This is the adventurous Mount Olympus Expedition Tour, our “active” version of seeing and enjoying the great Mount Olympus. Μount Olympus, also transliterated as Olympos and on Greek Maps indicated as Oros Olympos, is the highest mountain in Greece. It is located in the Olympus Range on the border between Thessaly and Macedonia and the regional units of Pieria and Larissa, about 80 km (50 mi) southwest from Thessaloniki. Mount Olympus has 52 peaks, deep gorges and exceptional biodiversity. The highest peak, Mytikas, meaning “nose”, rises to 2,917 metres (9,570 ft). It is one of the highest peaks in Europe in terms of topographic prominence.
From its steep rocky summit, first climbed only 100 years ago, the father of all Gods Zeus used to fire his thunderbolts against humankind and the Titans! Its eastern flanks are the country’s first national park (created in the 1930’s), with dozens of endemic species of flora and fauna!
There is also no habitation apart from the refuges, which bring together groups of mountaineers from all over the globe in their cozy and homely atmosphere.
In this program, starting and ending in Litochoro village, we walk 8-9 hours per day, following mostly good forest paths; above the tree – line, the terrain varies from grassy uplands to rocky ridges, with some scrambling required for the peak ascents.
A good level of fitness and experience is required and the guide reserves the right to make the final decision if we climb the final peak or not. Cycling, walking/running and a daily stretching regimen are all great ways to prepare for this type of adventure.
Arrive and meet your guide in Litochoro square – taxi station. Transfer to Prionia, from where we begin our hike, at an altitude of 1.100 metres. The route from Prionia to Spilios Agapitos refuge is the most frequented hiking path on Mount Olympus and makes up a part of the E4 trail. Prionia is the highest point which can be reached by car at this side of the mountain. Most of the hike is through a thick forest of pine, beech and fir trees, and the path is in good condition. We make our way up to 2.100m alt. and reach the refuge. From there, we follow a short zigzagging trail which brings us just under the mountain’s main summits; soon we will see an alpine plateau at an altitude of 2700m where a small, cozy and friendly refuge will accommodate us for the night.
Today we wake up early, enjoy a mighty breakfast and get a briefing from our guide, since we have two options according to participants fitness and weather conditions: We either climb first Skala at 2.882 meters and then cross a narrow ridge climb to the summit of Skolio at 2.911 meters. Or if weather permits and there is no snow, we ascent to the main summit – Mytikas (2.917 meters), Greece’s highest peak, following a narrow gorge (it involves about 1 Km of scrambling , 4-5 hrs walking on narrow paths and an altitude gain of 800 m ). After reaching the summit we descent by the same way to the main path, and by crossing the spectacular precipice under the summit of Stefani – the throne of Zeus, we emerge to the “plateau of Muses”. In about 2 hours we will reach the refuge of the Hellenic rescue team (Petrostrougka at 1.940 m) where we can have our lunch and relax. From this point the end of our tour is near, so we continue to our final destination, Gkortsia (2 – 3 hrs walking) from where we transfer back to Litochoro.
Price is based on a minimum attendance of 3 people (for less or more participants please contact us).
The lighter you pack, the easier you travel. Use your best judgment and pack as lightly as possible, remember that you must carry everything you bring on all the days’ walk. You will appreciate light luggage towards the end of your trip.
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