Last update: Agust 2022
Although made famous thanks to the mythology around it, the truth is that Mount Olympus is also well known for its exceptional biodiversity and rich flora. The area surrounding the massif was the first ever National Park in Greece, declared as such in 1938. Climbing Mount Olympus is a great alternative for those looking for a trekking adventure in Greece but want to get away from the beaches for a bit and enjoy the fresh mountain air. Learn about Greek history and mythology, enjoy the breathtaking mountain landscape, and get to know the local culture.
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What is the mythology behind Mount Olympus?
According to Greek Mythology, Mout Olympus was the home of the 12 Olympian Gods of the ancient Greek world. Gods were to meet at Mount Olympus to decide the fate of the mortals below. The top of the mountain was believed to be shrouded from human eyes by clouds which constantly obscured its peaks.
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Mount Olympus weather: what is the best season to conquer it?
Mount Olympus can be climbed between May and October each year. Temperatures can get pretty chilly at night and at the top, even during the summer months. Bear in mind that rain is always a possibility. The Plateau of the Muses lies at an altitude of 2,700m and altitude sickness symptoms might be present. If you want to read more about altitude sickness, click here.
Height: How high is Mount Olympus?
Mount Olympus is one of the most famous mountains in the world and the highest peak in Greece. Its summit, Mytikas, rises up to 2,917 meters above sea level and it is believed to be the home of the most important Greek gods.
How fit do I need to be to climb Mount Olympus?
Though previous experience is not necessary, a basic fitness level is required to climb Mount Olympus. You are strongly advised to come prepared for a real trekking experience. While hiking in Mount Olympus, you will have to be prepared to carry clothes and gear to spend 3 days on the mountain, hopping from refuge to refuge and you will be walking up to 8 hours a day.
Being fit for your trek in Greece will not only make the hike safer for you, but also for your team. If you are unsure about being able to complete this trek, we advise you to start training a few weeks in advance, walking a few hours a day, carrying a backpack. Climbing stairs also helps.
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What is the accommodation like while climbing Mount Olympus?
Depending on the trek that you choose you may spend some time in guesthouses before or after climbing Mount Olympus. However, during the climb itself, you will stay at mountain refuges. Mountain refuges in Greece are to be found in some of the most dramatic landscapes of the country’s mountains. They vary in size and style, but what they share in common is a cozy and warm atmosphere, with welcoming hosts and heart filling food. When visiting a refuge expect to be surrounded by a colorful crowd of people all over the world, who share the same love for the mountains with you. However, you are going to be sharing common spaces, bathrooms and sleeping rooms with bunk beds. Expect not to have the privacy and amenities of a hotel room. Most of the refugees will have blankets but not linen or towels so it is advisable to carry a small sleeping liner if you don’t wish to sleep directly on the mattress.
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