4th Pindos Kayak Festival 2018

Welcome to the 4th Pindos Kayak Festival! Kayak enthusiasts and nature lovers gather in the tiny settlement of Plaka right at the banks of the blue Aracthos river from 3rd to 1oth November. Our mission is to spread awareness about river sports, the importance of clean, free flowing rivers, to share our knowledge and personal experiences of the rivers around the world AND of course, to go kayaking!

The festival will include activities and seminars surrounding the sports of the river.  We welcome all river enthusiasts – canoe, raft, SUP, kayak, river board – and their friends and families to join us for the most exciting event of the year – The Pindos Kayak Festival.  We also welcome musicians and artists to come share their crafts with us and enjoy the warm fires under the stars next to the river!

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Northern Greece, end of October: Putting in Arachthos next to the Via Natura Camp. | Foto: Salome Fritz

 

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Big wave, big boat! | Foto: Panos

 

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Cold autumn weather? Doesn’t look like! | Foto: Panos

 

 

Festival Program

Saturday (3.11.) Day of arrival

Dinner and movie „The Call of the River“ (documentary about the history of kayaking)

Sunday (4.11.)

Breakfast. Kayaking of the Arachthos Canyon (9km – Class II-III) or Lower section (12km Class III). Guided kayak trips and raft trips are available. 6pm – Welcome BBQ dinner. Live music with Dirty George (acoustic/vocals – jazz-hop, blues) and open jam session.

Monday (5.11.)

Breakfast.Cultural trip to monastery of Kipina in the mountains. Followed by kayaking of the Kalaritikos River to Plaka (Arachthos River) – Total 25km – Kalaritikos Top Section 2 km – Class IV-V (maybe one portage) Upper Section 7 km – Class III-IV Raft Section 7 km – Class III-IV Arachthos Canyon 9 km – Class II-III : Guided kayak trips and raft trips are available. Dinner followed by warm fire and talks about saftey and experiences.

Tuesday (6.11.)

Breakfast. Visit art museum of Papagiannis in Elliniko and monastery of Tsoukas with breath-taking views of the Arachthos gorge. Kayaking on Upper Arachthos River 30km – Class II-IV. Guided kayak trips and raft trips are available. Dinner and chill.

Wednesday (7.11.)

Breakfast. Kayaking in Voidomatis River. 12km Class II-IV. Guided kayak trips and raft trips are available. Kayakers will have a 35 minute carry to the put in of the Vikos Springs. Non-paddlers can enjoy a guided 6-7 km hike of the Vikos Canyon. Dinner followed by screening of kayak film “Congo: The Grand Inga Project”

Thursday (8.11.)

Breakfast. Kayaking on Acheloos River from the big dam to Kapsala 15km – Class II-III+. Dinner followed by meeting local artisans and craft makers.

Friday (9.11.)

Breakfast. Mystery Race and competition on Arachthos River. Dinner followed by a live performance of local music.

Saturday (10.11.) Day of departure

Saturday 10/11 – Breakfast. Gear swap and bazar. Lunch and departures.

Spirit of the Festival: Kayaking altogether! | Foto: Christoph Scheuermann

Festival Packages

In 2018 you can choose among five Festival Packages.

FULL Pindos Package  – 295 €     
– 7 nights in Hotel Teloneio
– 7 x breakfast
– 5 days transfer/shuttle
– 7 x dinner
– t-shirt

BASIC  Pindos Package – 175 € 
– 7 nights at Via Natura Raft and Kayak Camp
– 7 x breakfast
– 5 days transfer/shuttle
– 7 x dinner
– t-shirt

ONE DAY  Pindos Package* – 50 €
– 1 night in Hotel Teloneio
– 1 x breakfast
– 1 day transfer/shuttle
– 1 x dinner
– t-shirt      
 (*update one day before)
 
ONE DAY  Pindos Package* – 30 €
– 1 night at Via Natura Raft and Kayak Camp
– 1 x breakfast
– 1 day transfer/shuttle
– 1 x dinner
– t-shirt      
 (*update one day before)

SAME DAY  Pindos Package* – 20 €
– 1 x transfer/shuttle
– t-shirt     
 (*update one day before)

For a review on the Pindos Festival 2015 have a look to 4-Paddlers.

For more information, feel free to contact Nikos and Marina Manthos from Via Natura at info@vianatura.gr or by phone +30 697 222 3574.