Mount Olympus

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Mount Olympus is the highest mountain in Greece. It is located near the east coast, where it gazes out to the Aegean Sea. Its character is that of a massive ridge, rising in rugged precipices to a broad snow-covered summit. According to Greek mythology, Olympus was the home of the Olympian gods. Homer was among the early poets who described the summit as a place with wondrous palaces, where gods spent their days being entertained by the Muses. More recently, Olympus was a strategic post for the British in World War II. It was here that they and the Commonwealth forces staged an unsuccessful attempt to thwart the approach of the Germans, who invaded Greece in defense of their defeated Italian allies.

Elevation (feet): 9,570
Elevation (meters): 2,917
Continent: Europe
Country: Greece
Range/Region: Greek-Albanian Ranges
Latitude: 40.0833
Longitude: 22.35
Difficulty: Walk up
Best months for climbing: Apr, May, Jun
Year first climbed: 1913 (first recorded)
First successful climber(s): D. Baud-Bovy, F. Boissonas, K. Kakalos
Nearest major airport: Thessalonika, Greece
Convenient Center: Litochoro, Greece

Trip Reports

There are 54 trip reports for Mount Olympus.

  • Log #21574 - by Mihai Iubasiu on Jan 13, 20093.00 stars
    Great weather .Dry mounatain ,no water in the Olympus National Park . Great wiew of the landscapes and Aegean Sea. Not hard climb but long , level 2 in escalade.
  • Log #5914 - by Mark Fetters & Mark Hackett on Sep 26, 20043.00 stars
    Started at Litochoro at midday on the 1st August, made it to Refuge A by 5pm. Set off in the freezing cold with an amazing sunrise at 6am on the 2nd of August, was on the summit of Mytikas at 8am....
  • Log #5920 - by Trajce Pankovski on Sep 27, 20043.00 stars
    Ascent: 7:00 - Gortsia (1100); Barbas (1450); 8:30 - Petrostuga (1940); - 10 min. break at 2200 m; 10:00 - Skourta (2475); 10:30 - Mousses Plateau (2600); 10:50 - Refuge S.E.O. - Y.Apostolidis...
  • Log #5921 - by Bojan on Sep 20, 20043.00 stars
    On a beautifull sunny day my friend and I started from house "A" and in two hours reached the top of Skolio. From there we traversed on a ridge to Scala and than from Scala climbed on a...
  • Log #5922 - by Dimitris Vasilakakis on Sep 14, 20043.00 stars
    Climbing Mount Olympus has been a magical experience, and this coming from an absolute mountain greenhorn. We did Prionia-Skala-Refuge A on the first day, Refuge A-Agios Dionisos Monastery on the...
  • Log #5923 - by Charles MacLachlan on Aug 14, 20043.00 stars
    As a non-climber I was rather concerned when I read some of the accounts of the last part of the climb from Skala to Mytikas via Kaki Skala. My companion and I were prepared to stop at Skala....
  • Log #5924 - by Adam Buczynski on Aug 09, 20043.00 stars
    "After 11 hours of walking, resting and climbing from Litochoro, we reached the refuge at 20:50 july 29th. Just in time for a warm meal, because the kitchen in the refuge closes at 21:00. We...
  • Log #5925 - by SENE Florent on Aug 08, 20043.00 stars
    Started the last hike to Mytikas via 'looki', alone and without guide. For some unknown reason, followed another path which finally led me to peak Stefani (2909 m) ! Came somehow back and down, then...
  • Log #5926 - by SENE Florent on Aug 08, 20043.00 stars
    Started alone via 'looki' to Mitikas but followed the wrong path to finally found myself at Peak Serapis ! Then, I took an escalade path along the crest to Peak Mikitas. Very risky without rope and...
  • Log #5927 - by Peter Blokker on July 13, 20043.00 stars
    Climbing to Mytikas in this strange landscape was fantastic. It's very beautifull, but when you reach the summit you are lucky when have a good view. In my case it was surrounded by clouds and it...
  • Log #5928 - by Bjorn Eirik Larsen on July 12, 20043.00 stars
    This was the best and worsed hiking experience of my life! 12 hours Prionia - Mytikas - Prionia. Climbing from Scala to Mytikas was an exercise in pure Fear control. When I finally got to the top, I...
  • Log #5929 - by Lyn. Ashby on May 15, 20043.00 stars
    Does anyone out there know if a movie was ever made in early 1950,s about the guy Christos Kakalos, the first person to have climbed Mytikas, recorded in 1913? If you know what the movie was called...
  • Log #5930 - by Jason Miller on Mar 13, 20043.00 stars
    Remember that there are no ropes, no safety equipment besides what you bring for yourself. Other than that, it is a relatively easy climb, with well marked "ideal" paths. If you stay even...
  • Log #5931 - by Diane Bennett on Dec 22, 20033.00 stars
    My Uncle Camped at tha base of Mount Olympus during the war. His description in a letter to home read: "The first night we camped almost at the foot of Mount Olympus, 9000 feet high, or more...
  • Log #5932 - by rob lynch on Nov 13, 20033.00 stars
    a beautiful experience. the crossing of skala was a bit scary without a rope, there was some ice on the rocks, and exposure to the east side at some places. highly recommended.
  • Log #5933 - by MIKROMASTORAS DIMITRIS on Oct 13, 20033.00 stars
    My first time in this mountains peaks. It is a great mountain. I will do it again. I can answer your questions.
  • Log #5934 - by Roderick Mercer on Sep 10, 20033.00 stars
    I summited Olympus in Greece two summers ago on October 2nd, 2001 with my partner on a beautiful sunny day. She lingered on top after I headed down and gave me a mischievous smile afterward that made...
  • Log #5935 - by tom plimpton on Sep 05, 20033.00 stars
    nice climb. spread it out over two days. beautiful.
  • Log #5936 - by jiorgos on Sep 01, 20033.00 stars
    This was our second time on Olympos and for sure not the last! After clearing the "Hillary Step", we were on Mytikas at 9:30. And Zeus was with us! The weather was perfect! The sky was...
  • Log #5937 - by LAZARUS on Aug 19, 20033.00 stars
    HEY PEEPS I LIVED IN LITOHORO FOR 5 YEARS I CLIMBED THAT MOUNTAIN A MILLION TIMES ITS AWSOME I USE TO HUNT AND CAMP THERE IT WAS THE BEST FIVE YEARS OF MY LIFE KEEP IN MIND NEXT TIME YOU GUYS GO...
  • Log #5939 - by Holly Riley on July 01, 20033.00 stars
    I climbed with a group of friends, but we got split up at one point, and so for most of the way I was just with one person - Sophie Manning. We were very worried about the rest of the group, but they...
  • Log #5940 - by Erika Laidemitt on June 10, 20033.00 stars
    My husband and I are planning a climbing trip (Sept. 2003) with hopes to summitMytikas. I am not a 'rock climber', but I do hike quite a bit. Is the Kaki Skala terribly technical and too difficult...
  • Log #5941 - by Jure Pejanovic on Apr 07, 20033.00 stars
    Fiftee members of Slovenian Road Society visited Greece in the middle of March 2003 with intention to climb Mt. Olympus and ski from the 2911 high peak Scolio. Winter acces is not from Litohoro,...
  • Log #5942 - by Spyridopoulos Alexandros on Mar 04, 20033.00 stars
    A great mountain which anyone can climb. Among the most impressive parts of the route is the "Forest of the Shadows" which prevents completely the sun and makes it an ideal point for a...
  • Log #5943 - by GOTSIKAS IOANNHS on Dec 30, 20023.00 stars
    OLYMPOS ITS A MAGIK MOUNTAIN.YOU FEEL THE ENERGY OF MOUNTAIN. IT IS THE OLDEST MOUNTAIN OF THE WORLD,MANY SCIENCES WALK ON OLYMPOS AND SEARCH FOR THE SEGRET OF OLYMPOS. I'AM MACEDONAS AND I'AM...
  • Log #5944 - by Alasdair Campbell on Dec 14, 20023.00 stars
    If you go to Olympus I hope you have as good a time as we had. Feel free to contact us and hear our traveller's tales. We took a bus from Corfu. Please give our best wishes to all of the family...
  • Log #5945 - by Themistoklis Sardis on Dec 02, 20023.00 stars
    Olympus is a wonderful mountain with beatiful nature and impressive peaks. It rises from the gulf of Salonica to its 2917 m very abruptly, the straight distance from the coast to Mytikas the highest...
  • Log #5946 - by Hazel Burns on Oct 03, 20023.00 stars
    Day 1: Litohoro-Pronia-RefugeA (7.5hrs); Day 2: RefugeA-Skala-RefugeC-Ag.Dionysus-Litohoro (13.5hrs). I climbed the mountain August 2002, alone in shorts and sandals, I'd love to go back and do it...
  • Log #5947 - by Ireneusz Zielony on Sep 26, 20023.00 stars
    I've made a trek from Litochoro - Prionia - Refuge A - Skala - Mytikas and back up to Prionia within 12h. It was quite "a man's route". If I would have another chance I will do the trip...
  • Log #5948 - by Krzysztof Jacewicz on Aug 07, 20023.00 stars
    Route Prionia-Refugee A-Kaki Skala-Mitikas-Kaki Skala-Refugee A-Prionia in 11 hours. Last part from Kaki Skala to Mitikas was really hard. Perfect weather conditions.
  • Log #5950 - by Jose Manuel Renuncio on June 29, 20023.00 stars
    I'd like some information about times to go to mitykas (2917 m)from lichoros, prionia. refuges, shelters and so on. I've never been and I'd like to go this summer. is it necessary to book a place at...
  • Log #5952 - by Gail - Solo Traveler on June 12, 20023.00 stars
    Windy as assholes ;) But worth every step. I highly recommend staying at the refuge. You'll meet people from all over the world and make everlasting memories. (Not to mention a cheap hot meal is good...
  • Log #5954 - by Grzechu Grupinski on Apr 30, 20023.00 stars
    Very easy route from Refuge A (2100m) till Skala (2850m), and the the ridge to Mitikas is much more difficult.
  • Log #5955 - by Alexander on Apr 19, 20023.00 stars
    Mt.Olympus:Highest peak MITIKAS 2917m. other peaks:SKOLIO 2911,STEFANI or THRONE OF JUPITER 2909,AGIOS ANTONIOS 2815,Pr. ILIAS 2803 and many others.
  • Log #5957 - by Przemek Jaroszewski on Aug 30, 20013.00 stars
    I've climbed up the mountain from Prionia in one day. However, it seems to be a good idea to spend a night in Refuge A on 2100m and summit on the following day. You can then meet some great people...
  • Log #5958 - by louis-philippe pouliot on Aug 28, 20013.00 stars
    i've climb the mt olympus in 2 days from the village of lithorholo to the refuge in 10 hours. then the next morning i've climbed to Skolio, stefani and the to mytikas by the E4 path. It was an...
  • Log #5959 - by Charles R. Willcox on June 24, 20013.00 stars
    This climb was the idea of my 11 year old daughter. She must be in the Gods favor, because we had a perfect 3 days of climbing. The hike to refuge Spilios Agapitos is beautiful and is extremely well...
  • Log #5960 - by Branko on June 04, 20013.00 stars
    We - Mountaneering Club "Kamenjak" - came from Rijeka, Croatia, a group consisting of total 75 people (among them a 12 years old boy Vedran and a 75 years old Mr Stanko Jurdana, a...
  • Log #5961 - by Bo Schmidt on Jan 18, 20013.00 stars
    WOW. Several friends and I decided to attempt to climb the Mountain of the gods in only two days. We arrived in Litochoro via train and hiked from the station all the way to Refuge C in a little less...
  • Log #5962 - by Debbie on Dec 17, 20003.00 stars
    Anyone remember the IASTE and SIIP trip climbing Mt Olympus? Wasn't the climb to the summit great!!!
  • Log #5963 - by dror fidler on July 31, 20003.00 stars
    started alone at litohoro on the e4. by the time i reached prionia i was pretty wasted,cos i had new shoes and a lousy pack. around 2 i continued up to costas refuge. broke a tooth on the way,on an...
  • Log #5964 - by Brian Hickory on July 05, 20003.00 stars
    My second trip to Olympus, and not my last. My first was in June 1994, but weather and blisters stopped us on Scala. This time we were blessed, the air was so clear we could see all the way across...
  • Log #5965 - by Todd B. Herman on Mar 04, 20003.00 stars
    Firts time we took the trail. Second time I wanted to take the lower trail on the east side and climb up the crevace to the peak. I went to far North and ended up on the next peak. Wanting to catch...
  • Log #5966 - by Simon Gwyn Roberts on Dec 01, 19993.00 stars
    The walk from Litohoro, although not necessary due to the road, is very beautiful and adds tremendously to the ascent. Sunrise over the Aegean should not be missed!
  • Log #5967 - by thea on Sep 26, 19993.00 stars
    This was my first time climbing up a mountain and because of the beatiful views, magestic peaks, and comfortable lodges it won't be my last. It is a great experience!
  • Log #5968 - by Kostis Gortzis on July 12, 19993.00 stars
    The mountain of the 12 Ancient Gods of Greece!!! All 4 huts are pretty well organized (operating from May until mid October). The summit (Mytikas 2917m.) trails are well fixed but still you need some...
  • Log #5969 - by John Kelly on June 06, 19993.00 stars
    We hiked up to refugee "A" It took us about three hours. Great views and varied terrain. About an hour below the hut there has been a large avalache that has chewed up a lot of trees. The...
  • Log #5970 - by Patrick Vaughan on Mar 12, 19993.00 stars
    Great experierce! The snow was soft and knee-deep which made it rather tiresome. It took 7 hours up to the Mitykas, so you really need to start off early if you want to catch the hard snow. Most...
  • Log #5971 - by Warren Jon Boshell on Nov 21, 19983.00 stars
    An enjoyable, hikeable, mountain, the 10km hike to the mountain from Litohoro promps an early start, which means the refuge at about halfway with it's fantastic view of Myitkas is a welcoming sight...
  • Log #21477 - by Jeanne McLean on Oct 18, 20083.00 stars
    Incredible view until high winds, rain, and clouds impeded. Cold. Snow. Worth every freezing minute!
  • Log #19445 - by Judy Wren on Sep 27, 20063.00 stars
    Very straightforward climb. Mostly it`s just a hike. It can be done in one day from where the road terminates. Just start early! The kaki skala, when viewed after coming over the ridge, looks...
  • Log #21429 - by Aristos Grigoriadis on Sep 09, 20083.00 stars
    For any Greek this is a mythical peak. In the wintertime it can be very unpredictable and difficult
  • Log #22143 - by Antoni on Mar 10, 20113.00 stars
    Highly recommended, great views, mountain of the gods! I wish I was back there right now.
  • Log #22361 - by 360-vr on Nov 07, 20123.00 stars
    Hello! I took a number of panorama pictures, 24 of which became a part of my virtual tour "Solo tracking and Climbing Olympus E4: Litohoro - Mitikas" http://www.360-vr.net/olympus.php...