Winter Hike to Skolio peak at 2.909m. on Mt. Olympus
About The Place
Mount Olympus is one of the most famous and revered mountains in Greece, known for its rich mythology and stunning natural beauty.
Geographic Location: Mount Olympus, often referred to as “Olympos” in Greek, is situated in northern Greece, near the eastern coast of the Aegean Sea. It is part of the Olympus Range, which is a prominent mountain range in the Balkans. The mountain straddles the border between the regions of Thessaly and Macedonia.
Mount Olympus is the highest mountain in Greece, with its highest peak, Mytikas, reaching an elevation of 2,918 meters and Skolio peak at 2.909 meters above sea level.The mountain features rugged and dramatic terrain with steep cliffs, deep gorges, and numerous rock formations, making it a challenging destination for hikers and climbers.
According to Greek mythology, Mount Olympus was considered the home of the twelve Olympian gods, including Zeus, Hera, Poseidon, and Athena. It was believed to be the dwelling place of the gods, where they held their divine council and observed the mortal world.
Flora and Fauna: The surrounding area of Mount Olympus is rich in biodiversity. The lower slopes are covered in lush forests of beech, oak, and pine trees, while alpine meadows and rocky terrain dominate the higher elevations. The mountain is also home to a variety of wildlife, including deer, wild boars, and various bird species.
Mount Olympus offers a network of well-maintained hiking trails for outdoor enthusiasts. The most popular trail is the E4 European long-distance path, which leads to the summit of Mytikas. The mountain attracts climbers from around the world, with challenging rock faces and routes suitable for experienced climbers. The surrounding area also offers opportunities for mountain biking, with trails that wind through the foothills and nearby villages.
The town of Litochoro, located at the base of Mount Olympus, serves as a popular starting point for hikers and climbers. It offers accommodations, restaurants, and access to the Enipeas Gorge. Near Mount Olympus, the ancient city of Dion is an archaeological site that once housed temples and theaters dedicated to the gods. It offers insight into the region’s historical and cultural heritage.
Much of the area around Mount Olympus is protected as Olympus National Park, designated to preserve its natural beauty and ecological significance.
Mount Olympus is a majestic and culturally significant mountain in Greece, known for its mythological importance, stunning natural scenery, and outdoor recreational opportunities. It is a place where mythology and nature converge, attracting visitors from around the world to explore its rugged beauty and rich history.
Winter climb to Skolio peak (2.909m.)
Magical view of the snowy peaks
The 55 peaks above 2.000m. and the view of the surrounding mountains and the sea
Distance 12-13 Km
- 8 to 10 Hours
Experience the awe-inspiring Winter Hiking adventure to the majestic Skolio peak (2,909m.) in the captivating realm of Mt. Olympus, Greece’s second highest and most formidable summit. This extraordinary journey promises a truly unique and unforgettable encounter!
During the winter season, Mt. Olympus transforms into a magnificent snowy wonderland, with even its lower altitudes adorned in a pristine white blanket. The contrasting hues create a breathtaking spectacle that adds to the allure of the mountain.
Our winter ascent to Skolio peak commences from the parking lot of the Greek Army’s Mountain Ski Race Training Center (KEOACH) at 1,800 meters. (It’s important to note that the road leading up to the camp is of excellent asphalt quality.) Passing through the Camp, we swiftly make our way to the lifts of the Vrysopoules ski resort at 1,920 meters. Following the well-trodden tracks, we ascend to the captivating Migotzidis pass at 2,400 meters, marking our entry into the alpine zone of the mountain and granting us a mesmerizing vista of the snow-clad landscape.
As we forge ahead, the majestic peak of Agios Antonios looms above us, capturing our imagination. Continuing our ascent, we reach the breathtaking Agios Antonios pass, where a panoramic view unfolds before our eyes, leaving us in awe. Undeterred, we persist towards Skolio peak, traversing a passable ridge until we finally conquer the summit.
Prepare to be captivated by the pristine beauty and exhilarating challenges of the Winter Hiking expedition to Skolio peak. Embrace the allure of the snow-capped wilderness as you stand triumphantly atop one of Greece’s most remarkable peaks, etching memories that will last a lifetime.
What to Bring
Waterproof hiking boots
Waterproof pant and jacket
Your own personal water bottle
Hiking poles (optional)
English speaking Mountain Guide
Safety equipment (helmet-harness-trekking poles)
Taxes & Liability insurance
- Very good physical condition
- Ages: 16+ (Children accompanied by their parents)
- Meeting Time 07.30
- End of the activity 16.00
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