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2 Days Mount Olympus National Park

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Duration

2 days

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Cancellation

Up to 10 days

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Group Size

20 people

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Languages

Greek, English

Overview

Mount Olympus is one of the great treasures of Greece. It is a famous geographical site, as well as the subject of many stories and myths.  The 2 August marks the anniversary of the first time it was climbed successfully in 1913, and every year tens of thousands of people travel to the mountain to climb it. Mount Olympus’s Mytikas peak rises to 2,918 metres, or around 9,573 ft, and is the highest point in Greece. It is also the second highest peak in the Balkans, and one of the highest across all of Europe.’Mytikas’ means ‘nose’ in Greek.

The summit of Olympus was reached for the first time on 2 August 1913 by Swiss duo Frédéric Boissonnas and Daniel Baud-Bovy, who were assisted by a mountain guide called Christos Kakkalos.Kakkalos remained the official guide of Olympus until his death in 1976. It is estimated that around 10,000 people climb Olympus every year, with most of them only reaching as far as the Skolio summit.

Olympus was notable in Greek mythology as a home of the 12 Greek gods. The nine Muses, daughters of the god Zeus, were traditionally placed in the region of Pieria, at the mount’s northern foot.

Olympia was thought of by the Greeks as a metaphorical place as well as the physical mountain. The region was declared Greece’s first national park in 1938. The aim of this was ΄the preservation in perpetuity of the natural environment of the region, i.e. of wild flora, fauna and natural landscape, as well as its cultural and other values. In 1981, Olympus was proclaimed ‘Biosphere Reserve’ by UNESCO.

Olympus is known for its exceptional biodiversity, with 55 peaks and several deep gorges. The entire Olympus area covers around 500 square kilometres, in a circular area with a circumference of 80km.The area contains 32 species of mammals, 108 species of birds, many species of reptiles, amphibians and insects.

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HIGHLIGHTS

  • Walk through the paths of the gods
  • Rare biodiversity
  • Pine forests to alpine lanscapes
  • Visit the two highest peaks in Greece
  • Astonishing panoramic view

What you will do

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Day 1

Departure from Litochoro at 4 p.m. to Prionia at 1,100-m high. We start a 3.5-hour hike up to the “Spilios Agapitos” refuge. It's a distance of approximately 6km and about D+950m. The longest part of the path is in a forest of thick pines which, along with the beech and fir trees, give a special charm to the area. We sleepover at the refuge.

Day 2

Early morning we start hiking. After leaving the vegetation of Rombola trees behind, we follow the E4 path for about 4 hours and D+800m, through a barren alpine landscape up to the Skala peak. Weather and strength permitting, we will proceed on the Kakoskala path up to Mytikas, Mount Olympus highest peak, or Skolio, its second one. We descend back to the refuge for lunch. Late afternoon we return to Prionia.

Included/Exclude

  • All transfers from / to Litochoro
  • One night at the refuge with breakfast
  • Professional guidance throughout the program
  • Meals
  • Travel insurance
  • Tax (24%)
  • Additional Services
  • Alcoholic Drinks
  • Optional gratuities to the leader, guides and local staff
  • Transport from Athens or other towns to/from Litochoro
  • Personal expenses

Activity's Location

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FAQs

Which period is this tour taking place?
The tour takes place from 15 April to 20 October every year
Which is the recommended gear list?
Please try to travel as light as possible; remember that you must carry everything you bring on all the days' walk. Large, comfortable rucksack (45-55 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 polycot ton 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) Trekking poles
Who makes the decisions through the whole tour?
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.
Which are the difficulty levels of your tour?
Category: “Treks for Beginners” Trip Grade: Easy Trip Grade: Easy The maximum height is 2,000 metres. The average walking time per day is 4 – 5 hours. The light ups and downs vary in altitude between 100 and 200 m. Up to 10 km a day are hiked on up to 5 days. In the case of sightseeing tours transport is by private vehicle with local drivers. These tours are suitable for all guests who are in good health. Hiking experience is not required. Trip Grade: Gentle Trip Grade: Gentle The maximum height goes up to 3,300 m. The average walking time is 5 – 6 hours a day, with some ups and downs and altitude changes of up to 600 m. Daily walks can be up to 10 kilometers, duration up to 7 days. These tours are a good choice for beginners with little or no trekking experience. Good health and a certain degree of fitness are required. Category: “Moderate to Demanding Treks” Trip Grade: Moderate Trip Grade: Moderate The maximum height can go up to 4,200 m. The average walking time is 6 – 7 hours per day. Here differences in altitude of up to 1,000 m can occur with many ascents and descents. The daily hikes cover 10-15 kilometers with a trekking period of up to 14 days. These tours are a good choice for trekkers with initial hiking experience at altitudes above 3,000 meters, and with good physical condition and health. Trip Grade: Demanding Trip Grade: Demanding The maximum height can go up to 5,600 m. The average hiking time is 7- 8 hours (with a few days up to 10 hours) per day. On the routes high passes of over 5,000 m are traversed, steep and difficult terrain is common, with altitude differences of up to 1,000 m. Daily hikes cover 10 -15 km, with a total trekking duration of up to 3 weeks. Some rest days are included. These tours are only for sure-footed and experienced mountain hikers in good physical condition. Appropriate altitude tolerance is required. Category: “Strenuous Treks”and “Mountaineering” Trip Grade: Strenuous Trip Grade: Strenuous The maximum climb can go from 5,000 m up to 6,200 m. An average walking time of 6-10 hours a day is the norm. Hiking on glaciers and snow as well as some climbing is involved. Several high passes over 5,000 m are traversed, which can be covered in snow under certain circumstances. Steep, difficult terrain with altitude differences of up to 1,000 m are included. The use of ropes, ice axes and crampons may be necessary. Parts of the trails lead to remote areas where the roads are in bad condition. Daily hikes cover 10 to 15 km with a trekking duration of up to 22 days, rest days are included. These trekking tours are only suitable for experienced alpine hikers who are in good physical condition and have experience at altitude. Very good health is a prerequisite. We will be happy to assist you in choosing the right tour.
Are children or infants alloweded to the tour?
Due to difficulty level of the tour infants are not alloweded and children must be 12+ years old
Do i need extra insurance?
If you have a European one you are covered.Anyway our company provides one for the whole group during the activity
Do you arrange airport transfers?
Airport transfers are not included in the price of this tour, however you can book for an arrival transfer in advance. In this case a tour operator representative will be at the airport to greet you. To arrange this please contact our customer service team once you have a confirmed booking.

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