Mount Olympus Hiking: Visit the Pantheon of the Ancient Greek Gods
Olympus Mountain rises to 2,918 meters (9,573 ft), which makes it the highest Greek mountain and the second highest in the Balkans. It is worldwide known for its natural beauties and the mythology that follows it since the Ancient Greek times. With its rich ecosystem, Mount Olympus declared national park in 1938.
Located 416 kilometers (258 miles) from Athens but just 92 kilometers (57 miles) from Thessaloniki, Mount Olympus hiking is a unique experience for both skilled and novice hikers. A wide network of trails gives to its visitors the chance to explore it from different sides. Furthermore, there are enough shelters where one can rest or stay overnight, to lengthen even more the experience.
Ideal for the lovers of alternative activities, ranging from hiking to paragliding, canyoning, rafting, climbing, mountain-biking and jeep safari. But you don’t have to go extreme to have your personal Olympian moments. Mountaineering on Olympus is not only a divine experience but also an alternative option that covers all levels of difficulty and stamina.
Mount Olympus Hiking: How to do it
If you want to climb the mountain in one day, then you will probably need about 12 hours for the ascent and the descent, depending on your fitness condition and the preferable pace. Or you can do it in two days, spending the night at a shelter. Either way, the climb requires an early start (certainly pre-8am) for the at least 3 hours ascent to Mytikas, the highest peak, so it’s best to stay overnight at one of the shelters. The nights at the shelters are fantastic: a log fire blazes, you watch the sun set on the peaks and dawn break over the Aegean, and you can usually see a multitude of stars.
We can organize a memorable experience for you, offering you all you need:
- Transfer from your hotel or accommodation to Prionia (trailhead)
- A mountain expert who will guide you from Prionia to the summit, and back
- Transfer from Prionia to your hotel or accommodation
* Keep in mind, that the guide will plan the route according to your needs and pace. Also, you will be provided with the required equipment, in case of an assistance is needed. Prior to the trip, we will send you all the necessary details and tips, regarding the proper clothing and snacks you need to take with you.
→ Prices for Mount Olympus Hiking start from 350€. If you are interested, please contact us.