Our climbing excursion begins from the position Prionia at an altitude of 1000 m. By following the excellent marking of the E4 path, rhythmically climbing in rich and dense vegetation, we arrive to the most hospitable and popular refuge of Greece, the Spilios Agapitos refuge at an altitude of 2100m.As our pulses increase from the intense effort, it is a good opportunity for small intermediate stops to rest, gather strength and take photos in an incredible view!
In the heart of the area Mavrologgos, the Agapitos refuge constitutes and exceptional natural “terrace” surrounded by impressive centenarian trees resisting to bad weather with all their might. There we will enjoy a snack and coffee with a view of the massif and the beaches of Litochoro.
We continue climbing and by following the uphill edge we arrive at 'Mantres' (2.247m.) and then at the summit «Skourta» (2485 m.).From there the alpine landscape begins and the view to all directions is breathtaking! From there a narrow ridge begins, called «Laimos» ending upto the «Mousses Plateau». Arriving at the beginning of the plateau, the path is divided in two. The left part ends up to the refuge «Christos Kakkalos» in 30΄ minutes and the right one at the refuge«Giossos Apostolidis» in 40΄ minutes. From far away we gaze at the summits Toumpa (2801 m.) and Profitis Hlias (2803 m.).
We pass the night at the refuges «Giossos Apostolidis» ή «Christos Kakkalos».
Duration: ~7 hours
Difficulty Level: Moderate
Meeting Point: Central Square of Litochoro
Start: Prionia (1100m)
Finish: Mousses Plateau (refuges Apostolidis and Kakkalos)
Suitable for: participants ages older than 18 years old with moderate level of fitness
Overnight: refuges Apostolidis and Kakkalos
Recommended equipment list
Olympus is the highest mountain in Greece, the second highest mountain range of Balkans, the holy mountain, a landmark of Greek Mythology, the residence of the twelve Gods of Antiquity, a National Forest since 1938, but also universal monument of culture.
It overlooks imposing and sumptuous in Central Greece with a range of high summits, sluices and sills, canyons and plateaus, alpine grasslands, bushy forests, deep caves and imposing rocks. It is a unique ecosystem of rare biodiversity that hosts more than 1.500 species of plants, tens (decades) of wild animal species, as well as rare birds.
Mytikas (2.917 m.) and Stefani or throne of Zeus (2.909 m.) are its cloud covered summits. Here, within dense clouds, the “Twelve Gods of Olympus” lived according to the religion of ancient Greeks. The Pantheon (called today Μytikas), is their meeting point, a theater of their turbulent discussions. The throne of Zeus (called today Stefani), exclusively hosts to the king of gods, Zeus. From there he launches his bolts showing this way his divine anger.
The mountain of Gods with its impressive height, its mythical appeal and the easy accessibility, constitutes an attraction for thousands of visitors from any corner of the world. Roads and paths cross the massif with the European Path E4 being the most important one, moving westwards from Litochoro to the peaks, through the Enipeas gorge.
The charm of Olympus is so imposing that leads you to discover in yourself the soul of a legendary conqueror!
The twelve gods live in the gorges, in the “folds of Olympus” as Homer calls them - where their palaces are located. The Pantheon (called today Μytikas), is their meeting point, a theater of their turbulent discussions. The throne of Zeus (called today Stefani), exclusively hosts to the king of gods, Zeus. The Dodecatheon is completed by Hera, Hestia, Demeter, Poseidon, Athena, Apollo, Artemis, Hermes, Ares, Aphrodite and Hephaestus.
On the eastern slopes of Olympus, in Pieria, the mythological traditions placed the nine Muses, protectors of Fine Arts, daughters of Zeus and the titan Mnemosyne: Clio, Euterpe, Thalia, Melpomene, Terpsichore, Erato, Polyhymnia, Urania, and Calliope.