Mount Olympus Trip Report (#5945)
- Signed By: Themistoklis Sardis
- Date submitted: December 02, 2002
- Date(s) climbed: 28 September 2002
- Number of People Encountered:
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 peak is only 12 Km.
Most climbers and trekkers start from a location called Prionia (1100m) about 18 km from the picturesque cittadel of Litochoro (about 5 hrs drive from Athens, 2 hrs from Thessaloniki). The well maintained path takes you after 6 km (2.30-3 hrs) to mountain refugee A (2060m). The refugee can accomodate 180 people, it serves warm food and there is plenty of room to camp outside. It is recommended to book in advance especially during the weekends.
From the refugee it takes about 2 hrs to get to Scala (2866) and from there you can either go on to Mytikas (2917) via the Kakoskala ridge, not a very technichal climp but it takes about 45 minutes, or to the second highest peak Skolio (2911) in about 20 minutes.
I climbed it with my wife Sophia. The weather was mediocre with bad visibility and the cold we had stopped at Scala. Nonetheless we will be back soon for another try.