Climb Mount Olympus (2918m) 2021
Summit the highest mountain in Greece and stand on top of the 'Mountain of the Gods'
2 days off work
Up to 8 people
Thessaloniki Macedonia International Airport
Guesthouse · Mountain hut
This is a proper challenge, so you should be an experienced hiker with a good level of fitness.
Climb to the summit of Mt Olympus (2918m), one of the world's most famous peaks
Explore the beautiful and varied landscape of the legendary home of the Greek gods
Ascend and descend along different trails to ensure a unique and unforgettable experience each day
Local, English-speaking mountain guide
1 night in a mountain refuge
Transfers to / from Thessaloniki Airport, and everything in between
Flights to and from the meeting point
Some meals as described
Thessaloniki Airport (SKG)
17:00 on Day 1
Thessaloniki Airport (SKG)
12:00 on Day 4
Your host will pick you up at Thessaloniki Airport at 17:00 on Day 1, and drop you back at 12:00 on Day 4. It takes around 1.5 hours to get to Litochoro.
Alternatively if you want to explore Thessaloniki as part of your trip: you can be collected from Aristotelous Square in central Thessaloniki at 17:30 on Day 1, and / or dropped back there at 11:00 on Day 4.
There are direct flights to Thessaloniki Airport (SKG) from across Europe, or you can connect in Athens for more flexible options. If you arrive early or are staying on late: it takes around 30 minutes to get to Thessaloniki City Centre by taxi.
Guesthouse · Twin share
Mountain hut · Mixed dorm
Guesthouse · Twin share
What is the food like?
Refuges on Mount Olympus serve simple, hearty meals for around €10 - €15 per person. Breakfast usually consists of bread, butter, marmalade, honey, cheese, coffee/tea/milk and chocolate spreads. Lunch is often sandwiches, fruits, eggs, energy snack and chocolate, while dinners usually offer some combination of soup, pasta with sauce, lentils with rice, beef with pasta, rice or mashed potatoes, and sausage with pasta, rice or mashed potatoes.
What is the accommodation like?
You will be staying in a guesthouse in Litochoro.
Kakkalos Refuge or Apostolidis Refuge (depending on availability)
You'll stay in a rustic but comfortable mountain refuge above the treeline in a mixed dorm. Mattresses and warm blankets are provided and there is a common room where you can mingle with the other hikers and take meals. Alternatively, you can camp outside. Please note that the refuge does not have a shower and isn't connected to the electricity grid, with power supplied by solar panels and generators that are only available for a few hours each day (usually from dusk until around 10 or 11pm.)
For solo travellers looking for their own space, it is possible to request a private room upgrade on Days 1 and 3 on the trip - when you are in Litochoro. See Optional Extras for pricing. Please request this at the time of booking (subject to availability).
Arrive into Thessaloniki, and then head to Litochoro
Arrive on any flight into the coastal city of Thessaloniki - the second largest city in Greece and considered to be Greece's cultural capital. It is a fantastic place to explore on foot, and we recommend you fly in early if you have time.
Your host will then pick you up at around 17:00 for your 1.5 hour transfer to Litochoro: a small town at the base of Mount Olympus. You'll then have time to get settled into your Guest House and head out for dinner with the group.
Ascend to the refuge and look out over the "Plateau of Muses"
8-9hrs · 12km · 1600m up
It's an early start as you set off around 0800 to drive to the trailhead at Prionia (1100m.) Meander through a forest of pine, fir and birch and meet hikers from all over the world, before breaking through the treeline and getting a stunning view of the many summits of Mount Olympus. Push on to the refuge at (2650m) and relax with a hot meal and a view over the Plateau of Muses.
Summit Mount Olympus (Mytikas 2918m)
8-9hrs · 12km · 268m up · 1800m down
After an early breakfast, your guide will decide which of the two potential summits to attempt based on weather conditions and the group's fitness. The first option is to ascend Skala Peak (2882m) and cross a narrow ridge to the adjacent Skolio Peak (2911m). The tougher option is to attempt the mountain's highest summit, Mytikas(2918m,) but with a couple of hundred meters of exposed scrambling at the end, this route will be a challenge. Either way, you'll enjoy some incredible views over the surrounding gorges and peaks before descending along a different trail to the Gkortsia trailhead, where you’ll return to Litochoro. Celebrate your summit success with a cold beer and a relaxing afternoon.
Time to head home
After breakfast, your transfer back to Thessaloniki will leave at 0930, leaving you enough time to get any flight home from around 1230 onwards, or enjoy exploring Thessaloniki itself.
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What do I need to bring?
- Large, comfortable backpack (65-85 liters) with padded straps and waist belt (internal frame preferred)
- Waterproof liner for keeping clothing dry
- Sturdy, worn in trekking shoes
- Good waterproof top with hood
- Warm clothes, both for windy / cold daytime conditions and for the cool evenings (fleece tops or similar)
- Shorts and long trousers for walking, preferably quick-drying material (cotton or poly-cotton not denim)
- Sweatshirts or T-shirts for walking, at least one with long sleeves and collar (against sun-burn)
- Sheet, sleeping bag or similar (e.g. duvet cover) for the night, although blankets will also be available.
- Sunglasses, towel, sun hat or cap, sun block
- Wash bag and simple first aid kit (plasters or blister kit, aspirin or similar, antiseptic)
- Torch (head torch if you have one)
- Walking sticks
- Your own personal water bottle
This is a proper challenge, so you should be an experienced hiker with a good level of fitness. Both days involve long hikes with a full pack and as much as 1600m of elevation, while the summit of Mytikas requires some scrambling, so previous experience of this is recommended, but not essential. Ropes will be used for additional safety, but are not technically required to reach the summit. If any member of the group does not want to do this part of the trip, the second-highest peak of Mount Olympus, Skolio, (2,911m) offers an equally amazing view and can be reached by an easy/medium difficulty hiking path, without steep sections. The rest of the route is along a hiking path of medium difficulty, with several impressive drops close by that might be scary for those with a fear of heights.
Sure can! Over 50% of our travellers travel solo, it’s a great way to meet like-minded people.
Mount Olympus has a large elevation range, which makes the weather highly variable. Summer temperatures generally range between 0 and 20 °C, with cooler temperatures occurring near the top, especially at night. Strong winds are typical above the treeline, while most days are sunny or partly sunny, with thunderstorms occurring roughly a third of the days during summer.
There is a mountain spring in Prionia and another around 45 minutes further on where you can refuel your bottle. There are no other springs close to the hiking routes so bringing enough water with you is essential. Alternatively you can buy a bottle of water at the refuge for €1 - €2, however, please remember to take this with you when you leave the mountain to keep this beautiful landscape as clean and perfect as possible.
Tips are not included in the trip cost. These are entirely at your discretion but there is an expectation to tip for good service. Your guide will help with advice, however, we would suggest €50 per day as a guideline for each group.
Of course, you are free to tip more or less, and the amount should be reflective of your perception of service and quality - a tip is not compulsory and should only be given when you receive excellent service.
Any excess luggage can be safely left at your local host's trekking office in Litochoro.
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