ANNOUNCEMENT 1 (May 16): Due to severe cold temperatures observed in Spring, the paths above 2300 meters altitude are closed due to snow and with the current predictions it is unlikely they open until our excursion of June 3. We will provide information for alternative routes a few days before the conference.
ANNOUNCEMENT 2 (May 16): On Thursday 1 June at 15:15, there will be a briefing at the conference venue regarding the hike. Please make sure you attend it!
Olympus mountain is a special place both in terms of its history as well as its geological structure. It is a steep mountain as its foot is only at 100 meters altitude while its top is at 2,918 meters. Due to its small (around 10km only) distance from the sea, there are many magnificent views of the Thermaikos Gulf.
ORIGINAL ADVERTISEMENT: We will start at about 300m altitude (Position 1) and we will hike up to a maximum altitude of 2700 meters (Position 7), known as “Muses Plateau”. The main route we will follow is the “ancient path” which ancient Greeks followed to reach the top of the mountain and the 12 gods. A briefing (10-15 minutes) will take place during the conference week and we will announce it in due time. Please make sure that you have hiking shoes and a backpack with you as well as a jacket (expect temperatures below 10 degrees Celsius if you plan to reach high altitude).
In short, we will divide the group into three groups depending on the expertise; Group A (novice) which will reach Positions 3 or 4 (Koromilia Reguge), Group B (intermediate) which will reach Position 5 (Petrostrouga Refuge) and Group C (expert), which will reach Position 7 (Muses Plateau). Please consider that participating in Group C is very demanding and refers only to those who are well experienced with mountaineering and endurance sports (e.g. long distance running).