The route starts from Abeliona, from the “Spyros’ Traditional Tavern”, and proceeds to the entrance of the village, where the Trani Fountain with its four valves is located (“Kubles”). From there, the steps lead to the Abeliona Retreat. Leaving behind the hostel, the trail climbs gently, in an area of dense mixed vegetation and rich shade, until it reaches the asphalt road leading to the village of Agios Sostis. After crossing Agios Sostis, through cobbled streets, the trail begins to climb to the west slope of Lycaeus. The route is steeply uphill, for the most part, but the hiker is compensated as the view westward, step by step, becomes more and more impressive.
Shortly before the end of the climb, we will meet the Neruli fountain, in an area of dense clumps of holly. Its cool water flows into a wooden “knob”. Then the path crosses a small plateau, with terraces, threshing floors and ruined huts, while in the background dominates, in its hemispherical shape, the peak of the Lycaeus Mountains, the Arcadian Top, the birthplace of Zeus.
The last part of the route follows a rural dirt road, to the site of the mosque of Zeus. At this point we will see the chapel of Prophet Elias of the Upper Karyotes, as well as the bases of the two columns to which Pausanias refers (VIII.38.7). At the top, a little higher, leads uphill to a few tens of meters. There, at the altar of Zeus, we will see traces of excavations carried out in recent years and enjoy a breathtaking view – three quarters of the Peloponnese and some Ionian islands are visible.