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Mt Olympus & Meteora Trek

No Footprint - 8 days

  • Mt Olympus & Meteora Trek
  • 8 days / 7 nights
  • Max. group: 10 Persons
  • Difficulty: Easy
Overview
Route
What's Included
Accommodation
FAQ
Packing List
Safety
No Footprint
How to Book

Overview

> Explore the most famous mountain in Greece, home of the Greek Gods and ‘relive’ ancient myths and history
> Experience the diversity of the Greek mountainous landscape
> Enjoy unspoiled sceneries with breathtaking views of Mt Olympus’ summits and deep gorges
> Hike part of the E4 European path and Enipeas gorge
> Visit Meteora and learn all about this unique geological phenomenon of astounding beauty
> Follow old trails used by monks to reach 14th-century monasteries and absorb the most captivating views and serenity!
> Walk with locals and experience the original Greek culture
> Spot unique wildlife and endemic flora!

During our 7 day trek, you will explore two of the most unique and breathtaking locations in Greece, Mount Olympus, and Meteora!

Mount Olympus is undoubtedly one of the most famous mountains in the world. Being the home of the twelve ancient Greek Gods and featuring the highest peak of Greece (Mytikas at 2,917m), the mountain captivates the visitor at first sight with its incomparable natural beauty and the wealth of its ancient history.

The Olympus mountain range has been declared the first Greek National Park since 1938 and it’s also characterized as a World’s Biosphere Reserve. Organized mountain refuges and numerous hiking routes are available for all levels. In total there are 52 peaks ranging from altitudes of 760m to 2,918m, which combined with the alpine fields, sheer ravines, deep gorges, and thick forest create a unique landscape. Olympus mountain harbors more than 1,500 types of plants, dozens of animal species and many rare birds that we look forward to spotting for you.

Our next stop is the gigantic rocks of Meteora… Tranquil, spiritual, other-worldly, remarkable, breathtaking, enormous, inspirational, magnificent are only some words used to describe them! Unique enormous columns of rock rise vertically from the ground with an unusual form, demonstrating nature’s splendor and man’s everlasting desire to connect with the divine. The gigantic rocks of Meteora are perched above the town of Kalambaka at a maximum height of 400m, with its most interesting summits decorated with historical monasteries dating back to the 14th century.

Route

What's the plan?

DAY 1: ARRIVAL AT THESSALONIKI & TRANSFER TO LITOCHORO

Meeting and transfer to Litochoro, the “basecamp” town for all expeditions on Mount Olympus. The town is divided in two parts, one lying next to the sea and the other one by the riverbed of Enipeas gorge, at the foothills of Mount Olympus. Litochoro offers a slow-paced atmosphere inspiring visitors to stroll down its shady streets and wander around its solitary beaches. After accommodating yourself at our guesthouse, we’ll walk into Enipeas gorge to admire its amazing rock formations. We’ll discuss the week’s itinerary over a traditional drink and ‘meze’ by the river. You’ll enjoy a traditional meal at our favorite local tavern.

DAY 2: VISIT THE ARCHAEOLOGICAL SITE OF DION & ASCEND THE MOUNTAIN OF GODS

After breakfast, we will visit the archaeological site of Dion, the ancient Macedonian Sanctuary of Zeus and its adjusted museum. During the Hellenistic period, it was the religious center of Macedonia. Zeus was venerated here and Olympic games were held in his and the Muses honor.

You will then be transferred to the refuge of Koromilia (1,000m), stopping on the way to gaze the canyon of Orlias, one of the finest canyons in Greece. Lunch will be served at the refuge. Having had enough time to relax and breath the fresh air, you will start ascending towards our first stop on the mountain of the Gods, the refuge of Petrostrugka. The path traverses through thick pristine forest, gaining smoothly but steadily altitude until it reaches the refuge after around three hours. The refuge is situated at an altitude of 1,940m, in a beautiful spot among age-old Bosnian pine trees, offering you panoramic views to the valley of Katerini, Mount Pelion and the Aegean Sea. You’ll enjoy a delicious warm dinner at the refuge.

(Distance: 5,5km. Technical difficulty: Moderate. Actual walking time: 3 hours.)

DAY 3: HIKE TO PLATEAU OF THE MUSES AND PROFITIS ILIAS PEAK

After breakfast, we will start our ascent to the Plateau of the Muses, one of the most breathtaking places of Mt. Olympus. Our path will lead you to the Skourta peak (2,485m) where the alpine landscape dominates, offering outstanding 360-degree views. From this point, a narrow ridge called Laimos (neck) begins which will lead you to the plateau. Walking through the ridge is an experience on its own, giving you the opportunity to admire the amazing geology of Mt. Olympus’ rock formations.

As you reach higher altitudes, you will have many opportunities to spot the endemic wild goat of Mt. Olympus, a rare and endangered species looking more like a deer than a goat, inhabiting mostly Mt. Olympus’ alpine zone. The 4-hour walk will finish at the refuge of Kakalos, located at an elevation of 2,650m. It was named after Christos Kakalos, a local hunter who guided the Swiss climbers Fred Boissonnas and Daniel Baud Bovy to realize the first recorded ascent to Olympus’ highest peak, Mytikas, in 1913. After a small break and lunch at the refuge, we will wander around the magical alpine landscape of the plateau and reach Agios Profitis peak (2,830m) after an easy 40-min walk. An ascend to Profitis Ilias peak allows breathtaking views to the north slopes of Mt. Olympus and neighboring mountains, intensified by the colors of the sunset. Dinner will be served at the refuge.

(Distance: 6km. Technical difficulty: Easy to moderate. Actual walking time: 4 hours.)

DAY 4: ΗΙΚE TO SCOLIO PEAK & DESCEND TO SPILIOS AGAPITOS REFUGE

After a warm, filling breakfast at the refuge we will aim at summiting Scolio peak at 2,904m. Scolio is the third highest peak of Mt. Olympus which you will reach through a relatively easy path. Scolio gives superb views to the highest peaks of the mountain, Mytikas (2,918m) and Stefani (2,912m). (It is possible for experienced climbers only to climb up to Mytikas peak at their own risk through Skala or the steep gully of Mytikas. They are considered Class III ascents and there’s moderate exposure.)

After enjoying a snack at the top of Scolio peak, you’ll follow a scenic path through an area called Zonaria where the barren rock landscapes of Mt. Olympus are overwhelmingly stunning. After a 2-hour descent, you’ll reach Spilios Agapitos Refuge, a magnificent stone building at a beautiful location forming a natural balcony, at an altitude of 2,100m. This cozy refuge is an ideal spot for relaxing. Dinner will be served later in the evening.

(Distance: 6km. Technical difficulty: Moderate. Actual walking time: 4 hours.)

DAY 5: HIKE THE E4 EUROPEAN PATH AND STROLL DOWN ENIPEAS GORGE

Today we will start our descend from Spilios Agapitos Refuge (2,100m) to the location of Prionia (1,100m). The long but scenic descent is the most frequented hiking path on Mount Olympus and makes up part of the E4 European path. The path is in very good condition and the combination of thick pine trees with beech and fir trees gives a unique charm to the area. There are several vantage points to stop and observe the surrounding evergreen forest and sceneries. Upon arriving at Prionia you will admire the Enipeas waterfalls and enjoy a light lunch at the only local cafe. We’ll then follow the Enipeas river all the way down to Litochoro Village.

On our way, you will have the opportunity to visit the old monastery of Agios Dionysios that dates back to 1542. It is a monument of rare architectural and aesthetic beauty, built as a fortress from stone and wood on a natural fortified plateau. The total duration of the trek from Prionia to Litochoro takes about 5 hours, crossing the canyon seven times over beautiful wooden bridges. The route is quite tiring due to the ascents and descents, but the varied geological features, the small lakes with crystal waters and the sheer mountain slopes provide a rare beauty and entirely reward you for your effort.

Tonight you’ll sleep at a guesthouse by the sea, completing your descend from an altitude of 2,100m all the way down to sea level. To congratulate yourself on such an achievement you will enjoy dinner at the best fish tavern in the area.

(Distance: 15km. Technical difficulty: Moderate. Actual walking time: 8 hours.)

DAY 6: REST & TRANSFER TO METEORA

In the morning you will enjoy the beachfront location of our guesthouse, have a swim or just rest by its beautiful surroundings. Early in the afternoon, we will hit the road again heading to the mysterious region of Meteora. The story has it that in the 9th century AD a group of monks moved into the area and lived in caves on top of the rock pillars, seeking complete solitude. During the 11th and 12th century AD a monastic state was created and by the 14th century, there were already over 20 monasteries at Meteora. Today only 6 survive and are open to visitors.

After a light lunch at Kastraki town, at the foothills of Meteora, we will start our tour of the monasteries. During our relaxed exploration, you will experience spectacular views from above, having Kastraki and the Thessalian plain at our feet, as well as unobstructed views to all surrounding mountains. Dazed by the scenery and amazed by the monks’ decision to climb the steep rocks of Meteora, we will have dinner at a local tavern.

DAY 7: METEORA CIRCULAR WALK WITH PANORAMIC VIEWS

Longing to start walking again after yesterday’s rest, we’ll start early for our circular 6-hour walk around the Meteora rocks. Starting from the village of Kastraki we’ll follow apparent paths and secret passes used by the monks in the old days. We’ll visit three of the six operating monasteries such as the “The Great Meteoro Monastery”. It was named “meteoro”, meaning “suspended in the air” because of the formation of the gigantic rock on top of which it was built. Founded in the 14th century AD by a monk from Mount Athos, it is the oldest, largest and tallest one (615m above sea level). Inside the church of Transfiguration, there are fine icons and frescoes dating from the 14th to 16th centuries.

Our next stop will be the monastery of “The Holy Trinity”, widely known from the James Bond film “For your eyes only”. It was built in the 14th century and the access to the monastery until 1925 was only by rope ladders and the supplies were transferred by baskets. The last monastery to visit will be “The Varlaam monastery”, founded in 1350 by a monk named Varlaam, the only one to live on the rock. Rumor has it that it took the monks 20 years to gather all the materials on top by using ropes and baskets and only 20 days to finish the construction.

Passing from the roots of the giant boulders, moving in the dense forest you’ll enjoy alternating sceneries of trees, small clearings, low vegetation, wildflowers, mushrooms, and the majestic Meteora rocks. We’ll ascend to the most panoramic point to admire the Meteora cluster and have a small picnic. We will continue our hike through the old and not so obvious paths in a fairytale-like forest with streams and vegetation so thick that creates arches to pass underneath. At the end of the trek, we will descend following an ancient stone-paved path (kalderimi) at one of the local taverns of Kastraki to celebrate the end of our adventurous week.

(Distance: 11km. Technical difficulty: Easy to moderate. Actual walking time: 5 hours.)

Important: The above itinerary is subject to changes according to the weather conditions or other special events taking place during the week.

What's Included

Included:

√ Transfers
On the first day of the trek, we will pick you up at Thessaloniki. At the beginning of each day, we will take you to the starting point of the trek and we will take you to the accommodation for the night once the trekking is over. 

√ Accommodation
We have reserved for you lovely authentic family-run guesthouses and refuges at very picturesque locations.  The owners are very hospitable and helpful and are known to provide the most delicious breakfasts and meals. Accommodation is based on a double room, shared basis where applicable. In the refuges only bank beds are available on a shared basis. Single supplement available for EUR 90-.

√ Guides
During the treks you will be accompanied by professional guides who will introduce you to the local biodiversity, local flora and fauna.

√ Introductory briefing
On the morning of the first day of the trek, we will meet you in Thessaloniki for an introductory briefing where we will explain all the details of the trek and we will answer all your questions.

√ Breakfast
Breakfast is included and will be provided at the family-run guesthouses and refuges during the trek.

√ Emergency contact number 24/7
There is an emergency contact number available 24/7 in case of an emergency. We will be available to assist you during the whole trek.

√  Luggage transfer
During the day you only carry your day bag, the rest of the luggage will be transferred from one point to the other in a minivan.

√ 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 also have to make your way to the starting point of the trek, in Thessaloniki.

× Lunch and dinner
Lunch and dinner are not included in the price of the trek. You will find plenty of cozy restaurants to enjoy along the treks.

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

× Personal expenses
All personal expenses such as drinks at the bar, washing and other similar expenses are for 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.

Accommodation

Accommodation

We have reserved for you lovely authentic family-run guesthouses and refuges at very picturesque locations.  The owners are very hospitable and helpful and are known to provide the most delicious breakfasts and meals. They are all traditional and have a local character. The owners are friendly and will do everything in their power for you to have a pleasant stay.

On days 2-4, we will stay at mountain refuges. Mountain refuges in Greece are to be found in some of the most dramatic landscapes of the country’s mountains. They vary in size and style, but what they share in common is a cozy and warm atmosphere, with welcoming hosts and heart filling food. When visiting a refuge expect to be surrounded by a colorful crowd of people all over the world, who share the same love for the mountains with you. However, you are going to be sharing common spaces, bathrooms and sleeping rooms with bunk beds. Expect not to have the privacy and amenities of a hotel room. Most of the refugees will have blankets but not linen or towels so it is advisable to carry a small sleeping liner if you don't wish to sleep directly on the mattress. 

Accommodation is based on a double room, shared basis. Single supplement available for EUR 90,-.

FAQ

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.

Best Season

We organize our Mount Olympus and Meteora walking holiday between June and September each year. Temperatures can get pretty chilly even during the summer months, while rain is always a possibility. Bear in mind that the Plateau of the Muses lies at an altitude of 2,700m and altitude sickness symptoms might be present.

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.

Training
Though previous experience is not necessary, a basic fitness level is required for this trek. You are strongly advised to come prepared for a real trekking experience. While hiking in Mount Olympus, you will have to be prepared to carry clothes and gear to spend 3 days οn the mountain, hopping from refuge to refuge and you will be walking up to 8 hours a day. 

Being fit for your trek in Greece will not only make the hike safer for you, but also for your team. If you are unsure about being able to complete this trek, we advise you to start training a few weeks in advance, walking a few hours a day, carrying a backpack. Climbing stairs also helps.

Packing List

Packing List

Packing the right clothes and equipment is always one of the most crucial parts of getting ready for a trek. Here is a summary of what you should bring with you for this trekking adventure in Greece:

• Hiking boots
• Socks
• Trekking trousers
• Underwear
• Baselayer shirts
• T-shirts and/or casual shirts
• Fleece jacket or warm jumper
• Waterproof jacket
• Gloves or mittens
• Sunhat or cap
• Sunglasses
• Warm Hat
• Daypack minimum 35 litres
• Headtorch and spare batteries
• Sun protection (including for lips)
• Water bottles x2 1 Litre (we encourage re-filling water bottles rather than single use plastic)
• Sheet sleeping bag liner (for the huts)
• Washbag and toiletries
• Small Towel

Safety

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.

No Footprint

No Footprint

There isn’t a better way to experience Greece and explore its natural beauty than by getting out and about on your own feet! Whether you are an experienced hiker who is interested in challenging treks or a beginner who enjoys short hikes to admire beautiful sceneries, then you’ll find what you’re looking for. All our walking and hiking adventure holidays around the Greek islands and the mainland are organized by people who care and are committed to responsible touristic development. 

We are dedicated towards encouraging low-impact tourism and activity holidays, such as walking and minimizing our negative impact on the environment and people. We are committed to building a sustainable future for our community and believe that the best way to protect our natural environment is by educating people about the unique flora, fauna, and culture of our region. Our team of expert local guides is dedicated to introducing you to our unique natural and cultural world and guiding you through the country's untouched paths!

How to Book

How does it work?

On Bookatrekking.com you can find and compare the adventures of your dreams. Is this trekking adventure your match? In that case, you can proceed to book. At Bookatrekking.com you make a deposit of 15% of the total amount. You pay the remaining amount on location prior to the trek directly to the trekking company.

Bookatrekking.com uses only the safest payment methods. Once your booking has been received, your place is reserved, your place is safe and you can look forward to your chosen trekking.

After you have made your booking, you will receive an e-mail confirmation with all the necessary information and the contact details of the trekking company. If you have any questions or if you want to clarify something, you can obtain information directly from the right person. Of course, you can also always ask us your question. Send us an e-mail on support@bookatrekking.com

The trekking company will also receive your details and can therefore always contact you and provide you with extra information.

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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