Refuges

Mount Olympus is an attraction both for tourists as well as mountaineers from all over the world. It is the most popular destination among the Greek mountains with more than 150,000 visitors entering the National Park only from the east side. The National Park Service has only one checkpoint along the road that leads from Litochoro to Prionia, so the exact number of visitors is not well documented since many people enter the National Park year round and from other sides of the mountain as well.

The increasing popularity of the mountain is evident from the large number of international visitors (about 70% of the total number) resulting in the construction of totally 9 refuges since the 1950's. In additions to those refuges there are also 6 bivouac rooms located along the least popular routes.

All the described refuge locations are easily found on the topographic map provided by Route Maps (https://www.routemaps.gr/en/). 

Refuge Christos Kakalos

General
Alpine refuge Christos Kakalos belongs to the Greek Mountaineering & Climbing Federation (www.eooa.gr). It is located on the Plateau of Muses at an elevation of 2650m. It was named after Christos Kakalos the infamous Mount Olympus hunter who guided Swiss climbers Fred Boissonnas and Daniel Baud Bovy to realize the first recorded ascent to Olympus highest peak Mytikas on the 2nd of August in 1913.Christos Kakkalos also achieved the inaugural ascent of the summit of Stefani (Throne of Zeus) in 1921 with the Swiss topographer Marcel Kurz.

The refuge has a capacity of 17 people and offers lodging, food and toilettes. There is not bivouac space in the refuge. For the summer season the refuge is open from the last weekend of May to first weekend of November. Winter season starts in early March and lasts until mid/late April depending on snow cover conditions.

Reservation policy
Bookings are realized either by telephone (contact number: +30 6937 361689) or via email (mstyllas@olympus-climbing.gr). Bookings are confirmed with the non-refundable deposit of the sleeping fee (13€/person, or 11€/person for UIAA Alpine Club members) to the following bank account:
Michael Nikolaos Styllas, Piraeus Bank
IBAN: GR06 0172 2270 0052 2708 6987 654 
BIC: PIRBGRAA

 
Prices
Food, drinks and lodging prices for the 2016 season are as follows:

> Price List 2017

Refuge EOOA Spilios Agapitos

It belongs to the Greek Mountaineering & Climbing Association (EOOA, www.eooa.gr) and is located in 2060m of elevation along the European trail E4. Today it is the second largest and one of the most luxurious mountain huts of Greece, a result of more than 50 years of efforts put up by the Greek Mountaineering and Climbing Federation members, namely Mr Kostas Zolotas and his wife Irmhild, the hut guardians for more than 50 years. The initial building was constructed as a logging cabin in 1930.

It capacity is 120 people, services provided include lodging, dinning, toilettes, rescue sevices. It provides easy access to the summits of Skolio (2912m), Mytikas (2918m), through the E4 trail, the most popular route on the mountain. Today the refuge is managed by Maria Zolota, the daughter of Kostas Zolotas. The refuge is open from mid May to end of October.

Contact number: (+30-23520) 81-800 or 81-329
Website: www.mountolympus.gr
www.facebook.com/SpiliosAgapitosRefuge

Refuge "Giosos Apostolidis"

Named after the prolific mountaineer Giosos Apostolidis who during the 1950?s had established numerous new routes and maintained many of the trails that lead today to the upper mountain. The refuge is located on the Plateau of Muses between the summits of Toumba and Profitis Ilias at an altitude of 2700m. The refuge belongs to the Mountaineering Club of Thessaloniki (SEO) and has a capacity of 100 people. Facilities include a well organized restaurant, toilettes and lodging. It is open from June to the beginning of October.

Information:
Refuge "Giosos Apostolidis": (+30) 23510 82840
Club of Greek Mountaineers (S.E.O.): (+30) 2310 224710
Nikos Tsavdaris: (+30) 6939 777064
Lazaros Botelis: (+30) 6948 043655
www.facebook.com/apostolidisrefuge
twitter.com/apostolidis_ref
www.apostolidisrefuge.gr
 

Refuge at Petrostrouga location

Petrostrougka refuge on the Olympus Mountain is located at an altitude of 1,950 meters and it can accommodate up to 72 persons.

It is managed by the Hellenic Rescue Team (www.hrt.org.gr), whose members have renovated it with volunteer work, making it more functional and cozy especially for winter months. In addition, an emergency heliport has been made and maintained in the surrounding area for emergency cases.

The ascent trail is very clearly marked; It starts from the intersection "Gortsia" and follows the same path that leads to the Plateau of the Muses of Olympus and the vertices Mitikas, Stefani, Skolio and others. Within two or three hours you can enjoy the magnificent view of Thermaikos Gulf, the Northern Sporades, Athos Mountain, Samothrace and Pagkaio Mountain from the terrace of the refuge.

Inside the refuge there is an organized kitchen, fireplaces and stoves for heating, toilets and running water. There are two floors, on the first there is a lounge and the restaurant and on the second floor the bedrooms. On the ground floor there is an emergency shelter.

The refuge operates during winter months all weekends and holidays and throughout the summer.
For reservations, you may contact
the Central Administration of the Hellenic Rescue Team on + 30 2310 310649
or the refuge?s managers, Nektarios Parmakis (+30 6977 246350)
and Telemachos Aigyptiadis (+30 6948 821 513).

You could also send an e-mail to inform@hrt.ogr.gr.
www.facebook.com/petrostrouga

Refuge "Dimitris Bountolas"

Named after one of the Greece's best alpinists, who died during an avalanche accident on Annapurna South in October 1985. It belongs to Thessaloniki Alpine & Ski Club (EOS). It is located along the main road from Litochoro to Prionia. Even though a relatively big building it has a capacity of only 30 people, mostly working as a restaurant. It is open year round, but during the winter season (November - April) it is open only during weekends and holidays (Christmas, Easter). The area near the refuge is been excessively used as a pragliding take off spot.

Contact number: +30 23520 84100
Website: www.eosthessalinikis.gr

Refuge "Vrysopoules"

The refuge of Vrysopoules is located on the south side of the mountain at an elevation of 1800m. Its capacity is about 25 people and has no permanent stuff. The special thing with this refuge is that it's location being within the Special Forces military camp so prior to any planned trip there should be a contact with the military camp (Telephone: +30 24930-62163 or contact the Alpine Club of Elassona at +30 24930-23467).

The particular refuge (together with the bivouac rooms of Kostas Migotzidis and Agios Antonios) is an identical spot for ski mountaineering excursions to the summits of Skolio (and then to Mytikas), Kalogeros and to Megali Gourna.

Refuge "Krevatia" near the village of Vrontou

This refuge is located in the end of the gravel road starting from the village of Vrontou. Its capacity is 20 people and is located at an altitude of 950m, having spectacular views to the north face of the mountain. There is a very scenic network of trails starting from the particular refuge, trails that lead also to the Plateau of Muses (Route Barbalas Ridge, www.dion.gr Network of paths of North Olympus). In additions there are many  ountain bike routes as well as sport climbing routes, making the refuge an identical destination for many different activities. It is open during all weekends of the year.

More information Mount Olympus National Park Service
www.olympusfd.gr
www.dion.gr
Guards cell phone: +30 6978 278548

Refuge in "Koromilies" Leptokarya

A new refuge not yet in operation located on the south east side of the mountain. Its elevation is approximately 950m.

More information: Municipality of Mount Olympus
Contact number: +3023520 31242

Refuge in Koromilia, Dion

The refuge is located at 1000 meters in place 'Koromilia' Dion Olympus overlooking the Thermaikos Gulf.

It can be accessed either via the forest road Dion-Koromilia, starting small chapel of Saints Constantine and Helen located at 4th km and ends at our refuge or by the trail is marked with blue triangles and goes alongside the stream Orlia or from the ancient path 'Ridge' that starts 800m above the forest road and the signal is yellow box.

The journey by car is 8.5 km (about 30 mins drive). The ascent of the trail takes about 2.5 hours. From the refuge one can easily approach the Petrostrouga and plateau of the Muses.

Also from the refuge have access to the stream canyoning routes Orlia.

The refuge has two floors, with an area of 220sqm., has 17 beds divided into 3 rooms (4-5-8) is eastern,sunny and quite warm.

On the ground floor of the refuge is the dining room, the kitchen - which provides complete diet (vegetarian too) - and the living room with fireplace. Upstairs are the bedrooms which are heated by cast-iron stove.Toilets, bathroom with possibility, there are two floors.

Around the resort there is plenty of space for tents.


Information:
Dion Municipality, Tel.: 23513-51000
www.dion-olympos.com

Bivouac Rooms

NAME ELEVATION CAPACITY
 
Agios Antonios
Information Hellenic Rescue Team (HRT) www.hrt.gr
2817m 12 people
 
Ano Pigadi 1400m 18 people
 
Christaki (always open) 2550m 10 people
 
Kostas Migotzidis - Vrysopoules
Hellenic Rescue Team, www.hrt.gr
2450m 6 people
 
Livadaki
Information Alpine Club of LitochoroΛιβαδάκι
2100m 5 people
 
Salatoura - Fire Department Observatory 1850m 6 people