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Northern Greece: Olympos
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Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct
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Trekking Walking
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Northern Greece: Olympos

Northern Greece: Olympos

Olympos trek via mountain huts

  • Highest summits of Greece (almost 3000m!)
  • Home of the Ancient Greek Gods
  • Incredible views over the Aegean Sea
  • Stay in good mountain huts and in the lively village of Litochoro 
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Mapa walking routes northern Greece-Olympos and Pieria
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Route

The walks are mostly via rocky footpaths

Start: Litochoro (Pieria)       Finish: Litochoro (Pieria)

Day 1: Arrival at Litochoro
Day 2: Walk to Ag. Dionysios (9,6 km)
Day 3: Walk to mountain hut ‘A’ (8.8 km)
Day 4: From hut ‘A’ via the summits and Zonaria to the Mousson plain (11km)
Day 5: From the Mousson plain to Koromilia mountain hut (10.5 km)
Day 6: From Koromilia to Ag. Konstantinos and transfer Litochoro (4 km)
Day 7: Departure

Day 1:    Arrival at Litochoro

Arrival in Litochoro, a picturesque town at the foot of Mt. Olympos from where most hikers start their challenge to the Summits. Time permitted you can make a stroll through the village and make your last preparations for the hike starting tomorrow.

Day 2:    Walk to Ag. Dionysios (9,6 km)

Today you will walk along the Enipeas river to the ruins of the Agios Dionysios Monastery. The walk is not long, but involves a 900 meter ascent. Because of the short distance there is ample time to make the walk and enjoy the scenery. After the walk, you will be transfered back by taxi from the Monastery to Litochoro.

Challenge:  4 hours, 9.6 km, 900m ascent, 350m descent

Day 3:    Walk to mountain hut ‘A’ (8.8 km)

You will be transfered to Agios Dionysios Monastery and hike from here to the mountain hut ‘A’. You pass the beautiful cave chapel where the monk Dionysios lived as an ascetic. Continuing this European E4 route along the river you pass by several river pools and cross the river many times via wooden bridges or stepping stones. The presence of crystal clear water and the various views make this walk very rewarding.  

Challenge: 4 hours, 8.8 km, 1300m ascent, 90m descent

Day 4:     From hut ‘A’ via the summits and Zonaria to the Mousson plain (11km)

This is where it is all about! A hefty ascent through an alpine mountaineous area up to the Skala summit (2866m). From this point you have a breathtaking view of the Mytikas summit (2918m) and its climbers. Then over a ridge to our highest point: the Skolio summit (2911m) where you can write your name in the register. Enjoy the views! Go along the Zonaria to the Plateau of the Muses where you stay overnight in the mountain refuge Kakkalos which is nestled among smaller summits.

Challenge: 6 hours, 11 km, 1230m ascent, 650m descent

Day 5:    From the Mousson plain to Koromilia mountain hut (10.5 km)

After the demanding trek of the past days, todays walk is easier. From the Plateau of the Muses you reach the Giosos pass and descend to the small ridge "Lemos" ("throat").  You descend further until you come to the forested area again. You descend still further on shaded paths interspersed with various views, and finally you reach the Koromilia refuge. 

Challenge: 4 hours 45 min, 10,5 km, 55m ascent, 1675 descent

Day 6:    From Koromilia to Ag. Konstantinos and transfer Litochoro (4 km)

From Koromilia you descend further to the east via forest trails, sometimes steeply. In between the trees you have beautiful views over the plains to the sea. The lovely spot near Orlias stream is an invitation for a break. From the church of Ag. Konstantinos you will be picked up by a taxi and take to Litochoro. The remainder of the day you can enjoy free time in the village or go down to the sea for a refreshing swim. 

Challenge: 1hour 45 min, 4km, 735 descent

Day 7:    Departure

After breakfast end of arrangement. Travel to Thessaloniki airport. 

accommodation

Accommodation in 1 guest house and 3 mountain refuges with bunk beds in dormitories and shared facilities. Specified room type ONLY on days 1, 2 and 6. Day 3-5 is in dormitories

 

Xenonas Papanikolaou (Litochoro)

Xenonas Papanikolaou guest house is situated in the picturesque town of  Litochoro, "city of Gods', at the foot of Mount Olympos. It is a unique combination of mountain and sea in the altitude of 300 meters.

www.xenonas-papanikolaou.gr

Mountain Hut 'A'-Spilios Agapithos (Olympos)

Refuge A (Spilios Agapitos) is a magnificent stone building situated on the E4 route that weaves it's way to the top of Mount Olympus. Located on a well situated, stone outcrop at 2,100m, this welcoming hostel is a great stopping point on your journey to the top.

www.mountolympos.gr

Mountain Hut 'C'-Christos Kakalos (Olympos)

Alpine refuge Christos Kakalos is located on the Plateau of Muses at the elevation of 2650m. It was named after Christos Kakalos, the infamous Mount Olympus hunter, who guided Swiss climbers Fred Boissonnas and Daniel Baud Bovy to realize the first recorded ascent to Olympus highest peak Mytikas.

www.olympus-climbing.gr

Koromilia Mountain hut (Olympos)
Koromilia Mountain hut (Olympos)

The refuge is located at 1000 meters in place 'Koromilia' Dion Olympus overlooking the Thermaikos Gulf.

www.koromiliarefuge.gr

practical info

This trip can be book from June 10th until October 26th.   

Until beginning of June and after mid October, there might be snow at high altitudes, making this trek more difficult, or not possible to reach the summits.  

The nearest airport is Thessaloniki airport from where you can travel by local bus (line 78) to the city center. This bus goes also to the intercity bus station. From the intercity bus station in Thessaloniki you take the KTEL bus to Litochoro.

We can send you GPS tracks of this trip upon request and after booking.

included

 (*) Specified room type ONLY on days 1, 2 and 6. Day 3-5 is in dormitories

Included

  • 7 nights accommodation on B&B basis (*)
  • Transfer Agios Dionysios Monastery-Litochoro
  • Transfer Litochoro-Agios Dionysios Monastery
  • Transfer Agios Konstantinos-Litochoro
  • 24-hour telephone assistance, just a phone call away
  • Detailed road book and basic maps in English
  • GPS tracks

Not included

  • Flights and public transportation 
  • Tourism taxes
  • Travel insurance
  • Admissions and entrance fees of any kind
  • Tips and gratuities
  • Personal expenses such as other meals, drinks, phone calls, extra transfers etc.
  • Any items that have not been specifically mentioned in the program 

Optional services (to be booked in advance)

  • Transfer luggage from Litochoro hotel via Ag. Konstantinos-Ano Milia to Velvendos (allowing guests to leave luggage in Litochoro and change part of their luggage during trip Ag. Konstantinos-Ano Milia)
  • Additional night/s at any of the accommodations along the way, in Thessaloniki or any other destination in Greece

 

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