Christos Kakalos Refuge
The Plateau of the Muses is dominated by the refuge “Christos Kakalos” at an altitude of 2,650 meters. Its name honours the first guide of Olympus and conqueror of the mythical mountain, Christos Kakalos. Kakalos accompanied the first conquerors of Olympus, the Swiss Frederic Boissonas, a famous photographer and publisher, and Daniel Baud-Bovy, author and art critic, who reached the highest peak of Olympus on August 2, 1913.
The Christakis Refuge located at the “Megali Gourna” basin, at an altitude of 2.550 meters. They’re an excellent starting point towards Mytikas, the highest peak of Mt. Olympus, as well as other peaks, such as Agios Antonios and Skolio. There are 16 beds (1o in the refuge, 6 in the bivouac). The refuge features wireless radio, a fireplace, a dining table and chairs, while the bivouac also has a fireplace. Both are accessible by road from Kalyvia.
Agios Antonios Refuge
The emergency refuge “Agios Antonios” is located on the Agios Antonios summit, at an altitude of 2.817 m with a housing capacity of up to nine persons. Emergency refuges provide shelter during severe weather conditions and are equipped with first aid supplies. The refuge was built in 1961 by the Aristotle University’s School of Physics and Mathematical Sciences in order to conduct meteorological observations related to the climate of Mt. Olympus.
Bivouac Kostas Migotsidis | Vrysopoules
This is an emergency refuge, located at an altitude of 2.360 meters. It’s situated after the “Vrysopoules” refuge, at the end of the Military Alpine Combat and Ski Training Center (KEOAX) lift. Its central location offers access to the trails on the mountain’s western side towards the center and the highest peaks of Olympus. It has a nine-bed capacity, including a space heater and wireless radio.
Giosos Apostolidis Refuge
Located on the Muses plateau, at an altitude of 2.697 m, it constitutes the starting point for conquering Mytikas, the highest peak of Mt. Olympus, and the peaks Profitis Ilias and Stefani. Climbing enthusiasts can enjoy their favorite adventure on the steep slopes of Stefani and Skolio. The refuge can host up to 80 persons, featuring a fully-organized kitchen, restaurant, lounge with fireplace, enclosed balcony with sofas and tables on the upper floor, landline phone and toilets. The shelter’s water is not drinkable, yet bottled water is available from the kitchen. During the winter season, the refuge’s outside area remains open in order to serve as an emergency shelter.
Koromilia Refuge | Dion
This is one of the newest refuges on Mt. Olympus. Located at Koromilia of Dion at an altitude of 1.020 m, it can house up to 16 persons and is accessible by road.