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Olympus Meteora Pindos Trekking tour

Olympus Meteora Pindos Trekking

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Travel Style: For those looking to maximize their sight seeing time. You thrive on a packed day’s schedule from 8 am to 6pm, with some (but limited) free time. Most activities and meals included. Full on
Physical Level: Full day hiking or trekking over medium to long distances. Moderate expectation of physical fitness. Strenuous
Lodging Level: Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
8 days
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Overview

Highlights

  • Unique mountain expedition to the highest mountains in Greece
  • 2 nights in Olympus National Park refuges
  • Visit the UNESCO world heritage site of Meteora
  • Hike the Vikos gorge in Pindos, the deepest in the world
  • Discover the ambience of Zagoria villages in Pindos
  • Enjoy flavours served up in the refuges as well as in village tavernas


Short Description

Elating action in some of the best alpine locations in Greece: Scale the heights of sacred Mount Olympus Greece’s tallest mountain and home to Zeus and his pantheon of Gods. Challenge yourself with the invigorating hike up to one of the Dragonlakes, where some primordial amphibians live, high on the mountain tops of Zagorohoria. Trek down the deepest Gorge on the planet at the Vikos and Aoos National park, where the walls rise up over 1km high in places. Explore picturesque villages like Litochoro, Megalo Papingo and Mikro Papingo as well as the awe-inspiring and revered Meteora.

Small groups are usually defined as between 10 and 24 travelers, often less. If you're the kind of person who enjoys more intimate experiences and personal service this is a good choice. All else being equal you will pay a premium for this style vs a larger group tour.
Trip Type Small Group Tour
Spend most of the time outdoors. Common trip themes and activities include cycling, hiking, kayaking, whitewater rafting.
Itinerary Focus Active
Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels.
Lodging Level Value - 3 star
Flights & Transport Only ground transport
Start City Litochoro
End City Athens

Destinations

Greece

Cities & Attractions

Athens Meteora

Age Requirement

15

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Trip Includes

  • Professional, qualified English-speaking mountain guides according to group size.
  • Personality journeys English speaking tour leader.
  • Equipment for optional Mytikas peak ascent (helmets, ropes etc.)
  • All transportation as described in the itinerary
  • Accommodation: 5 nights in traditional guesthouses, 2 nights in refuges.

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Itinerary

Day 1: Litochoro

Accommodation: Guesthouse or Hotel. Meals: D. Activity: –

Your Athens private mini bus transfer will take you to the beautiful village of Litochoro (4 hours), nestled on the lower slopes of Mount Olympus. This large traditional village, with maze of cobbled, meandering streets weaving around traditional Macedonian houses topped with gabled roofs and surrounded by walled courtyards, will be your starting and finishing point on the first leg of this trip. Your main briefing for the Olympus ascent will take place over a lovely dinner in the village.

Overnight: Litochoro

Day 2: Olympus

Meals: Breakfast and Lunch

Accommodation: Dormitories

Off we go! You will be dropped off at Prionia at 1100m, the starting point of the trek to Agapitos Refuge (3-4hours). Much of this hike is through thick virgin forest which is mainly dominated by European black pine trees and to a lesser extent firs (Abies hybridogenus), beech trees (Facus moesiaca),  and wild cherry  trees (Prunus cerasifera), and a significant selection of mossy plants. The clear and well-maintained trail leads up to refuge ‘A’ where we will spend our first night on the mountain proper.

Overnight: Mount Olympus/Refuge ‘A’

Activity: Trekking 3 hours 1000m ascent.

Day 3: Olympus

Meals: Breakfast and Lunch

Accommodation: Dormitories

Good morning to the mountain of the ancient Greek gods! After an energizing breakfast you will ascend to Mousses plateau (2630m) following part of the E4 trail. Walk through awe-inspiring landscapes and enjoy stunning views of Mount Olympus’ peaks: Skala at 2866m, Stefani (throne of Zeus 2909m), Skolio (2911m), and of course Mytikas at 2918m. Those of you content with a less demanding ascent can stay at the plateau and choose easier and shorter treks, while those with more experience and daring scale the heights, reaching the challenging summit of Mytikas!.

Tonight you will stay at a smaller refuge named Kakalos after Christos Kakalos, the local hunter and guide who together with the Swiss climbers Fred Boissonnas and Daniel Baud Bovy made the first recorded ascent up Mount Olympus to the highest peak Mytikas on the 2nd of August in 1913.

 Overnight: Kakalos Refuge

Activity: Trekking 3-4 hours ascent 818m

Day 4: Olympus

Meals: Breakfast and Lunch

Accommodation: Guesthouse or Hotel

 Today you will hike back down to Prionia following the Petrostrougga trail. Enjoy the astounding panoramic view of Thermaikos Gulf, the Northern Sporades, Mount Athos, Samothrace and Pagkaio Mountain for the last time before taking a lunch break at Olympus refuge. Continuing downhill after a relatively easy walk, you will reach our private mini bus that will take you the 18 km back to Litochoro, where you will have time to rest and relax before the next leg of your journey.

Overnight: Litochoro

Activity: trekking 6 hours Descend 1530m

Day 5: Meteora

Meals: Breakfast and Lunch

Accommodation: Guesthouse or Hotel

Today you travel on to Papingo village in the Pindos Mountains.  En route you will get the chance to stop for lunch and visit the famous UNESCO World Heritage site of Meteora.  Meteora can be translated as “rocks in the air”, “middle of the sky”, or “in the heavens above”, meanings which try to do justice to the unique geological phenomenon of these sandstone pillars reaching up into the sky; the monasteries perched on them make the sight even more phenomenal. The presence of these Greek Orthodox monasteries, dating from 14th century and on, clinging somewhat surreally to these giant pillars, and the very fact that monks live there, zip-lining across from one to the other, have made Meteora a very special and sacred destination.

Overnight: Megalo Papigo

Day 6: Zagoria Pindos

Meals: Breakfast and Lunch

Accommodation: Guesthouse or Hotel

After a nourishing breakfast you will be taken to Monodendri, a 55 minute drive from Megalo Papingo.  It is from here that your trek down the deepest gorge in the world (as stated by the Guinness Book of Records) the spectacular Vikos gorge, commences. You will hike the trail that follows the Aoos river and later on meets Voidomatis river, renowned for its natural beauty, cool crystal rock pools and unique flora. The gorge has craggy cliff walls that descend a staggering 1600 metres in places to the gorge’s floor, and up to until the early 20th century a great number of plants there were sought after for their medicinal properties and the people who gathered them were known as “Vikogiatrous” or ”Vikos-doctors”.

Overnight: Megalo Papingo

Activity: trekking 6 hours Ascent/Descent 900m

Day 7: Zagoria Pindos

Meals: Breakfast and Lunch

Accommodation: Guesthouse or Hotel

Your last trek begins from picturesque Mikro Papingo one of the best preserved villages in the Zagorohoria region.  From there you will enjoy the tranquility and the stunning alpine scenery as you hike up to Astraka refuge.  Thirst-quenching, fresh water springs flow from mountain sides as you continue an hour and a half up to the high plateaus of Mt. Timfi, where you will finally reach one of the alpine lakes of “Drakolimni” or “Dragonlakes” at 2050m which is home to dragon like newts.  From here the views of mountains stretching into the distance are magnificent, and can be enjoyed for much of the trek back down to Mikro Papingo.

Overnight: Megalo Papingo

Activity: trekking 9hours Ascent 1050m Descent 1050m

Day 8: Trip end

Meals: Breakfast

Transfer to Athens international Airport

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Flights & Transport

Only ground transport

Group Size:

Standard Group

Maximum Number of People in Group: 16

Accomodations

We will spend 2 nights in mount Olympos refuges and the rest of the nights in traditional stylish village accommodations with en-suite facilities. Refuges have dormitories. Village guesthouses have rooms in which we sleep on a twin share basis. In such case of solo travellers booking a double bed room on their own, there is a single supplement charge applied ($200).

Guides

Tour leader & mountain guides

Our tour leaders are qualified, native Greek professionals, fluent in English, with excellent organizational skills and vast knowledge of the regions visited. Our mountain guides are qualified professionals, with vast experience in demanding high altitude mountain expeditions around the world, both in snow and dry terrain. There is 1 mountain guide up to 10 guests and 2 mountain guides, if the group is between 10 & 16 guests.

Cancellation Policy:

Cancellation Policy

If you have to cancel your trip for any reason, you are entitled to a refund of the following amounts:

Number of days prior to your trip:

More than 240 days, 100% refund of your deposit

Between 61 and 239 days 50% refund of your deposit

Between 31 and 60 days 40% refund of your trip’s cost

Between 0 and 30 days 100% cancellation fee

Age Notes

Trip participants must be at least 15 years old. Guests less than 18 years old must be accompanied by their parents.

Min. Age: 15

Additional Information:

Fitness level

In order to better appreciate the uniqueness of your holiday we advise you to be in good physical condition. On your last two weeks before the trip, it is a good idea to take several hour walks in hilly terrain. In Mytikas peak ascent (optional), we will form groups of 4. Our guides will use their equipment (ropes, carabiners, anchors) to secure the ascend and make it a stress-free experience of a lifetime. In case of snow or adverse weather conditions, it is in our mountain guide’s judgement to cancel the Mytikas peak ascent.


Meals

Breakfasts are taken in the refuges or in the guesthouses and may include tea and coffee, orange juice, marmalade mage of local fruits, cereals, occasionally eggs, plus bread with jam, honey or cheese. Lunches are taken either during the trek and will include a sandwich, or at the refuge or at a traditional tavern, depending to the schedule of the day. Evening meals are taken at local tavernas, with a choice of food or we may have a set meal with vegetarian and meat options

 

What to bring

  • Hiking boots (with ankle support)
  • Trekking trousers & Socks
  • Lightweight waterproof overtrousers
  • Underwear
  • Baselayer shirts (long sleeved and short sleeved)
  • T-shirts and/or casual shirts
  • Fleece jacket or similar
  • Warm & Waterproof jacket
  • Sunhat
  • Eyewear - sunglasses
  • Daypack (30 - 35 litres)
  • Headtorch
  • Sun protection (including for lips)
  • Water bottles 1 Litre
  • Washbag and toiletries
  • Antibacterial handwash
  • Small padlock
  • Basic First Aid Kit including: Antiseptic cream, throat lozenges, diarrhoea treatment (Imodium), painkillers, plasters (band-aids) and blister treatment, insect repellent.

Optional:

  • Trekking poles (recommended)
  • Trainers or sandals
  • Shorts
  • Camera and batteries
  • Penknife (for taking a fruit snack during trekking)

Trip ID#:

OlyMetPer

Trip Excludes

  • Travel insurance (required)
  • International flights
  • Personal expenses, beverages, souvenirs etc.
  • Gratuities (optional)

Meals Included:

7 Breakfasts, 6 Lunches and 1 Dinner

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