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Climb Mount Olympus
Mount Olympus is the highest mountain in Greece and the second highest mountain in the Balkans. It is located in the Olympus Range on the border between Thessaly and Macedonia, between the regional units of Pieria and Larissa, about 80 km (50 mi) southwest from Thessaloniki. Mount Olympus has 52 peaks, deep gorges, and exceptional biodiversity. The highest peak Mytikas, meaning "nose", rises to 2,918 metres (9,573 ft). It is one of the highest peaks in Europe in terms of topographic prominence.
Olympus is actually fine to climb without a map, but if you’re a curious hiker, you’ll want a map to track your progress, identify adjacent peaks, find water sources, etc. The town of Litochoro, at the base of the eastern side of Olympus, is the classic base-town for the mountain. There are frequent buses to Litochoro from Thessaloniki and Katerini to the north. If you’re staying at Summit Zero hostel down on the coast, a frequent local bus will take you into the center of Litochoro for a couple Euro. You can either choose to start hiking from Litochoro or drive further up the mountain.
Your journey may begin by hiking through impressive old growth, eventually arriving at a view of the heavily glaciated summit of Mount Olympus. The approach hike along the Hoh River is long but virtually flat, which will give an opportunity to appreciate the beauty and diversity of the surrounding terrain.
However you must be very careful during your journey and don't forget to take all the necessary equipments that will help you throughout the climbing process.