The highest peaks of Mount Olympus

Mount Olympus
’ 3000 meter high summits are allegedly saturated by the nectar of the ancient Greek gods. It’s also known as the seat of Zeus, who gathered the clouds and threw down thunder and lightning from the holy mountain. This ancient image of the holy mountain, with its uncounted natural treasures is currently protected by the Mt. Olympus National Park (since 1938) and the flanks of the mountain known as Kato Olympus, or Lower Olympus, has been declared a biosphere reserve. Trekking the mountains, experiencing the spectacular peaks and ancient civilizations on the high mountain plateaus, spending time to sense their power and beauty is a journey through time and nature.

Trekking Olympus is a point-to-point trekking tour of medium difficulty where you will hike to the highest and best-known peaks of the main mountain with impressive views to all directions. It is suitable for hikers with good condition and some experience.

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Duration: 8 days / 7 nights Price: from 592 EUR
Holiday type: guided Minimum group size: 3 people
Dates: May – October Arrival: any week day on request
Accommodation: 5 x guesthouse, 2 x refuge Meal base: breakfast
Transportation: local transportation included Nearest airport: Thessaloniki
Highlights: Highest Peaks of Mount Olympus Contact us with your questions or booking requests


Trip Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival – drive to Litohoro
Upon arrival at Thessaloniki airport you will drive to Litohoro, a picturesque village at the foot of Mt. Olympus and the starting point of the trekking tour. There you’ll check-in at the guesthouse and have some time to relax and take a stroll around the village.

Day 2: Litohoro – Mount Golna – Litohoro
The peak of Golna is just before the impressive main peaks of Mount Olympus. You’ll start your walk at the market square of Litohoro, the starting point of most Olympus treks. You’ll go through the quaint village roads to a path which leads directly to the Peak of Golna. Reaching the peak you’ll enjoy the beautiful view into the famous Vithos Gorge, overlooking the Aegean Sea. This hike is unique for its combination of the high mountain range with spectacular sea views. Your way back to Litohoro takes you through shady forests.
Trekking Time: 4 hrs
Altitude: 300 – 1.032 – 300 m

Day 3: The Enipeas Gorge
The drive towards the old monastery Agios Dionysios offers commanding views of the highest peaks. Starting at the monastery, which is definitely worth visiting, you’ll take a remarkable hike through the gorge towards Litohoro. Just after a short time you’ll pass the Agio Spileo (the Holy Cave) where Agios Dionysios lived. The trail is well preserved and has many ups and downs along the gorge. You’ll cross the Enipeas River several times over small wooden bridges and rest at vista points overlooking the Aegean Sea. You’ll also pass picturesque waterfalls, where the brave can take a refreshing dip in the crystal-clear pools.
Trekking Time: 6 hrs
Altitude: 900 – 300 m

Day 4: Agios Dionysios – Prionia – Refuge A

Today you’ll leave Litohoro for the next two days and be transferred again to Agios Dionysios. Your hike on the famous path E4 begins at the old mountain monastery, this time towards the highest peaks of Mount Olympus. After a short walk, you’ll reach the impressive Enipeas Waterfalls. At Prionia (1.100 m), where you’ll see also the springs of Enipeas River, you can have a short rest before continuing towards the refuge. The path leads mostly through a dense pine and beech tree forest. You’ll stay overnight at the Mountain Refuge A, which was built on a natural balcony with a unique view until the sea.
Trekking Time: 4 hrs
Altitude: 900 – 1.100 – 2.100 m

Day 5: Refuge A – Olympus Peaks Skala, Skolio & Agios Antonios – Refuge A
As a reward for yesterday’s hard ascent to the ‘seat of the gods’, you can enjoy the beautiful mountain sunrise above the Aegean Sea and spend the day trekking the peaks of Olympus. After breakfast at the refuge, you’ll hike up to the peak of Skala (2.866 m), where you can rest, eat your picnic lunch and take in the breathtaking views. You continue to the peak of Skolio (2.911 m) where you have an impressive view of Mytikas, the highest peak of the Olympus range. Then your hike goes on to the peak of Agios Antonios (2.815 m), overlooking the western slopes of Mount Olympus with the flatlands of Thessaly in front. You’ll return again to the Mountain Refuge A for overnight.
Trekking Time: 6 hrs
Altitude: 2.100 – 2.866 – 2.911 – 2.815 – 2.100 m

Day 6: Refuge A – Kofto – Muses Plateau – Profitis Ilias – Gortsia
Today you’ll leave the refuge and take the path known as Kofto towards north. It is passing below the highest peaks and provides a shortcut to reach the Muses Plateau. Here you will have the opportunity to climb the famous peak Profitis Ilias (2.803 m), overlooking the Muses Plateau, the plains of Pieria and Kazania. On top of the peak there is built the highest chapel of the Balkan, Profitis Ilias. Your descent follows the narrow ridge Lemos, passing Skourta (2.485 m) and towards Petrostrouga (2.000 m) with its breathtaking view. Before reaching the plateau Barba you’ll pass the cave where the great Olympus painter Vassilis Ithakisios lived for many years. Then you continue through a beautiful forest until Gortsia, where the pick-up point is and you’ll be transferred back to Litohoro for overnight.

Trekking Time: 7 hrs
Altitude: 2.100 – 2.650 – 2.803 – 2.000 – 1.100 m

Day 7: Relaxing Day
Overnight in Litohoro.

Day 8: Departure – drive to the airport

Your Accommodation:

Guesthouse Papanikolaou:
Located near the central square of the traditional village Litohoro, directly at the foot of Mount Olympus. It consists of two buildings built in the local style and provides 18 rooms, equipped with bathroom, kitchen, TV, air-condition and central heating. Just enjoy the fireplace in the winter and the balcony with views to the highest peaks, Enipeas Gorge and the Aegean Sea in the summer.

Refuge A:
The Refuge A “Spilios Agapitos”  is located on Mount Olympus at an altitude of 2.100 m –  just on the edge of a natural rock balcony and below the peaks. It is very well organised and professional run by Maria Zolota and her husband Dionisios. The refuge has 110 beds and two dining rooms with a fireplace. You will sleep in dormitories in bunk beds, pillows and blankets are provided. There are showers with cold water and the meals are home-made and hearty. The unique sunset will stay unforgettable.

Services included:

  • 7 nights with breakfast (5 nights in guesthouse in Litohoro in double rooms and 2 nights in refuge on Mount Olympus in shared rooms)
  • English-speaking, experienced and local trekking guide during the 5 trekking days
  • 3 local transfers
  • local taxes
Not included:
  • additional meals, coffees and drinks
  • airport transfer
  • everything not listed above
Extras – can be booked additionally:
  • single room – can be booked only in guesthouse on days 1 – 3, 6 & 7
  • airport transfer per taxi or rental car
  • extension days or week, we offer different accommodation in various areas in Greece, just ask us
  • rental car