7 days

Hiking the mystical and iconic Mount Olympus, home of the Ancient Greek Gods

Conquer Greece’s highest peak on spectacular high mountain trails

Awe-inspiring peaks rising straight from the blue waters of the Aegean Sea

Stay in comfortable mountain huts and the lively village of Litochoro

Hiking on Mount Olympus: Self-guided walking holiday in Greece

A 7-day hut-to-hut trek along the high mountain trails of the mystic Mount Olympus in Northern Greece, one of the world’s most iconic mountains. At 2917 metres, Olympus is the highest mountain in Greece and is revered as the legendary home to the ancient Greek Gods. The lower hiking trails weave through forests and over wooden-bridged river crossings, while the views of the Olympus range, Thessaloniki and the Aegean Sea from its summits are simply stunning.

By staying in the historic village of Litochoro at the start and end of the tour, you will have a chance to immerse yourself in the local culture of this very traditional part of Greece.

The tour starts with a 2-night stay in Litochoro, a lively village at the foot of Mt. Olympus. On your first hiking day you walk through the Enipeas gorge to the sacred monastery of Agios Dionysios. The next morning, starting at the monastery, you will walk through thick forest of pine, and eventually reach the alpine zone and admire superb views over the gorge and the Aegean sea. Your route continues to the Skolio summit at 2,911 m and after descending from the Summit you walk along the so-called ‘Zonaria’ to reach the ‘Mousson’ alpine plain. You continue your descent via the eastern slopes to the new Koromilia mountain hut where you stay overnight. On your last hiking day, you walk down to the church of Agios Konstantinos from where you will be picked up by a taxi and taken to Litochoro.

7 DAYS / 6 NIGHTS From €399 per person sharing*

*Discounts available for groups of 3 or more. Please enquire for prices.
*A single supplement charge will apply to solo walkers.

AVAILABILITY Starting on any day of the week from June 10th until October 26th, subject to availability.
ACCOMMODATION 6 nights accommodation on a bed and breakfast basis. Double en-suite rooms available ONLY on days 1, 2 and 6 in Litochoro. Days 3 – 5 are in mountain refuges with bunk beds in dormitories and with shared facilities.

You can book additional night(s) at any of the accommodations along the way. We can also book a hotel in Thessaloniki or Athens for you before and/or after the trip.

MEALS Breakfast is included on all days and dinners are available for purchase at your overnight accommodation. Lunches and snacks can either be bought from local shops, or packed lunch can be pre-ordered from your guesthouse/hut the night before.
LUGGAGE STORAGE You can leave 1 bag per person (with spare clothes and other personal stuff which you will not need from days 3-5) in the hotel in Litochoro. You will take a smaller bag with you, with everything you need for your 3 nights in the mountain huts. You will be reunited with your main luggage when you return to Litochoro on day 6.
3 nights accommodation in a guesthouse with en suite facilities
3 nights accommodation in mountain huts (dormitories)
6 Breakfasts
Day 2: Transfer Agios Dionysios Monastery-Litochoro
Day 3: Transfer Litochoro-Agios Dionysios Monastery
Day 6: Transfer Agios Konstantinos-Litochoro
Detailed walking notes &  maps
GPS tracks
Pre-departure information pack
24/7 telephone support
Flights & travel insurance
Lunches & dinners
Taxi transfers or public transport not mentioned above
Admissions & entrance fees of any kind
Anything else not mentioned in the “included” section
Airport transfers
Additional nights before, during or after the walk
Single Room Supplement(s) – days 1, 2 & 6
DIFFICULTY This trip is graded challenging overall. Long ascents in high mountains, carrying backpacks with your essentials for several nights. 6 to 8 hours maximum per day; height differences up to 1200 meters per day; only suitable for walkers who are in excellent condition and who do not have a fear of heights.

Day 1: Arrival in Litochoro

Arrival in Litochoro, a picturesque town at the foot of Mt. Olympus from where most hikers start their challenge to the summits. Time-permitting you can take a stroll through the narrow, cobbled streets of this historic village and make your last preparations for your hike.

Overnight: Xenonas Papanikolaou (Litochoro)


Day 2: Litochoro to Agios Dionysios Monastery

Distance: 9.6 km | Ascent: 900 m | Descent: 350 m | Walking time: 4 hrs approx.

Today you will walk along the Enipeas river to the ruins of the Agios Dionysios Monastery. This is an ideal warm-up walk for the tougher challenges ahead. It is not long, but involves a 900 metre ascent. Because of the short distance there is ample time to make the walk and enjoy the scenery. After the walk, you will be transfered back by taxi from the Monastery to Litochoro.

Overnight: Xenonas Papanikolaou (Litochoro)


Day 3: Ascent to Spilios Agapithos - mountain hut ‘A’

Distance: 9 km | Ascent: 1250 m | Descent: 40 m | Walking time: 4 hrs approx.

This morning you will be transfered back to Agios Dionysios Monastery, from where you begin your trek to Mount Olympus. You pass the beautiful cave chapel where the monk Dionysios lived as an ascetic. Continuing this European E4 route along the river you pass by several river pools and cross the river many times via wooden bridges or stepping stones. The presence of crystal clear water and the various views make this walk very rewarding.

Overnight: Mountain Hut ‘A’-Spilios Agapithos


Day 4: the summits of Olympus

Distance: 11 km | Ascent: 1230 m | Descent: 650 m | Walking time: 6 hrs approx.

hefty ascent through an alpine area up to the Skala summit (2866m). From this point you have a breathtaking view of the Mytikas summit (2918m) and its climbers. From there, you continue over a ridge to the highest point of the trek: the Skolio summit (2911m). Write your name in the summit register and then enjoy the views! Continue along the Zonaria path to the Plateau of the Muses, where you will stay overnight in the Kakkalos mountain refuge, nestled among the smaller peaks.

Overnight: Mountain Hut ‘C’-Christos Kakalos


Day 5: From the Mousson plain to Koromilia mountain hut

Distance: 10.5 km | Ascent: 55 m | Descent: 1675 m | Walking time: 5 hrs approx.

After the demanding treks of the previous days, todays walk is easier. From the Plateau of the Muses you reach the Giosos pass, before descending to the Lemos ridge. You continue downward into the forests, now walking on shaded paths interspersed with various scenic views, until you finally reach the Koromilia refuge.

Overnight: Koromilia Mountain hut


Day 6: From Koromilia to Ag. Konstantinos and transfer to Litochoro

Distance: 4 km | Ascent: 0 m | Descent: 735 m | Walking time: 1 hr 45 mins approx.

From Koromilia, you descend further to the east via forest trails, sometimes steeply. In between the trees you have beautiful views over the plains to the sea. At the church of Ag. Konstantinos you will be picked up by a taxi and taken back to the hotel in Litochoro.

Overnight: Xenonas Papanikolaou (Litochoro)


Day 7: Departure

Your arrangement ends after breakfast this morning. Onward travel to Thessaloniki for departure.

Getting to Litochoro

The most convenient airport to fly to is Thessaloniki Airport.
  From the airport, you can travel by local bus (line 78) to Thessaloniki city center. This bus also goes to the intercity bus station. From the intercity bus station in Thessaloniki you take the KTEL bus to Litochoro.
Hiking mt Olympus
Agios Dionysios

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