Sacred Summits: Mt.Olympus & Meteora
650€, 7 days/ 6 nights
The two most famous and impressive mountain landscapes of Greece in a single trek!
The Greek Gods made their home on Olympus. Not only the highest mountain in the country, Greece’s oldest and most carefully protected national park, also boasts the greatest concentration of flora and fauna, huge expanses of forest and the crystal clear waters of the Enippeas River. Above it all, soars the 2911m peak of Skolio (2nd highest peak) from where we, like Zeus, can survey the world.
The dramatic rocky pinnacles of Meteora with their thriving cliff top monasteries are a sight to behold. One marvels at the audacity of the monks who first dared to perch simple shelters on the tiny summits. Nowadays the monasteries are much grander, but we take the privilege of reaching them via windy rocky paths among the rocky “chaos”.
Trekking in Mt. Olympus for 5-6 hours per day, mostly on good forest paths; above the tree – line, the terrain varies from grassy uplands to rocky ridges, with some scrambling required for the peak ascents. A good level of fitness and experience is required to climb the peak and the guide reserves the right to make the final decision if we climb the final peak.
In Meteora we walk 4-5 hours per day on paths on rocky terrain.
Available Dates 2011:
26/6 - 2/7
24 - 30/7
28/8 - 3/9
18/9 - 24/9
Itinerary in brief:
The trip starts in Litochoro and ends in Kalambaka
For travel arrangements to/from Athens or Thessaloniki, please contact us
Day by Day Program:
Day 1: Litochoro & Walk to Refuge A - Spilios Agapitos, alt. 2.100 m (http://www.mountolympus.gr/)
(Estimated Walking Time: approx. 3 hours)
Arrive and meet your guide and rest of the group in Litochoro. Transfer to Prionia, from where we begin our hike, at an altitude of 1.100 metres. The route from Prionia to Spilios Agapitos Refuge is the most frequented hiking path on Mount Olympus and makes up a part of the E4. Prionia is the highest point which can be reached by car. Most of the hike is through a thick forest of pine, beech and fir trees, and the path is in good condition. We make our way up to 2.100m alt. and reach the refuge.
Day 2: Peak ascents – Refuge Ch. Kakkalos, alt. 2,700 m (http://www.olympus-climbing.gr/)
(Estimated Walking Time 4- 6 hours) .
From the refuge, a zig zaging path will bring us just under the mountains main summits. From there we have two options according to group’s fitness and weather conditions: We either climb first Skala at 2.882 meters and then crossing a narrow ridge climb to the summit of Skolio at 2.911meters. Or if weather permits and there is no snow, we ascent to the main summit - Mytikas (2.917meters), Greece’s highest peak, following a narrow gorge (it involves about 150 m of scrambling) ! (4-5 hrs walking on narrow paths – some scrambling involved – altitude gain of 800m ). After reaching the summit we descent by the same way to the main path and crossing the spectacular precipice under the summit of Stefani - the throne of Zeus- we emerge to the plato of the Mouses – an alpine plato at an altitude of 2700m where a small but friendly refuge will accommodate us ( 2-3 hrs walking ).
Day 3: Plateau of the Muses – Refuge A - Spilios Agapitos, alt. 2.100 m (http://www.mountolympus.gr/) (Estimated Walking Time 3 – 4 hours)
This is an easy day in breathtaking scenery. Before we start our descent, we will climb a small peak – named Profitis Ilias – just above our refuge to admire superb views of Mnt Olympus summits and deep gorges (2 hrs round trip). Then following the path we came the day before we will descent to our starting point – refuge A at 2.100m ( 3 hrs walk ). Afternoon at leisure for rest as the next day will be demanding
Day 4: Ennipeas gorge
(Estimated Walking Time 6 – 7 hours)
After an initial sheepish descent, we enter the Enippeas gorge, passing a cave-chapel and the monastery of St. Dionysus, as well as taking advantage of several swimming opportunities en route in river pools. After about seven hours walking, the gorge opens up on the outskirts of Litochoro. The route is quite tiring, but the varied geological features, the small lakes with crystal waters and the sheer mountain slopes provide a rare beauty and are entirely rewarding.
Day 5: Travel to Kalambaka and a first short walk:
Transfer from Litohoro to Kalambaka in the nearby village of Kastraki. Short walk in Kastraki
(Litochoro-Kastraki 151 km, approximately 2,5 hours drive).
O/N in Kastraki (B)
Day 6: Walk and monastery visit:
Walk around western Meteora, following the same old paths the monks used to use, which wind their way amongst the tall rock-towers. These paths go up to the rocks and take us to the cliff top monasteries, the high places of the Greek-orthodox spirituality. We will have enough time to visit two of the most important ones: the Megalo Meteoro, and the Varlaam.
O/N in Kastraki (B)
Day 7: Departure
PRICE/PERSON: 650 € for groups of 4 – 16 people
SINGLE SUPPLEMENT: 45€
- 7 days/6 nights
- Accommodation in double rooms in 3 star hotels and/or guesthouses and in berths while on refuges on Mt. Olympus
- Trekking Hellas English speaking local guides during the ascent of Mt.Olympus and day hike in Meteora
- Transfer from Litochoro to Kalambaka
- Trekking activities as mentioned in the program.
- Personal expenses
- Drinks and beverages
- Meal (lunches and dinners)
- Breakfasts at refuges
- Arrival transfer to Litochoro and departure transfer from Kalambaka
- Optional gratuities to leader, guides and local staff
- Entrance fees to the two monasteries (approx. 6€)