'EXPLORE OLYMPUS' TOUR OVERVIEW

This tour offers you the ultimate experience of Mount Olympus! This is a 3 days circular hiking tour, (returning from a different route) so there is more time to explore the mountain of the gods and more time to rest between hikes. You will also have the chance of summiting Mytikas (2918m/9574ft) the highest peak of Mt.Olympus. Overall an unforgettable hiking experience.




  • Period

    May-October

  • Group Size

    1-4 persons/per guide

  • Total Distance

    18Km (approx.)

  • Total Ascent

    +2000m (approx.)


Moderate difficulty

• Good fitness level
• No acrophobia (fear of heights)

'EXPLORE OLYMPUS’ TOUR SUMMARY

This is a 3 day/ 2 overnight stays in mountain huts, circular tour that includes summiting Mytikas.
Highlights of this experience include: traversing Zonaria trail, passing below the Throne of Zeus, overnight stays at 2 different Olympus refuges, the summit of Olympus, passing Laimos ridge, crossing the Mouses Plateau, watching the sunrise from the refuge balcony, watch the Chamois/Pupicapra herds (protected species of wild goats) and more.

Day 1: Prionia – Spilios Agapitos Refuge
Difficulty level: 3/5
Hiking distance: 5.5Km (approx.)
Elevation gain: 1000m
Duration: 2.5-3.5 hours

Day 2: Spilios Agapitos Refuge - Summit - Mouses Plateau
Difficulty level: 4/5
Hiking distance: 6.5km (approx.)
Elevation gain: 850m
Duration: 5-7 hours

Day 3: Mouses Plateau – Petrostrouga - Gortsia
Difficulty level: 3/5
Hiking distance: 10km
Elevation loss: -1600m (approx.)
Duration: 5-7 hours

 

Are you on a tight holiday schedule and you want to spend less days on the mountain?  Have a look on our 2 days tours 'Become a Legend' and 'Tour of Gods'

Did you like this tour, but you want to add or remove something from its itinerary? You can visit our 'design your experience' section and request a more custom tour!

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS

'EXPLORE OLYMPUS’ TOUR DETAILS


  • TOUR ITINERARY

    Day 1

    Our day will begin in the morning at 09.30 by meeting your guide in Litochoro’s central square (additional information on how to get there will be given) (should you wish help on your transport arrangements to/from Litochoro, feel free to contact us). After a short briefing about our day’s hike we will get our car and drive towards the trail-head (Prionia 1100m)(20-30 minutes). Because our first day is more ‘relaxed’, any arrangements for the morning’s time appointment can be made to accommodate your needs

    We arrive to Prionia where we 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). The route from Prionia (1.100 m) to Spilios Agapitos Refuge (2.1000 m) is the most frequented hiking path on Mount Olympus and makes up a part of the E4 European trail.

    Most of the hike is through a thick mix forest of pine, beech and fir trees which offer good protection from the sun. The trail is in good condition and we will constantly move uphill until we make our way up to 2.100m alt. to the refuge Spilios Agapitos which is located on a natural flat surrounded by impressive age-old Bosnian pine trees. Here we shall eat and get a good night rest, tomorrow is our summit day!

    Day 2

    Our day starts early at around 06.00am, by having breakfast on the refuge’s balcony, enjoying a cup of tea/coffee with a direct view up above to Mytikas and the surrounding peaks that we will be heading up later. Our tour starts right from the hut following the European E4 trail and soon leads us to the alpine zone and a forest-less landscape. This zigzagging and relatively steep trail is quite popular, followed by hikers heading to the peaks or the Muses Plateau, and offers a magnificent view of the whole east region of Olympus. In approximately 2.5-3.5 hours we reach the basis of Louki, the steep gully that leads us directly to the summit, after having traversed the narrow, breathtaking Zonaria trail.

    Here we will make a short stop to rest and put on our gear (helmet and climbing harness) for summiting Mytikas. This part of the route requires us to scramble, which means use both our feet and hands to move forward. This is not technical and does not require any previous experience, but demands concentration. Remember that during our way to the top your guide is always there beside you offering guidance and advice in every stage of the climb. Moreover your guide will have you and your group secured on his rope as an extra security measure.

    In 1-1.5 hours we reach the summit of Mytikas at 2.918 m. the highest peak in Greece. While standing on the summit to rest and take pictures, we admire the incredible scenery and the surrounding peaks, feeling fulfilled with our achievement. This is it! You did it! You have now become a Legend!

    Later, we will begin our descent back from the same route in order to head to the Mouses plateau and our refuge, where we will spend our night, hopefully in about 1-1.30 hours.

    On our way to the refuge our trail passes below the Throne of Zeus (the steep rock face that its shape resembles to a throne and where ancient Greeks imagined that Zeus was sitting on his Olympus Palace). Incredible scenery! This is going to be our view from our refuge! We settle for the night in the mountain hut, eat dinner and rest.

    Day 3

    You can begin your day by waking up very early in the morning to enjoy the sunrise from the refuge’s balcony. Of course this is optional, but we highly recommend it, as this is a rare and unforgettable experience, watching the sun rise directly above the Aegean Sea, filling the sky with wonderful and true colors that you don’t get on low altitude. Later, you can have your breakfast at the refuge, enjoying a cup of coffee or tea with a direct view of the impressive Zeus’ Throne.

    By 09.00 we should be ready, having packed our things, and start hiking towards Petrostrouga refuge (1950m), where we will make our stop for rest and maybe lunch if you like (2-2.5h).

    This is a relatively easy day as it is mostly downhill, but a long one as we cover a long distance (approx.10-11km). On our way to Petrostrouga refuge we pass “Laimos” a narrow and breathtaking ridge that offers spectacular views.

    Leaving the mountain refuge after 1 hour rest, we continue our descending route to Gortsia, the second major trail-head of the eastern Olympus side, that would be our final destination. We drive you back to Litochoro with our car, hoping that we have offered you an amazing lifetime experience!

  • 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)

  • WHAT TO BRING

    (Try to keep your backpack as light as possible, carry only the essentials)
    •Hike or trail running shoes (a good traction/non-slippery sole is highly recommended)
    •Hiking backpack of 40-60lt. with padded straps and a waist belt. Please note that extra space should be predicted in your backpack for carrying a helmet and a climbing harness (we provide them).
    •A water bottle (at least 1-1.5 lt of water should be carried) - energy bars/jels or other snacks.
    •Waterproof jacket (preferably) or a windbreaker with hood (windbreaker pants are also advised)
    •Shorts and long trousers for walking, preferably 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 hat (advised)
    •Sleepimg bag (blankets will also be available in the refuge)
    •Personal toiletries, small towel
    •Head-lamp (advised)
    •Simple first aid kit (plasters or blister kit, painkiller or similar, antiseptic)

    An additional equipment list depending the period or weather conditions may be applied and will be communicated beforehand to the participants.
    If you lack part of the equipment listed, please contact us to make the necessary arrangements.

  • F.A.Q.

  • DISCLAIMER

    The guide reserves the right, without penalty or money refund, to modify or alter the published itinerary whenever, in his judgment, weather conditions warrant, or if it is necessary for the comfort or safety of participants or in case of a sudden team member illness/injury.
    If weather does not permit an ascent to Mytikas Peak, then an attempt to the Skolio peak (2908m) will be made. If that is also not possible and the guide decides it is safer to end the activity and return back to the hut then a refund of 10% will be made as a compensation for not summiting.
    The tour guide has the right to interrupt or totally stop the scheduled activity, if a team member does not comply with the safety rules the guide sets, or if his/her actions puts in danger the rest of the group.
    The guide is not responsible for any accident because of participant's mistake or ignorance.
    Please keep in mind that if the participant(s) lacks the required fitness or skill level, or in case of injury, the guide will be required (en route) to alter the course in order to ensure a safe completion and arrival to the end point. If that will not be possible, the guide might be required to arrange the participant to spend an overnight stay on one of the refuges. In that case the additional costs are covered solely by the participant. Please also keep in mind that the tour guide is there primarily for helping you enjoy this mountain adventure, but is also responsible for your safety, so any decisions made or instructions given by the guide should always be respected and followed.
    Always make sure to check with your guide beforehand regarding the trip level and requirements.

2023 Price list (per person)

  • Participants

    Price

  • 1

    395€ private tour

  • 2

    225€ p.p.

  • 3

    175€ p.p.

  • 4

    150€ p.p.

  • for larger groups

    please contact us