Mount Olympus Trek Greece Picture 1
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Best Time of Year: April - September

Max alt:  2866m

Dist:  30km

Min age:  18

Duration:  4

Mount Olympus Trek to the Gods

Trek Adventure

Come embark on an epic adventure into mythology. An incredible journey to the uppermost point on mainland Greece - Mount Olympus - the abode of the Greek Gods. We shall require 3 days on the mountain to complete this challenge - with 2 nights in the high refuge - just to be sure of completing the challenge. In the valley we shall stay in Thessaloniki - Greece's 2nd city - with time to sample the local cuisine and to celebrate an awesome achievement.


You will arrive the day before the trek starts - and subject to timings, we can arrange collections during the day at pre-agreed times to transfer trekkers into Thessaloniki. 

The following morning we shall have an early start - and transfer to the start of the trek in Litoxoro. From here we begin our trek, climbing up to some 2000m to the intermediate Mountain Refuge.

On summit day we shall continue the ascent - and continue to Olympus' Summit - to the true ancient home of the Greek Gods. We have allowed ourselves a full day up at high altitude to savour this incredible experience - and we shall stay one more nigh high in the mountains - with some time to celebrate that evening. 

We shall complete the descent to Litoxoro the following day - to complete our journey and return back to civilisation, to a well earned shower and a comfy bed.

 


Itinerary

DAY 1 — Depart UK Arrive in Thessaloniki, Greece. Meet leader and transport, drive to town to our accommodation for the evening and have a short leg stretch in the surrounding area.DAY 2 — Begin Trek into Higher Mountains - to intermediate Refuge A short transfer to Litoxoro where we start our mountain journey. We take the steeper mountain path towards our refuge for the night, a good clear out of the lungs makes our view of the higher mountains worth every breath. Overnight at our mountain refuge - at a refreshing 2100m   DAY 3 - Olympus Summit day and return to High Refuge DAY 4 - Redescend to Litoxoro - and let the celebrations begin! Short transfer back to Thessaloniki Hotel for celebratory dinner. DAY 5 - Return Flight to UK -  *mountain itinerary subject to hut availability

 

Route Map


Accommodation

On the first and last nights we shall be using a simple hotel in Thessaloniki which is the second city of Greece, and offers great access to Olympus - the main trekking and adventure activity focus in this part of Greece. You will have clean comfortable rooms with bed linen provided and washing facilities (most probably en-suite). In the mountains we shall be staying in mountain refuges.

 

What is a Level 3.5 Trekking Challenge Like?

These challenges are either longer, higher, or span several days. In the case of single day events, you can expect up to 12 hours trekking. In the case of a multi day trek, you can expect lower daily durations - but of course - the effort is sustained over a longer period. You need to be keen on physical exercise for these events, and to enjoy taking exercise, and to do it regularly. Longer duration long haul treks are likely to be easier in terms of the physical walking, however, you will need to be more resilient - due to simple living conditions - ie using same clothes for several days, lack of washing facilities, simple food, and maybe camping - this forms an integral part of the challenge.

 

How Fit Do I need to be to join a Level 3.5 ‘Trek’?

You need to have good endurance for these events. You must be used to doing very long walks in the countryside - 7 hours + . You should be doing regular exercise - possibly with some running. Your running speed will be around 10-11 minute miling, and you should be able to run a minimum of 4 to five miles. If you do not run, you should be concentrating on other types of exercise - but for longer periods of time (i.e. sessions in excess of 1.5 hrs.) - these other forms of exercise should be at a moderate to high level.

 

Medical Issues

Please note, it is extremely important for this physical challenge that you are in good health. If you have any pre-existing medical conditions, please consider carefully whether you should be joining the challenge. Please ensure you fill in the booking form accurately and honestly, this is important. In the case of serious conditions (epilepsy, diabetes, heart conditions, recent illness or operations), please discuss the challenge with your GP. Please also ensure you notify us of any allergies or similar. You should be used to walking reasonable distances each day to contemplate this trek. It requires stamina and good aerobic fitness - but good willpower will also come in handy! Failure to disclose medical conditions is a serious omission - that could have serious repercussions on any of our challenges.

 

Visas / Redtape

When travelling abroad you may require a Visa. Please check the Travcour website (www.travcour.com) for up to date Visa information. Here they can advise you on the best action to take. If you require further information please don't hesitate to contact the Café.

 

Included In Trip

Transfers to/from first night hotel, 2 nights in clean, comfortable hotel or pension (b&B style) including breakfast, 1 night in a mountain refuge, first aid trained UK qualified mountain leader.

 

Excluded From Trip

International Airfares - please ask if you require assistance with flights and we should be able to offer well priced flights with good connections. Excludes transfers in UK to airport. Lunches and evening meals.

 

Equipment Required

Medikit
Water Purification Tablets, Suncream, Blister Repair Kit
Plasters, Vaseline, Rehydration Salts
Painkillers, Sunbloc, Insect Repellant

Washkit
Pack Towel (lifesystems recommended), Soap (small bar)
Shampoo (not a full size bottle!)
Toothbrush, Toothpaste (small size)

Hill Walking Items
Sleeping Bag - 2/3 season rated to 0° C comfort rating or sleeping bag liner (silk or cotton)
Medium Sized Rucksack - lined with waterproof bags
Rucksack Liner(s) / Plastic Liner(s) for Rucksack
Bladder System (highly recommended - or other water bottles e.g. exercise bottle/Nalgene bottle)
Walking Poles (highly recommended)
Sun Hat (wide brimmed), Neck Scarf
Snack Foods - we recommend good slow burning items - nuts, dried fruit, cereal bars etc.

Warm Clothing
Lightweight Fleece, Medium Weight Fleece, Lightweight Gloves
Heavy Gloves (mitten type recommended), Fleece Hat

Trek Clothing
Long Cotton Trekking Trousers, 1 Pair Tracksuit Bottoms
Comfortable Trekking Shirts (long/short sleeved)
Walking Boots (broken in with ankle protection)
Walking Socks, Liner Socks
Underwear, 1 Change of Casual Evening Wear

Waterproofs
Outer Fully Waterproof Jacket (Gore-tex, E-vent)
Outer Waterproof Bottoms

Other
Toilet Roll / Pack of Travel Tissues, Spare Lace
Camera, Film / Memory Card / Spare Battery
Travel Documents, EHIC Travel Card
Travel Insurance (compulsory)
Passport

Wallet, Credit Cards, Cash
Sunglasses, Spare Comfortable Shoes
Penknife, Mobile Phone (packed in a plastic bag deep inside your day pack!)
Emergency Rations (energy foods - for the tough days on trek)
Head Torch with spare batteries and bulb

 

Kit Hire

It is possible to hire equipment via our specialist kit hire providers Outdoor Hire Ltd. We have negotiated a 10% discount for all our mountain challengers.

 

Safety Information

By nature all activities contain an element of risk.Your leader will be first aid qualified and will carry the appropriate safety kit for the activity, such as mountain safety shelters, walking rope and from time to time mobile radios. Safety equipment carried will be appropriate to trip. The leader's primary role is to ensure your safety, but it is your responsibility to listen to their guidance and instructions.

 

Weather

Summer daytime temperatures in Greece at sea level or at the bottom of the mountains can reach 34—36 degrees. Higher in the mountains temperatures will reduce. By the time we reach the summit of the Mountain we could expect a reduction of some 20 degrees - potentially with windchill making it quite chilly - especially early in the morning as we leave the refuge and in the evening before we head for bed. You should be prepared for both extreme heat and sunshine but also for chilly conditions.

 

Notes on Trekking Events

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