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Climb Mount Olympus (2918m)

Trek to the summit of the highest mountain in Greece; the "Mountain of the Gods". 1 day off work.

Location

Greece

Fly To

Thessaloniki Macedonia International Airport

Difficulty

Challenging

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
  • Taxes

Perfect for:
Active hikers who want to summit this famous mountain, and who have the stamina and fitness to accomplish it in just two days.

What's Included

Accommodation

Guide

Local transport

Meals as described

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Itinerary

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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Accommodation

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.

Location

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.

Meeting Point

Start Point

** 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.

Finish Point

** 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.

Frequently Asked Questions

The following are not included in the tour price:

  • Flights to and from Greece
  • Transportation within Greece to and from Litochoro
  • Travel insurance
  • Tips for your guide
  • Meals, snacks and drinks
  • Hiking equipment

Sure can! A lot of people do, it’s a great way to meet like-minded people.

Because this excursion involves long days of hiking with a full pack, and as much as 1600 m of elevation gain in a single day, this tour is recommended for experienced hikers with a very good level of fitness.

Since Mount Olympus has a large elevation range, the weather is highly variable between the base and the summit. Summer temperatures generally range between 0 and 20 °C, with cooler temperatures occurring near the summit, especially at night. Strong winds are typically present above treeline. Most days are sunny or partly sunny, with thunderstorms occurring roughly a third of the days in summer.

The refuges on Mount Olympus serve simple, hearty meals. A typical dinner consists of a heaping plate of spaghetti Bolognese, bread, wine and a hot beverage for approximately €10-15.

Trekking shoes or boots, waterproof coat and pants, plenty of layers for warm and cold conditions, sleep sheet, sun protection, water bottle, toiletries, basic first aid items, camera, head torch, trekking poles, and cash to purchase meals and snacks at the refuges. Also bring a backpack that is large, sturdy and comfortable enough to carry all these items up and down the mountain.

Start point Your guide will meet you in Litochoro, a small town at the base of Mount Olympus. They will be in touch before the trip to finalise details.

Finish point Your trip will end in Litochoro. Your guide will be in touch before the trip to finalise details.

Getting there There are regular flights to Thessaloniki (SKG) and Athens throughout the year. Thessaloniki is just 2 1.5 hours from Litochoro, whereas Athens is 6 hours away.

Whichever airport you fly into, it is recommended that you arrive in Litochoro the day before the hike begins so you can get a prompt start the next morning.

If you’re planning to do this trip over the weekend we suggest taking any flight on Friday arriving at Thessaloniki airport. On Sunday, you recommend the flight departing at 22:30 from Thessaloniki.

Please note that airport transfers are not included in the price, however can be easily booked as an optional extra to make your life easy.

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