Mount Olympus – Climbing, Hiking & Mountaineering

The abode of the gods‎ - mt. Olympus - Greece, Mount Olympus photo

Mount Olympus

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Oropedio, Mount Olympus photo

Mount Olympus

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Stefani - The Throne of Zeus in Winter, Mount Olympus photo

Mount Olympus

Photo credit: Mike Styllas

  • Elevation: 2917 m
  • Difficulty: Walk up
  • Best months to climb: April, May, June
  • Convenient center: Litochoro, Greece

Mount Olympus Climbing Notes

Joannis from GREECE writes:

Hello Tal,

I did the Olympus mountain the last two days. You need just good hiking shoes, if you like: "telescope sticks" and warm clothes to stay up there over night. You don't need ropes crampons or ice axes (there is no ice up there at this time). Some people wear helmets for their own safety (falling stones). These helmets can also be rent e.g. at refuge SEO Apostolidis (2760m).

Prepare your path and make a reservation for your over night stay at the refuge by call in advance, as during summer period and on weekends it might be crowded up there.

Usually you don't need to carry a sleeping bag with you, as blankets etc. are provided at the refuge, but I felt more convenient with my own sleeping bag. One over nigth stay costs about 12- 14€ and as far as I know there is no hot water available at most refuges (no shower).

I recommend, carry 2-3L of drinking water with you, when you start your hike.


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