Mount Kaliakouda is a high mountain pass at an elevation of 2.101m (6,893ft) above the sea level, located south of Karpenissi town, in Evrytania region, in central Greece. There’s a dirt road, with a length of 10km, reaching a refuge on the summit, which starts in the Megalo Horio Village. It's one of the highest mountain roads of the country.
Some road sections may require a high clearance 4WD vehicle, in four-wheel-drive, driven by a driver experienced in 4WD drive techniques to drive the road without getting stuck. The road is rocky and looks solid, but cornering that flowing waters create difficult passages you will probably find holes on the track and fallen rocks, so drive with caution.
This road is usually open all year, but it can be closed anytime when the access is not cleared of snow. Snow lies on the slope and do not melt before August. To reach the summit, start in Karpenissi town . You will reach it by car, driving to Karpenisi and then continuing to Prousos Monastery on the main street of Potamia area. From Megalo HorioVillage you will catch the dirt road that climbs on the mountain.
Mount Kaliakouda is an ideal destination for adventure-seekers, it stands out for the wildness of its nature and thanks to its contiguity with other mountains, it may serve as a base for several days of exploration and it’s perfect for mountain biking. Sadly, many visitors choose to drive all the way to the shelter, producing noise pollution and spoiling those moments of tranquility. The road itself has irreversibly damaged the local environment, while landslides are not a rare phenomenon.
Pic: Παντελής Γ.