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Semi Guided - 2 Day Hike Olympus

Semi Guided - 2 Day Hike Olympus

For more independent mountaineers

ACTIVE PERIOD
May-October
DIFFICULTY LEVEL
3
DURATION
2 days
NUMBER OF PARTICIPANTS
1
Semi Guided - 2 Day Hike Olympus
Price from €130
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Overview

2 Days Hike Olympus - Semi Guided, takes you to Mt. Olympus, the highest mountain in Greece. A place of divine beauty blessed by the ancient Greek gods and chosen by Zeus to host their home.

Mt. Olympus, which is the natural boundary between the region of Thessaly to the south and Macedonia to the north, overlooks the Aegean Sea. In the eastern flanks of Mt. Olympus is Greece’s first national park, created in the 1930’s. There are no roads in the park apart from the trail head access road, but there are many hiking paths and cozy mountain huts, which happily accommodate mountaineers from across the globe. Depending on the route you will choose, you'll either stay at Spilios Agapitos or Giosos Apostolidis mountain hut.

Mount Olympus is a mountainous natural landscape that is heavily forested, with steep rocky peaks covered in fog and clouds. It serves as a refuge for more than 1.500 types of plants, some of them rare and endemic, as well as wolves, jackals, deer and some endangered bird and butterfly species.

If you're an experienced hiker and prefer to have more freedom and independence on the first day of your hike, then our 2 Days Hike Olympus – Semi Guided tour is perfect for you. On the second day, a professional mountain guide will accompany you in order to ensure that you will safely enjoy reaching Olympus' peak. . If you're new to hiking or would prefer more guidance on your trip, then we suggest our 2 Days Hike Olympus - Fully Guided tour.

You can choose between two route options depending on your experience and fitness level. We recommend that you contact us beforehand to discuss available options.

Please note: The program begins and ends in the village of Litochoro in the foothills of Mt. Olympus.

One guide accompanies up to 4-5 people

Activities / Schedule

Prionia 1.100m - Spilios Agapitos 2.100m OR Gortsia 1.100m - Musses Plateau 2.600m

10.00am Arrive in Litochoro and meet with our Base Manager, who will give you your voucher and equipment for Mytikas ascent (helmet, harness). Then drive with your own car to Prionia or Gortsia (optional transfer at extra cost is available), from where you begin your hike to either Spilios Agapitos Mt Hut or Musses Plateau.

Option A, Prionia (1.100m) to Spilios Agapitos Mt Hut (2.100m)

Estimated Walking Time: approx. 3 – 4 hours, Distance: 6 klm, Altitude difference: 1.000m 

Prionia is the highest point which can be reached by car. The route from Prionia to Spilios Agapitos mountain hut is the most frequented hiking path on Mount Olympus and a part of the E4 trail. Most of the hike is through a thick forest of pine, beech & fir trees and the path is in good condition. We make our way up to an altitude of 2.100 metres and reach the mountain hut Spilios Agapitos where you will spend the night.

Option B, Gortsia (1.100m) - Musses Plateau (2.700m)

Estimated Walking Time: approx. 5-7 hours, Distance 12 klm,  Altitude difference 1.500m 

If you chose Gortsia as your starting point, about halfway up you'll find Petrostrouga (1.940 m) mountain hut. Here you can take a break to rest and relax, before continuing up the trail to reach the scenic Musses Plateau and Giosos Apostolidis mountain hut for your overnight stay. 

Ascent to Mytikas 2.918m

Option A, Spilios Agapitos Mt hut (2.100m) - Mytikas (2.918m)    

05.30am Early rise, breakfast and preparations for the ascend. If you don't have time for breakfast, it is advisable to bring a snack from the previous night.

06.30am Your guide will meet you at Spilios Agapitos refuge. With the beautiful sunrise to accompany us, we'll follow the European E4 trail towards Mesorachi until we reach Skala, where we put on our climbing gear and prepare to climb Mytikas (5-6 hours).

Option B, Musses Plateau (2.700m) - Mytikas (2.918m). 

Up for an early start, to enjoy the unique view of Stefani (Zeus’ Throne), while having breakfast. After preparations for the ascend, your guide will lead you from Musses Plateau in a southerly direction, towards Zonaria and Louki from where we'll approach Mytikas. We'll put on our climbing gear and make our way to the top. After enjoying the stunning view, we'll go back to Musses Plateau (it takes about 2-3 hours).

Return to Prionia or Gortsia, where your car or transfer will be waiting for you. 

Important Info

In a glance

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

Price

130€/pp for 4 participants
140€/pp for 3 participants
160€/pp for 2 participants
250€/pp for 1 participant

For more participants please contact us.

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

  • Ages 14 year old and above (children accompanied by their parents)
  • Good physical & mental condition
  • Absence of height phobia - acrophobia

Please note. A good level of fitness and experience is required to climb Mytikas peak and the guide reserves the right to make the final decision if we climb.

 

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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Semi Guided - 2 Day Hike 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 ?

Mid 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.

Which 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 mount 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.

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

In case of a group climb, how many people will be on the rope for the ascend of 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 she/ he can wait for the group to descend?

Yes

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.

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.

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.

Where do we sleep?

There are communal rooms with bank 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.

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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