The 4th day is the most difficult, but the beautiful scenery & nature changes will totally make up for it! From Ai Giannis (600m) starts a 10 km long, uphill path, through dense pine forest of variable slope gradient, offering at times a breathtaking view of the Aegean Sea. It is this demanding “climb” that plays a decisive role in the Ultra trail race – that of success or failure to reach the finish line. The ascent is completed 1500m higher, at Livadaki (2100m), where a stone hut is built – a remnant of the livestock seasons in the area. From here starts a flat path with a north direction, that leads to the Mavrologos expanse (meaning black woodland), one of the most characteristic areas of the 4-day trek! Our main descend begins now, from a narrow, old path into an impressive forest of black pine (robola) with panoramic views of the great peaks of Olympus! At 8 km from Livadaki and after descending 1000 meters, we reach Prionia (2100m), the most central and popular destination on the mountain. Here, in the tavern of Prionia, we will have a short break for some food and rest, before continuing.
The second part of the day consists of 14km, with 500+ altitude gain, mostly through the stunning Enipeas gorge. We start by following the E4 trail for 3km, up to the old monastery of Agios Dionysios, and then switch to a secondary trail that runs parallel to the Enipeas gorge but somewhat higher than the riverbed. Eventually we arrive at Golna, having hiked 27km from the start of the day, were we have a panoramic view: Litochoro at our feet with the sea just a breath away. Going downhill, we follow a rough path, through dense vegetation of shrub trees and reach Lakkos where we finish our hike. After 32 kilometers and 2100+ meters of ascent of the 4th day, the “Olympus Mythical Trek” has left us with the imprint of a hard test, yet adorned with unforgettable images that will accompany us for a long time after this unique experience!
- Total distance: 102 km (Daily 32 km)
- Total ascent: 6500+ meters (Daily 2100+)
- Hiking hours: 11-13
- Difficulty: 5/5