Panta Vrehi Gorge
The Panta Vrehi gorge (meaning "the place where it is always raining") is a hidden gem for nature lovers in the mountains of Evritania and a must see for people who love outdoor adventures. It is crossed by the Krikeliotis river that flows between the mountains of Kaliakouda and Platanaki. It owes its name to the icy waters that come from the steep mountain of Kaliakouda and in their attempt to become one with the waters of the Krikeliotis river, form beautiful waterfalls. Due to their high height, the flow is not continuous and compact but decays to a wide range of small and large drops, creating a continuous artificial rain. In front of them, small natural pools are formed with crystal clear waters that the very adventurous can swim.
Hiking in Krikeliotis starts from the Stournaras-Roskas bridge. It is a 40 minutes’ hike along the riverbank with low degree of difficulty. The river is not tiring at all and does not require any experience or special equipment making it an excellent choice for families. Part of the trail is within the water, with an average depth of twenty to thirty centimeter while in some passages it can reach half a meter. At the beginning of the route, is the hanging bridge of Krikeliotis. Walking down through the gorge, we can admire some small waterfalls while the final waterfall adds a wow effect at the end of the walk. The best period to cross the gorge is during summer, when the river is not rough and the water level remains low.
There are three routes you can take to reach the gorge. In any case, the road to get there is rough and you will need a proper 4x4 vehicle. If you do not have such a car, you’d better book this excursion with a professional guide. The routes you can follow are:
Karpenisi, Megalo Chorio, Kaliakouda mountain top, Stournara (or Doliana), Stournaras- Roskas Bridge where the river trekking begins on the Krikelioti river following the flow of the river, Location Panta Verhi
Karpenisi, Rachi Timfristou, Krikello, Domnista, Skopia, Agios Charalambos, Kastanoula, Roska, Stournaras-Roskas Bridge where the river trekking begins on the Krikelioti river, following the flow of the river
Karpenisi, Gavros, Prousos, Tornos, Kastania (outside the village), Prodromos, Roska, Stournaras-Roskas Bridge where the river trekking begins on the Krikelioti river following the flow of the river, Location Panta Verhi.
This last route is much longer but safer and easier. In the gorge you can also canoe kayaking and rafting.
It is suggested to have with you closed shoes for the route, dry shoes and clothes for the return because the ones you will wear, will surely get wet as you walk in the water (river trekking), swimsuit, water and some snacks. Regardless of the season, do not attempt to cross the gorge in bad weather.