4-day Mt. Olympus ascent.
Code name: “4-day Mt. Olympus ascent”.
Region: Higher Mt. Olympus.
Duration: 4 days / 3 nights.
Period: Second half of June, July, August, September & first half of October.
Type: Individuals & Family (min age 13 years) / High mountain trekking.
Level: 70% Moderate / 30% Challenging.
Price: For up to 3 persons the sum of 740.00€ has to be shared between the participants. For 4 persons and above, the price comes to 185.00€ p.p
Find the detailed Itinerary below.
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Vacation Style Holiday Type
Activity Level Moderately Demanding
Min age 13 years
Accommodation: The days before and after the ascent, if needed to be spent in the area, Litohoro and the area close by will be the place, as it is the closest place to the starting point of the ascent. You will deal with the booking of your accommodation, as there is a great choice available. Still, we can help you there giving advice if you wish. While on the mountain, the accommodation is in fully equipped typical mountain refuges with 6, 10, 15 persons sharing rooms and shared toilets and cold water shower.
Meals and meal plan: All meals while on the mountain, are not included in the price.
Transport: In case that you do not have your own means of transport, the transfer from Litochoro to Prionia (the walk’s starting point) and back, can be in our vehicle at an extra cost, which will depend on the number of persons. Your excess luggage can be left at your accommodation until your return from the mountain.
From the airport, if you are coming for the ascent to Mt. Olympus straight after your arrival in the country and in case you do not have your own or hired means of transport (rented vehicle), the best suggested way is the public transport (train or bus), as our area of activities and the accommodation establishments are very close to the main road and rail streams of transport on the eastern side of the country. The nearest airport is the Makedonia airport of Thessaloniki, less than 1.00’ hour by train or bus to Litochoro or Litochoro train station, as this is the starting point for the Mt. Olympus ascent and the first day’s accommodation place. From The station you take a taxi to the town itself (10′ – 15′ away). The “Proastiakos” train runs almost every hour from Thessaloniki to the above destination for less than 28.00€ return. From the airport you take the bus (number 78) to the main train or bus station in Thessaloniki. It takes 20’ to 30’ and costs €01.00. The buses also run in the same manner, although a bit more expensive than the train. They run from Thessaloniki central bus station and via Katerini where you change bus, take you to Litochoro’s bus station in the town center, a foot step away from our meeting point for the ascent and any kind of accommodation in town.
If you land at “Eleftherios Venizelos” airport in Athens, the train seems to be again the best option. Only the journey in this case takes 4.15’ to 5.00’ hours, depending up on the train you are using. From the airport you take the metro or the Proastiakos train to the “Stathmos Larisis” (Larisa’s station) in Athens, from where you take the train to Larisa. In Larisa you take the “Proastiakos” train to Litochoro.
Essential equipment list for the ascent:
. A day back pack (30 to 50 lt.).
. A pair of good walking boots.
. 2 pairs of hiking trousers, a short one & a long one or convertible.
. Fleecy jacket and pullover.
. Wind proof / water repellent breathable jacket.
. Extra tee shirts, under wear and good socks for walking.
. Three seasons sleeping bag, if sleeping outdoors.
. 1lt to 1.5 lt water flask or simply a plastic water bottle.
. Sun glasses.
. Sun and head worming hat.
. Sun protective cream.
. Telescopic walking poles (we can provide them if needed).
. Head lamp.
. It is advisable to have a sheet or a very thin & light sleeping bag for using it as a sheet, as the refuges provide only blankets.
Group size and staff: Usual maximum group size is 16 persons and minimum 4. In special cases and very early request, arrrangments and booking the group size can be up to 40 persons. This trip is led by Olympos Trek and supported by expert local guides. Guides are not provided for clients not taking part in the group’s actual walking program.
Responsible tourism: Tourism has an effect on any area. It is essential to minimize the negative impact that we may cause. We do not allow our clients and staff to damage the physical environment, living litter or rubbish lying around. Anything we take in to an area, we must take out again.
First aid: Our guides are qualified in first aid and curry a complete first aid kit at all times. We are also connected with the Greek mountain rescue and the National Center for Immediate Medical Help.
Important information about the ascent to the highest summit “Mytikas”.
We have to inform you here, that the final 250m of the ascent to Mytikas either via “Kakoskala route” or “Louki route”, is a serious undertaking, as it is definitely neither a walk nor a climb in the strict sense of the word. It is a scramble, having to use your hands most of the time, for balance and ease of movement mostly, technically feasible for every able-bodied person and at this stage we can guarantee this. We cannot guarantee though – especially for the first timers – the psychological factor, which has to do with your familiarization and ease of movement in such a terrain, in other words with your relevant experience. Obviously, this is something that we do not know at any early stage (like the period of enquiry and booking procedure). We and you will definitely know about it by the time we get up there and we together decide on this. After all, believe us, Mt. Olympus is much more than its highest peak itself. Anyway, statistically, an 85% – 90% of the people who come with us, climb the summit. Almost none of them are experienced mountain walkers. The same applies for the ascent to the Throne of Zeus or Stefani summit.
Nevertheless, note that for the ones who wish to make the climb to the highest summit with the use of ropes and the relevant means of safety equipment, we can organize this with a specialized guide (one guide per two persons maximum), at the price of 245.00€ p.p. for the 3-day ascent and 275.00€ p.p. for the 4-day ascent.
Litochoro – Enipeas gorge – Prionia location.
We start off our ascent to the mountain of the gods from almost zero. Today’s walk will take us along the very impressive Enipeas gorge! We start just outside Litochoro, at 300m. It is an amazingly beautiful place to cross, drowned in greenery, with Enipeas stream running alongside with us. On the way, we stop by one of the numerous crystal clear pools, where we have our light snack, hot drink and cookies. Our guides will introduce you to the very interesting and in many cases unique flora of Mt. Olympus! We are at the very heart of the lower part of the mountain. We end up at Prionia location at 1100m, where we have our lunch before we return by road to the nearby Stavros refuge for your accommodation. For more about the gorge and the area, here. Altitude covered, 800m. Approximate net walking time, 5.30’ – 6.00’ hours, easy / moderate.
Prionia location – Refuge A’ – Muses’ Plateau
After breakfast, without rush, we are transferred by road back to the Prionia location and parking space at 1100m, where we start off our today’s walk continuing our ascent up the mountain. A stunningly beautiful place, dominated by impressive rock faces and enormous mountain pine trees. A well paved path in a very rich pine and birch tree forest will take us up to 2100m and the refuge A’ or ”Spilios Agapitos”. During the walk the guide / s will introduce you to the very special Mt. Olympus flora. Here, we will have plenty of time to soak up the energy and atmosphere of this very special place, as the refuge is situated on a natural balcony with amazing views all around! Not map needed, it’s all there for real! Altitude covered, 1000m. Approximate net walking time, 3.00’ to 3.30’ hours, easy / moderate.
After a meal and a good rest, at about 15:30 to 16:00, we set off for the muses’ plateau, our today’s destination. It will take us about 3.00’ hours via the wonderful Zonaria traverse, to reach the plateau, at 2720 m. A fantastic walk to reach a unique place! We are very close to the summits and the gods themselves! The north face of the Throne of Zeus, impressively dominates the place! Staying in a mountain refuge at such a place, greatly guaranties your chances of seeing an impressive sunrise over the Aegean Sea and Halkidiki at the other side of Thermaikos gulf. Settle in one of the two mountain refuges there, have a good rest and enjoy your evening meal. Duration of walk 6.00’ to 6.30’ hours moderate. Altitude covered, 1750m up.
Muses’ plateau – Mytikas – Muses’ plateau
Today is the high summits day, starting off with the highest one, Mytikas! An early start and 30’ easy walk takes us to the base / starting point of the ascent to Mytikas (2918m), via the ”Louki” route. From here, the ascent is not a walk nor a technical climb, but a very interesting scramble about 250m long to the top. While at the summit, the words are not enough to describe the feelings and the views! Someone has to experience it! We leave the summit decsending either via the ”Kakoskala” route or via Louki, back to the ”Zonaria” path and the plateau, where you will have ample time to relax prior to dinner. Altitude covered, 218m up and the same down.
Approximate net walking time, 3.30’ hours, moderate.
Muses’ plateau - Throne of Zeus – Muses’ plateau – Petrostrouga – Gortsia – Litochoro
After breakfast, we climb the impressive rocky summit “Throne of Zeus” or “Stefani” at 2909m., the third highest of the mountain. A similar nature of ascent as the one to Mytikas and equally interesting and demanding.
After lunch and a good rest at the plateau, it is time to start going down and leave this amazing and hospitable place. We descend via Lemos ridge and along the Petrostrouga route which is a particularly beautiful and interesting hike with a variety of terrain and wonderful views of the Aegean Sea in the distance far below, we reach the Petrostrouga refuge at 1920m where we have a good rest and something to eat before we continue down to the Gortsia location and the main road to Prionia, where our vehicle is going to be waiting for your return. Duration of walk / scramble to the Throne of Zeus and back, 3.00’ hours moderate / challenging and from the plateau to the Gortsia 5.00’ to 5.30’ hours moderate. Altitude covered, 209m up and down to the Throne of Zeus and back to the plateau and from the plateau to Gortsia 1700m dawn.
Prices / Offers.
The activity’s price refers to individuals and small groups of up to 8-10 persons. For larger or much larger groups, the prices can be reduced, after our mutual agreement.
If you’re a group of at least 4 persons, normally you have the flexibility to book any activity at any time you choose. Otherwise – if you are less than 4 persons – you book within another group.
In the case of being less than the minimum of 4 persons, and still no other group available to join in your actual date and activity, then, in order to do the chosen activity, the sum of the minimum 4 persons has to be paid.
What follows for your information, is the mountain refuge accommodation cost as well as food indicative prices. (Prices as they are up to now).
• Accommodation (fully equipped mountain refuge with toilet facilities): 18.00€ / person / night.
• Breakfast full (butter, marmalade, bread, tea/coffee/milk, eggs/omelet): 10.00 € / person.
• Breakfast plain (butter, marmalade, bread, tea/coffee/milk/chocolate): 6.00 to 7.00€ / person.
• Light lunch: 7.00€ / person.
• Dinner full meal (two or three choices like soup, spaghetti, meat, potatoes, salad, cheese e.c.t.): 10.00 to 12.00€ / person.
You can also get biscuits, chocolate and drinks at the refuges.
- The guidance.
- Introduction to the very special fauna and flora of Mt. Olympus, as well as to the mythological and historical aspects connected to Mt. Olympus.
- The route planning and organization.
- The accommodation arrangements and booking.
- The protection equipment (helmets) for the Mytikas ascent.
- Telescopic walking sticks if you do not have your own.
- Meals, drinks and the accommodation are not included in the above price and are to be paid by you at the spot.
What do I need to have with me for the ascent?
- A day back pack (30 to 50 lt.).
- A pair of good walking shoes / boots.
- Fleecy jacket and pullover.
- Wind proof / water repellent breathable jacket.
- Extra tee shirts, under wear and three pairs of good socks for walking.
- While on Mt. Olympus, it is advisable to have a sheet or a very light sleeping bag for using it as a sheet, as the refuges provide only blankets.
- Two – three seasons sleeping bag only for the case of camping out.
- Water flask or simply a plastic water bottle.
- Sun glasses.
- Sun and head worming hat.
- Sun protective cream.
- Telescopic poles (if you do not have your own, we can provid them).
- Head lamp.
Important information about the Mytikas (highest summit) ascent:
We have to inform you here, that the final 300m stretch of the ascent to Mytikas either via “Kakoskala” or “Louki route”, is a serious under taking, as it is definitely neither a walk nor a climb in the strict sense of the word. It is a scramble, having to use your hands most of the time, for balance and ease of movement mostly, technically feasible for every able-bodied person and we can guarantee this. We cannot guarantee though – especially for the first timers – the psychological factor, which has to do with your familiarization and ease of moving in such a terrain, in other words with your relevant experience. Obviously this is something that we do not know at any early stage (period of enquiry and booking procedure). We and you will definitely know about it by the time we get up there and we together decide on this. After all, believe us, Mt. Olympus is much more than its highest peak itself. Any way think that an 80% of the people who come with us, climb the summit. Almost none of them are experienced mountain walkers / mountaineers. The same applies for the ascent to the Throne of Zeus (Stefani) summit, only in a lesser extent lengthwise.
Note that for the ones who wish to make these climbs with the use of ropes and the relevant means of safety equipment, we can organize this with a specialized guide (one guide per two persons maximum), at the price of 225.00€ p.p. for the 2-day ascent and 245.00€ p.p. for the 3-day ascent.