Gortia trail - Petrostruga shelter in the magical Olympus

Gortia trail - Petrostruga shelter in the magical Olympus

Gortia trail - Petrostruga shelter in the magical Olympus
Completed Event
12 November 2022 / 06:45
11,5 hours
Level 2
22€ / person

Salonica View alternative tourism office organises a wonderful one-day hike in the heart of the magical Olympus, Gortsia trail - Petrostrugka refuge!

A few words about our excursion:

Starting point for the Petrostrougas refuge is the junction of Gortsia (1100m.alt.) where it is about 2.5 hours by car from Thessaloniki. So, full of energy, we will start from the beautiful path to the Petrostruga refuge through a forest of black pines, smoothly ascending on the ridge of Gorcia. Then passing through beech trees we will reach the Barba plateau, where it will be the first rest of our ascent. From there we will continue with a smooth uphill in a deep shaded field through a forest of conifers and beech. The ascent line follows the sides of the Kolokithia ravine, crossing the Koka shoulder. After facing the meadow of Stragos, we continue on the central path to the Petrostrougas shelter. Here it is worth mentioning that the shelter rises at the bottom of a sloping stone slope of centuries-old rombola in 1940m. altitude. There will be one hour free time at the lodge to relax and eat. The route is easy to moderate as far as the level of difficulty is concerned, a total distance of about 11km (one way) and with an ascent time set at about 2.5 hours!

The Petrostruga shelter:

Built in a beautiful forest of beeches and centuries-old rombola, at 1,940 meters altitude is the Petrostruga shelter, which is managed by the Hellenic Rescue Team. The visitor can enjoy, in addition to the wonderful view, cooked food and drinks, the heat from fireplaces and wood stoves in all areas of the shelter, but also the hospitality of its managers.

Participation fee:

22 euros / person by bus.

The price includes:

Escort and organization
Experienced mountain guides
Transportation by bus
First aid box
VHF wireless

CAUTION!!! Payment of the full amount is made to the bank accounts below within 4 days of your booking. Otherwise, the booking is cancelled.

Piraeus Bank IBAN GR41 0172 2220 0052 2209 3179 693 (Payee: ANDREAS TSAGARIS)

IBAN of National Bank GR2701102230000022300527524 (Payee: TSAGARIS ANDREAS)


You must have with you:

Mountaineering boots
Hiking pants or leggings
Second top, socks, trousers and a small towel (change)
Waterproof (required)
Trekking Pole (optional)
Camera (optional)


Note 1. When you click to book, state in the message where you will take the bus from. The options are Voulgari (Everest), Aristotelous (Statue of Venizelos) or One Salonica. E.g. Statue of Venizelos

Note 2. In case of cancellation of the event due to bad weather conditions, the excursion is moved to another date. Participants unable to participate on that date will be refunded. However, if again the weather conditions do not allow the event to take place, the event is permanently cancelled and everyone is refunded. In case of cancellation by the participants, 7 days or less before the date of the event, the money is not returned.

Note 3. Photographic material is shared on our page and social media after each event. By participating in a Salonica View event, you also accept the sharing of photos. Otherwise, please let us know.

Note 4. For the best functioning of the event and for safety reasons, participants must comply with the instructions of the attendants.


The excursion program in detail:

06:45 - Departure by bus from Eastern Thessaloniki (Voulgari - Everest)
07:00 – Departure from Thessaloniki (Venizelos Statue – Aristotelous Square)
07:15 - Departure from Western Thessaloniki (One Salonica)
09:30 – Start of the hike from Gorcia
12:30 - Arrival at the refuge - free time
14:30 - Start of descent to Gorcia position
16:00 – Departure for Thessaloniki

18:30- Return to Thessaloniki

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