2 Day Hiking Olympus- Guided
About The Place
Mount Olympus, the mythical throne of the ancient Greek gods and an emblem of natural grandeur, rises majestically in northern Greece, captivating all who behold its splendor. Revered as the tallest mountain in the country, its towering peaks reach heights of up to 2,918 meters, creating an imposing presence that has inspired awe and reverence for centuries.
Cradled within the Olympus National Park, the mountain is a realm of ecological diversity and breathtaking landscapes. Its slopes are adorned with verdant forests, alpine meadows, and cascading waterfalls that form a harmonious tapestry of nature’s beauty. The path to the summit is a journey through time and terrain, leading adventurers through ancient trails and revealing panoramic vistas that stretch from the Aegean Sea to the surrounding landscapes.
Mount Olympus is not just a geological wonder; it’s a tapestry of myth and history that has woven its way into the fabric of Greek culture. According to ancient Greek mythology, this awe-inspiring peak was the dwelling place of the gods, where Zeus, Hera, and their divine kin held their council and observed the affairs of mortals below. This blend of myth and reality lends an air of mystique to the mountain’s grandeur, as visitors explore ancient sites and artifacts that add depth to its narrative.
Hiking to the summit is an adventure of both the body and the spirit. The path takes you through diverse ecosystems, revealing hidden springs, alpine flowers, and tranquil plateaus that create moments of both exertion and wonder. Reaching the highest peak, Mytikas, is a triumph that offers a sweeping view that spans continents and transcends time.
Mount Olympus is a haven for those who seek to connect with nature’s grandeur and the echoes of ancient myths. It’s a place where the boundaries between the physical and the metaphysical blur, inviting you to climb its heights, explore its secrets, and stand amidst the realm where the gods once reigned. Whether you’re captivated by its natural beauty or inspired by its mythical significance, Mount Olympus leaves an indelible mark on all who venture to its lofty summits.
2 Day Hike Olympus – Guided, takes you to Mt. Olympus, the highest mountain in Greece
Thickly forested slopes and steep rocky and cloud-covered peaks.
Stay at Spilios Agapitos mountain refuge
- 2 days
Experience a thrilling 2-day adventure tour on the legendary Mt. Olympus, the ancient dwelling place of Greek gods. Our 2 Days Hike Olympus tour takes you through this majestic natural landscape, with towering mountains, lush forests, and cloud-covered peaks. Immerse yourself in the splendor of over 1,500 plant species, including rare and endemic varieties, as well as a diverse array of wildlife such as wolves, jackals, deer, and endangered birds and butterflies. Mt. Olympus, uninhabited yet attracting visitors from around the globe, boasts an extensive network of trails spanning over 160 kilometers.
For more experienced hikers, we also offer a semi-guided option for the 2-day/1-night Mt. Olympus tour.
If you’re arriving from abroad, the closest airport is located in Thessaloniki, Greece’s second-largest city, which is just a 1.5-hour drive (91.5 kilometers/56 miles) from Litochoro. From Athens, the journey takes approximately 5-6 hours (415 kilometers/257 miles), so we recommend arriving a day in advance and spending the night in Litochoro. If you require assistance with hotel bookings or any other services, our team is ready to assist you.
DAY 1: Litochoro & Hike to Spilios Agapitos refuge (2,100m)
Begin your adventure by meeting the guide and your fellow hikers at the Base in Litochoro’s main square. We’ll then transfer to Prionia, situated at an altitude of 1,100 meters, where our hike commences. The route from Prionia to Spilios Agapitos takes you along the most popular hiking trail on Mt. Olympus, which is also part of the renowned E4 European Path. Prionia is the highest point accessible by car, and the majority of the hike passes through dense forests of pine, beech, and fir trees. After approximately 3-4 hours of trekking, we’ll reach an altitude of 2,100 meters and arrive at Spilios Agapitos refuge.
Timetable: 10.00: Meeting at our Base
10.30: Transfer to Prionia
11.15: Start Hiking to Spilios Agapitos (3-4 hours)
15.00: Arrival to Spilios Agapitos refuge and rest
Estimated hiking time: approx. 3-4 hours.
DAY 2: Ascend to the Peaks – Mytikas (2,918m) & Return to Litochoro
After an early morning start and a hearty breakfast, we’ll follow the European path E4 until we reach Skala peak at 2,866 meters. At this point, we’ll have two options based on the team dynamics and local weather conditions. Our primary option is to conquer Mytikas, Greece’s highest peak at an elevation of 2,918 meters. This path involves navigating a narrow gorge, including approximately 1 kilometer of scrambling while using safety equipment. From the summit of Mytikas, you’ll be rewarded with stunning views and the chance to marvel at famous peaks like Stefani (Throne of Zeus) and the Musses Plateau! Alternatively, we can opt for reaching Skolio, the second
05.30: Wake up & breakfast
06.30: Start hiking to peaks (5-6 hours)
12:00: Relax at Spilios Agapitos mountain refuge
13.30: Hike back to Prionia from the same way (2-3 hours)
16:30: Arrive to Prionia 1100m and drive back to Litochoro
17:30: End of program
Estimated hiking time: approx. 8- 9 hours.
What to Bring
Please try to travel as light as possible; keep in mind that you must carry everything you bring during the whole hike.
Large, comfortable backpack (65-85 liters) with padded straps and waist belt, internal frame preferred; waterproof liner recommended keeping clothing, etc dry inside
Sturdy, worn in trekking shoes (preferably boots)
Good waterproof top with hood
Warm clothes, both for windy / cold daytime conditions and for the cool evenings (fleece tops οr similar)
Shorts and long trousers for walking, preferably quick-drying material (cotton or poly-cotton not denim)
Sweatshirts or T-shirts for walking, at least one with long sleeves and collar (against sun-burn)
Sleeping bag or similar (e.g. duvet cover), for the overnight in the shelter
Sunglasses, towel, sun hat or cap, sun block.
Wash bag and simple first aid kit (plasters or blister kit, aspirin or similar, antiseptic)
Torch (head torch if you have one)
Your own personal water bottle. As part of our environmental policy and action plan, we are committed to eliminating the use of plastic water bottles.
English speaking mountain guide
Accommodation in berths at Spilios Agapitos refuge
Transfer Litochoro – Prionia – Litochoro
Safety Equipment for the ascend to Mytikas (helmet, harness)
Special “passport – info guide” for Litochoro village, including discount in selected shops
- Ages 14 year old and above (children accompanied by their parents)
- In this program we walk, 4-5 hours the first day and 8-9 hours the second 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.
- Absence of height phobia - acrophobia
- Please note. A good level of fitness and experience is required to climb Mytikas peak and the guide reserves the right to make the final decision if we climb.
Cancellation Policy - Flexible
- Whenever you cancel 4 days or earlier than the confirmed activity starting date, your fee will be refunded for the entire activity charge.
- In case of cancellation within 48 and 96 hours before the scheduled activity starting date, you'll get 50% reimbursed.
- Those who cancel 48 hours or beyond are considered last-minute cancellations. There will be no refunds