• Spilios Agapitos

    "The main entrance and patio area of refuge A is a welcome sight after the long trek"
  • Welcome reception

    "The staff at Refuge A are always at hand, with a welcome smile and helpful hand."
  • Refuge A Dormitory

    "After a long day, the dormitories provide the place to lay your head."
  • Dining Hall One

    "The main dining hall at Refuge A is in fact the first constructed part of the refuge, built in 1930 by Spilios Agapitos."
  • Kostas Zolota Wing

    "The newest section of the hostel, that allows the refuge capacity to be increased."
  • Snug as a bug

    "To make your stay more comfortable the bedrooms are equipped with the necessary blankets that can warm up, even the coldest night."
  • Dining Area Two

    "The extension to the first section of refuge contains the second communal dining area. Both are fitted with wood burning fires."
  • Large group dormitories

    "No matter if your group is large or small, there should be a dormitory that can cater your needs."
  • 110 Places

    "Not only is Spilios Agapitos the main refuge, but the largest refuge on the mountain."
  • Doubling up

    "If you are a couple and cannot be parted, the hostel does provide double bunk beds."
Overnight stays at Refuge A

The prices of both the residents of the refuge / camper & nights out solely by E.O.O.A.

  • Bed for non-members €18,00
  • Bed for members of mountaineering clubs with authenticated identity €13,00
  • Camp for non-members €8,00 per person
  • Camp for members 5,00 per person
  • Use of facilities for non-residents€1,60
Information for the night

The shelter has blankets (from 3 per person) and pillow (which changed daily) but no sheets. The blankets are washed at regular intervals but kept clean as much as possible please guests, or bring their own bedding or sleeping bags. For those unable to carry a disposable sheets are to buy.

Guests should have their own personal hygiene items (towel, soap, etc.), essential lens for nighttime and slippers or shoes with a second clean smooth bottom for indoors (all visitors necessarily change their shoes when entering indoors). There are some flip flops at the shelter for guests' convenience but are shared.

The shelter has 14 rooms spread across 3 wards and 110 total sleeping positions. Pre-booking is essential, especially on the weekends! Reservations are made in priority order by phone (23520 81800) or online info@mountolympus.gr. For reservations Friday-the weekends and for large groups a deposit is required.

Opening Hours

The refuge is open daily from mid-May to late October (usually closes on the 28th) from 6 am to 10 pm. The restaurant is open all day until 9 pm. Guests must be at the shelter until 8 in the evening.

Considerations for the trek up.

Mount Olympus follows the E4 mountain route, which starts in Litochoro and reaches to Skala and onto Kokkinoplos. If you are new to the mountain, there follows some advice advice from the refuge wardens or persons in charge.

Olympus, like any mountain, can be deceptive in it's appearance. For this reason, you should come prepared. Independent of the season, there is a need to drink water (more in the summer). You should consider a need to bring at least 2 litres per person, for the walk up from Prionia to "Spilios Agapitos" (Refuge A). The weather can be changeable, so always think to bring some water-proof clothing, and at night (at altitude) the temperature get very cold. So also bring warm clothing of some kind. Again, depending on the season, the type of shoes you wear can be important. It is advised that they are comfortable, but strong enough for the rugged terrain and paths.

The journey to Refuge A, from Prionia, can take between 1.5 hours upto 6 hours (with an average time of about 3 hours), depending on your speed. For this reason you should plan your day accordingly. Noting that the refuge closes registration at 8pm and seasonal changes in sunset can affect visibility in late afternoon and evening. If you feel that you may be leisurely about the trek up, do take provisions like snacks (the best snacks are high-carbohydrate or fruits). To help with the walk up, it is possible to obtain trekking sticks at the Refuge, or in your own country (online) before coming. They help spread your load as you walk, and are a great aid. Also, be aware that eating too much at lunch on an afternoon ascent can be exhausting, as your body is competing to digest food as well as muscle energy climbing. For this reason, it is suggested you eat a light-medium lunch of carbohydrates (like spaghetti) and then eat snacks at intervals on the climb. There are two convenient stopping points on the way up where you can sit for a few moments rest. The best advise however, is to take it easy!