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Mount Olympus Hike to the Top of Greece, 2 days

Mount Olympus hike
Mount Olympus hike
Mount Olympus hike group
Mount Olympusguided  hike

Join Akis, an HMGA-certified mountain guide, for this fun, informative and exciting 2-day ascent of Mount Olympus in Greece. Learn about the nature, history and mythology of this iconic Greek mountain along the way.

Group

Olympus

2 Days

May - Oct

Intermediate

Beginner


Highlights

* Enjoy the stunning scenery of Greece.

* Climb the highest peak in the country.

* Learn about the mythology, history and ecology of the mountain.

Description

Rising to 2,917 meters (9,570 feet) in elevation and towering above its surroundings, the legendary Mount Olympus is the highest point in Greece and makes for an extraordinary two-day hiking adventure!

The fun begins shortly after we meet up in nearby Litochoro and transfer into the national park. From here, we will begin our ascent of the mountain by the east side, via well-marked trails in deep forest and alpine scenery. We will spend the night in a mountain hut and then continue on to the summit of Mytikas on day 2. You can find a detailed itinerary below.

During our hike, we will experience the paths of the 12 gods and we will talk about the mythology, history, fauna & flora of this unique environment. An average level of fitness level is required to join. Participants should be prepared to hike a distance of 13Km per day, at a pace of 300m of vertical ascent per hour. Of course, I will be there to help and guide you every step of the way!

So what are you waiting for? Book now for this unforgettable 2-day ascent of Mount Olympus!

If you like the look of this trip then I think you may also enjoy my 4-day hiking trip on the island of Crete!

Price includes

- Guiding fee

Price details

Group trips include:

- Guiding Fees

- Transfer (Litochoro - Olympus - Litochoro)

- 2 overnights in mountain refuges

- Snack for day 2 of the hike

- Harness and helmet

Private trips do not include:

- Accommodation

- Snacks


Itinerary

Day 1: Litochoro-Plateau Hut

Meeting at Litochoro town in the morning (09:00), and short briefing about the ascent. We will drive via the forest road towards the trailhead (Gortsia station 1.100m. alt.) We will start hiking the north side forest trail, towards the Petrostrouga Hut. We will stop for a short break at the hut and then continue hiking, until we will access the Muses Plateau and finally the Plateau Refuge. Settle down at the refuge – Overnight stay. Duration: 6 hours Vertical ascent: 1.500m

Day 2: Summit Day

Breakfast at the refuge. Climb up to  Mytikas Peak at 2918m, the Very Top of Greece, via the east gully, and return to the refuge. Downhill hike towards the parking. Duration: 7 – 8 hours in total. Drive back to Litochoro town.

 

FAQs

What’s included in the price I’m paying here?

The guiding fee and the ride from Litochoro to the starting point (and bac) is included in the price. I’ll also provide the harness and the helmet.

How experienced do I need to be?

To climb the Mytikas section of Mt Olympus, you don't need any prior mountaineering experience. I advise having a high level of fitness, that’s key!

How is the refuge/mountain hut organized?

The refuge have dormitories and has a common bathroom. Although the refuge has extra blankets, you would need to carry a sleeping bag. I'll be the one booking it for you.

Where is the meeting point, where will we finish?

On the first day of your trip, you will meet me in Litochoro Square Central Church. I’ll drive you back there the day after.

Will it be possible to buy food?

Both in the village of Litochoro and at the mountain hut, you may purchase food and water.

What should I take with me / wear for this 2-day climb?

Here is the list of items/equipment I recommend you to have with you:

  • Hiking boots;
  • A 30L backpack;
  • Sunscreen, sunglasses, and a sunhat;
  • Long pant;
  • Short;
  • A waterproof jacket;
  • T-shirt;
  • A small towel and toiletries;
  • hiking socks and underwear;
  • fleece;
  • a flashlight;
  • a water bottle;
  • trekking poles (optional)

If you can, try to bring only what you need in order to avoid a heavy backpack since you’ll be the one carrying it.

What is the best airport to fly into to come and climb Mt Olympus?

The best way to get to Mount Olympus is to start by flying into Thessaloniki Airport (SKG). From there, the trip to Litochoro takes about a 1.5-hour drive. A cab is the quickest option, a good decision if you are traveling with a group of people (it costs around 125 EUR). Otherwise, there's an airport bus that can take you in 45 minutes to Thessaloniki station, and from there, you can take the train to Litochoro (1 hour and around 5 EUR). The main square may be reached by a short cab ride from Litochoro station (10 EUR).

Is there an age restriction to climb Mount Olympus?

The age requirement for this 2-day guided tour is 12.

I need to spend the night in Litochoro, where do you recommend me to stay?

If you look for an accommodation in Litochoro, I recommend you to have a look at

  • Hotel Afroditi
  • Bayiri Boutique Pension

What are some recommended accommodations near our adventure location?

We understand that finding the perfect place to stay is an essential part of your adventure experience. To help you with this, we’ve curated a list of three highly recommended hotels that offer comfort, convenience, and a touch of local charm. These accommodations are well-suited for adventurers looking to relax and rejuvenate after an exciting day of exploration
Palladium Hotel Cala Llonga Sant Josep de sa Talaia Spain
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Azuline Hotel S'Anfora & Fleming Sant Josep de sa Talaia Spain
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Hotel Timón Sant Josep de sa Talaia Spain
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About the guide

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Akis

4.80

(52)

Mountain Guide

I come from Greece and always remember myself as a kid in the mountains…
Now, I am a Certified Mountain Guide HMGA, member of the Hellenic Mountain Guides Association (License number A.N 867/37, Nr 19 FEK (A)621-999/28-11-07) also a Mountaineering – Ski Mountaineering and Climbing Instructor, member of the Hellenic Federation of Mountaineering & Climbing (H.F.M.C).

My passion for the mountains led me on numerous hikes, ski tours, and rock and ice climbs in Greece, the Alps, France, Switzerland, Italy, and Bulgaria, with many new routes under my signature.

The beautiful valleys at the foot of Mount Olympus – Greece are my home, and the flanks above are the playground to follow my mountain love, may it be ice-climbing, ski touring, hiking, or alpine climbing. For me, it is the perfect terrain to train, play and guide.

I teach mountaineering, rock climbing, and ski mountaineering in various Climbing Schools & Mountaineering Associations, and I spend a lot of wintertime as a ski instructor. I love to share my passion with guests and guide hikers, mountaineers, climbers, and ski tourers all year round.

I am married to Mariza and we have a daughter and two sons together.
I speak Greek, English, and French.

Languages

Greek | French | English

Certificates

HMGA

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What people are saying about this trip

Perry

5.00

Both the guides were super. Akis was great with the group keeping us on track and Theo went above and beyond helping me personally. A memorable trip.

Chloe

5.00

Professional, inspired safety and confidence, knowledgable of the mountain, nothing is too much trouble - meeting all our needs: as an adventurous couple the first time around and as a small family the second and third, well balanced between friendly and giving space, fully available, in short: exceptional and we would not hesitate to recommend him to all levels of mountaineers: from absolute beginners to the fully accomplished looking to stretch themselves that little bit more.

Evan

5.00

For this so unique climbing trip, for your special guidance, the confidence you gave me, the positive energy, thank you Akis.

Cas

2.00

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

Rachel

5.00

My partner & I have just returned from a 2 day hike up Mount Olympus with Akis. The trip was fabulous. Akis is a brilliant guide and he had a great team to help him. Akis is very experienced & willing to help with anything you need, but his style is very un-instrusive so if you want a relaxed trip with someone who loves the mountains and inspires confidence that you are in safe hands, he is your man. Highly recommended.


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