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Full-day Guided Hike on Mount Olympus
Mount Olympus is situated in the north part of Greece, in magnificent scenery known as Olympus Riviera. It is the highest and most significant mountain in Greece, also a National Park and UNESCO World Heritage Site and a Biosphere Reserve. Mt. Olympus is Unique place, where the myth, history, culture and nature, come together to create an unforgettable destination.

Brief info

Technical difficulty:
Length: 12-20 kms
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Duration: 10-12 hours
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Duration of the trek might vary depending on guests' speed.
Altitude: 1600 m
1. Easy
Light physical activity, usually walking or hiking, that is good for most fitness levels. Also suitable for children and elderly people. Perfect for whose who have never been to the mountains and who want to try it out.

2. Moderate
Activity involves daily walking for 3-5 hours a day, usually multi-day treks or long 1-day hikes that require a high level of physical activity. Suitable for people with an average level of physical fitness.

3. Challenging
Activity involves daily walking for 3-5 hours a day at various types of terrain (rough trails, partially exposed areas with danger of falling, gravel plains, pathless steep terrain) or high-altitude treks above 2000 meters. Requires an average to above average fitness level.

4. Strenous
Activity involves walking up to 6-7 hours a day in fairly difficult terrain (steep rocky slopes, snow covered glaciers or firn fields with danger of slipping) or high-altitude treks above 3000 meters. Requires an above average fitness level and high level of stamina.

5. Extreme
Activity involves walking up to 6-10 hours a day with difficult terrain and conditions (tricky rocky slopes or snow covered glaciers with increased danger of slipping), strenuous high-altitude treks at 4000-5600 meters. Requires very high level of physical fitness and stamina, as well as good practical experience of multi-day trekking on high altitudes.
HIKING/ TREKKING ACTIVITY LEVELS
What intensity you should expect from this activity and what fitness level is required for this activity
0. No requirements/ minimal requirements
Easy hiking/ trekking with non-technical elements. No certain knowledge or experience is required for this activity.

1. Beginner
Basic navigation skills are required if hiking/ trekking without a guide. Previous hiking/ trekking experience is not required, but desirable. No danger of falling with appropriate behaviour.

2. Intermediate
Average navigation skills are required if hiking/ trekking without a guide. Basic alpine experience is needed.

3. Advanced
Path not necessarily available. Sometimes need to use hands to keep going. Terrain assessment, good navigation skills and good alpine experience is required.

4. Professional
Mostly without a path and unmarked, might involve some climbing sections. Excellent navigation skills are required even if trekking with a guide. Proven alpine experience, mountaineering skills and familiarity with alpine equipment are required.
HIKING/ TREKKING: TECHNICAL DIFFICULTY LEVELS
Some activities might envolve technical elements for which certain practical experience or training is needed.

What we'll do

Your Guide

Konstantinos
Konstantinos is your new Greek friend from the minute you meet him. He is super friendly, smiling all the time, telling a lot of stories, myths about the place and life in Greece.

He is the definition of an active person: trekking guide, trail running trainer, marathon runner. He can teach you main techniques in hiking and tell a lot about mountain activities.

Also he is a true local, who knows every nook and cranny of Greek mountains and he will be glad to share his knowledge with his guests. If there is a person, that could make you feel like a local - it is Konstantinos.

Important details

Meals
While on track your guide will provide energy bars and water.

After we're done hiking in the National Park, we will get back to Prionia and have a hearty meal consisting of traditional Greek dishes. Example of such meal would be bean soup, greek salad and herbal tea from mount Olympus.
How hard it is
It is quiet challenging hike as you will walk about 20 kms in 1 day. Even though there won't be climbing elements, be prepared for some physical activity. Guide will make sure that everyone goes in a comfortable pace, so don't worry. It's not a competition. There will be a lot of stops. And in case you feel tired, there is an option to shorten the hike by taking a taxi from Prionia on the way back (taxi will cost around €25).

It is also possible to shorten the hike by changing the route slightly: drive all the way to Prionia and hike from there (about 12 kms). You can request it if you take a private hike option.
Transfers
Konstantinos will pick you up at your apartment or hotel in Thessaloniki or Litochoro and take you to the beginning of the hike, and will drive you back after the hike.
Seasons
During the summer the hike starts from Litochoro and ends in Litochoro. It's quiet a long and challenging day with walking almost 20 kms. A truly great work out and scenic hike.

But in autumn, due to the shorter daylight hours, the route is a bit different: we will drive to Prionia and hike from there (about 12 kms).
Equipment
What to take with you
Get comfortable clothes, sturdy worn-in trekking shoes, a hat, sunscreen, a bottle of water (0,5-1L) and a spare dry t-shirt

What we provide
Water (0,5L), trekking poles, 10L backpack

Options to go

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We guarantee 100% refund if you have payed deposit for the climb in the period of 15th March'20 - 15th June'20, and your plans have changed due to Coronavirus precaution measures (borders closed, flights cancelled, visa problems, etc). If you booked before or after that period, we are still very flexible and will be able to offer you change of dates or deposit transfer to another mountain destination free of charge.
Hiking in a group - Meet New Friends
It's an option for those who want to meet new people during the hike and save up on joining the group. Maximum number of people in the group - 6. This option is available if there are at least 2 people in the group for the day. Please enquire for available group dates.

€80 per person
You are just sending a request, no payment is needed at this point. Our Expert will get in touch with you to answer all your questions and help you book the best option for you.
Private hike - Exclusively for you
It's an option for a solo traveller or a couple who wants to have a private hike and all the attention of Konstantinos. By choosing this option you can tailor it the way you want (choose longer or shorter route, negotiate on the start time). You can walk in your comfortable pace and have as many stops as you want. It's an option for maximum 2 people.
€160 per person
You are just sending a request, no payment is needed at this point. Our Expert will get in touch with you to answer all your questions and help you book the best option for you.

Each option can be customized for you

It is possible to negotiate on the route length (12 or 20 kms). If you choose private hike options, you have the power. If you are in the group, then we would have to make sure everyone is on the same page with you. You can go for 20 kms hike, but feel tired in the middle. In thats case you can take a taxi from Prionia to Litochoro.
What's included
Meals
  • Snacks (energy bars)
  • Hearty Greek meal in Prionia at the end of the hike
  • Water 0,5L
Transfers
  • Pick-up and drop-off at your apartment or hotel in Thessaloniki or Litochoro
Hiking and safety equipment
  • 10L backpack
  • Trekking poles
Services of a professional local guide
What's not included
Personal hiking equipment
Get comfortable clothes, sturdy worn-in trekking shoes, a hat, sunscreen, a bottle of water (0,5-1L) and a spare dry t-shirt
More water or food
We advise to take additionally 0,5-1L of water
Good to know
Do we climb mount Olympus?
No we don't. This is a full-day hike in the Olympus National Park. You'll get to experience some of the most prominent highlights, but won't go to the top. For climbing the top of mount Olympus, please check other offers here.
How many people can attend?
Up to 6 people.
What is the youngest age for doing this hike?
10 years old. And a kid should be prepared for a really long day of walking. We recommend to discuss it with the child beforehand.
I have never done hiking or trekking. Can I attend?
Sure, you can. You have to be prepared for a good amount of physical activity during the day (20 kms walking), but noting that a person with an average fitness level won't handle. You legs will definitely hurt the next day, but the experience is totally worth it. And Konstantinos is a great guide and an awesome person who will infect you with love for hiking and mountains. Be brave and afraid of nothing!
I have stayed in a different place (not Thessaloniki or Litochoro). Will guide pick me up?
If it's a place within 2-3 kms from Thessaloniki or Litochoro, then Konstantinos will pick you up. If it's a longer way, then you would have to arrive to Thessaloniki or Litochoro beforehand.
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