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3-day Mt. Olympus Hiking Adventure

Greek Adventure - 3 days

  • 3-day Mt. Olympus Hiking Adventure
  • 3 days / 2 nights
  • Max. group: 10 Persons
  • Difficulty: Medium
Overview
Route
What's Included
Accommodation
Packing List
FAQ
Packing List
Safety
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Overview

> Conquer the house of the Greek Gods
> Spend your nights sleeping in mountain Huts
> Enjoy stunning views from the top

Mount Olympus is a world-wide known for being home to the gods of the Ancient Greek Mythology and undoubtedly one of the most spectacular mountains to climb, due to the nature of its landscapes, the rich flora and its endless views to the Aegean sea and the sandy coastlines as far as the eye can see. It was the first official National Park of Greece since 1938 and a World's Biosphere Reserve. Its paths are tied to myths and legends and hiking it will be a magical experience.

This hiking vacation package is addressed to the real mountain lovers who will enjoy a daily 3-8 hours trekking on the pathways of the mountain and will be accommodated in the mountain refuges.

Litochoro village will be the starting point of our hiking tour to Olympus. Easy to reach from Thessaloniki or Athens by train or bus. We will hike Mt. Olympus for 3-8 hours per day and will follow good forest paths mostly; 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. Please keep in mind that our guide reserves the right to make the final decision if the group will climb to the final peak.


Trek available: from June to October
Suitable for ages: 8-80 years

Route

What's the plan?

Day 1: Litochoro & Walk to Refuge A - Spilios Agapitos, alt. 2.100 m

Meeting point and time: At Litochoro square, at 9.00 am   
Estimated Walking Time: approx. 3 hours

Upon arrival to Litochoro you will meet your guide and the rest of the group. We will then be transferred to Prionia, at an altitude of 1.100 metres, from where we will begin our hike. 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: 6- 8 hour

From the refuge, a zig-zag path will lead us just under the mountain's main summits. From there we have two options, depending on the group's fitness and weather conditions: We will either climb  first Skala at 2.882 meters and then crossing a narrow ridge we will climb to the summit of  Skolio at 2.911meters. Or if weather permits it and there is no snow, we will ascent to the main summit - Mytikas (2.917 meters), Greece’s highest peak, following a narrow gorge (it involves about 150 m of scrambling and 4-5 hrs walking on narrow paths - altitude gain of 800 m).

After reaching the summit we will descent by using the same way to the main path and crossing the spectacular precipice under the summit of Stefani - the throne of Zeus-  we will emerge to the plato of the  Muses – an alpine plato at an altitude of 2700 m, where a small but friendly refuge will accommodate us  ( 2-3 hrs walking )

Day 3: Plateau of the Muses - Petrostrougka Refuge alt 1,940m – Gkortsia

Estimated Walking Time: 5- 6 hours

This is an easy day  (provided that we reached the higest peak in the day before). Before we start our descent, we will climb a small peak – named Profitis Ilias – just above our refuge to admire the superb views of Mt Olympus summits, and then we will follow another path for our descent.

After about 2 hours we will spot another refuge, the refuge of Hellenic Rescue Team (Petrostrougka refuge at 1.940 m) where we can eat our lunch or rest. From there, the end of our tour is close, after a small break we will continue until we reach our destination, Gkortsia, which is the last point of our tour (2 – 3 hrs walking).

Important: this itinerary is subject to change at the discretion of the tour leader, according to local and weather conditions. As Mt. Olympus is a challenging walk and the safety of our clients always comes first, our guides retain the decision if clients are to actually climb the peak of Mytikas. This will depend on both the clients’ abilities and weather conditions. In the case of snow, the ascent to Mytikas is not possible.

What's Included

Included:

√ Transfers
The transfer from Litochoro to Prionia and back are included in the price of this trekking adventure. You must make your way to Litochoro on your own. This town is easy to reach from Thessaloniki or Athens by train or bus.

√ Accommodation
During this 3-day trek, you will spend 2 nights sleeping in refuges on Mount Olympus. Greek Adventure will take care of all the arrangements. 

√ Guide and guide's expenses
An Experienced English speaking local guide, part of the Greek Adventure's team, will be with you at all times to answer all your questions and to guide you through the most amazing landscapes. The guide's expenses are also covered.

√ Fees and Taxes
VAT and other taxes and fees are included in the price of this trek.

Excluded:

× Flights
The total amount excludes flights to and from Greece. You will have to get to Greece on your own.

× Accommodation before and after the trek
Before and after the trek you have to take care of your own accommodation.

× Transfer to Litochoro
The transport from Athens or other towns to and from Litochoro are not included in the price of this trek.

× Meals, drinks and beverages
Meals, drinks, and beverages are not included in the price of the trek. They are on your own account.

× Personal expenses
All personal expenses such as drinks, souvenirs and other similar expenses are on your own account.

× Travel Insurance Including Repatriation
Your international travel insurance is your own responsibility. It is important that your travel insurance also covers trekking trips. Discuss your itinerary with the insurance company before you travel to Greece.

× Tips
Tipping in Greece is expected in most places, but it is by no means obligatory. Of course, there is no set standard for how much to tip when you got a good service. As regards tipping your tour guide, tipping between 2 to 5 Euros per person, per day of trek, is a good reference.

Optional Services:

- Half-board supplement: EUR 40,- per person. Includes 2 breakfasts, 2 dinners.

- Full-board supplement: EUR 70,- per person. Includes 2 breakfasts, 3 lunch packs, 2 dinners.

Accommodation

Accommodation

During this 3-day trek, you will spend 2 nights sleeping in refuges on Mount Olympus. Greek Adventure will take care of all the arrangements. 

Packing List

FAQ

Best Season
Most of the treks can be completed at any time of the year, except for Mount Olympus, which can be climbed between June and October due to climatic reasons. As regards the other hikes in Greece, the best time to visit this amazing country is from April to November. During these months you will have sunny weather and clear skies. Bear in mind that July and August are the hottest months of the year, especially when you plan to go hiking in Crete.

Mount Olympus

Mount Olympus is the highest peak in Greece and one of the highest peaks in Europe. Its summit, Mytikas, rises up to 2,917 meters above sea level. This stunning massif is one of the most famous in the world. With stunning beauty, remoteness, and majesty, it is no surprise that the Ancient Greeks believed it to be the home of their most important gods, sitting on Mytikas peak.

Tipping
Tipping in Greece is expected in most places, but it is by no means obligatory. Of course, there is no set standard for how much to tip when you got a good service. As regards tipping your tour guide, tipping between 2 to 5 Euros per person, per day of trek, is a good reference.

How hard are the trails?
Most of our activities are for beginners, especially for people that they don’t need something harder. Our goal is to give you a taste of a soft activity while visiting our country, either alone, our with your friends and family. Now, if you are going to do the trek to Mount Olympus, then that is a different story. Though previous experience is not necessary, a basic fitness level is required for this trek. While hiking in Mount Olympus, you will have to carry clothes and gear to spend 3 days on the mountain. Bear in mind that you will be walking several hours a day and sleeping in refuges. The more prepared you are, the safer it will be for you and your team.

FAQ

Packing List

Depending on the number of days of your trek, you will need more or less clothes and equipment. If you are doing a 1 or 2-day trek, you probably won't be needing more than comfortable clothes, hiking shoes, water, sunglasses, and a hut. Now, if your trekking adventure is longer, then you will need more than that. Our partner Greek Adventure prepared a recommended packing list so that you don't forget any of the essentials. Please try to travel as light as possible. Remember that you must carry your bag every day of the trek:

- Large, comfortable rucksack (30-40 liters)* with padded straps and waist belt, internal frame preferred; waterproof liner recommended to keep clothing, etc. dry inside.
- Sturdy, worn-in trekking shoes
- Good waterproof top with hood
- Warm clothes, both for windy/cold daytime conditions and for the cool evenings (fleece tops or similar)
- Shorts and long trousers for walking, preferably quick-drying material (cotton or polycotton not denim)
- Sweatshirts or T-shirts for walking, at least one with long sleeves and collar (against sun-burn)
- Sheet sleeping bag or similar (e.g. duvet cover), for the overnights in the refuge, although blankets will be available.
- Sunglasses, towel, sun hat or cap, sunblock
- Penknife
- Water bottle
- Wash bag and simple first aid kit (plasters or blister kit, aspirin or similar, antiseptic)
- Photographers: bring your cameras
- Torch (head torch if you have one)
- Walking sticks
- Swimming suit for those treks including water activities

* If you are doing the 3-day trek to Mount Olympus, then you will be needing a 60-65 liters rucksack.

Packing List

Safety

Safety is of the utmost importance to us. That is why this is an area in which we simply do not compromise when it comes to keeping the cost of our trekkings low. Our guides have been selected on the basis of their technical competence, proven safety performance, impeccable judgment, friendly attitude and ability to provide useful and expert instructions. They are also very professional and well trained in first aid and personal protection equipment. First aid kits are available on all treks.

Safety

Greek Adventure

Greek Adventure is a tour operator dedicated to bringing you the most exciting holiday packages to the most magnificent places in Greece. With over 20 years of experience we offer you tempting vacation packages, combined tours and activities in various parts of Greece, as well as daily outdoor excursions. 

We are an established and diversified destination management operator, based in Monodendri Ioannina, Greece. We provide professional destination management services to our clients, with an emphasis on quality, innovation and attention to the environment.

We bring our 20 and more years of destination and adventure trips experience to bear on every request and are committed to ensuring our clients value for money, creativity and innovation in content, reliable and responsible cooperation as well as diligent and excellent execution of programs. If you are looking for an experienced and professional destination management operator, look no further.

Greek Adventure

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Cancellation Policy

You wish you didn’t have to, but there is no other way: You find yourself having to cancel your plans. In this case, you lose your deposit, but since you haven’t paid the large sum yet, you at least save that. Please do let us know if you cannot make it. A no-show can be a small disaster for your trekking provider, who did its best to block your dates. View our complete cancellation policy here.

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