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Explore the mythical Mt Olympus and the beautiful surrounding areas in this hut to hut hiking tour with Akis, HMGA certified mountain guide.
Join me in this week-long expedition to the mythical Mount Olympus. It’s the highest and most famous mountain in Greece. Besides, it has many peaks and gorges that we can explore together. In fact, if conditions allow it we will climb to the highest peak, Mytikas (2918m).
We will do a full traverse of the east side of this mythical mountain, enjoying the beautiful landscapes and the sea view.
But it is not only about hiking in this week. We will also have time to taste wines and delicious food. In addition, we will visit some traditional towns as Panteleimon and Dion. Besides, you will learn about the mythology.
The first 5 days we will be in a mountain and alpine environment, hiking and sleeping in mountain huts. Then we enjoy a couple of days in town, to see how nature combines with the beautiful and historic towns.
Note that the ascents take up to 6 hours and you need an average level of physical endurance.
Do you find this traverse of Mt Olympus interesting? Then please contact me for more information! I would love guiding you in this area.
In a hotel and mountain 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.
The minimum group size is 5 people. Snacks in the mountain are included. I will provide the safety equipment (harness – helmet) for the Mitikas ascent. Equipment: Backpack 30–35 L, Sport shoes or trekking boots, sun hat, warm hat (beanie) & gloves, long trousers and shorts, warm pull over and wind/water proof jacket, snacks, 1,5 L water bottle, personal equipment for hut overnight stay.
At Thessaloniki airport.
We meet at Thessaloniki airport and transfer to Litochoro town, a nice and quiet town at the east side of Mt Olympus. We settle down in a traditional hotel. Evening meal and briefing about the next day’s schedule.
Breakfast and preparation. Departure at 10AM, and via the forest road we drive towards the main part of Olympus National Park. We start at 1110m, and after a 3-hour hike in a pleasant forest trail, we will access the Petrostrouga Hut (1950m). The view from the hut plateau is breathtaking. Aegean sea and high summits in an unforgettable combination. In the afternoon we have a nice briefing about the Mythology of the area, the fauna, flora and geology. Evening meal – overnight stay at the hut.
Breakfast and departure at 9AM for the hike. Today we explore one of the most unknown and virgin places of the east side. Via the Gavos magnificent and ancient forest, we access the Hut A “Spilios Agapitos 2.100m” in a 2 – 2 ½ hours hike. We settle down at the hut and take a short break for a snack. In the afternoon we explore the south summits. In a 5-hour hike we go up to Skala (2850m) and Skolio (2912m). We return to the hut where we have dinner and spend the night.
Breakfast, short preparation and we start the hike towards the north at 9AM. Via the Zonaria trail we access in 3 hours the magnificent Mouses Plateau (2700m). We settle down at Giosos Apostolidis Hut and have a good break. Then we climb the Mytikas summit (2918m) via the East gully (climbing in steep terrain, 3 hours to climb and return to the hut – harness & helmet). In the early afternoon we go back to the hut, where we’ll stay for dinner and overnight.
Duration: 6hs (Mytikas climb included)
We wake up early. For those who didn’t climb the Mytikas summit the day before, a second ascent is possible this morning. Return at the hut and pack our equipment to hike down the mountain. Via the north side trail, we access the Petrostrouga Hut and finally the main forest road. Transfer to Litochoro. We settle down in a hotel.
Duration: 5 – 6 hours
Breakfast at the hotel. Today we visit the ancient city of Dion, the museum and the archeological site. Next stop at the famous Mt Olympus wineries. We taste the typical wines of the area and traditional dishes. Lunch in a sea side tavern with sea food. Afternoon visit at Panteleimon traditional village. Diner and overnight at Litochoro.
Breakfast and transfer to Prionia (1100m). We cross the Enipeas gorge in a beautiful scenery of waterfalls and lakes. We also visit the medieval ancient monastery of St. Dionysious, inside the forest. Early in the afternoon we go back to Litochoro.
Duration: 6 hours
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.
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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!!!