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1-day Hut to hut trek from Gortsia, Mount Olympus

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1-day Hut to hut trek from Gortsia, Mount Olympus
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Join local HMGA mountain guide Dimitris and discover the beauty of Mount Olympus in Greece. Climb to the top of the Mytikas or Throne of Zeus peaks for stunning views of the entire area from up above.

Private

Olympus

1 Day

Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct

Fit

Intermediate


Highlights

  • Explore the local flora and fauna on Mount Olympus.
  • Climb to some of the highest peaks in Greece.
  • Enjoy breathtaking views of the Olympus National Park and the Aegean Sea.

Description

Mount Olympus is the highest and most famous mountain in Greece. On this trek, we will walk along the exceptionally beautiful path that departs from Gortsia. Along the way, we will visit several mountain huts and observe the rich flora and fauna found throughout this area. If you have climbing experience, you may opt to summit the Mytikas and/or “Throne of Zeus” (Stefani) peaks as well.

During this 4-5 hour trek from Gortsia, you will see what makes Mount Olympus and the surrounding Olympus National Park in Greece such a special place. We will trek along a moderately steep path while enjoying breathtaking views of the Aegean Sea below. The terrain is varied and the flora and fauna abundant.

At the beginning of our trek, we will see many of the local wildflowers, a birch forest, and a bit further along, a species of fir trees known as Robolo. These resistant fir trees grow at high altitudes and are able to withstand strong winds and snow. As we make our way upwards, we will encounter the Laimos Ridge (Laimos meaning “neck” in Greek), Skourta Peak and the Muses Plateau.

At this point, we will reach the first mountain hut of our journey: the Petrostrugha HutPetrostrugha means “stone sheepshead” in Greek. At this hut, we will be able to rest our legs for a few minutes and perhaps enjoy a quick snack or drink before continuing onward.

After a short break, we will make our way up into a high alpine meadow where we may have the chance to see the rare Rupicapra. The Rupicapra is a species of wild goat currently facing extinction. Typically, these goats live and graze together in large groups. Seeing the Rupicapra in their natural habitat is always a special experience!

After crossing the high alpine meadow, we will encounter the other two seasonal mountain huts in our path. From here, you will have the option to summit either Mytikas or “Throne of Zeus”, provided you have the necessary climbing experience. The views from up above are truly spectacular!

If you choose to attempt a summit on either Mytikas (2918m) and/or “Throne of Zeus” (2909m), I will gladly provided the necessary gear. Please keep in mind, however, that both summits require scrambling or rock climbing skills (UIAA level III/IV).

Whenever we are ready to begin our descent, we will simply follow the same path back down toward Gortsia. If you plan to make one or both summits, or simply want to take things at a slower pace, we can also spend the night at one of the mountain huts where basic accommodation and meals are available.

Whether this will be your first time on Mount Olympus or you would just like to explore a different side of this iconic mountain in Greece, this trek is a great option.  Please contact me for more details or to book this trek. I look forward to being your guide!

As an alternative option, we can also explore Mount Olympus together starting from nearby Prionia, Greece. Click here for more details!

Note: If you do choose to spend the night at one of the mountain huts, we would also have the option of descending along the path to Prionia the following day, rather than returning to Gortsia. The options are many! Please contact me for further information.

Price includes

- Guiding fee


About the guide

I am an HMGA Mountain Guide and mountaineering and climbing instructor of the Hellenic and French Mountaineering Associations. Join me for hiking and rock climbing trips in Greece.

Languages

Greek | English

Certificates

HMGA


What people are saying about Dimitris Sotirakis

Katrina Cervantes

5.00

September, 2023

Dimitris is a great guide who made us feel relaxed, safe and comfortable. He selected the perfect place for me and my boyfriend's skill level (we are both relatively new to climbing) and there was no time limit, we climbed to our heart's content until we were tuckered out. He also gave us some helpful tips for us to improve.

John Beary

5.00

September, 2023

Amazing guide, incredibly knowledge of both his craft and the culture. He made the trip an incredible father-son adventure that we will remember fondly for the rest of our lives! We are already looking forward to our next trip with Dimitris!

Tracy Cowie

5.00

September, 2023

You will not find a more professional & friendly guide than Dimitris! His passion for his craft and for ensuring that his clients have the most amazing climbing experience is front and centre. Not only was safety and minimizing potential risks his top priority but also, he made sure that the climbing grades were applicable for myself and my husband (and we both climb different grades). Dimitris also provided awesome feedback, tips and suggestions (including correcting some bad habits that I had picked up over the years). His knowledge base is outstanding- we both learned so much from him! He helped my husband improve his technique while gently encouraging me to push beyond my comfort level (but in a safe way - he knew what my ability was and could see that I was holding back). In addition, he went above and beyond by finding a piece of climbing equipment for me at a local store. Then he asked the store to hold it and was able to get us to the store just before they closed (plus he called the store to tell them we were on our way). If you are going to come climbing in Greece, Dimitris is your guide, 100%! We're from Canada but I'm already trying to figure out how to get back here and to do some more climbing with Dimitris! This was such an AWESOME day, all thanks to our amazing guide! Thank you so much Dimitris!!!!!!

Troy Hensel

5.00

August, 2023

Had a great full day with Dimitris! A living legend in the Greek climbing/mountaineering community! A wealth of knowledge and an awesome dude!

Galit Bar

5.00

August, 2023

Mount Olympus is a lovely mountain. We hiked with Dimitris and climbed with him until the Mytikas summit. It was amazing!!! Dimitris is a wonderful person and an experienced guide with a lot of stories. He listens to the needs of his clients and act accordingly. He also arranged the nights in the refuge for us. Thank you Dimitris for a beautiful unforgettable experience !

Quentin Janssens

5.00

July, 2023

Greece is definitely a nice place to hike... even in summer time as the forest protects very nicely from the heat... we really did not suffer from it at all (hike end of July) Dimitris is a very professional guide is the right 'can do' attitude while putting safety first. He also is quite knowledgeable of the history and environement of Greece. We recommend for sure!

Solveig Chaffee

5.00

July, 2023

We had so much fun with Dimitris and his assistant Nico. Fabulous beginning to our trip. He outfitted us perfectly and found routes just right for our varying skill levels. Couldn’t have asked for more.

Rónán Dowling-Cullen

5.00

June, 2023

Dimitris was great and made the most of it. Explore-share service were almost impossible to speak to, they changed our guide with no communication on pricing with money transfers due. They then assured me that we would almost definitely be able to summit Mytikas while our guide warned us that the chance of summiting was low and when we arrive to the refuge the team running the refuge said no one had been summiting yet this year and that would not change until at least July. Long story short: Dimitris (our guide) was great, explore-share were misleading, disorganised and poor at communicating.

Nathan Kozakis

5.00

May, 2023

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Baran Ozbek

5.00

May, 2023

Dimitris was amazing. He was very friendly and helpful. He took us to unique climbing spots and we had a delicious Greek meal after. We spent a lot of time climbing and getting to know each other. He guided us and was very patient. We recommend our guide, and we look forward to more climbing trips in the future. Thank you Dimitris! 😊 lots of love from Baran and Soni <3

Edgar Roeber

5.00

May, 2023

Nice trip, best teacher, unique climbing place.

Miriam Jones

5.00

May, 2023

I do a lot of rock climbing at home in the United States, and thought there was so much to do and see in Greece that I didn't need to spend a day climbing during my short stay there. About three days before my trip I decided that was ridiculous, of course I had to go rock climbing while in Greece, and I AM SO HAPPY I BOOKED THIS TRIP WITH DIMITRIS. I was traveling with my partner who doesn't have any experience climbing, Dimitris made sure the day we spent climbing was memorable for both of us. He picked a beautiful location and routes that were fitting for both of our abilities. Dimitris allowed me to do some lead climbing and offered helpful advice to improve my climbing. He was patient with my partner who had never climbed outside before and set up multiple top rope routes for him to try. Dimitris is extremely knowledgeable and has over 30 years of climbing and mountaineering experience, we couldn't have been matched with a better climbing guide. He was incredibly friendly and picked us up close to our apartment and dropped us back off after a long day of climbing. If you're thinking about rock climbing in Greece, you want to book your guiding trip with Dimitris, you will not be disappointed. He is passionate about climbing and loves what he does. My partner and I are both extremely grateful to have had the chance to climb with Dimitris.

Catherine Lambert-Charette

5.00

May, 2023

Dimitris was a really good guide during the activity! He gave us many tricks and we went with him at an incredible spot for outdoor climbing. Highly recommend the activity!

Arne Claassen

5.00

April, 2023

We had an amazing time with Dimitris. Due to rainy weather we had to find another day, but that was very well communicated on time. He found a perfect spot for our experience. You can really feel that he loves what he’s doing, he is calm, experienced and a good teacher who gave us great tips so that we could improve our climbing skills within minutes.

Lucas Descause

5.00

April, 2023

Dimitris is an excellent teacher for first time outdoor climbers and those who want to move from top roping to lead climbing. Full of anecdotes, insights and helpful tips for both beginners and more seasoned climbers. You feel safe in his presence. We went out climbing twice on separate occasions in Athens and Nafplion and both times were very memorable days. Highly recommended!


 

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