"Embark on a trekking adventure at mythical mt. olympus with the whole family!…"
Mount Olympus is undoubtedly one of the most famous mountains in the world. Being the home of the twelve ancient Greek Gods and featuring the highest peak in Greece (Mytikas at 2,917m), the mountain will captivate you and your family at first site with its incomparable natural beauty and the wealth of its ancient history!
The Olympus mountain range has been declared as the first Greek National Park since 1938 and is also characterised as a World’s Biosphere Reserve. Organized mountain refuges and numerous hiking routes are available for all levels. In total there are 52 peaks ranging from altitudes of 760m to 2,918m, which combined with the alpine fields, sheer ravines, deep gorges and thick forest create a unique landscape and “playground” for your family!
Olympus mountain harbours more than 1,500 types of plants, dozens of animal species and many rare birds which we look forward to spot for you! There are also great lessons to be taught regarding how we can best protect them!
Your children will learn so much from our naturalist guide and feel like true explorers, overcoming small but exciting challenges! You will enjoy a truly outdoors experience while spending some quality time with your family.
Whether you’re interested in ancient myths, exploring wildlife, experiencing the alpine life and culture, learning new skills or trying new activities, there’s a lot of fun to be experienced here. Sounds exciting?
Here is a sample of what you will experience during our Mt Olympus family trekking adventure!
After a picnic by Orlias waterfal, you will be transferred to Gortsia point (1,200m), where you’ll start your hike to the mountain refuge of Petrostouga. The path traverses through thick pristine forest, gaining smoothly but steadily altitude, until it reaches the refuge after around three hours. The refuge is situated at an altitude of 1,940m in a beautiful spot among age-old Bosnian pine trees, offering you panoramic views to the valley of Katerini, Mount Pelion and the Aegean Sea. End the day with a delicious warm dinner.
(Distance: 5,5km. Technical difficulty: Moderate. Actual walking time with stops to observe, explore and rest: 3 hours.)
As you reach higher altitudes, you will have many opportunities to spot the endemic wild goat of Mt. Olympus, a rare and endangered specie looking more like a deer than a goat, inhabiting mostly Mt. Olympus’ alpine zone. The 4-hour walk will finish at the refuge of Kakalos, located at an elevation of 2,650m. It was named after Christos Kakalos, a local hunter who guided the Swiss climbers Fred Boissonnas and Daniel Baud Bovy to realize the first recorded ascent to Olympus’ highest peak, Mytikas, in 1913.
After a small break and lunch at the refuge, we will wander around the magical alpine landscape of the plateau and reach Agios Profitis peak (2,830m) after an easy 40-min walk. An ascend to Profitis Ilias peak allows breathtaking views to the north slopes of Mt. Olympus and neighboring mountains, intensified by the colours of the sunset. Dinner will be served at the cosy mountain refuge.
(Distance: 8km. Technical difficulty: Easy to moderate. Actual walking time: 5-7 hours.)
After enjoying a snack at the top of Scolio peak, you’ll follow a scenic path through an area called Zonaria where the barren rock landscapes of Mt. Olympus are overwhelmingly stunning. After a 2-hour descent you’ll reach Spilios Agapitos Refuge, a magnificent stone building at a beautiful location forming a natural balcony, at an altitude of 2,100m. This cozy refuge is an ideal spot for relaxing. Dinner will be served later in the evening.
(Distance: 6km. Technical difficulty: Moderate. Actual walking time: 4-5 hours.)
You can either stop your trek here or continue and follow the Enipeas river all the way down to the monastery of Agios Dionysios. It is a 1542 monument of rare architectural and aesthetic beauty, built as a fortress from stone and wood on a natural fortified plateau. On the way you’ll cross the canyon over beautiful wooden bridges and stop at a hidden waterfall for a well-deserved refreshing swim in its crystal clear waters!
Tonight you’ll sleep back at Litochoro at your guesthouse by the sea, completing your descend from an altitude of 2,100m all the way down to sea level. To congratulate yourself for such an achievement you will enjoy dinner at the best fish tavern in the area.
(Distance: 10km. Technical difficulty: Moderate. Actual walking time: 5-6 hours.)
Orlias is an “easy” gorge, ideal for beginners and families who wish to get a taste of the excitement of canyoning. Lush green forests, steep slopes and clear waters are pouring and you’ll enjoy many dives and slides on the crystal clear pedestals you’ll find on the way. An alternative activity is river trekking along the gorge of Orlias. This wet and fun day will end with a well-earned picnic.
“We so enjoyed our holiday in Mt Olympus & Meteora. Daphne was a great guide. Very relaxed and easy to chat to and, obviously, a real expert mountain tour guide. It was fabulous doing the tour as a family as we could chat with Daphne who was very flexible in all our arrangements and timings.
Everywhere we stayed was perfect. We loved the townhouse in Litochoro and, whilst we might have liked to go back there, it was lovely staying on return from the trek in the beach hostel as we really just wanted to chill out and it was perfect for doing that. All the refuges were great as well and it was lovely watching the sunset and the sunrise on the mountains. Our children also had a wonderful time and loved chatting to Daphne. We will certainly be recommending yourselves to our friends.”
Deb, Chris, Ben & Martha, UK
“A downpour during a short hike in the Ithaca hills could have been a downer as we were completely soaked. But the combination of our guide, Daphnie’s planning and unfailing good cheer, along with our mountain village Taverna’s hostess’ hospitality, warming welcome (including glasses of psipouro and dry clothes!!) and wonderful and continuously replenished, traditional Greek dishes, turned this into one of our most memorable evenings ever.”