The Wild Road to Christakis refuge on Mount Olympus

Mount Olympus is a high mountain peak located in the Larissa regional unit, on the border of Thessaly and Macedonia, in Greece. A gravel road to the west of the summit climbs up to 2.470m (8,103ft) above sea level. It's one of the highest roads of the country.

Mount Olympus

Is the road to Mount Olympus in Greece unpaved?

The road is entirely unpaved and very steep. Avoid driving in this area if unpaved mountain roads aren't your strong point. A 4WD vehicle and an experienced driver are required. It is recommended that beginner riders avoid this road. The climb has more than 25 hairpin turns.

How long is Mount Olympus in Greece?

Starting from Kalyvia, an aromanian village of the Elassona municipality, the road is 22.2km (13.79 miles) long. It ends at Christakis Refuge, a mountain hut. 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.

Is Mount Olympus in Greece open?

Set high in the Mount Olympus National Park, within the Olympus Range, the road is snowcapped for about nine months (September to May). Expect high winds. Winds are an almost everyday occurrence. Mount Olympus is one of the most important locations in Greek mythology.