13331150_591174617718421_3044634325727183640_nAt the point where the mountains Kakarditsa and Peristeri meet and at an altitude of 1905m, you will find one of the most difficult passages of Pindos known for its snowstorms which break out even at springtime. The borders between Greece and Turkey were at this spot until 1912. The mountain crossing of Baros was known by many centuries before to the caravans of mule owners who were transporting people and goods, but also to the chief shepherds of Pindos who would move every summer their cattle from the winter pastures of Thessaly to the high alpine meadows of Pindos , for free range feeding. Back in that days, the villages were full of life! Later, the Civil War and the new living conditions resulted in the devastation of the area and the mountain pass of Baros getting scrapped and forgotten.

For many years, there have been works and efforts trying to open and pave the road and the last part of the asphalth was delivered in 2013. This area of Central Pindos is considered to be the most beautiful in the country but unfortunately it is threatened by the ever increasing human interventions which not only mince and alter the alpine highlands but also brutally disrupt the ecosystem. The forests of Kakarditsa, Lakmos (Peristeri) and Rona, are home to all the large mammals of the mountains of the Balkan Peninsula, like the brown bear (Ursus arctos), the wolf (Canis lupus), the elk (Cervus elaphus), the roe deer (Capreolus capreolus), the wild boar (Sus scrofa) and the otter (Lutra lutra) that have now disappeared for years from the mountain habitats of Europe.

Photo: Amalia Lampri

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