Climbing Mount Olympus in 3 days

Reach the highest point of Greece in this 3-day climbing trip to Mount Olympus (2918 m), together with Pavlos, a local HMGA mountain guide.

 
 

Details

 

Trip Duration

3 days

Mountain Range

Olympus

People per Guide

Trip Level

Intermediate

Offer Period

May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct

Type of Trip

Private

Highlights

 
  • Reach the highest peak in Greece.

  • Sleep at the mythical Plateau of the Muses.

  • Visit the popular Dionysus Monastery and learn about its history.

  • Contemplate the sunrise on the Enipeas Gorge.

 

At 2918 m, the mythical Mount Olympus rises as the highest peak in Greece. Follow me on an incredible adventure of 3 days!

If you have only a few days to explore Greece, this short (but not tough) climbing trip to Mt Olympus may be the right choice for you as it will allow you to visit other destinations afterwards.

Our starting point will be Litochoro, a small town lying at the foot of Mt Olympus, very close to the Aegean Sea.

We’ll drive to the entrance of Olympus National Park and inside the forest towards Priona. Here we’ll start hiking until we reach Spilios Agapitos, the mountain hut where we’ll spend the night.

The following day we’ll attempt the summit of Mt Olympus. First, we’ll reach Skala peak at 2866 m and finally Mytikas, the highest point at 2918 m.

The third day we’ll return to Priona and visit St. Dionysus monastery, a historical site built in the 14th century. Finally, we’ll return to Athens.

Would you like to climb the most iconic peak in Greece? Then contact me for this great mountain experience!

In case you have more time to explore this region, I recommend you to check this 10-day climbing trip in Mt Olympus and Zagoria.

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Price per person

 
Group of 4
510 EUR

 

Price includes

 
  • Guiding fee
  • Accommodation
  • Transport during the trip
 The price includes climbing equipment (helmet, harness, rope, carabiners, slings), a bottle 1,5l of water per day and snacks during activities.
 

Itinerary

 
  • Day 1Litochoro / Refuge Spilios Agapitos

    I pick you up in the morning from your location in Athens or whereabouts and drive for 4,5 hours on the highway to Litochoro, a small town at the foot of the eastern slope of Mt. Olympus and only 3 km away from the Aegean Sea.

    Leaving Litochoro, still with the vehicle, we enter the National Park of Olympus. The asphalt road climbs through thick forest and after 18 km, it ends at Prionia at 1.100m. Drowned in vegetation and cooled by the waterfalls of the Enipeas stream, Prionia’s fresh mountain breeze gives its warm welcome immediately. Blending into the forest landscape, there stands a small wooden restaurant where we have lunch. Having filled our flasks with water, we then head up through the forest on a well maintained path to the refuge Spilios Agapitos at 2.100 m. The mountain hut is located at a cozy terrace with an eagle’s eye view down to Mavrolongos gorge and up to the summit region. There we have dinner and rest for an early start the following morning.

    Overnight in Mt. Olympus, Refuge Spilios Agapitos (L,D)
    Hiking distance:
      4,5km / Hiking duration: 3 hours
    Elevation gain: 1.000m
    Driving distance:
    Athens to Litochoro 420km / 4h 30min
    Litochoro to Prionia 18km / 30min

  • Day 2Mt Olympus summit

    We wake up as the morning dew evaporates from the forest, have breakfast and gear up for the summit day. Soon the path leads to the alpine forestless region.

    On a wide shoulder, following a zigzagging trail with a magnificent view of the whole east region, we reach Skala summit at 2866m.

    Then, you have to descent slightly to the narrow col, follow a rocky gully and finally find your way between the summit gendarmes.

    In 1 – 1 ½ hour of partly technically easy scrambling, we reach the highest point Mytikas at 2.918 m.

    After you stand on the summit long enough to rest, take pictures and feel fulfilled with your achievement, we begin to descend back to the hut where we spend another night.

    Overnight in Mt. Olympus, Refuge Spilios Agapitos (B,L,D)
    Hiking distance:
      6,5km / Hiking duration: 5,5 hours
    Elevation gain: 818m

  • Day 3Prionia / Athens

    We enjoy the early morning sounds of the mountain on a terrace of the hut after a well-earned rest, capturing an image of the peaks as they glow in the rising sun light and then head down to Prionia in easy pace.

    In Prionia we pick up the car and after a 4 km drive, we make a stop at the famous St. Dionysus monastery.

    Built in the 14th century and devastated many times, last by the Nazis in 1943, it has been recently restored and it is open to visitors who want to honor its rich history.

    Just a few steps down a wooden ladder, there is the bank of Enipeas, where one can dip their sore feet in the sparkling crystal clear water. We have lunch in Litochoro and in the afternoon we begin our trip back to Athens.

    (B,L)
    Hiking distance:
      4,5 km / Hiking duration: 2 hours
    Driving distance:
      440km / 5 hours

 
 

Other details

 
Skill level required

Beginner

Fitness level required

Occasional

Meeting point

We'll pick you up from Athens or the town you're staying.

Accommodation

Refuge Spilios Agapitos (mountain hut)

 

About the Guide

 
 

I am a mountain guide of the Hellenic Federation of Mountaineering and Climbing (HFMC) and an IFMGA mountain guide. I live in Greece, a unique country with some of the least explored landscapes in Europe.

I discovered my passion for mountaineering when I was 17. What started as a hobby soon turned into an exciting profession that has taken me on many expeditions around the world over the last two decades. One of my biggest achievements was reaching the summit of Mt Everest in 2004, as the Deputy Leader of the first successful Greek expedition.

Besides, I studied Mass Media Communication and I'm a Film Director. Producing documentaries is another way of unfolding my love for nature and travel.

I really like designing new itineraries and taking clients off the beaten tracks, allowing them to enjoy authentic experiences in my country.

 
 

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What People are Saying

  • 1 review

 

This was an awesome experience! Thansk to Pavlos, who is a perfect guide (and not a luxury at all when you want to climb Mytikas, we had 2 meter of snow in April). We did not reach the top due to heavy snowfall, but made a couple of other hikes while Pavlos told us the complete history of the Olympos mountain range. The breathtaking views from the refuge Giosos Apostolidis with the ever smiling ward Lazaros: it made it all a highly recommended journey! Thanks to all for making this happen!
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Ken Koeklenberg
 

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