Trekking Date: 08/2015
Duration: 2 days
Difficulty Level: Difficult
Depends on how many days you split the route into.
Recommended Season: Summer (especially June-September)
Maximum Height: Mytikas Peak – 2918 m
It is a very well-known route and you can find a lot of information about it online. (The official website at http://www.olympusfd.gr/us/ is very useful, use it!). The route map is attached below.
This route starts at altitude of 1100m and climbs to 2700m on the first day (1600m ascent). The second day begins with climb to the Mytikas Peak (2918m) and then back to 1100m (1800m descent). It’s not easy, however the path is well marked and maintained. You can split this route to three days or more to make it easier. We did it in 2 days and it’s not easy.
Required Equipment & Supply:
If you sleep and eat in the refuges (recommended) you don’t need to carry food or sleeping gear, so you can travel light. It costs ~12 euro per bed and ~8 euro for a decent meal. You should have good walking shoes and backpack. Walking sticks are highly recommended.
No entrance fee was collected (08/2015)
Note that marks on this map are not completely accurate and do not substitute a proper trekking map.
Getting to/from there:
Litochoro is the base-town to the Olympus mountain. However, it is recommended to buy food, gear and maps (if needed) ahead in one of the big cities (Thessaloniki, Volos etc.)
Distance: 13.4 KM
We chose to start from Gortsia and finish in Prionia since it is easier to hitchhike back to your car from Prionoa to Gortsia than the other way around.
For a detailed description of the first day, see: http://www.olympusfd.gr/us/Diadromes6.asp – You’ll find all the information you need here.
Distance: 8 KM
We borrowed helmets from the Giosos Apostolidis Refuge (2700m) and left very early in the morning carrying only water, to climb the Mytikas Peak (2918m). You should consult the staff in the refuge for instructions on how to find the right path to climb. The final ascent is very steep and pretty vertically. We then returned the helmets to the refuge and started the long descent to Prionia, via the Spilios Agapitos Refuge.