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Mt Olympus Grand Trail Hut to Hut Hike

Olympus 6-day done
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Explore the mythical Mt Olympus and the beautiful surrounding areas on this hut to hut hiking tour with Akis, HMGA certified mountain guide.

Private and Group

Olympus

6 Days

Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct

Occasional

Intermediate


Highlights

  • Go on an amazing hiking adventure in the unspoiled Mount Olympus nature.
  • Enjoy amazing views and the unique Greek culture and history.
  • Have an in-depth Mount Olympus experience on a multi-day adventure.

Description

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).

The Olympus Grand Trail runs the northeast & east side of Mount Olympus via a well-scheduled itinerary of 60km, in amazing seaside, forest, and high-altitude trails. This challenging and highly rewarding adventure is very tightly connected with Mediterranean culture. On it, you will enjoy elegant sea views, friendly Greek hospitality, quality food, high summits, and pure unspoiled nature. You can find a detailed itinerary below.

Keep in mind that every day we will hike for around 5 to 7 hours. You will also need to be fit enough to go up 300m of vertical ascent per hour. Of course, I will be there to help and guide you on the way.

Do you find this traverse of Mt Olympus interesting? Then please contact me for more information! I would love to guide you in this area.

Itinerary

Day 1: Litochoro to Koromilia Refuge

Starting form Litochoro main square, we will hike a pleasant trail that runs the north east slopes, through deep forest and gives access to Koromilia Refuge. A true mountain nest of the unspoiled north side of the mountain.
Settle down to the refuge – dinner – overnight stay.

Duration: 5 h
Distance: 13 km
Vertical ascent: 800m

Day 2: Koromilia to Petrostrouga Refuge

Breakfast and start hiking towards the trail of the ancient Greeks.
Now we aim for the beautiful balcony of Petrosrouga refuge at 1950m altitude.
We will access the refuge early in the afternoon, and after a short break, we will hike towards the secret cave of Apollo. On the same evening, we will enjoy Thermes Bay and Chalkidiki Peninsula as the sun slowly goes down.

Duration: 5 h
Distance: 10 km

Day 3: Petrostrouga Refuge to Musses Plateau & High Peaks

Breakfast at the refuge and start hiking towards the Musses Plateau.
The impressive Throne of Zeus welcomes the hikers and the magnificent scenery magnetizes even the most demanding guests… After we settle down at the refuge and take a good rest, we will climb the high peaks, including the very top of Mytikas 2918m.

Duration: 6 hours
Distance: 7 km
Vertical ascent: 1000m

Dinner – briefing about the next day’s schedule.
Overnight stay at the refuge

Day 4: Musses Plateau & High Peaks to Refuge A’

Breakfast at the refuge and start hiking towards the south massive of Mount Olympus.
Today we will hike Skala and Skolion Peaks and we will enjoy the magnificent 360 Panorama.
Early afternoon we will access Refuge A – Spilios Agapitos with its magnificent balcony, on the most appreciated position of the east side.

Duration: 5 – 6 hours
Distance: 8km
Settled down at the refuge – dinner – overnight

Day 5: Refuge A’ to Enipeas Gorge – Faki Mountain Resort

After breakfast, we aim for a long downhill towards the Enipeas Gorge.
During the hike, you will discover all the hidden gems of the lower part of Mount Olympus, in magnificent scenery with rivers, ancient forest and waterfalls.
A short-guided tour at the Medieval Monastery of St. Dionysius will transfer us to another era, before we start again the long way to our next overnight stop, the Faki Mountain Resort.

Duration: 7 h
Distance: 18km

Access the resort late afternoon – settle down and enjoy a refreshing jump in the swimming pool.
The atmospheric terrace/yard is the ideal place for our dinner.

Day 6: Faki Mountain Resort – Sea Side Trails – Litochoro

  • Breakfast at the resort’s yard that faces the Mediterranean Sea.
    Today we will hike in a low-altitude trail, which runs the east side.
    Ancient forest, sea views, and pleasant trails, all are part of the today hike.
    The loop shape hike ends at the resort and finally we will access Litochoro town on foot.Duration: 4h
    Distance: 6kmOptional :
    After the hike, we can visit the Olympus Riviera for a refreshing swim in the Mediterranean crystal waters.
    Dinner in a seafront restaurant with seafood and fresh fish.
    End of the trip

 

Details

Accommodation

In a hotel and mountain huts.

More info

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.

Meeting point

Litochoro main square

Equipment you will need to bring

Backpack

Sunglasses

Watter bottle


About the 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

Residence

Katerini, Greece


What people are saying about this trip

Steve Diggle

4.00

September, 2021

I don't give 5 stars to anything unless it cannot be improved in any way. This is not the modern way I understand but for me 4 Stars is a very good rating, it does not suggest anything is bad. Akis is a superb guide and knows the mountain intimately. This is, as requested, a challenging trail with great variety of views and terrain. The only reason I would not give the trip the very highest rating is that the first two days, especially the second, is unrelenting uphill which was a physical challenge but was not fun with 13kg packs. It reminded me too much of my army days. But this is a great trail with an exceptionally good guide who made us feel safe at all times and showed us things we would never have discovered on our own. We were all very pleased with the experience.

Jeanne

5.00

July, 2019

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!!!


Prices per person

Group of 1

EUR 2568 Each

Group of 2

EUR 1743 Each

Group of 3

EUR 1537 Each

Group of 4

EUR 1433 Each

Group of 5

EUR 1433 Each

Group of 6

EUR 1227 Each

Group of 7

EUR 1227 Each

Group of 8

EUR 1021 Each

Want a different number of travellers?

Price includes

- Guiding fee

- Transport during the trip

Price details

Please note that a minimum of 4 participants is necessary in order to run the group trip scheduled for Sept 12th.

Price includes 4 overnights in mountain refuges and one (1) overnight in a mountain resort hotel inside the forest.

Includes breakfasts and snacks during the hiking days.

Includes harness and helmet for the climb the Peak.

Does not include meals and drinks.




 

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