Mount Olympus Guided Walk
For anyone who loves a walking challenge your visit to Greece will not be complete without a visit to the highest peak in the nation, Mount Olympus. In Greek mythology, Olympus' high summits were saturated by the nectar of the ancient Greek gods, and was known as the seat of Zeus, the god who gathered the clouds and threw down thunder and lightning from the holy mountain. Beyond the mythology the mountain is home to many species of flora and bird life such as the peregrine falcon. It's importance in Greek history saw it's many natural treasures protected since 1938 when it became the country's first ever National Park. The lower flanks of Olympus, known as Kato Olympus, or Lower Olympus, is a declared biosphere reserve. Trekking to the various peaks of the Olympus - there are 52 in total - to experience the spectacular vistas and scenery as well as to absorb the vast legacy of ancient civilizations up on the higher plateaus will provide the essence of this rewarding walking challenge on Mt Olympus.
|DAY 1||Arrive Litochoro at the foot of Mt Olympus, begin ascent to refuge (3hrs)|
|DAY 2||Ascend the plateau of Muses and the peaks of Profitis Ilias and Toumba (4-6hrs)|
|DAY 3||Ascend the throne of Zeus with further ascents to either Skala (2882m) and Skolio (2911m) or to Mytikas (2917m), the main summit - according to group fitness (4-6hrs)|
|DAY 4||Return to Litochoro via the old monastery Agios Dionysios and hike through gorge above the Enippeas River (6-7hrs), trip concludes|