The Greek Gods made their home on Mt.Olympus. Not only the highest mountain in the country, Greece’s oldest and most carefully protected national park, also boasts the greatest concentration of flora and fauna, huge expanses of forest and the crystal clear waters of the Enippeas river. Above it all, soars the 2911m peak of Skolio (2nd highest peak) from where we, like Zeus, can survey the world.
Level Requirements: In Mt. Olympus we walk 5-6 hours per day, we mostly follow good forest paths; above the tree – line, the terrain varies from grassy uplands to rocky ridges, with some scrambling required for the peak ascents. A good level of fitness and experience is required to climb the peak and the guide reserves the right to make the final decision if we climb the final peak.
The trip starts and ends in Litochoro, where you will have to arrive at the latest, at noon on the first the day. For travel arrangements to/from Athens please contact us.
Day 1: Litochoro & Walk to Refuge A - Spilios Agapitos, alt. 2.100 m (Estimated Walking Time: approx. 3 hours). Arrive and meet your guide and rest of the group in Litochoro. Transfer to Prionia, from where we begin our hike, at an altitude of 1.100 metres. The route from Prionia to Spilios Agapitos Refuge is the most frequented hiking path on Mount Olympus and makes up a part of the E4. Prionia is the highest point which can be reached by car. Most of the hike is through a thick forest of pine, beech and fir trees, and the path is in good condition. We make our way up to 2.100m alt. and reach the refuge.
Day 2: Peak ascents – Refuge Ch. Kakkalos, alt. 2,700 m (Estimated Walking Time 4- 6 hours). From the refuge, a zig zaging path will bring us just under the mountains main summits. From there we have two options according to groups fitness and weather conditions: We either climb first Skala at 2.882 meters and then crossing a narrow ridge climb to the summit of Skolio at 2.911meters. Or if weather permits and there is no snow, we ascent to the main summit - Mytikas (2.917meters), Greece’s highest peak, following a narrow gorge (it involves about 150 m of scrambling)! (4-5 hrs walking on narrow paths – some scrambling involved – altitude gain of 800m). After reaching the summit we descent by the same way to the main path and crossing the spectacular precipice under the summit of Stefani - the throne of Zeus- we emerge to the plato of the Muses – an alpine plato at an altitude of 2700m where a small but friendly refuge will accommodate us (2-3 hrs walking).
Day 3: Plateau of the Muses – Refuge A - Spilios Agapitos, alt. 2.100 m. This is an easy day in breathtaking scenery. Before we start our descent, we will climb a small peak – named Profitis Ilias – just above our refuge to admire superb views of Mnt Olympus summits and deep gorges (2 hrs round trip). Then following the path we came the day before we will descent to our starting point – refuge A at 2.100m (3 hrs walk). Afternoon at leisure for rest as the next day will be demanding.
Day 4: Enipeas gorge (Estimated Walking Time 6 – 7 hours). After an initial sheepish descent, we enter the Enippeas gorge, passing a cave-chapel and the monastery of St. Dionysus, as well as taking advantage of several swimming opportunities en route in river pools. After about seven hours walking, the gorge opens up on the outskirts of Litochoro. The route is quite tiring, but the varied geological features, the small lakes with crystal waters and the sheer mountain slopes provide a rare beauty and are entirely rewarding.
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