stavronikita
Good, path and track
1.15 - 1.30 FoMA team May 2018
Stavros (on the Karyes-Daphni Road)
Good, path and track. Follow first part of Karyes - Simonopetra
0.45 - 1.0 FoMA team May 2017
Vatopedi
Good, mainly footpath
3.00 - 3.30 FoMA team May 2018
Xenophontos
Good, mainly track
2.30 FoMA team member Sept 2011
Xeropotamou
Good, path and track to Stavros (follow first part of Karyes - Simonopetra); then road
2.30 Karyes-Stavros by FoMA team May 2017 (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 2018
Kolitsou Pantokrator
Passable to good, path and track
1.30 FoMA team May 2018
Vatopedi
Passable to Good, path and track
1.30 FoMA team May 2018
Megisti Lavra
(Great Lavra)
Agias Annis, Skete
(St Anne)
Good, footpath
6.00 FoMA team member November 2015 and FoMA team May 2017 and May 2018
Kafsokalyvia, Ag. Triados Skete
Passable to good, footpath
3.30 - 4.00 FoMA team member September 2017, FoMA team May 2018
Prodromou, Skete
Good, path and track
1.30 FoMA team May 2018
Nea Skiti
(Skiti Theotokou)
Agias Annis, Skete
(St Anne)
Good, footpath
0.45 FoMA team member March 2016
Agiou Pavlou
Good, footpath
0.45 FoMA team member April 2018
Panteleimonos Daphni
Good, path and track
1.45 FoMA team member January 2016
Koutloumousiou & Karyes
Good, mainly footpath to Xeropotamou (follow Panteleimonos-Xeropotamou); then road on to Stavros; then footpath and track to Karyes (Follow last part of Simonopetra-Karyes).
3.15 Panteleimonos - Xeropotamou by FoMA team member January 2016. Stavros - Karyes by FoMA team May 2017
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 May 2018
Kolitsou
Passable to Good, path and track
1.30 FoMA team May 2018
Koutloumousiou & Karyes
Good, path and track
1.45 - 2.15 FoMA team May 2018
Profitis Ilias, Skete (Prophet Elijah)
Passable in places but mostly Good, footpath
0.45 - 1.00 FoMA team May 2018
Stavronikita
Passable to good, footpath
0.45 - 1.00 FoMA team May 2018
Vatopedi
Good, mainly footpath
2.30 - 3.00 FoMA team May 2018
Vatopedi via Kolitsou
Passable to Good, path and track
2.30 - 3.00 FoMA May 2018
Philotheou Iviron via Skiti Iviron
Good, Path and track. Bridge close to Philotheou now rebuilt.
2.00 FoMA member May 2016 and FoMA team may 2018
Iviron via coast road
Passable to good. Footpath towards Philotheou Arsanas and then main coast road to Iviron.
2.00 FoMA team May 2017
Karakalou
Good. Mainly footpath
0.45 FoMA team May 2017
Koutloumousiou & Karyes
Good, Path and track. Bridge close to Philotheou now rebuilt.
3.00 FoMA team member October 2016. FoMA team May 2018
Prodromou, Skete Megisti Lavra
(Great Lavra)
Good, path and track
1.30 FoMA team May 2018
Agia Anna, Skete
(St Anne)
Good, footpath
5.00 FoMA team member November 2015 and FoMA team May 2016 and May 2018
Profitis Ilias, Skete (Prophet Elijah) Pantokrator
Good, footpath
0.30 - 0.45 FoMA team May 2018
Bogoroditsa, Skete
Passable to Good, mainly footpath
1.30 FoMA team May 2018
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 member April 2018
Koutloumousiou & Karyes
Good, mainly track, path at the beginning and end
4.00 - 4.30 FoMA team member October 2016. FoMA team May 2017
Stavronikita Iviron
Good, mainly footpath
1.00 FoMA team May 2018
Karyes
Good, path and track
1.30 - 2.00 FoMA team May 2018
Pantokrator
Good, footpath
0.45 - 1.00 FoMA team May 2018
Stavros (on the Karyes-Daphni road) Koutloumousiou & Karyes
Good, path and track. Follow last part of Simonopetra - Karyes
0.30 FoMA team May 2017
Vatopedi Agiou Dimitriou, Skete
Good, path and track
0.45 FoMA team May 2018
Dochiariou
Passable to Good, path, track and road
3.30 - 4.00 FoMA team May 2018
Esphigmenou
Good, path and track
3.00 - 3.30 FoMA team members April 2018 and FoMA team May 2018
Hilandar via Esphigmenou
Good, footpath and track
3.45 - 4.15 FoMA team members April 2018 and FoMA team May 2018
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 2018
Kolitsou
Passable to good, path and track
1.30 FoMA team May 2018
Konstamonitou via Chera
Good, mainly footpath
3.00 FoMA team May 2018
Konstamonitou (crosses the ridge to the South of Chera)
Good, Path and track. Follow Vatopedi to Dochiariou to WP 13 , then Karyes to Konstamonitou from WP 27 .
3.30 - 4.00 FoMA team May 2018
Koutloumousiou & Karyes
Good, mainly footpath
3.30 - 4.00 FoMA team May 2018
Pantokrator
Good, mainly footpath
2.30 - 3.00 FoMA team May 2018
Pantokrator via Kolitsou
Passable to good, path and track
2.30 - 3.00 FoMA team May 2018
Zographou via Chera
Good, path and track
2.30 FoMA team May 2018
Xenophontos Dochiariou
Good, path and track
0.25 FoMA team May 2018
Konstamonitou
Good, path and track via Dochiariou (see relevant entries)
2.00 FoMA team May 2018
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 footpath and track to Karyes (Follow last part of Simonopetra - Karyes).
2.45 FoMA team May 2017 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 2017, May 2018
Hilandar
Good, footpath and track
2.30 - 3.00 FoMA team May 2018
Konstamonitou
Good, mainly footpath
2.00 FoMA team May 2017
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 2018
Vatopedi via Chera
Good, path and track
2.30 FoMA team May 2018

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 2017, May 2018 and FoMA team members November 2015, September 2017

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 2018
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.