Metamorfosi, 2.699 m. Mt. Olympus

(Vrysopoules/Agios Antonios)


Metamorphosis summit is located on the south side of Mountain Olympus, southern of Bara.

Named in1921, probably from the homonymous chapel that existed on the northern end of the peak, at an altitude of approximately 2.620m. This reference exists in the History of the monastery of St. Dionysios, as well as in the reference by L. Heuzey who reports he discovered signs of a small temple (source: http://www.mountolympussummits.com/index.php?page=summits-inside&id=39 ).


Don't forget to take with you:

  • ID Card

  • Map of Olympus

  • Boot crampons & ice axe

  • Water & food

ASCENT:

Starting from the KEOACH camp (Mountain Race and Ski Training Center) at Vrysopoules we head for the ski lifts and follow the path leading to the "K. Migotzidis" Emergency Shelter.

As we climb up, we can see the peak of Metamorphosis on our right.


Between the lifts and these summits on our right, there is big stream.

After reaching the "K. Migotzidis" refuge, we follow the O2 National Trail.

The trail starts from the emergency shelter "K. Migotzidis", crosses the slope of Agios Antonis to the right in order to cross over the streams, and quickly heads to the opposite side, on the Barra plateau.

From that point the route we have to follow to reach Metamorfosis is clear.

The red dashed line refers to the ascent and the blue line to the descent.

Our trail records that day is the following. Unfortunately, we were unable to reach the top due to extensive ice cover, but the descent was magical!!

DESCENT:

Tips: after crossing the stream to ride down to KEOACH, (at the end of the stream) you may have to take off the snowboard and climb the slope up (about 15 minutes). It always depends on the amount and quality of snow, but in most cases, if the snow coverage is not enough you may need to climb & walk much further in order back to KEOACH. So, be careful to climb up before you find yourself too deep into this huge stream!


The O2 National Trail connects Olympus (E4) with Pelion. It starts from Mount Olympus and passes through the mountains of Kato Olympus, Ossa, Mavrovouni and the villages of Karia, Kallipefki, Rapsani, Potamia, Elafos, Keramidi, Veneto, and ends at the beach below the Pouri village of Pelion. (http://www.eooa.gr/?page_id=568)

In Mt.Olympus the trail starts from the village of Karya -> Harvalovrisi location -> Metamorfosi - Kakavraka

-> K. Migotzidis Emergency Shelter -> Scolio Peak.