Hiking journey at mount Olympus
This Hiking Journey takes us to the home of the 12 gods of Ancient Greece!
If you want to climb Mytikas, mount Olympus highest peak at 2.917m, then this is THE trip for you!
This once in a lifetime adventure will test your physical endurance and determination, as you will be trekking on rugged trails at high altitude, through steep cliffs, deep ridges and dense forests.
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- Vacation Style Holiday Type
- Activity Level Difficult
- Group Size Medium Group
This trip can be approached as a hiking/trekking challenge for the more experienced but can also be divided into separate day hikes providing at the end of the day on the mountain a relaxing hot shower, Greek traditional food and a comfortable bed…
If you want to climb the mountain of the ancient Greek gods and reach Mytikas, mount Olympus’ highest peak at 2.917m, then this is THE trip for you! Take on the ultimate adventure of hiking in this incredible 6-day adventure on Greece’s highest mountain.
This once in a lifetime adventure, offered either as guided or self-guided, will test your physical endurance and determination, as you will be trekking on rugged trails at high altitude, through steep cliffs, deep ridges and dense forests. The journey will take you on a circular ascending route from one hut to another, edging you ever closer to the final challenge of reaching Mytikas, Olympus’ imposing peak at 2.917m with its breathtaking 360° views.
It’s up to you to join the elite few, who have gazed upon this ancient land, from the shoulders of the Gods.
950€ per Person
* Minimum participants for this journey are 2 persons. Maximum allowed group of 5 persons
- All Local Transfers during the trip
- Local Greek contact on the Ground
- All Guiding
- We will provide you individually with the following items for personal use Maps & Charts of the Territory
- Traditional Lodge and Inn style accommodation
- Pick up & drop off from Airport (SKG)
- Daily SMS weather info provided
- Personal Travel & Health Insurance not included. We strongly advise you take out this type of cover for your own protection, ensuring the policy includes adventurous activities such as Hiking/Trekking
- Single room supplement extra 20€/Day
- All evening Meals
- Day 1
We will meet at the hotel, preferably at Litohoro vilage, in the afternoon for a short briefing and discuss any questions you may have with the guides.
- Day 2
We will meet in Litochoro’s central square at 09:00 and get a lift to Prionia at an elevation of 1100m. We will prepare our equipment and make our way towards the first hut “Spilios Agapitos” at 2.100m. After a 3-hour hike, we will arrive at our destination and once we have settled down we will learn some interesting facts about the natural history of Mount Olympus. We will stay at the refuge.
- Day 3
Breakfast and departure at 8:00 for our 3-hour hike towards Scala at 2.850m and then make a 1-hour scramble towards Mytikas, the highest peak of the mountain at 2.917m. During the scramble towards Mytikas, all participants are obliged to wear a helmet and a harness and be secured by rope by the mountain guide both during the ascent and the descent.
The descent will take approximately one hour. From there we will hike towards Megali Gourna for about an hour where we will spend the night at Christakis’s refuge, our first remote camping. You will need to bring a sleeping bag and optionally a mattress. The refuge is not equipped with a guard, therefore participants are required to have extra food and water.
- Day 4
We will leave Christakis refuge at 09:00, and follow the Ο2 trail which will take us to the south ridge of the mountain at Agios Antonios – Stavraities. We will then cross Zonaria and arrive at the Plateau of the Musses, where we will spend the night at the Kakalos hut at an elevation of 2650m. Our hike will last approximately 5-6 hours. We will spend the night at the refuge which is famous for its cuisine.
- Day 5
Once breakfast has been served and our gear packed we will traverse the peaks surrounding the Plateau of the Musses. From Profitis Ilias at 2.803m we will hike towards Mikri Toumba and then Megali Toumba from where we will get some astounding views towards all the mountains of Greece. We will then take a small break and hear about the mountain history and the mythology surrounding it.
The hike will last approximately 3 hours. We will then return to the hut, take a short rest and bid farewell to the Musses as we make our way towards Petrostrugga through Lemos. Once we have arrived at Petrostrugga we will settle down for the night. Estimated hiking duration is approximately 3 ½ hours.
- Day 6
Last day of the trip and we will make an early start at 08:00 and after a three-hour hike we will reach Prionia. We will take a short rest and then move on to crossing the Enipeas gorge. We will make a short stop at the famous waterfalls and the old St. Dionisius abbey, where we will be treated to a tour. Tradition has it that St. Dionysus spent his days of asceticism here. The international and well-maintained path of E4 will make your life easier with its signs and it will lead you through wooden bridges to cross the Enipeas gorge seven times. Crossing Enipeas will take approximately four hours and it will take us all the way to Litohoro village, where our adventure will come to an end.
Optional extra nights
Go sailing or sea kayaking with us, or enjoy a cultural food walk at the city of Thessaloniki
In Greek mythology, Mt. Olympus was home to the Twelve Gods of the ancient world, and also the set-up for the most popular mythical stories. It is the place where the King of the Gods, Zeus, released his thunderbolts onto humanity, as a sign of anger or wrath. Nowadays the mountain, which is the tallest one in Greece, is a darling for climbing expeditions. Mt Olympus is located on the border between Macedonia & Thessaly, and boasts for its astonishing nature, its popular slopes, its Christian monuments & its ancient/medieval sites. It is considered a non-technical hike, expect from the summit to the peak of Mytikas.
Best months to take on this hiking trip are during May, June, July, August, September and October.
We understand that sometimes things go wrong and there may be rare cases where you need to reschedule your session. ExploreTheOutside will reschedule or refund your session(s) subject to the table below, and try get you active again on the date of your choice. Please be aware that programming changes are subject to guide availability and that second choice dates may take time to find. If you decide to cancel/postpone your booking, this is what you can expect:
- Up to 3 days before – 100% refund
- Between 3 days and 1 day before – 50% refund
- Less than 1 day before – Zero refund
Apart your personal items, you would need to bring with you the following:
- Trekking footwear<
- Windproof/waterproof membrane
- Light pants and short pants
- Base layer
- Sun protection