Akis, an HMGA certified mountain guide, will take you in this great 4-day rock climbing trip to the mythical Mount Olympus in Greece.
I invite you to join me in a fantastic rock climbing trip to Mount Olympus, the highest mountain in Greece! We will spend 4 great days of multi-pitch climbing, facing the sea and surrounded by a majestic scenery.
This mythical mount was the home of Greek gods, according to mythology. Today it’s the most wild and isolated area of the Greek mountains. I will take you along rocks at an altitude of almost 3000 metres. We will climb to the highest peak, Mytikas (2918 m).
Mount Olympus lies in the Olympus Range, on the border between Macedonia and Thessaly. Also, it’s 80 kilometres southwest from the city of Thessaloniki, our meeting point.
Besides, it has many peaks, deep gorges and an outstanding biodiversity. It is also a World’s Biosphere Reserve.
So, on our first day, we will meet at the Thessaloniki airport. Then, we will head to the small village of St. Dimitrious and stay in a hotel for the night. On our second day, we will head to the of Xerolaki Ridge, and to the Musses Plateau summit (2700 m), along needles and rock faces. We will spend the night in a hut.
Then, on the third day, we will climb to the impressive Throne of Zeus peak (2902 m). And finally, on the fourth, we will make the whole summits traverse! We will even climb up to the Mytikas summit (2918 m). You can check the detailed itinerary below this description.
So contact me if you want to join me in this 4-day climbing trip! It will be an unforgettable experience. I will be happy to answer any questions you may have about the program.
I also offer an 8-day hut to hut hiking tour in Mount Olympus. Check it out!
Hotel and Huts
The Mountain Guide is in charge of the ascent and has the right to change the schedule or a part of it – always in cooperation with his clients – in case of bad weather conditions, setting a priority the safety of his team members. He has the right to change the daily route/s or a part of them in case of a sudden team member illness. He has the right to interrupt or totally stop the schedule, if a team member does not comply with the safety rules the Mountain Guide sets, or if his actions put in danger the rest of the team members. Participants have to respect the mountains natural environment. Terms above do not set the Mountain Guide liability to refund his reward or a part of it. Mountain Guide is not responsible for an accident out of his responsibility or because a participant's ignorance – mistake.
Climbing equipment is provided Reguired equipment: -Backpack 30–35 L -Hiking boots and rock climbing shoes -Sun hat, warm hat (beanie) -Gloves, long trousers, shorts, warm pull over _Wind/water proof jacket -Snacks -1,5 L water bottle -Personal equipment for hut overnight stay,
Meeting at Thessaloniki airport and transfer to the north west side of Mt.Olympus, towards the small village of St. Dimitrious. Settle down in a hotel. Evening meal. Briefing about the schedule.
Early wake up and breakfast at the hotel. Drive towards the virgin forest of Xerolaki area under the foot of the impressive Xerolaki Ridge. Today we will climb the most classic, long and majestic ridge of the Greek mountains. The Xerolaki ridge, rips the North side of the mountain and give access to the summits and Musses Plateau (2700 m), after a long climbing course between needles and rock faces. (AD+ difficulty, 1700m). It will take us in total about 10 hours. Access the Musses Plateau. Settle down in a mountain hut, dinner and overnight stay.
Wake up and breakfast at the hut. Today we will climb the impressive Throne of Zeus (2902 m) peak, also called Stefani. We will climb north east face of the Throne. Route : Comicci – Escher. Difficulty : D/D+ , 200 m. Return to the hut. Dinner and overnight stay.
Wake up and breakfast at the hut. Today we will climb the complete summits traverse, Mytikas (2918 m) summit included. Difficulty: D/PD+ , 200m. Duration: 5 hours. Finally we will return at the hut for a short break (lunch) and follow the tack towards the forest road (5 hours). Drive back to the village, settle down at the hotel and dinner. The next day, after breakfast, yo will be transferred to the Thessaloniki airpot.
I was born in 1975 in Katerini, the town where I currently live.
I discovered the world of climbing and mountaineering when I was 15, and soon it became my passion. Over the years, I have specialised in mountaineering, ski mountaineering, rock climbing and ice climbing. I am a certified mountain guide (HMGA).
I have ascended hundreds of times Mount Olympus, Varasova, Meteora, Mount Gkiona, Mount Vardousia, Mount Pindos and others, both by the traditional and the modern routes.
But I also have a lot of experience abroad. I climbed many routes, both rock and ice/snow, in different areas including Mont Blanc, the Dolomites, Gran Paradiso and the Aosta Valley.
I also have a vast experience in ski mountaineering both in Greece and around Europe.
I am also a certified mountaineering and climbing instructor. I apply this by teaching in various Climbing and Mountaineering Associations.
During the winter, I also spend time as a ski instructor in my region, where there is a local academy.
My trip to Olympus turned out to be a huge disappointment. Not only because we couldn\'t go to the summit due to bad weather (too much wind), more because the guide Akis lacked communication and social skills. We went with a big group (9). Akis is really a professional when it comes to hiking and knows what he\'s doing. But his communication in general and towards me I didn\'t like. I also want a guide that explains stuff about the nature, the mountain and a guide that brings some positive vibes. I didn\'t feel included at all and I felt like he didn\'t like me or something. Mostly talked in Greek language and I had to ask for translation a lot. Luckily the group I was with were really friendly and translated some things for me. Besides this he could have been more open that it\'s a big possibility we wouldn\'t go to the top because of the wind. That would\'ve saved some disappointment. At the mountain shop before the hike someone told me there\'s going to be a lot of wind. After asking Akis about it on the way up he said \"no, not much wind. The weather will be good\" Which I found very strange but maybe this was the language barrier. I\'ve spend 180 euro\'s for a trip with a guide + 80euro\'s to rent good gear + 40 euro\'s to stay at the refuge with food/drinks included. This is a total of 300,- for something I could\'ve easily done by myself (the trip to the refuge is easy). Of course I totally understand that because of too much wind we couldn\'t go to the top. You can\'t beat the mountain, it beats you. But as a backup plan we went down and then by car to a small waterfall and a monastery thats being renovated. This crushed my soul and spirit. I strongly recommend that you get part of your money back if you can\'t reach te summit in stead of this somewhat boring backup plan with zero adrenaline. What was even more f\'d up is that after I came back to the mountain shop to bring back my rented clothes I met a couple that did go to the summit. :( So to summarise, my experience was disappointing to say the least and won\'t recommend Akis as a guide. Service of explore-share is good tho. Cas
Rene van Everdingen
Spectacular experience in just one day
Don\'t think I would have reached the peak without Akis. Akis made my son\'s 21st birthday special by producing a cake with a candle at the top of Mt Olympus.
My trip to Mt Olympus with Akis Parousis was the trip of a lifetime. Akis was more knowledgeable than I could have ever imagined. The hiking, of course, was extraordinary, but all of the extra things that we did made this trip unbelievable. Hiking with Akis, I knew I was safe and cared for. He made sure that I was taken care of in every aspect of the trip. He always has a plan A, B, C and D just in case something doesn’t work out perfect. Thank you, Akis for your love and care!!!
Group of 1
|EUR 1392 each|
Group of 2
|EUR 980 each|
Group of 3
|EUR 774 each|
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- Guiding fee
- Transportation from your hotel/airport (if in area) to the start of the trip and back
- Transport during the trip
- Meals: Breakfast, Dinner