There’s something about a mountain. We don’t quite know what, but there’s something mysterious about mountains that never cease to amaze. Maybe it’s the awe one feels when looking at them, or maybe it’s the sense of wonder standing on top of one looking down. Mount Olympus is such a mountain – mythical in more than one sense of the word.
Mount Olympus, Greece’s highest peak at 2918m, has been popularised by the mythical Greek god Zeus, who is believed to be residing on the summit somewhere. Whilst we didn’t find him there, we nevertheless were certainly mythically intrigued by climbing it.
This trail starts in the classical Eastern European town of Litochoro at 240m, making its way up to Prionia, the traditional starting point at 1060m, and past Refuge A at 2100m.
From Refuge A it was a steep climb to the summit, but not before we navigated some precarious rock scrambling with some serious drop off’s enroute to Mytikas summit from Skala point.
We came down the same way up, except ending at Prionia due to daylight coming to an end. Total distance was 33km with an accumulative ascent of 3192m which took us just under 16 hours.
So, what’s it about mountains? Maybe it’s just because they’re there…!