** PANDEMIC UPDATE **
UNFORTUNATELY, ALL OVERSEAS TREKS HAVE BEEN CANCELLED FOR 2020 AND 2021. WE WILL BE ADDING DATES ONCE TRAVEL RESTRICTIONS HAVE BEEN RELAXED.
Mount Olympus sits on the borders of Thessaly and Macedonia and offers an experience unlike anything else in Europe. Miles of internationally recognised hiking trails through gorges, forests and mountain terrain with rare flowers, wild animals and of course, the legendary Greek hospitality. The summits and gorges are once thought to have been the home of Greek gods and its summit Mount Olympus is the highest mountain in Greece offering views from the Mediterranean through to the south of Albania.
Our trek starts in the picturesque mountain village of Litochoro which will serve as our base for the trip. From here we will follow the Prionia Trail which takes you on an incredible journey through the Enipea Gorge, over wooden bridges and onto the Agios Dionysios Monastery for lunch. From here we will make the slow winding trail that eventually leaves the trees and brings us out to our mountain refuge which will be our base for the two nights.
From the refuge we will have access to the most popular peaks Skolio (2911m), Skala (2866m) and Aghios Antonios (2816m) before making our attempt on the highest summit Mytikas(2917m). Evenings will be spent in the excellent company of our host Maria who is the hut guardian and puts on a great feast every evening with the option of wine, drinks and of course that famous Greek hospitality. Our final day we have several descent options and depending on the group and weather we may follow the Gortsia trail or return via the Prionia trail.
The trek will end in the quiet coastal village of Leptokarya. From here you will have chance to relax and soak up the sun on the beach before our celebratory meal at one of the excellent Tavernas in the village.
Who is this aimed at!
You don’t need to be super fit but having some hill walking experience is essential. We will be walking around 6-10 miles per day, but you will have plenty of chances to relax and take in the scenery. The final section of Mytikas has a scrambling section which is around British grade 1.
If your unsure whether this trek is right for you or have questions about your fitness please get in touch.
Our mountain refuge offers comfortable accommodation in bunk style rooms and single beds with our team staying all together. In the evening we will join other trekkers in the dining room for Greek cuisine and drinks until late. The mornings we will have a hearty breakfast and collect our lunches for the days walking.
More details can be found in the trek brochure once its released!
About Olympus National Park
Olympus National Park is one of the oldest in Greece and hosts an impressive 42 mountains above 2000m. The Park is also a UNSECO biosphere which gives it international recognition due to its diverse flora and fauna. The park also hosts an impressive number of wild animals including wild goat, boar and golden eagle to name a few. Other animals like wild cat, snake and red fox are found within the park but rarely seen by visitors.
All transfers are included in the price of this trip. You will be greeted at the airport and returned to Thessaloniki airport at the end of the trek.
Your leader for this trip will be Matt Cooper a Mountaineering Instructor and Expedition Leader with years of experience of leading treks abroad. Matt also speaks Greek and spent five years working and living on the south Greek island of Kos. We also use local guides for certain aspects of the trip and to assist with logistics and transfers.
Due to the current global pandemic we have taken the decision to postpone this expedition until 2022.
If you would like your details added to our list please email Info@themountaineeringcompany.co.uk giving your name and the expedition you would be interested in. We will send you more details once the situation with the pandemic has improved.
You can pay your deposit by selecting the date you wish to book from the drop down box below and clicking Pay Now. I will contact you with course details and a kit list once your deposit is received. Full payment must be made prior to the course or on the day.
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