European Summit Challenge
Greece - Mytikas, Mt. Olympus 2918m

Last updated May 2005

First climbed in 1913 by Christos Kakalos, a native of the area, and the Swiss climbers Frederic Boissonas and Daniel Baud-Bovy, Mt. Olympus, abode of the ancient Greek gods, rises up straight from the Aegean Sea. Whilst the lower slopes are covered with a dense forest of cedar, holm oak, and arbutus, transitioning to oak, beach, and Balkan pine as the altitude rises, the mountain's seven summits are rocky and barren of water.

The village of Litohoro is the mountain's eastern slope and most popular gateway and base camp for those wishing to make an ascent. It is 405 km by road from Athens and 90 km from Thessaloniki. The main rail line between these two cities passes nearby, Litohoro station being 9Km from the village itself. There are many buses daily too and from Katerini, Thessaloniki, and Athens.

Within and around Litohoro there are plenty of hotels, hostels, and camping grounds.

On the mountain there are number of huts, check for a list of facilities.

There are a number of great routes to the roof of Greece. All are long and a minimum of two days is recommended. A high level of fitness is required, and a good head for heights as the final ascent to Mytikas requires an interesting scramble but no special tools unless attempted in winter.

For an on-line, scaleable map visit MultiMap.


Greek cartographers Anavasi have produced an excellent 1:25,000 hiking map "Mt Olympus", and printed it on a waterproof synthetic sheet. Trails, huts, and all the esxpected features are clearly marked, contours are at 20m intervals.

Stoa Arsakiou 6A
10564 Athens
Tel / Fax +30 210 3218104

Buy from Stanfords, London, UK.

Map Sample of the Anvasi 1:25,000 map.

Cicerone Press

Cicerone Press published "The Mountains of Greece" by Tim Salmon. Whilst the guide covers the entire country, the section on Mt. Olympus is sufficent. Last published in 1993, a new edition is due in early 2006.
ISBN 1-85284-108-7.

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