2-day & 3-day Mt. Olympus ascent.
Code name: “Two & Three day Mt. Olympus ascent”.
Trip profile: For a more thorough visit to the mountain, a three day ascend is a fairly good choice, but for someone who runs short of time in the country altogether, then a two-day ascent seems to be the second best, but without the climb to the highest summit. It covers the most possible that the two or three days could cover. It offers great variety of hike types, morphology and scenery. The final stretch to the main and highest summit “Mytikas” at 2918m, is a demanding scramble giving a real feeling of achievement even to the experienced mountain walker / scrambler and a must for everyone who loves the mountain great outdoors!
Region: Mt. Olympus in the region of northeast Thessaly and southeast Makedonia.
Duration: 2 days / 1 night or 3 days / 2 nights.
Period: Mid May to end of October.
Type: Adult Individuals, groups, walking clubs & corporate, families (min age 13 years).
Level: 60% Moderate / 40% Challenging.
Price for the 2 day ascent: For up to 3 persons, the sum of 500.00€ has to be shared between the participants. For 4 persons and above, the price comes to 125.00€ p.p.
Price for the 3 day ascent: For up to 3 persons the sum of 620.00€ has to be shared between the participants. For 4 persons and above, the price comes to 155.00€ p.p.
Find the detailed Itinerary below.
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Vacation Style Holiday Type
Activity Level Moderately Demanding
Min age 13 years
Version 1 of the 2-day ascent, mainly for the months of June (second half), July and August.
Day 1: Meet in Litochoro, at the central open car park behind St. Nikolas church, at 09:00 – 09:30. Transfer by road in your own means of transport, unless arranged differently, to Prionia location, (car parking place) at 1100m. At about 11:30 we start our walk from Prionia. After a 3.00′ hour walk on a well marked path, we reach refuge A’ or “Spilios Agapitos”, at 2100 m. Here we have a good rest, admiring the view over a drink and a light lunch. At about 15:30 to 16:00, we set off for the muses’ plateau, our today’s destination. It will take us about 3.00′ hours to reach the plateau, at 2720 m. A fantastic walk to reach a unique place! We are very close to the summits and the Gods themselves! There will be plenty of time to wonder around this beautiful place, have a good rest and enjoy your evening meal. Duration of walk 6.00’ to 6.30’ hours moderate. Altitude covered, 1750m up.
Day 2: Having spend the night at the plateau and being so close to the main summits, we have a relaxed setting off to the near by summits “Toumpa” (2801m) and “Profitis Elias” (2803m) at about 09:30. When atop both summits, we enjoy phantastic views to all directions. We are back at the plateau at about 12:30, where we have a rest and maybe a light meal, before we set off for the return walk via the Lemos – Petrostrounga – Gortsia route. We should be at Gortsia at about 19:30 to 20:00. Duration of walk to Toumpa & P. Elias and back, 2.00′ hours moderate and from the plateau to Gortsia 5.00’ to 5.30’ hours moderate. Altitude covered, 100m up to Toumpa & P. Elias and back down to the plateau and 1650m from the plateau dawn to Gortsia.
Version 2 of the 2 day ascent, mainly for the months of May, June (first half), September and October.
Day 1: We meet in Litochoro’s center (the central open car park behind St. Nikolas church), at 11:30. Transfer to Prionia location at 1100m (car park and café / restaurant) from where we start our first day’s walk, after a briefing about the ascent and the program. At about 13:00 we start the walk up to the first day’ destination, the refuge A’ or “Spilios Agapitos” at 2100m, where we arrive after 3.00’ to 3.30’ hours (net walking time without the stops). During the hike in very beautiful cone and deciduous tree forest, the guides introduce you to the very special flora and the peculiarities of the Mt. Olympus microclimate. Have an early night in “Spilios Agapitos”. Duration of walk 3.00’ to 3.30’ hours moderate. Altitude covered, 1000m up.
Day 2: An early start at dawn, gives us the opportunity to experience a unique sunrise from higher up in the alpine zone. Our destination is the “muses’ plateau” via the original “Zonaria” traverse or the “Kofto” path (which of the two will depend upon the weather conditions). At about 09:00 to 09:30 we will be at the plateau at 2750m (net walking time, 3.00′ to 3.30’ hours). After a short rest, we sett off to the near by summits “Toumpa” (2801m) and “Profitis Elias”(2803m) at about 10:30. When atop both summits, we enjoy phantastic views to all directions. We are back at the plateau at about 13:30, where we have a rest and a meal, before we set off for the return walk via the Lemos – Petrostrounga – Gortsia route. We should be at Gortsia at about 19:30 to 20:00. Duration of walk to the plateau, 3.30′ to 4.00′ hours moderate and to Toumpa & P. Elias and back, 2.00′ hours moderate. From the plateau to Gortsia 5.00’ to 5.30’ hours moderate. Altitude covered, 700m up to the plateau and P. Elias & Toumpa and from the plateau to Gortsia 1600m dawn.
Day 1: We meet in Litochoro’s center (the central open car park behind St. Nikolas church), at 11:30. Transfer to Prionia location at 1100m (car park and café / restaurant) from where we start our first day’s walk, after a briefing about the ascent and the program. At about 13:00 we start the walk up to the today’s destination, the refuge A’ or “Spilios Agapitos” at 2100m, where we arrive after 3.00’ to 3.30’ hours (net walking time without the stops). During the hike in a very beautiful cone and deciduous tree forest, the guides introduce you to the very special flora and the peculiarities of the Mt. Olympus microclimate. Have an early night in “Spilios Agapitos”. Duration of walk 3.00’ to 3.30’ hours moderate. Altitude covered, 1000m up.
Day 2: An early start before dawn – something like 06:00, gives us the opportunity to experience a unique sunrise from higher up in the alpine zone. Our destination is the “muses’ plateau” via the original Zonaria route or the “Kofto” path (which of the two will depend upon the weather conditions), settle at one of the two refuges at the plateau and in the early afternoon after a good rest, we have a go to attempt the highest summit “Mytikas” 2918m, via the ”Louki” route. From here, the ascent is not a walk nor a technical climb, but a very interesting scramble about 250m long to the top. While at the summit, the words are not enough to describe the feelings and the views! Someone has to experience it! We leave the summit descending either via the ”Kakoskala” route or via Louki, back to the ”Zonaria” path and the plateau, where you will have ample time to relax prior to dinner, have a well earned rest and spend the night. Duration of walk / scramble from refuge A’ to the plateau 3.30′ hours. From the plateau to Mytikas and back to the plateau, 3.00′ to 3.30′ hours moderate / challenging. Altitude covered, 818m from the refuge A’ up to Mytikas and 218m from Mytikas down to the plateau.
Day 3: After breakfast, we climb the impressive rocky summit “Throne of Zeus” or “Stefani” 2909m., the third highest of the mountain. After a light lunch at the refuge, we return to Prionia via the Lemos – Petrostrouga – Gortsia route. We have ascended the two main summits of the mountain and completed a high crossing of the north east part of the Gods’ Mountain. Duration of walk / scramble to the Throne of Zeus and back, 3.00′ hours moderate / challenging and from the plateau to the Gortsia 5.00’ to 5.30’ hours moderate. Altitude covered, 209m up and down to the Throne of Zeus and back to the plateau and 1650m dawn.
Price for the 2-day ascent: For up to 3 people, the sum of 400.00€ has to be shared between the participants. For 4 persons and above, the price comes to 125.00€ p.p.
Price for the 3-day ascent: For up to 3 people the sum of 520.00€ has to be shared between the participants. For 4 persons and above, the price comes to 155.00€ p.p.
The VAT is not included in the above prices.
Something very important you should know about the Mytikas ascent.
We have to inform you here, that the final 250m of the ascent to Mytikas either via “Kakoskala” or “Louki route”, is a serious undertaking, as it is definitely neither a walk nor a climb in the strict sense of the word. It is a scramble, having to use your hands most of the time, for balance and ease of movement mostly, technically feasible for every able-bodied person and at this stage we can guarantee this. We cannot guarantee though – especially for the first timers – the psychological factor, which has to do with your familiarization and ease of movement in such a terrain, in other words with your relevant experience. Obviously, this is something that we do not know at any early stage (like the period of enquiry and booking procedure). We and you will definitely know about it by the time we get up there and we together decide on this. After all, believe us, Mt. Olympus is much more than its highest peak itself. Anyway, statistically, an 85 – 90% of the people who come with us, climb the summit. Almost none of them are experienced mountain walkers. The same applies for the ascent to the Throne of Zeus or Stefani summit.
Nevertheless, note that for the ones who wish to make the climb to the highest summit with the use of ropes and the relevant means of safety equipment, we can organize this with a specialized guide (one guide per two persons maximum), at the price of 225.00€ p.p. for the 2-day ascent and 245.00€ p.p. for the 3-day ascent.
What follows for your information, is the mountain refuge accommodation cost and food indicative costs on the mountain (Prices as they are up to now).
• Accommodation (fully equipped mountain refuge with toilet facilities): 18.00€ / person / night.
• Breakfast full (butter, marmalade, bread, tea/coffee/milk, eggs/omelet): 10.00 € / person.
. Breakfast plain (butter, marmalade, bread, tea/coffee/milk/chocolate): 6.00 to 7.00€ / person.
• Light lunch: 7.00€ / person.
• Dinner full meal (two or three choices like soup, spaghetti, meat, potatoes, salad, cheese e.c.t.): 10.00 to 12.00€ / person.
You can also get biscuits, chocolate and drinks at the refuges.
- The guidance, the route planning and organization, the accommodation arrangements and booking, telescopic walking sticks if you do not have yours and the protection equipment (protective helmets) for the Mytikas ascent.
- Meals and the accommodation are not included in the above prices and are to be paid by you at the spot.
- You can bring your own food if you wish.
- The VAT is not included in the above prices.
Accommodation: The days before and after the ascent, if needed to be spent in the area, Litohoro and the area close by will be the place, as it is the closest place to the starting point of the ascent. You will deal with the booking of your accommodation, as there is a great choice available. Still, we can help you there giving advice if you wish. While on the mountain, the accommodation is in fully equipped typical mountain refuges with 6, 10, 15 persons sharing rooms and shared toilets and cold water shower.
Meals and meal plan: All meals while on the mountain, are not included in the price.
Transport: In case that you do not have your own means of transport, the transfer from Litochoro to Prionia (the walk’s starting point) and back, can be in our vehicle at an extra cost, which will depend on the number of persons. Your excess luggage can be left at your accommodation until your return from the mountain.
From the airport, if you are coming for the ascent to Mt. Olympus straight after your arrival in the country and in case you do not have your own or hired means of transport (rented vehicle), the best suggested way is the public transport (train or bus), as our area of activities and the accommodation establishments are very close to the main road and rail streams of transport on the eastern side of the country. The nearest airport is the Makedonia airport of Thessaloniki, less than 1.00’ hour by train or bus to Litochoro or Litochoro train station, as this is the starting point for the Mt. Olympus ascent and the first day’s accommodation place. From The station you take a taxi to the town itself (10′ – 15′ away). The “Proastiakos” train runs almost every hour from Thessaloniki to the above destination for less than 28.00€ return.From the airport you take the bus (number 78) to the main train or bus station in Thessaloniki. It takes 20’ to 30’ and costs €01.00. The buses also run in the same manner, although a bit more expensive than the train. They run from Thessaloniki central bus station and via Katerini where you change bus, take you to Litochoro’s bus station in the town center, a foot step away from our meeting point for the ascent and any kind of accommodation in town.
If you land at “Eleftherios Venizelos” airport in Athens, the train seems to be again the best option. Only the journey in this case takes 4.15’ to 5.00’ hours, depending up on the train you are using. From the airport you take the metro or the Proastiakos train to the “Stathmos Larisis” (Larisa’s station) in Athens, from where you take the train to Larisa. In Larisa you take the “Proastiakos” train to Litochoro.
. It is advisable to have a sheet or a very thin & light sleeping bag for using it as a sheet, as the refuges provide only blankets.
Group size and staff: Maximum group size is 16 people and minimum 4. This trip is led by Olympos Trek and supported by expert local guides. Guides are not provided for clients not taking part in the group’s walking program.
Responsible tourism: Tourism has an effect on any area. It is essential to minimize the negative impact that we may cause. We do not allow our clients and staff to damage the physical environment, living litter or rubbish lying around. Anything we take in to an area, we must take out again.
First aid: Our guides are qualified in first aid and curry a complete first aid kit at all times. We are also connected with the Greek mountain rescue and the National Center for Immediate Medical Help.
- A day back pack (30 to 50 lt.).
- A pair of good walking shoes / boots.
- Fleecy jacket and pullover.
- Wind proof / water repellent breathable jacket.
- Extra tee shirts, under wear and three pairs of good socks for walking.
- While on Mt. Olympus, it is advisable to have a sheet or a very light sleeping bag for using it as a sheet, as the refuges provide only blankets.
- Two – three seasons sleeping bag only for the case of camping out.
- Water flask or simply a plastic water bottle.
- Sun glasses.
- Sun and head worming hat.
- Sun protective cream.
- Telescopic poles (if you do not have your own we can provide them).
- Head lamp.