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Guided Hike to the top of Olympus (Mytikas Summit)

Mytikas
Mytikas
Mytikas
Mytikas

Climb to the summit of Mytikas, the top of Mount Olympus, and enjoy a legendary hike in Greece that will connect you with its mountains and mythology!

Group

Olympus

2 Days

May - Oct

High

Intermediate


Highlights

* Climb to the highest point in Greece.

* Enjoy an exciting adventure that involves hiking and scrambling.

* Discover one of the most emblematic mountains of Europe.

Description

Climbing to the Olympus summit is an obtainable goal and one that you should definitely aim for if you are in Greece. The highest point of the country is renowned for its mythological and natural value.

On this 2-day hike, we will climb to the top of Mytikas (2918m/9574ft) with an overnight stay at Spilios Agapitos hut. On average, we will hike around 4 hours the first day and 8 hours the second. covering a total distance of 18km and an estimated 1800m altitude gain. It will be an exciting adventure that will allow you to enjoy the full splendor of Olympus under the guidance of a professional that will not only show you the way but also keep you safe.

The program starts and ends in Litochoro, from where we will drive to the trailhead in Prionia. You can find a detailed description of the itinerary below.

Please keep in mind that you will need a good fitness level to join this tour. You should also be comfortable with heights. During the last stretch of our climb, we will use a rope, harness, and helmet (which we will provide) to scramble up to the Mytikas summit.

Join us on this amazing adventure! Send us a request and let's start planning your Olympus climb together! You can join us on one of these 2-day tours or inquire about longer, custom Olympus climbs as well. We look forward to guiding you!

Price includes

- Accommodation included

- Guiding fee

- Transportation start and back

- Mountain guide expenses

- Rope

- Harness

- Helmet

- Trekking poles

Price details

WHAT IS INCLUDED

• Experienced English speaking guide

• Guide’s expenses

• 1 night accommodation in the mountain hut

• Trekking poles

• Local Transfer Litochoro – Prionia & Prionia – Litochoro.

• Safety Climbing Equipment (helmet, climbing harness, rope)

• Photos and videos during the activity

• VAT

WHAT IS NOT INCLUDED

• Personal expenses.

• Breakfast, meals, snacks and beverages on the refuge.

• Optional gratuities to the tour leader/guides

• Anything not mentioned as included

• Transfer to/from Litochoro (contact us if you need assistance on your arrangements)

• Accommodation in Litochoro before/after the hike (contact us if you need assistance on your arrangements)


Itinerary

Day 1: Litochoro-Prionia-Spilios Agapitos hut

Our day will normally begin in the morning at 9.30 in Litochoro’s central square. After a short briefing about our day’s hike, we will drive towards the trailhead (Prionia 1100m) (20-30 minutes).

In Prionia, we will park our car and prepare our gear for the hike. Prionia is the highest point which can be reached by car (it is 18 km from Litochoro).

We will take the route from Prionia (1.100 m) to Spilios Agapitos Refuge (2.1000 m), the most frequented hiking path on Mount Olympus and part of the E4 European trail.

The trail is in good condition and mostly through a shady forest. We will constantly move uphill to the Spilios Agapitos hut, at an altitude of 2.100m. This legendary resting spot is surrounded by impressive age-old Bosnian pine trees. We will enjoy a good meal and a good night's rest, and prepare for summit day.

Day 2: Summit Day

We will enjoy an early breakfast with a view at 5.30 am, on the hut balcony.

At 6.30, we will leave the hut following the European E4 trail away from the forest towards and alpine zone. This relatively steep trail is quite popular and offers a magnificent view of the whole eastern region of Olympus.

In approximately 2 or 2.5 hours we will reach Skala peak at 2866m, where we will t stop for rest and prepare our gear (helmet and climbing harness) to summit Mytikas. From Skala (2866m), we can catch sight of Skolio peak (2911m), Agios Antonios peak (2815m) and of course, Mytikas peak (2918m).

Kakoskala is the name of the ridge that we will follow on our way to the summit. In approximately 1 hour of partly technically, easy scrambling will make it to the top of Mytikas at 2.918 m. the highest peak in Greece! During the ascent, you will be attached to the guide’s rope and offered advice and guidance.

Later, we will begin our descent back to the refuge, via the same route, and normally will arrive there by 12.00-12.30 pm. Once at the hut, we will rest and have lunch before hiking for a couple of hours back to Prionia. Then, we will drive back to Litochoro with an amazing memory as a souvenir.

 

Equipment you will need to bring

•Hike or trail running shoes (with a good traction/non-slippery) •Hiking backpack of 40-60lt. with padded straps and a waist belt. You should leave extra space in your backpack to carry a helmet and a climbing harness (which we will provide). •A water bottle (at least 1-1.5 lt) - energy bars/snacks. •Waterproof jacket or a windbreaker with hood (windbreaker pants recommended) •Shorts and long trousers for walking, ideally quick-drying material •2 dri-fit (technical) t-shirts. •One long sleeve t-shirt •Warm clothing for the night, (fleece top, long thermal underwear,2 pair of socks) •Sunglasses, hat, sun-cream •Warm gloves, beanie (recommended) •Sleepimg bag (blankets available in the hut) •Personal toiletries, small towel •Head-lamp (recommended) •Simple first aid kit (plasters/blister kit, painkiller, antiseptic) Try to keep your backpack as light as possible, and carry only the essentials. An additional equipment list depending the period or weather conditions may be communicated beforehand to the participants. If you don't have any of the equipment, please let us know so that we can make arrangements.


FAQs

What is the average distance and altitude gain that we will hike each day?

Day 1 is relatively easy, approximately +1000m / 5.5km from Prionia (start) to the refuge. Day 2 is a longer one with approximately +900m / 3km to the summit and -1900m / 8.5km from the summit to Prionia (end) with an intermediate rest stop at the refuge.

What experience do I need to have? How fit do I need to be? Is this program suitable for children or older people?

You don't have to be experienced, but you surely need to have a relatively good fitness level in order for you to enjoy this trip and not struggle. On average, you should be able to easily hike uphills for 3 to 5 hours.

How can I get to the trailhead/meeting point?

Your guide will arrange your transportation to the trailhead (included in the price). This is a 20-30 mins drive.

How will accommodation and meals be handled during the trek?

Accommodation is organized by the guide and you should not worry about the booking arrangements. Meals/breakfast are not included in the price. The refuge has an excellent kitchen with a variety of food and drinks offered. Average price for a meal and breakfast range from 20-25 euros.

Are there any other special requirements such as permits/insurance/vaccines that I need to consider before the tour?

No permits required for this trip. Personal accident insurance is advised.

What is the best time of the year for this hike?

May to October

Can I join a group?

Only private groups are usually offered as a service. However, send the guide your preferred dates as there are certain open slots available each season for someone to join.

What health related issues do I need to consider?

Please if you suffer any injuries on your musculoskeletal system (knees, joints etc) or have any related chronic health problems (heart etc), avoid this trip or discuss it with your doctor before booking. Also, bare in mind that during the last part of our climb to the summit, we will be scrambling on a relatively easy, but steep terrain (helmet, rope and harness will be used for safety), so you should not suffer from acrophobia/fear of heights, as this last part to the summit would worsen your condition.

What is included in the price?

Guiding service, one night accommodation in the refuge, transportation to Prionia (trailhead) from Litochoro and back, safety equipment required for the summit part (helmet-harness-rope), trekking poles (upon your request)

What should I bring with me?

Please remember to try and be as light as possible! Prior to your trip's date, your guide sometimes depending on weather conditions might add certain equipment.

  • 30/40lt backpack
  • trail running shoes or hiking boots with good traction soles, 2 pairs of hiking socks
  • light waterproof jacket,
  • a packable lightweight puffer jacket
  • a fleece jacket,
  • hat, sunglasses, sunscreen,
  • beanie, buff, light pair of gloves
  • long summer pants
  • technical t-shirt(s)
  • a water bottle(s) or bladder (total 1.5lt)
  • toiletries
  • sleeping bag or a silk liner (blankets are available in the refuge)
  • any type of energy snacks. Do not bring food, you can buy at the refuge.

How do I get to Litochoro?

Please contact us for detailed information on how to get to Litochoro. We will be happy to assist your arrangements (transportation or accommodation)

Where do we sleep in the refuge?

Spilios Agapitos refuge is a very well organized and clean mountain refuge. We sleep in bunk-beds in common rooms of 8 or more persons. Blankets are available, but you can bring your own sleeping bag (however, a silk liner is advised in order to save some weight). Bathrooms/restrooms are also common. Showers are available (no hot water).

About the guide

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Stavros

5.00

(15)

Mountain Leader

A certified Mountain Leader and a member of the Greek Mountain Leader Association (HMLA). An experienced mountaineer, having attained several courses by the Hellenic Federation of Mountaineering & Climbing and also an active trail runner, having participated and finished some well established endurance/ultra races (UTMB, TDS, CCC). Speaks fluent English, has a BLS/AED first aid certification, and also holds a Master’s and Bachelor degree in Marketing and Business Administration.

Languages

English | Greek

Certificates

HMLA

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What people are saying about this trip

Charles

5.00

What an amazing trip. It was truly an experience I will never forget and always cherish. The whole trip went exactly according to the itinerary. Stavros is not only very professional but also a wonderful person to spend time with. I had never climbed a mountain before and Stavros made me feel very safe and his instructions were always clear and to the point. I learned a lot from the experience and will without a doubt do it again. Mt Olympus is simply sublime. It is a challenge to make it to Mytikas but with Stavros' guidance it is attainable and well worth the sore legs after. Thank you so much!!!!

Pronit

5.00

Best experience - Stavros was detailed, set expectations, and provided a lot of support. Thank you!

Elizabeth

5.00

Stavros was amazing! We are so thankful that he was our guide. He knew exactly what to say and do in every situation. He calmed us down when we were anxious/scared, encouraged us through every step and instructed us to the summit. He was great company and an exceptional guide!

shankar

5.00

Stavros is a very safety conscious guide. We hiked on a day with very strong winds and snow on the trail. Stavros ensured that we were safe throughout.

Jessie

5.00

The trip was amazing and Stavros Chasapidis was very knowledgeable and a good guide. He was extremely responsive over whatsapp and answered questions I had months in advance of the trip. Explore-Share's website was complicated to navigate and it was tricky to find trip information.


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