The Menalon trail has many different sections – so it is very easy to break up the hike into manageable distances depending on your fitness level. The eight villages that are part of the trail are Stemnitsa (trail head for the red trail), Dimitsana, Zygovisti, Elati(yellow), Vytina (green), Nymphasia, Magouliana, Valtesiniko, Lagkadia The total distance for all of the trail is 75.2 KM with a change in altitude from 420 meters to 1550 meters. The trail is designed to have rest areas with water and restrooms every 4 hours – in most instances you will be visiting a monastery, church, or small village. At every rest point near a road you will find informational signs which include phone numbers for local taxi service.
The trails are well marked and wide enough to feel secure in your footing and which path to take.
Things to take – If you plan of visiting the monasteries – men will need long pants and women skirts (a wrap-around long scarf or beach wrap works well) – some monasteries provide clothing. I would also suggest (particularly in the fall) light weight rain gear – storms come up quickly – in the mountains. Water can get pretty heavy when climbing on the steepest part of trail- I would take just enough for the segment – there are numerous opportunities to refill along the way.