Mount Olympus is one of the world’s most famous peaks, and on this hike you'll climb to its very summit at 2918m. Explore the mountain’s beautiful and varied landscapes on a 2-day guided trek. You’ll ascend and descend the peak on different trails, ensuring a unique experience each day. Your hassle-free trip includes:
- 2 days of guided trekking on Mount Olympus
- 1 night of accommodation at a mountain refuge
- Local, English-speaking mountain guide
- Transfers between Litochoro and trailhead
- Optional arrangement of airport transfers
Active hikers who want to summit this famous mountain, and who have the stamina and fitness to accomplish it in just two days.
Day 1: Litochoro to Kakkalos Refuge
Your guide will meet you in Litochoro's square and drive you to the Prionia trailhead, the highest point on Mount Olympus accessible by car (1100m). From there you'll begin your ascent of the mountain.
This section of trail leading to Spilios Agapitos Refuge is the busiest trail on the mountain and you will meet many other hikers from around the world as you meander through dense forests of pine, fir and birch.
You'll continue past the Agapitos Refuge (2100m) and continue on a zigzagging trail until you're above treeline and faced with a stunning view of Olympus's many summits.
You'll end the day's hike at the small but cozy Kakkalos Refuge (2700m). The view from the refuge over the Plateau of Muses with the backdrop of the mountain's rocky top makes for a beautiful evening.
Enjoy a hot meal and rest up for tomorrow.
8-9 hours hiking
Day 2: Summit Mount Olympus, return to Litochoro
After an early breakfast, your guide will decide which summits to attempt based on weather conditions and fitness.
One option is to ascend Skala Peak (2882m) and cross a narrow ridge to the adjacent Skolio Peak (2911m), then return.
The more committing option is to attempt the mountain's highest summit, Mytikas (2918m). The climb involves a couple hundred meters of somewhat exposed scrambling at the end, so it isn't for everyone.
Either way, you'll enjoy incredible views over the gorges and peaks of Olympus's jagged summit before descending to the refuge and making your way down the mountain.
You'll follow a different trail down, providing fresh views and a more isolated experience.
Your hike will end at the Gkortsia trailhead where your ride will be waiting to take you back to Litochoro.
8-9 hours hiking
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You will stay in a mountain refuge above treeline. The refuge is rustic but comfortable.
Bedrooms contain multiple bunk beds and are shared with other hikers. Mattresses and warm blankets are provided.
Each hut has a common room where you can mingle with other hikers and take meals. A pit toilet is located outside the main refuge building.
In case of crowded mountain refuges, the option of camping out in mountaineering tents is also provided.
Mount Olympus is the highest point in Greece at an elevation of 2918m. It thrusts upward just inland from the Aegean Sea.
The base of the mountain covers nearly 500 km2 of land, much of which is preserved as part of the Olympus Biosphere Reserve. Olympus is one of the most famous mountains in the world due to its prominent role in Greek mythology.
Ancient Greeks considered Mount Olympus to be the seat of the gods. They would meet at the summit, and from there Zeus unleashed his lightning bolts.
The mountain was first climbed just 100 years ago, but today Mount Olympus is a popular hiking destination. The peak’s expansive slopes are home to numerous trails, several refuges, and a high level of biodiversity.
The environment changes dramatically from the base to the summit, beginning in dense pine forests run through with clear rivers, and gradually morphing into alpine terrain with views of the summit’s sheer rock walls and deep gorges.
The summit consists of 52 separate peaks, the highest of which, Mytikas, is a challenging goal for even accomplished hikers.
** Litochoro - 08:00**
You will meet your guide and fellow adventurers in the centre of Litochoro: a small town at the base of Mount Olympus. We recommend you fly into Thessaloniki Airport (SKG) any time on the Friday. It takes around 1.5 hours to get to Litochoro from Thessaloniki Airport.
** Litochoro - 18:00**
Your adventure ends in Litochoro at around 18:00. You can either request an airport transfer back to Thessaloniki Airport (SKG) and get any flight departing after 22:00, or continue your travels independently.
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