Mount Olympus Climbing Notes
Please submit any useful information about climbing Mount Olympus that may be useful to other climbers. Consider things such as access and accommodation at the base of Mount Olympus, as well as the logistics of climbing to the summit.
October 28, 2020
Felix from United Kingdom
I'm planning a motorcycle trip around Greece from the 5th of November for 7-10 days. I'd love to make a stop at Mt Olympus to hike to the summit. That said, I see the refuges are likely to be closed and snow conditions may vary.
Does anyone know if there are mountain guides available to accompany me to the summit due to the time of year? Is this necessary? Could I hike it solo without rope equipment and using the emergency shelters for a night?
Appreciate there is a lot of information online, its just deciphering it all and some of you below seem very knowledgeable of the mountain and area.
Thanks in advance,
October 07, 2020
Andre Andrade from Portugal
I am going to hiking Olympus around the same date! I think on the 4th november! maybe we can change informations
my whatsapp: +351 910324699
September 16, 2020
Bryony from United Kingdom
I'm looking for some advice about hiking Olympus in early November as struggling to find information online! 4 of us are planning to climb Olympus in a 2 day period 7th - 8th of November 2020 and at the moment we are plannin to hike up to the Skolio Peak and then walk the ridge line to Mytikas.
I've seen lots of information on snow beginning to fall in November but unclear if we will need crampons or will we manage without - even if we only go to Skolio Peak? If we do need crampons, is there anywhere in Prionia/Litochoro that sells them?
We're hoping to take sleeping gear up with us and stay at one of the emergency shelters en route, is there an particular one that people would recommend based on experience?
And lastly, if due to poor weather conditions we were unable to get to Mytikas, would anyone recommend an alternative route or even an alternative peak to avoid snow/poor visibility?
November 01, 2019
Vaclav from United Kingdom
I am thinking of hiking/climbing Olympus the same weekend, i.e. Nov 8-10 2019.
Please send me your contact, maybe we can team up or share logistics & route intel.
There may still be no or only negligible amount of snow, so the "Prionia" route may be viable in terms of avalanche risk. I'm quite fit, so would consider doing it as a day-trip with an early start from Prionia.
If there is snow, according to Olympus ski mountaineering maps (at routemaps.gr - this website doesn't let me include links) , the safest winter route would be from SW over the "Vryssopoules" hut, which however appears to require some military permit and it is not clear yet how to get it.
September 23, 2019
Ian from United Kingdom
Mount Olympus is my closest mountain so I have climbed it on several occasions. Normally the end of October the beginning of November is the first snow fall and from the Muses Plateau you may need crampons depending on the amount of snow fall and what date you go. In November the refuges are normally closed but there are two on the way up which have adequate emergency rooms that you can use all year round you just need to take everything you need with you. I recommend you check out this website https://olympusfd.gr/en/ It has all the information you need as well as a list of telephone numbers you can call to see if any or the refuges are open. Its not too cold to camp if you have the right gear. If you need any help let me know. Maybe I will be climbing around the same time as yourself.
September 19, 2019
Richard from United Kingdom
Hi guys, I am planning on climbing Mount Olympus in Early November (6th-10th) by myself and just wanted to ask for some advice on whether this is safe at that time in the season - and if there's any chance the mountain refuges are still open that time of the year.
I've seen a lot of comments about people taking crampons due to the snowy caps at the summits, is this a necessity??
If the refuges are closed by this time in the year is it feasible to camp on the Muses Plateau or would it be far too cold?
I appreciate any and all advice,
July 12, 2019
oab collective from Greece
You can visit online Olympus Alpine Biblioteca [https://oab.gr/home-en]. O.A.B. is a digital library that provides open-access to book-list repository and the ability to online data storage on user’s computer. A collection of bibliographic information, digitized pages of rare books and recent publications are freely available to the visitor for online distribution, research, study, copy and use. Respecting the open-access manifesto and the key principles in the digitization and making available of out-of-commerce works, we fulfill our obligation to the history of our region. O.A.B. collective was created to collect and share digital content of accessible non-profit/non-commodity information about climbing history of mt. Olympus. Currently the archive has approximately 300 titles and over 120 ebooks for research and monthly updated.
August 17, 2018
Tal and Yaniv from Israel
We are planing to come to refuge A as we land Tess’s day and go to the summit day afte. How is it? Is it full of people ?
May 14, 2018
Nikita from Russian Federation
Martin, I've found some information (with photos) at easy travelling.
It says,that "snow on Olympus is already in October, and it is still a lot in June. The best time for climbing to Mytikas is August and the beginning of September, but at this time it is quite crowded. In the rest of the time it's almost impossible to reach the summit because of the huge amount of slippery caked snow."
I'm planning to be at base camp in 22-23/05/18 without crampons) I think, we will se, what will happen) I'm sure there will be a lot of snow, but I'm not sure that it can stop us)
PS: My phone number is +79031496128, you can write in whatsapp or telegram if you want to cooperate =)
April 21, 2018
Martin from Czech Republic
me with my friend would like to ascend mount Mytikas in the week between 20.-27.5. We are experienced with hiking, not that much with climbing though. What are the snow conditions this year? Do you think it will be possible to ascend the mountain without crampons?
March 21, 2018
Jannis from Greece
At this time ie in the spring all barometric begin to dance over in all Europe.
Weather forecast more than 4-5 days can not be good!.
For more weather information or mountain guides visit the page below & feel free to ask what you want.
- WedSite: olympuspaths.com
March 07, 2018
Shlomit from Israel
How will be the weather be during 3-5 of April on Olympus?
May 25, 2016
Jannis from Greece
You can go without fear.
There is snow in some places (you typically have crampons with you).
Also, you can call for more information of accommodation and anything else using the mobile phone of the first refuge: 6937361689
& at tel of second refuge: 2351082840
- you can find in search engine,with the terms:
- Webcam : Olympos Snow Cam
- WedSite : olympus-climbing.gr
March 30, 2016
Maciej from Poland
I am going there at the end of May. Please let me know how looked weather and climbing conditions (ice, etc.).
Have a nice trip!
March 25, 2016
Ionut from Romania
Hello dear friends,
Me and some friends we want to climb on the top of Olympus mountain at the end of April.
We have all the equipment for climbing in winter conditions but I want to have your opinion about weather conditions during that period.
If you can help me with some information, thanks in advance.
June 25, 2015
Joannis from Greece
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.
May 23, 2014
Tal azulay from Israel
I'll be coming to climb the mountain on the 29/5 30/5 so I have couple of questions:
1. Do I need crampons and ice axe?
2. If I sleep in the hut, do I need sleeping bag?
3. Do I need ropes for the last part of the climb?
Thanks Tal azulay