Mount Olympus Trek 2017
- Event type
- Minimum fundraising
- £1,850 - Marie Curie helps you with your fundraising target every step of the way.
- Registration fee
- Minimum age
You must be 18 years old to register for this event.
Join us. You can’t do a trip like this anywhere else. And you’ll be helping us care for more people living with a terminal illness.
Day by day, here’s what you and your trekking partners will get up to on your adventure.
Trek grading: Challenging
London to Thessaloniki
You’ll arrive in ancient Thessaloniki, the second largest city in Greece, founded in 315BC. Your guides will be waiting for you with a bus to the hotel in Litochoro village, sat at the foot of Mount Olympus. We’ll aim to explore the village, including the natural river pools of Vithos, hidden at the end of the Enipeas Gorge, if you’re the intrepid type.
In the evening we’ll take you for a traditional Greek dinner at one of Litochoro’s tavernas, and then you’ll get a full trekking briefing about the rest of the trip.
St. Dionisios to Spilios Agapitos, five to six hours’ trekking
An early continental breakfast will prepare you for the transfer to the old monastery St. Dionisios, founded in 1542. From the stunning white walls of the monastery you’ll head up the full length of the Enipeas Gorge, taking in the waterfalls, river pools and the stunning forests packed with shady beech and fir trees.
You’ll start climbing to reach Prionia, the 1,000 metre climb taking between one and two hours. Then your guide will push on, taking you up the full 2,100 metre rise of Spilios Agapitos over the next three to four hours. The summit, with its views of the surrounding mountain range, is your overnight stop.
Mount Olympus ascent: Spilios Agapitos – Skala – Skolio – Mitikas – Spilios Agapitos, six to seven hours’ trekking
This is a long, rugged trek as your path continues up the cliffs to Skala at 2,882 metres and then to the top, Skolio, at 2,911 metres. From here, you’ll make the optional side-trip to Mitikas 2,917 metres, Greece’s highest peak. This is a hard climb, but highly recommended. When you reach the top, the views are spectacular. After a well-earned rest, your guide will start you back down to Spilios Agapitos, where you’ll spend a second night.
Plateau of the Muses, five hours’ trekking
After breakfast you’ll heads out towards the Plateau of the Muses and on to the second refuge of Yisos Apostolidis at 2,700 metres. The dramatic peak of Stefani, known as the throne of Zeus, dominates the plateau. Next stop is Diastaurosi, a trail descent, where you’ll be transferred back to the hotel in Litochoro. In the evening, you’ll all get back to together to reminisce about the trek at a local taverna, enjoying traditional Greek food and wine at the celebration dinner.
Thessaloniki to London
After breakfast in your hotel, you’ll be transferred back to the airport for the flight back to the UK.
Our itineraries are complex and may be subject to change.
By taking on this once in a lifetime challenge for Marie Curie you will help us care for more people living with a terminal illness. And when you join us, we’ll help you have a trek you’ll never forget. You’ll get:
- training guides, hints and tips to get you ready for your big challenge
- lots of fundraising ideas in your welcome pack - if you’re keen to get started with your fundraising right away, check out these ideas
- access to a local community fundraiser who’ll advise you and help you smash your target
- two Marie Curie representatives who’ll trek the entire way, join you on a training day and organise a post-trek reunion
- we’ll set up a Facebook group just for your trek, so you can chat with your fellow trekkers before the trip starts
- a 15% discount at Cotswold Outdoors to help with your gear buying
Our treks are designed to make sure you have a fantastic time, so you don’t have to think about the details, just enjoy. The trek includes:
- return flights
- local transfers
- an experienced trek leader who’s fully trained and knows the route and sites
- all meals while trekking
The Ultimate Travel Company
This challenge is organised through the Ultimate Travel Company. Ultimate Travel has been running pioneering charity challenges for over 16 years, including expeditions to Mount Kilimanjaro and the Inca Trail. They use the best ground agents, and the most experienced trek staff and doctors to make sure you have a safe and memorable challenge.
Frequently asked questions
Do I need to sign up online?
Signing up online is quick and easy to do and it saves us vital money to put towards supporting people living with a terminal illness. The registration form is also available to download and print. If you are not able to sign up right now, why not save this page to your favourites so you can sign up online later?
What are the highlights?
Walk from sea to sky amidst varied mountain scenery, to an iconic summit. Mt Olympus is the highest point reaching 2917m in Greece. Traditionally, Mt Olympus is regarded as the heavenly abode of the Greek gods and the site of the throne of Zeus.
Who can take part?
People over the age of 18 who are looking for a challenge are able to take part. The group size will be approximately 35-40 with people of all ages and backgrounds. The majority will be on their own, but some will go with friends, partners or relatives.
What’s not included?
- Registration fee
- Personal kit
- Travel insurance
- Tips and gratuities
- Personal spending money
How fit do I need to be?
This trek is challenging. All our trekking challenges are designed to suit people who are fit and have trained to take part – the fitter you are, the more you will enjoy the adventure. We walk approximately 10- 20km per day (around 6-7 hours).
Will I need specialist kit?
We will send you a recommended packing list in your welcome pack which will detail any equipment you may need.
What will the food and drink be there?
All the water in the hotel and at the refuge on trek is safe to drink. Bottled water, soft drinks, local wine and snacks are available to buy at the refuge. We will be eating lots of carbohydrates. Bread, pasta, rice, soup, vegetables and salad, plus some meat. There will be a vegetarian option at every mealtime. Please let us know in advance of any special dietary requirements.
How will I be supported?
Beforehand: You will be sent a fundraising pack with great tips on how to meet your sponsorship target. We will be in touch regularly and will organise a briefing day where you’ll meet other trekkers and hear more about the challenge.
During the trip: Your group will be accompanied by a doctor and trek leader as well as a Marie Curie representative. Local guides will escort the group along the route. Your luggage will be transported by vehicle to each camp.
What will the weather be like?
The weather on Mt Olympus can change rapidly, so we will need to be prepared for all types of weather. Typically it is hot and sunny around 20°C but if the weather turns cloudy and windy the temperature can drop fairly rapidly. You will need warmer clothes for the evening, as it can feel quite cool. On summit day there is often quite a cold wind.
What’s the accommodation like?
At the beginning and end of the trek we will be staying in a local guest house in twin share. On trek we have two nights at Spilios Agapitos refuge, which will be same sex bunk beds with 4-10 people per room.
Can I cover the cost of the trip myself?
We ask you to raise a minimum of £1,850. After tour operating costs, a minimum of £1,110* will go directly to Marie Curie, as well as anything you raise over the minimum sponsorship. If you would like to pay for the tour costs yourself, please contact us on 0800 716 146
Passports and visas
Participants should have at least six months’ validity on their passports from the date of return to the UK.
Can I extend my stay?
Anyone wanting to stay on after the trek can arrange to do so through The Ultimate Travel Company at an additional cost and subject to availability.
How can I help limit the environmental impact of travelling abroad for this trek?
Marie Curie is committed to responsible tourism. This challenge is organised by our tour operator, The Ultimate Travel Company, which will provide guidelines on responsible tourism. They offer a carbon offset scheme for anyone who wishes to offset their flights.
What are the deadlines for my sponsorship money?
We require the 80% minimum of £1,480 by 22 June 2017. The remainder of the sponsorship is due 4 weeks after you return from the event.
If you have any further questions please call the events team on 0800 716 146 or email email@example.com.
* Based on minimum participant numbers
Sorry, online registration is no longer available for this event. If you are still interested in trekking for Marie Curie, take a look at ourBurma Trek in May 2018 or Great Wall of China Trek in October 2018.
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