Mytikas, Mt Olympus, Greece
4.9
| 29 reviews

Climb Mount Olympus (2918m)

3 nights
Challenging

Summit the highest mountain in Greece and stand on top of the 'Mountain of the Gods'

What's Included?

Activities & Certified Guides

All itinerary activities with a local, English-speaking mountain guide

Guesthouse & Mountain hut

2 nights in a guesthouse, 1 night in a mountain refuge

Meals

2 breakfasts at your guesthouse

Transfers

Airport transfers and everything in between

Equipment

Helmet, harness and rope

Small Like-minded Groups

Solo-friendly by design, join our small n’ sociable groups of up to 8 like-minded, active and outdoorsy people
From

excluding flights

What's it like?

4.9
| 29 reviews
Another excellent MBA trip: Stunning and special
July 2024
Carlos M.
Another excellent MBA trip: Stunning and special
July 2024
Carlos M.
Another excellent MBA trip: Stunning and special
July 2024
Carlos M.
Another excellent MBA trip: Stunning and special
July 2024
Carlos M.
Another excellent MBA trip: Stunning and special
July 2024
Carlos M.
Another excellent MBA trip: Stunning and special
July 2024
Carlos M.
Another excellent MBA trip: Stunning and special
July 2024
Carlos M.
Another excellent MBA trip: Stunning and special
July 2024
Carlos M.
Another excellent MBA trip: Stunning and special
July 2024
Carlos M.
Mount Olympus...
August 2023
Tanveer
Mount Olympus...
August 2023
Tanveer
Mount Olympus...
August 2023
Tanveer
The climb is a proper challenge but totally...
October 2022
Ruby
We had an amazing trip up Mt Olympus, very...
October 2022
Nick
We had an amazing trip up Mt Olympus, very...
October 2022
Nick
We had an amazing trip up Mt Olympus, very...
October 2022
Nick
We had an amazing trip up Mt Olympus, very...
October 2022
Nick
We had an amazing trip up Mt Olympus, very...
October 2022
Nick
Where do I start !! This experience has bee...
August 2022
Nina
Where do I start !! This experience has bee...
August 2022
Nina
Where do I start !! This experience has bee...
August 2022
Nina
Where do I start !! This experience has bee...
August 2022
Nina
Where do I start !! This experience has bee...
August 2022
Nina
Once again a great trip! Hot and hard work...
July 2022
Rachel
Once again a great trip! Hot and hard work...
July 2022
Rachel
Once again a great trip! Hot and hard work...
July 2022
Rachel
Once again a great trip! Hot and hard work...
July 2022
Rachel
Once again a great trip! Hot and hard work...
July 2022
Rachel
Fantastic trip and worth every penny. The g...
July 2022
Daniel
Fantastic trip and worth every penny. The g...
July 2022
Daniel

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

Key Information

Day 1

Head to Litochoro, at the base of Mount Olympus

Thessaloniki, Greece

Arrive into the coastal city of Thessaloniki – the second largest city in Greece, it's considered to be Greece's cultural capital. It is a fantastic place to explore on foot, so we recommend you fly in early if you have time. Your host will pick you up late afternoon and take you to Litochoro: a small town at the base of Mount Olympus, which is about an hour and a half's drive away. Settle into your guesthouse, then you can head out for dinner with your group.

Day 2

To the 'Plateau of Muses'

Hiking

8-9hrs · 12km · 1600m up

It's an early start this morning as you set off on a drive to the trailhead at Prionia (1100m.) The trail meanders through a forest of pine, fir and birch and you'll 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 where you'll be spending the night – here, you can relax with a hot meal and a view over the 'Plateau of Muses'.

Day 3

Summit Mount Olympus

Mytikas, Mt Olympus, Greece

Hiking

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 metres 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 path to the Gkortsia trailhead, where you’ll return to Litochoro. Celebrate your summit success with a cold afternoon beer.

Day 4

Time to head home

Tuck in breakfast before hopping into the van for your transfer back to Thessaloniki Airport – or you can get dropped off in the city itself if you want to explore Thessaloniki.

Day 1

Guesthouse · Twin share

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

Day 2

Mountain hut · Mixed dorm

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

Day 3

Guesthouse · Twin share

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

Day 4

Departure day

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

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 snacks 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?

Litochoro

You will be staying in a guesthouse in Litochoro.

A view out over the Muses Plateau and the Christos Kakkalos Refuge on Mount Olympus, Greece.
Mount Olympus

You'll stay in a rustic but comfortable mountain refuge above the treeline in a mixed dorm – either the Kakkalos Refuge or Apostolidis Refuge (depending on availability). 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 22:00 or 23:00).

Upgrades

For solo travellers looking for their own space, it is possible to request a private room upgrade on Day 1 and Day 3 of the trip (when you are staying at the guesthouse in Litochoro) – see Optional Extras for pricing. Please request this at the time of booking (subject to availability).

This trip has been rated as Challenging

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.

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. Before you travel, your host will be happy to assist with any queries on the mountain conditions and the best clothing and equipment for your trip; some items will be available for hire on arrival, see the Kit List section above for more details.

The Area

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Logistics

Starts

Thessaloniki Airport (SKG)

17:00 on Day 1

Ends

Thessaloniki Airport (SKG)

12:00 on Day 4

Transfers

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.

If you want to explore Thessaloniki as part of your trip, you can be collected instead from Aristotelous Square in central Thessaloniki at 17:30 on Day 1, and/or dropped back there at 11:00 on Day 4. Just let your host know in advance.

Travel options

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.

Enjoy 12.5% Off Outdoor Gear

In need of a few more items? All bookings receive a 12.5% discount to use at Cotswold Outdoor, Snow + Rock and Runner's Need.

What's included?

  • Helmet
  • Harness
  • Rope

What's available to hire?

  • Trekking poles, trekking boots, flashlights, ice axe, crampons, gaiters, goggles, jackets, pants, sleeping bag, and sleeping bag liner are all items that can be hired and paid for locally. Please contact your host for any questions regarding hiring equipment.

What do I need to bring?

  • Large, comfortable backpack (40L) 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)
  • Camera
  • Torch (head torch if you have one)
  • Walking sticks
  • 1L-2L Water bottle(s) or bladder
*Requests for optional extras can be made after booking on your “My Bookings” page

Litochoro village extra night (double/twin room)

Payable Before Departure

Litochoro village extra night (double/twin room)

Per Night

Litochoro village extra night (single room)

Payable Before Departure

Litochoro village extra night (single room)

Per Night

in Litochoro only (not in the mountain hut)

Payable Before Departure

in Litochoro only (not in the mountain hut)

Per Person

Private transfer from Thessaloniki city or airport to Litochoro village (per vehicle per way)

Payable Before Departure

Private transfer from Thessaloniki city or airport to Litochoro village (per vehicle per way)

Verna W.(July 2024)
This trip exceeded my already

This trip exceeded my already high expectations. MBA made everything from airport pick up to airport drop off super straightforward.

Our guide, Thanasis was absolutely incredible. He was super knowledgeable, encouraging & supportive and really made this a 5 star experience.

The hike itself was spectacular - the views were unlike anything I had seen before and the strong connection to Greek mythology made it all the more magical.

I would encourage anyone considering this trip to just book it! You won't regret it.

Richard O.(July 2024)
Mt Olympus

Excellent trip. Strongly recommend. Our guide, Thanasis, was superb. Greek people are very friendly and welcoming.

Carlos M.(July 2024)
Another excellent MBA trip: Stunning and special
Another excellent MBA trip: Stunning and special
Another excellent MBA trip: Stunning and special
Another excellent MBA trip: Stunning and special
Another excellent MBA trip: Stunning and special
Another excellent MBA trip: Stunning and special
Another excellent MBA trip: Stunning and special
Another excellent MBA trip: Stunning and special
Another excellent MBA trip: Stunning and special
Another excellent MBA trip: Stunning and special

MBA are racking up the great trips. I've had numerous with them now, and this was another special one. First off, a special call out must go to Thanasis, our guide. Kind, professional, interesting and super knowledgeable - he was the perfect guide.

Secondly, it was a great group whom I hope to stay in touch with.

Finally, the mountain itself and the scenery completely exceeded expectations. Not only is it utterly gorgeous, but you can see the role the geography played in the formation of Greek mythology. There is something very magical and eerie about the setting - some tranquil beauty mixed with almost harsh and daunting features. It's a combination that leaves you feeling very small and very large at the same time. The scenery changes from sharp peaks with some scrambling to rolling hills and gorgeous pine forests (a highlight for me).

In terms of exertion, I would say that the trip is accessible to anyone with a moderate amount of fitness - irrespective of experience - but yet will also leave anyone with a sense of accomplishment and feeling like they have gotten a proper workout.

In terms of tips; pack as lightly as possible. You can refill water every few hours at the refuges, which also stock plenty of food and snacks. A sleeping bag and towel aren't really needed, and you can rent anything at the great store in Litochoro.

Everyone we dealt with was amazing, and grabbing drinks in the town were another highlight to round the trip off with.

I would highly, highly recommend this - particularly for mountain lovers or geeks of Greek mythology.

Tanveer(August 2023)
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Francis(August 2023)

A great blend of physical endeavour, thrill and beauty in one. A majestic place that felt spiritual in all its glory.

Ruby(October 2022)
The climb is a proper challenge but totally...

The climb is a proper challenge but totally worth it! The local guide is patient and clear, and we had loads of fun and laugh along the way!

Patrick(October 2022)

Fantastic experience would definitely recommend

Nick(October 2022)
We had an amazing trip up Mt Olympus, very...
We had an amazing trip up Mt Olympus, very...
We had an amazing trip up Mt Olympus, very...
We had an amazing trip up Mt Olympus, very...
We had an amazing trip up Mt Olympus, very...

We had an amazing trip up Mt Olympus, very well organised from start to finish. Our guides (Alex and Ioannis) were professional and we felt safe throughout. Hotel on the 1st and last night was very nice, and the mountain refuge accommodation during the hike was clean and comfortable. The ascent up on the 1st day was tough, as it was a long and continuous ascent with very little flat parts of the hike, but there was plenty of time for breaks to take on water and food. The scramble to the summit was quite exposed, but I would describe it as a grade 1 scramble, which was relatively easy with good feet and handholds and it felt safe with ropes, helmets and harnesses used for the ascent and descent.

Victoria(September 2022)

Go for it you won’t be disappointed.

Nina(August 2022)
Where do I start !! This experience has bee...
Where do I start !! This experience has bee...
Where do I start !! This experience has bee...
Where do I start !! This experience has bee...
Where do I start !! This experience has bee...

Where do I start !! This experience has been phenomenal and I will be forever grateful for the memories that I made on Mount Olympus, I was a female solo traveller so didn’t really know what to expect and was a little nervous as this was my first time using Much Better Adventures but I needn’t have worried, from the pick up at the airport on Day 1 to the transfer back to the airport on Day 3 everything worked like clockwork!! Yanis and Saki ( our guides) we’re incredible and couldn’t have done enough for us up on the mountain, the experience on Olympus was AMAZING and we were spoilt with the views and being told the history of the gods on Olympus .. the hike itself is quite challenging especially in the heat but Yanis made sure we took plenty of breaks and kept hydrated. The Refuge on the mountain that we stayed at was clean and offered great food, there is no shower available but the toilet facilities were super clean!! We were blessed with the most beautiful Sunset and Sunrise on the top of mountain that was breath taking and something I will always remember.

Rachel(July 2022)