Greece: Trekking On Mt. Olympus RV02

4 Days From £0 (336 USD)

The Greek Gods made their home on Mt. Olympus. Not only the highest mountain in the country, Greece’s oldest and most carefully protected national park, also boasts the greatest concentration of flora and fauna, huge expanses of forest and the crystal clear waters of the Ennipeas river.

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Key Information

Travel Style: Small Group
Start Location: Athens, Greece
End Location: Athens, Greece
Accommodation: Camping
Period: 01 – 04 July, 16 – 19 September 2012
Difficulty: Suitable for Most Travellers (must be relatively fit)

About The Operator

Accreditations: Member of ATTA and HATTA
Years In Business: 25

Mt. Olympus is the most famous mountain in Greece (its peak is at 2917m) of course it’s the mythical home of the ancient Greek Gods. From its steep rocky summit, first climbed only 100 years ago, Zeus supposedly hurled his thunderbolts against humankind. Its eastern flanks were the country's first national park (created in the 1930's), with dozens of endemic species of flower as well as some endangered bird and butterfly species; there are no roads within it apart from the trailhead access road. There is also no habitation apart from the two-staffed refuges, which bring together groups of mountaineers from across the globe in their cozy and homely atmosphere. The mountain's watershed divides the regions of Thessaly (south) and Macedonia (north); to the east is the Aegean Sea, which brings in the afternoon/evening mist so characteristic of this mountain.

Level Requirements
Grade 3: In Mt. Olympus we walk 5-6 hours per day, we mostly follow good forest paths; above the tree – line, the terrain varies from grassy uplands to rocky ridges, with some scrambling required for the peak ascents. A good level of fitness and experience is required to climb the peak and the guide reserves the right to make the final decision if we climb the final peak.

Description

A full day by day itinerary will be provided by the tour operator when you make an enquiry about this holiday.

Includes
-Accommodation in berths/bunkbeds in refuges on Mt. Olympus
-English speaking guide during the ascent of Mt.Olympus
-Transfer Litochoro – Prionia

Excludes
-Flights
-Personal expenses
-Drinks and beverages
-Meals (you can buy at refuges around 5-8 euros)
-Optional gratuities to leader, guides and local staff
-Transport from Athens or other towns to / from Litochoro

Prices per person - please submit an enquiry to receive a personalized itinerary and costs.

Itinerary
Day 01. Litochoro & Walk to Refuge A - Spilios Agapitos, alt. 2.100 m (http://www.mountolympus.gr/) (Estimated Walking Time: approx. 3 hours) Arrive and meet your guide and rest of the group in Litochoro. Transfer to Prionia, from where we begin our hike, at an altitude of 1.100 metres. The route from Prionia to Spilios Agapitos Refuge is the most frequented hiking path on Mount Olympus and makes up a part of the E4. Prionia is the highest point which can be reached by car. Most of the hike is through a thick forest of pine, beech and fir trees, and the path is in good condition. We make our way up to 2.100m alt. and reach the refuge.
Day 02. Peak ascents – Refuge Ch. Kakkalos, alt. 2,700 m (http://www.olympus-climbing.gr/) (Estimated Walking Time 4- 6 hours) From the refuge, a zig zaging path will bring us just under the mountains main summits. From there we have two options according to groups fitness and weather conditions: We either climb first Skala at 2.882 meters and then crossing a narrow ridge climb to the summit of Skolio at 2.911meters. Or if weather permits and there is no snow, we ascent to the main summit - Mytikas (2.917meters), Greece’s highest peak, following a narrow gorge (it involves about 150 m of scrambling) ! (4-5 hrs walking on narrow paths – some scrambling involved – altitude gain of 800m ). After reaching the summit we descent by the same way to the main path and crossing the spectacular precipice under the summit of Stefani - the throne of Zeus- we emerge to the plato of the Muses – an alpine plato at an altitude of 2700m where a small but friendly refuge will accommodate us ( 2-3 hrs walking ).
Day 03. Plateau of the Muses – Refuge A - Spilios Agapitos, alt. 2.100 m (http://www.mountolympus.gr/) (Estimated Walking Time 3 – 4 hours) This is an easy day in breathtaking scenery. Before we start our descent, we will climb a small peak – named Profitis Ilias – just above our refuge to admire superb views of Mnt Olympus summits and deep gorges ( 2 hrs round trip ). Then following the path we came the day before we will descent to our starting point – refuge A at 2.100m ( 3 hrs walk ). Afternoon at leisure for rest as the next day will be demanding
Day 04. Enipeas gorge (Estimated Walking Time 6 – 7 hours) After an initial sheepish descent, we enter the Enippeas gorge, passing a cave-chapel and the monastery of St. Dionysus, as well as taking advantage of several swimming opportunities en route in river pools. After about seven hours walking, the gorge opens up on the outskirts of Litochoro. The route is quite tiring, but the varied geological features, the small lakes with crystal waters and the sheer mountain slopes provide a rare beauty and are entirely rewarding. Depart.