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Hiking to Agapitos Refuge at 2,100m on Mount Olympus

Hiking to Agapitos Refuge at 2,100m on Mount Olympus

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About The Place

Towering into the Grecian sky, Mount Olympus stands as an awe-inspiring testament to the natural and mythological heritage of Greece. Revered as the mythical abode of the gods in ancient Greek mythology, this iconic mountain is not merely a physical presence on the landscape but a living embodiment of the nation’s rich cultural and historical tapestry.

Mount Olympus holds a special place in Greek mythology, serving as the residence of the twelve Olympian gods led by Zeus, the king of the gods. According to ancient legends, this mighty mountain was said to pierce the heavens, its summit veiled in perpetual clouds. The gods would convene in the grandeur of Olympus to discuss the fate of mortals, and its peaks were considered sacred.

Physically, Mount Olympus is a geological marvel, situated on the border between Thessaly and Macedonia. As the highest mountain in Greece, it reaches an elevation of 2,917 meters (9,570 feet) at its highest peak, Mytikas. The mountain range extends for approximately 80 kilometers, encompassing a diverse range of ecosystems, from dense forests to alpine meadows.

The slopes of Olympus are adorned with a rich tapestry of biodiversity. Its lower reaches feature lush forests of beech, oak, and pine, while higher elevations boast alpine meadows adorned with vibrant wildflowers. The mountain is a haven for flora, hosting numerous endemic plant species, some of which are found nowhere else on Earth.

Olympus is not just a haven for plant life; it’s also home to a variety of animal species. Wolves, deer, and wild boar roam its slopes, while birds of prey, such as golden eagles, circle above. The biodiversity of Olympus has earned it recognition as a National Park, protecting its ecosystems and ensuring the preservation of its natural heritage.

Beyond its natural splendor, Mount Olympus is entwined with the cultural fabric of Greece. The ancient Greeks believed that the gods’ presence on Olympus bestowed a unique sanctity upon the mountain. Pilgrims and seekers of spiritual insight ventured to its slopes, leaving offerings and seeking divine guidance.

Today, Mount Olympus is a destination not only for cultural enthusiasts but also for outdoor adventurers. Hiking trails crisscross its slopes, leading intrepid trekkers to panoramic viewpoints and ancient ruins. Climbing to its summit offers a sense of achievement and a breathtaking vista of the surrounding landscape and the Aegean Sea.

Mount Olympus, with its dual role as a natural wonder and a mythological beacon, remains a symbol of Greece’s enduring spirit. It stands not only as a physical landmark but as a bridge between the earthly and divine—a place where the grandeur of nature converges with the rich tapestry of Greek mythology.

Highlights

  • Ascend from Prionia (highest point accessible by car) at 1,100 m Altitude

  • Walk in the Pine forest , having also beech and fir trees

  • Following the E4 European Path to reach Spilios Agapitos Mountain Hut at 2,100m Altitude

Total Duration

  • 7 Hours

Full description

Join us on a captivating journey to the renowned ‘Balcony of Greece’ and immerse yourself in awe-inspiring panoramas.

Rising majestically in northern Greece, Mount Olympus stands as the highest mountain in the country, serving as a natural boundary between the prefectures of Macedonia and Thessaly. Its summit, Mytikas, reaches a staggering height of 2,918 meters. Throughout history, traversing this mighty peak has posed a formidable challenge to many who sought to conquer Greek territory. Renowned for its divine beauty, Mount Olympus holds a significant place in Greek mythology as the dwelling place of the Greek Gods. Its close proximity to the Aegean Sea provides captivating vistas, enhanced by the ethereal silver mist that blankets the mountain and creates a truly enchanting atmosphere. Recognizing its exceptional biodiversity and abundant flora, Mount Olympus was designated Greece’s first National Park in 1938.

Our adventure, the ‘Ascend from Prionia to Agapitos Refuge’ tour, commences at the  Base located in the heart of Litochoro’s main square. Upon arrival, we gather with our knowledgeable guide and fellow hikers. From there, we embark on a transfer to Prionia, situated at an altitude of 1,100 meters, which serves as the starting point of our hike. The trail we follow, widely renowned and part of the E4 European Path, is the most popular hiking route on Mount Olympus. Prionia marks the highest accessible point by car. Our journey unfolds amidst dense forests adorned with towering pine, beech, and fir trees, all thriving in pristine condition. As we ascend to an elevation of 2,100 meters, we eventually arrive at the esteemed Spilios Agapitos mountain hut, offering a well-deserved respite and a gateway to unforgettable experiences.

What to Bring

  • Small backpack with your own personal water bottle

  • Light hiking or trail running shoes

  • Comfortable clothes (preferably quick-drying material: cotton or polycotton not denim)

  • Waterproof jacket /membrane (for the rainy days)

  • Hat, Sunglasses & Sunblock

Includes

  • English speaking Mountain guide

  • Local transfer from and to Litochoro village

  • A light snack

  • Special “passport – info guide” for Litochoro village, including discount in selected shops

  • Taxes

Limitations

  • Good physical condition
  • Ages 14 - 70 years old (children accompanied by a guardian)

Itinerary

  • Meeting time 08.00
  • End of activity 16.00

Meeting point

Trekking Hellas Mt. Olympus base in Litohoro

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

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