Sacred Summits

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Period of operation :From mid May tol end of October
Price :

940€ for 8 participants (for more or less participants please request pricing), starting and ending in Thessaloniki 

Duration :8 days / 7 nights
Minimum attendance :8 participants
Level requirements :Trekking in Mt. Olympus for 5-6 hours per day, mostly on 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. In Meteora we walk 3-4 hours per day on paths on rocky terrain.

The two most famous and impressive mountain landscapes of Greece in a single trek! 
The Greek Gods made their home on 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 Enippeas river. Above it all, soars the 2917m peak of Mytikas  from where we, like Zeus, can survey the world. 
The dramatic rocky pinnacles of Meteora with their thriving cliff top monasteries are a sight to behold. One marvels at the audacity of the monks who first dared to perch simple shelters on the tiny summits. Nowadays the monasteries are much grander, but we take the privilege of reaching them via windy rocky paths among the rocky “chaos”. 

 

Day 1: Arrival in Thessaloniki and transfer to Litochoro 
Upon arrival to Thessaloniki airport, you will be met and greeted by our Trekking Hellas Guide and transferred by private AC bus to Litochoro village at the foothills of Mt.Olympus. Distance: 90Km’s about 1,5 hour drive.
O/N in local guesthouse in Litochoro. (D) 

Day 2: Litochoro & Walk to Refuge Petrostrouga, alt. 1.940 m  (Estimated Walking Time: approx. 3 hours)

After breakfast, transfer to Gkortsia from where we begin our hike, at an altitude of 1.100 metres. The route from Gkortsia to Petrostrougka refuge is one of the two most frequented hiking paths on Mount Olympus. 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 1.940m alt. and reach the refuge. O/N in mountain refugee in berths. (B/L/D)

Day 3: Plateau of the Muses – Refuge Ch. Kakkalos, alt. 2,700 (Estimated Walking Time 4 – 6 hours)

From the refuge, we will follow a zig zaging path that brings us straight to the Plateau of the Muses where a small but friendly refuge will accommodate us ( 2 hrs walk ). This is an easy day in breathtaking scenery. After lunch we will climb optionally a small peak – named Profitis Ilias and Toumba – just above our refuge to admire superb views of Mt Olympus summits and deep gorges ( 2 hrs round trip ). O/N in mountain refugee in berths. (B/L/D)

Day 4: Peak ascents – Refuge A (Spilios Agapitos) alt. 2.100 m (Estimated Walking Time 4- 6 hours)

We have two options according to participant’s 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( 4-5 hrs walking on narrow paths – some scrambling involved – altitude gain of 800m ). We descend following the sort path which is going to refuge A at 2.100m, they call this refugee “balcony of Greece” ( 2 hrs walk ).  O/N in mountain refugee in berths. (B/L/D)

Day 5: Refuge A- Prionia - Ennipeas gorge - Litochoro (Estimated Walking Time 6 – 7 hours)

Last day will follow the E4 path (international path) until Litochoro. After easy walk at Prionia we enter 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. O/N in local guesthouse in Litochoro (B/L/D)

Day 6: Travel to Kalambaka and a first short walk                 
Transfer from Litohoro to Kalambaka in the nearby village of Kastraki. Short walk in Kastraki 
(Litochoro-Kastraki 151 km, approximately 2,5 hours drive). 
O/N in local guesthouse in Kastraki village (B/L/D)

Day 7: Walk and monastery visit                         
Walk around western Meteora, following the same old paths the monks used to use, which wind their way amongst the tall rock-towers. These paths go up to the rocks and take us to the cliff top monasteries, the high places of the Greek-orthodox spirituality. We will have enough time to visit two of the most important ones: the Megalo Meteoro, and the Varlaam. 
O/N in local guesthouse in Kastraki village (B/L/D)

Day 8: Transfer to Thessalonii Airport and departure Distance: 250Km’s about 3,5 hours drive. (B)  

 

Important Notes:

  • 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 clients’ abilities and weather conditions. In case of snow, the ascent to Mytikas is not possible.


 

  • Accommodation for 8 days/7 Nights (3 nights in berths while on refuges on Mt. Olympus, 2 nights Litochoro guesthouse, 2 nights Meteora hotel ***)
  • Meals Full Board - as per detailed program : B= Breakfast /L: lunch box in Olmypus and light lunch in taverns/ D=Dinner in taverns and mountain refugees)
  • Trekking Hellas English speaking guide throughout the trip
  • Entrance fees in 2 monasteries in Meteora 
  • Transfers by private AC bus, as below :
    • Thessaloniki Airport – Litochoro (Day 1)
    • Litochoro – Gortsia (Day 2)
    • Litochoro – Meteora (Day 6)
    • Meteora- Thessaloniki (Day 8)

Not Included: 

  • Personal expenses
  • Drinks and beverages
  • Optional gratuities to leader, guides and local staff
  • Any meals not mentioned in the program

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 

Accommodation

Local Info
Getting to Meteora, Monasteries Timetable
Guesthouse Sotiriou
right under the rocks