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Period of operation :End of May to October
Price :

1375€ / person for a minimum attendance of 2 participants

Duration :8 days / 7 nights
Minimum attendance :2 persons
Level requirements :In this trip we walk 5-7 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 always the right to make the final decision if we climb the final peak or not.

Mt.Olympus is the most famous mountain in Greece, 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 flowers, 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. The region of Epirus boasts some of the most scenic green nature in the country. The Vikos Aoos National Park, in the area known as Zagori, is an ideal location for nature enthusiasts.
The Zagori is one of the most picturesque regions of Greece with many authentic, stone villages and magnificent views of the Pindos mountains. The region is a real paradise for hiking nature enthusiasts. The stunning peaks of Mt.Gamila and Astraka at altitudes above 2,000m, the Dragon lakes, invite you for demanding hiking amongst rare and countless varieties of flowers.

Day 1: Travel to Litochoro (recommended airport Thessaloniki)

Travel on your own (or ask us to make the arrangements) to Litochoro village at the foothills of Mt.Olympus. O/N in local guesthouse in Litochoro.

Day 2: Litochoro & Walk to Refuge A - Spilios Agapitos, alt. 2.100 m (Estimated Walking Time: approx. 3 hours)

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. (B/L/D)

Day 3: Peak ascents - Refuge Ch. Kakkalos, alt. 2,700 m  (Estimated Walking Time 6- 7 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 participants 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 alpine plateau of  Mouses at an altitude of 2700m where a small but friendly refuge will accommodate us  ( 2-3 hrs walking ). (B/L/D)

Day 4: Plateau of Muses - Petrostrougka Refuge alt 1,940m - Gkortsia – O/N in Litochoro (Estimated Walking Time 5- 6 hours)

This is an easy day (if we did the highest peak yesterday). Before we start our descent, we will climb a small peak – named Profitis Ilias – just above our refuge to admire superb views of Mt Olympus summits, we follow another path this time for our descent. In almost 2 hours we will arrive in the refuge of the Hellenic rescue team (Petrostrougka at 1.940m) where we can have our lunch and relax before our final descent to our destination, Gkortsia (2 – 3 hrs walking). Transfer from Gortsia to Litohoro. O/N in local guesthouse in Litochoro. (B/L/D)

Day 5: Transfer to Mikro Papingo via Meteora

Today we travel to Mikro Papingo. On our way we have the privilege of visiting Meteora to see the gigantic rock formations and to have our lunch. In the afternoon we head to Pindos National Park. We settle in our accommodation, where we will meet our guide and prepare next day's program. (B,L,D)

Day 6: Papingo to Mt Gamila Refuge and Dragon Lake (Approximate Hiking time: 5 hrs)

Today's hike starts with 3 hours uphill from Mikro Papingo to the “Astraka” refuge on Mt. Gamila, at 1950m. Here we picnic and leave our packs for the afternoon walk to the first of the Dragon Lakes, an hour away across grassy uplands studded with flowers and (until July) some small snow pack. We return to the refuge for the night. http://www.astrakarefuge.com/ (B/L/D)

Day 7: Loop walks on Gamila and Astraka’s summits (Approximate Hiking time: 7-8 hrs round trip)  

There are two summits that we can ascend in a loop walk, if we are fit enough and in a good shape: Mount Gamila at 2480m and Mount Astraka at 2436m. We may choose on the spot which of the two summits to climb from where we can enjoy the panorama over the plunging Aoos ravine. We return to the refuge for the night. http://www.astrakarefuge.com/ (B/L/D)

Day 8: Walk down to Mikro Papingo (Approximate Hiking time: 2hrs) and transfer to next destination

Last day and we will walk down to Papingo and after lunch private transfer to Ioannina city. Note:From Ioannina you can either fly to Athens (domestic flight) or get transferred to any other destination in Greece. (B,L)

  • Accommodation for 8 days/ 7 Nights ( 4 nights in berths while on refuges, 3 nights in guesthouses or 3 star hotels as per indicative hotel list)
  • Meals - as per detailed program (B= Breakfast  / L=Lunch box or light lunch in taverns / D=Dinner in taverns and mountain refugees)
  • English speaking Trekking Hellas Local Guides
  • Gpx.files for routes and maps
  • All transfers mentioned in the program

Not Included: 

  • Personal expenses
  • Drinks and beverages
  • Optional gratuities to leader, guides and local staff
  • Any meals not mentioned in the program
  • Transfer to Litochoro on day 1 and from Ioannina on day 8

Recommended:

  • Please try to travel as light as possible; remember that you must carry everything you bring on all the days' walk.
  • Large, comfortable rucksack (65-85 litres) with padded straps and waist belt, internal frame preferred; waterproof liner recommended keeping clothing, etc. dry inside.
  • Sturdy, worn in trekking shoes
  • Good waterproof top with hood
  • Warm clothes, both for windy / cold daytime conditions and for the cool evenings (fleece tops or similar)
  • Shorts and long trousers for walking, preferably quick-drying material (cotton or polycotton not denim)
  • Sweatshirts or T-shirts for walking, at least one with long sleeves and collar (against sun-burn)
  • Sheet sleeping bag or similar (e.g. duvet cover), for the overnights in the refuge, although blankets will be available.
  • Sunglasses, towel, sun hat or cap, sun block
  • Penknife
  • Water bottle
  • Wash bag and simple first aid kit (plasters or blister kit, aspirin or similar, antiseptic)
  • Photographers: bring your cameras
  • Torch (head torch if you have one)
  • Walking sticks

Please note that this itinerary is subject to change at the discretion of the tour leader, according to local and weather conditions.
As Mt. Olympus is a challenging walk and the safety of our clients always comes first, our guides retain the decision if clients are to actually climb the peak of Mytikas. This will depend on both the client's abilities and the weather conditions. In case of snow, the ascent to Mytikas is not possible.

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