• duration:
    7 Day(s)

  • instructors ratio:
    1:4

  • booking cost:
    £TBA PP

course info

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.

Mountain accommodation.

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.

Transfers

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.

Leaders.

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.

 

Full details and dates will be announced in September

course instructors
Matt Cooper
Matt Cooper
Mountaineering and Climbing Instructor (MCI)Click here for more information

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Testimonials

My partner and I booked Matt for two days mountaineering instruction so we could learn how to use ropes on climbs that were out of our comfort zone. We had a fantastic two days and Matts structured approach allowed us to take it all in and practice all the techniques over and over again. We both now feel more confident to take on more adventurous scrambles. Thanks Matt

Andy and karren

Excellent day with matt scrambling over crib coch. Faboulous and patient instructor, highly recommend .

Anne Brown

Fantastic day on the Back to Basics Navigation course with Matt. Very well organised and learnt a lot. Matt was very professional and great at teaching the skills with lots of patience and encouragement. Really enjoyed it and will definitely be signing up to other courses in future. Highly recommended.

Chontelle Wright

A great day out learning how to use a map and compass with Matt. His teaching style gave us just the right amount of information without feeling overloaded. I would highly recommend Matt !

Chris

Just got back from a fantastic weekend with Matt on the Welsh 3k and couldn't have asked for a better time. We had blue skies and cool air so it wasn't too hot and the views were simply incredible. Matt set a great pace allowing us to push our limits but never going beyond what we were capable of and we finished in 18 hours 32 mins. Hes a top bloke and I would certainly recommend him and The Mountaineering Company to anybody. Thanks again Matt. You will certainly see us again next year no doubt!

Chris Mansell

We attended a navigation course today with Matt. He was fantastic, can’t rate him highly enough! We had no knowledge at all, but have come home feeling confident and ready to tackle our adventure! Thank you Matt for a fabulous, fun day

Claire Black

I thoroughly recommend Matt as a leader & guide. I experienced an exhilarating & fun day with a super group doing Matt's Ogwen Classics day. Matt managed our mixed levels of ability & confidence with a calm, encouraging, alert & purposeful manner. He inspired confidence through recognition of our efforts & shared his knowledge & experience to support our skill development. The day passed all too quickly!

Ferne Davies

Awesome day with Matt teaching my 11yr old son and I the basics of climbing. Very patient and approachable would highly recommend Matt to anyone with an interest in rock climbing. Really fun day enjoyed by all!

Ian Roberts

All I can say is amazing!! Never scrambled before Matt looked after us supported us though the scary bits and made the whole day brilliant.

Karen Williams

Had a fantastic weekend with Matt on the mountain skills course - he is really friendly + approachable, and tailored the two days to what we enjoyed + wanted to learn. Would definitely recommend to anyone wanting to build their confidence with mountain hiking + navigation!

Kirsty

Recently attended an intermediate rock skills course in the Peak District. Really great weekend and excellent fun. Matt is a top bloke; very knowledgeable and just the right amount of laid back. Allows all the information to really sink in - effective teaching!

Matt Pomfrett

Excellent day out with Matt on my first ever Scramble. I found it pretty tough in places but Matt was always there to put me at ease, offer instruction and with his support I made it to the top. Would highly recommend to others.

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