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2 Day Hike Olympus

2 Day Hike Olympus

An adventurous tour on the legendary Mt. Olympus!

ACTIVE PERIOD
May-October
DIFFICULTY LEVEL
3
DURATION
2 days
2 Day Hike Olympus
Price from €210
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Overview

A mountainous 2 day adventure tour on the legendary Mt. Olympus, home of ancient Greek Gods!

On our 2 Days Hike Olympus tour, we will hike through this monumental natural landscape. Thickly forested slopes and steep rocky and cloud-covered peaks, host more than 1.500 plant species, some of them rare and endemic, as well as wolves, jackals, deer, and some endangered bird and butterfly species. The mountain is uninhabited, however there are 4 organized mountain huts (In our tour we will stay at Spilios Agapitos mountain hut) offering shelter and food to its visitors, that stream from all over the world to admire its beauties. It has an extensive network of trails, its total length exceeding 160 klm.

The 2 days/ 1 night Mt. Olympus tour is also offered on a semi guided basis for more experienced hikers.

 

NOTES:

  • One guide for max 4-5 people
  • Our starting and finishing point of the tour is the village of Litochoro in the foothills of Mount Olympus.

 

Activities / Schedule

Litochoro & Hike to Spilios Agapitos mountain hut (2.100m)

Arrival in Litochoro main square (Trekking Hellas Base) to meet the guide and the rest of the hiking group. Transfer to Prionia, from where we begin our hike, at an altitude of 1.100 meters. The route from Prionia to Spilios Agapitos mountain hut is the most widely used hiking trail on Mount Olympus and part of the E4 European Path. Prionia is the highest point accessible by car. The biggest part of this hike goes through thick forests of pine, beech and fir trees, and is in good condition. We make our way up to an altitude of 2.100 meters and reach the mountain hut Spilios Agapitos where we spend the night.

Timetable:

  • 10.00: Meeting at Trekking Hellas Base
  • 10.30: Transfer to Prionia
  • 11.15: Start Hiking to Spilios Agapitos (3-4 hours)
  • 15.00: Arrival to Spilios Agapitos and rest

Estimated hiking time: approx. 3- 4 hours.
Difficulty level: 3

Peak ascent - Mytikas (2.918m) & return to Litochoro

After an early morning rise and breakfast, we follow the European path E4 until Skala peak 2.866m. From there we have two options, depending on the dynamics of the team and local weather conditions at the time. Our first and main option is to climb Mytikas, the highest peak in Greece at an altitude of 2.918 meters, following a narrow gorge (this part requires around 1 km of scrambling) using safety equipment. From Mytikas peak we can enjoy a stunning view and marvel the most famous peaks like Stefani (Throne of Zeus) and the Musses Plateau!! Our second option is to reach Skolio 2.911m, the second highest peak in Greece. (4-5 hours hiking and/or scramble on narrow paths with an altitude gain of 800 meters). After summitting we head back, following the same path towards Agapitos Mountain Hut.

Timetable:

  • 05.30: Wake up & breakfast
  • 06.30: Start hiking to peaks (5-6 hours)
  • 12:00: Relax at Spilios Agapitos mountain hut
  • 13.30: Hike back to Prionia from the same way (2-3 hours)
  • 16:30: Arrive to Prionia 1100m and drive back to Litochoro
  • 17:30: End of program

Estimated hiking time: approx. 8- 9 hours.
Difficulty level:

Important Info

In a glance

CURRENCY
euro (€)
TIMEZONE
UTC+02:00 (EET)

Price

Price/person (Fixed Guaranteed Dates):

  • 210€

Price/person (Private Tours):

  • 210€/pp for 4-6 participants
  • 240€/pp for min 3 participants
  • 315€/pp for min 2 participants 

For any other number of participants please contact us.

Guaranteed Fixed Departures

  • May 21-22/05 & 28-29/05 
  • June 12-13/06 & 25-26/06
  • July 09-10/07 & 23-24/07 (fully booked)
  • August 06-07/08 (fully booked) & 20-21/08 (fully booked)
  • September 03-04/09 (fully booked) & 17-18/09 (fully booked)
  • October 01-02/10 (fully booked)  & 15-16/10 (fully booked) 

General Information

Mount Olympus is the highest mountain in Greece, located in northern Greece comprising a natural boundary between the prefectures of Macedonia and Thessaly. Mount Olympus’ highest point is the summit of Mytikas at 2,918 m. Since ancient times, Mt. Olympus has proved a difficult crossing point for numerous aspiring conquerors of the Greek territory. It is a place of divine beauty, notable in Greek mythology as home of the Greek Gods. Its proximity to the coastline overlooking the Aegean Sea offers breathtaking views. The characteristic silvery mist that engulfs the mountain creates a unique atmosphere. 1938 it was declared Greece’s first National Park due to its exceptional biodiversity and rich flora. 

Coming from abroad, the closest airport is in Thessaloniki, Greece’s second largest city, from where Litochoro is not more than a 1,5 hours’ drive (91,5 klm/56 miles). From Athens, it is an approximate 5-6 hours’ drive (415 klm/257 miles) and thus it would be best to arrive a day in advance and spend the night in Litochoro. In case you need assistance with hotel bookings, or any other services required we would be pleased to be of assistance.

Participation requirements

In this program we walk, 4-5 hours the first day and 8-9 hours the second 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.

Equipment

Please try to travel as light as possible; keep in mind that you must carry everything you bring during the whole hike.

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2 Day Hike Olympus

An adventurous tour on the legendary Mt. Olympus!

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FAQs

What should I bring with me?

  • What is listed above in Equipment section

What's the meeting point & time?

Meeting Point: Trekking Hellas Mt.Olympus office, to see exact meeting point click here

Time: 10.00 am

When is this tour available?

From end/ mid of May to October

When is the best time to hike on Mt Olympus?

The climbing season runs between mid-June and late October. Sometimes, the climbing season can start even in mid-May, but this depends on the snow accumulation from winter months. The best time to climb Mount Olympus is beginning of July and beginning of September. Mid-July to late August is also a good period, however it may become too warm and the possibility of afternoon thunderstorms increases.

What is the climate like during the suggested climbing season? ( max/min/average temperature)

The weather conditions on Mount Olympus are generally unpredictable and temperatures can vary widely. Several factors influence local weather such as the impact of the sea and the rugged relief of the region. In lower areas, however (Litochoro and the foothills) the climate is typically Mediterranean, i.e. hot and dry in the summer, while humid and cold during the winter. On a higher altitude it is more humid and rougher, with more intense phenomena. The temperature varies in the winter from -10 °C to 10 °C and in the summer from 0 °C to 20 °C, while winds are an almost everyday occurrence. Generally, the temperature falls around 1 °C for every 200m of elevation. As the altitude increases, the phenomena become more intense, and the variations of temperature and humidity are often sudden. The coastal northeast slopes of Olympus receive more rain than the continental northwest, so, as a result, there is a clear difference in vegetation. In some places the winds accumulate snow, 8–10 meters thick, (‘anemosouria’ in Greek), while in some deep ravines snow remains all year round. However, during the climbing season (June to October) these snow patches do not affect hikers. Weather conditions on Mount Olympus may change several times during the day. During the summer, rainfalls are frequent and evening thunderstorms very common, many times accompanied by hail and strong winds.

What is the estimated hiking time/ elevation gain?

Prionia-Spilios Agapitos 6,5 klm 4 miles Ascend from 1.040m to 2.060 = +1.020m Ascend from 3.422 ft to 6.742 ft = +3.320 ft
Spilios Agapitos – Mytikas – Kakalos Mountain Hut 6,8 Klm 4,2 miles Ascend from 2.060m to 2.918m = +858m

 

Descend from 2.918m to 2.650m = – 268m

Ascend from 6742 ft  to 9.460ft= +2.718 ft

 

Descend from 9.460ft to 8.700ftm = – 760 ft

Kakalos Mountain Hut – Gortsia 10 Klm 6,6 miles Descend from 2.650m to 1.120m = -1.630m Descend from 8.700ft to 3.675ft = -5025 ft

Are there many steep sections?

Except for the last 200m of vertical climb to the summit of Mytikas (2,919m), which is a UIAA level 3 technical scrambling/climbing route, the rest of the route is an easy hiking path of medium difficulty. Although ropes are not necessary, they are being used for extra safety. The second highest peak of Mount Olympus, Skolio, (2,911m) is only 8 meters lower, offers an equally amazing summit view, a summit logbook, and can be reached by an easy/medium difficulty hiking path, without any steep sections. Finally, on the way towards the summits, there are several impressive drops right next to the otherwise easy hiking path that could be scary for people with fear of heights. They don’t pose any significant danger, as the path is relatively safe.

Is rock climbing or scrambling experience necessary to summit Mt Olympus (Mytikas)?

Scrambling experience is required for ascending the summit of Mytikas. It is not a prerequisite (e.g. we don’t ask people before hand), but experience shows that people who don’t have the experience might not be able to reach the summit. Although ropes are not necessary, they are being used for added safety.

In case of a group climb, how many people will be on the rope for the ascend to Mytikas?

Each guide can have 3-5 people on the rope (depending on weather conditions and their level of experience). Ascending in “Via-Feratta” style is of course also possible.

If a participant opts not to climb the summit, is there somewhere safe he/ she can wait for the group to descend?

Yes there is

Will participants need to carry their equipment, or is there a porter service?

Travelers must carry their equipment. There is no porter service available on the mountain. There is a mule caravan used to bring supplies to the mountain huts (Petrostrouga, Kakkalos, G. Apostolidis), which can load luggage for an additional charge. The caravan has a specific timetable of arrival and departure from the mountain huts. It is possible for the mule caravan to adjust its program to our specific timetable, but for a much higher additional charge, as it will have to follow an extra, unplanned route. Certain parts of the mountain routes, like the Zonaria and Kofto routes, connecting the mountain huts Spilios Agapitos and Kakkalos, may not be accessible to mules.

What is the difficulty level of the hike on a scale of 1-5?

Day 1: difficulty level 3

Day 2: difficulty level 4

  • The difficulty level of the hikes on Mount Olympus is rated with grade 3.
  • The last part, the last climb to Mytikas summit is rated with grade 4.
  • The alternative climb to Skolio Summit, is rated with grade 2

Is there mobile phone reception on the mountain?

There is mobile phone reception on about 60% of the route. In some areas you need to get to a specific location to have adequate reception. There is no phone signal inside the Enipeas Canyon, on the Plateau of the Muses nor on parts of the route between Gkortsia and Petrostruga.

Where do we sleep?

There are communal rooms with bunk beds in all mountain huts. Setting up camp outside the mountain hut, while using the mountain hut facilities is also possible.

What is a typical menu for breakfast, lunch and dinner?

  • Breakfast: bread, butter, marmalade, honey, cheese, coffee- tea- milk, chocolate spreads
  • Lunch: lunch box incl. sandwiches, fruits, eggs, energy snack, chocolate or lunch in the mountain hut. (See below menus)
  • Dinner in the mountain hut: sample menus: soup, pasta with sauce, salad, bread, cheese / lentils with rice, beef with pasta, rice or mashed potatoes, salad, bread, cheese / soup, sausage with pasta, rice or mashed potatoes, meat plate, salad, bread, cheese.

Is bottled mineral water provided on the tours?

Water is not included in the price. Bottled water is however available in the mountain huts, rates 1-2€/bottle depending on the bottle size.

Can water bottles be refilled during the hike?

There is a mountain spring in Prionia and another spring (with less water supply) a 45 minutes hike past Prionia. There are no other mountain springs close to the hiking routes so buying a bottle of water is the safest option.

Are mountain huts heated?

Mountain huts are heated, as they are equipped with fireplaces or petrol heaters, but they start operating only when temperature drops to around 10 degrees Celsius. There are no clothes/boots drying facilities. Warm blankets are provided in all mountain huts.

Is a hot shower possible in the mountain Huts?

No, there is no possibility of a hot shower in the mountain huts. Mountain huts do have showers, but they are heavily dependent on the available water supply. Water for the showers comes from melted snow and is not heated.

Is there power supply in the mountain huts in order to charge cameras and other electric equipment?

The mountain huts are not connected to the electricity grid. Power is supplied by solar panels and generators and is available only for a few hours per day. Usually, electricity is available from dusk until about 10 or 11pm, and occasionally from dawn up to a few hours. Sockets are limited so it is preferable to have extra power banks especially if being part of a big group.

How much spending money is needed per day for beverages, snacks etc?

Beverages in mountain huts cost between 2€-5€. There is a big variety of hot beverages (tea, coffee etc.), soft drinks and of course beer and wine. Different snacks are also available.

What are the recommended tipping amounts for the guides?

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