The Hostel

The Hostel

Summit Zero Hostel is the ideal place to stay when you want to combine the sea & mountain holidays. Its serene location is the perfect getaway, whether you want to enjoy the peace and tranquility of the area, or indulge in outdoor activities. We aim to provide an informal, friendly, family setup, whereby we hope to cater to all your needs.

It is a two-storey building, with the sleeping quarters and communal guest showers and toilets on the first floor. There is also a large veranda upstairs, with a spectacular view of the sea and the mountain, which is decked out with tables and chairs in the summer months. Each bedroom has large shuttered doors opening out onto the balcony/veranda area. The ground floor is made up of the communal lounge/dining area and the Rusty Nail bar made from reused wood. There is also a large cosy fireplace and a wood stove for those wintry evenings. Here you can relax reading a book from our travelers library, play board games, enjoy our homemade food or surf on the internet. The kitchen and extra rest rooms are also located downstairs. During summer there is also an outdoor wooden Bar area serving chilled drinks and tunes with plenty of outdoor seating under our maple tree.


Accommodation is hostel style, in the form of bunkbeds, but with laundered sheets, pillows and blankets provided. However, you will need to supply your own towels. We do have a small number in stock which can be rented for a small surcharge, but of course this will be subject to availability. The Hostel consists of 4 bedrooms which can accommodate a total of 20 people. There are 2 rooms which sleep four people in each room, and 2 rooms which sleep six people in each room. Rooms are heated individually in the winter. We accept either block bookings for the entire hostel, room bookings, and individual bookings of any number, for those happy to share. Where necessary, additional matresses can be provided in the rooms to sleep more people.


We offer a limited but tasty menu of 2 or 3 different dishes every day, as well as seasonal salads, dips and mezes. A lot of our vegetable produce, depending on the time of year, is organically grown by us at our olive grove just down the road. And of course, we only use our own olive oil too! Breakfast is also provided, usually continental, but also with an additional choice of eggs and traditional pies at the weekends. However, where possible we aim to please and we are open to any special requests such as barbeques and vegetarian needs – please just come and talk to us. Subject to stock availability, it may also be possible to buy bottles of our home produced olive oil and tsipouro (a strong traditional alcoholic drink similar to ouzo). We will also be selling local wines with our authentic family label at certain times of the year.


Once you have settle in, come and relax in our garden bar and enjoy a cold beer or an iced coffee (frape). We offer a good selection of beverages, softdrinks, iced teas, juices, beers, wines, spirits and of course our homegrown organic tsipouro with a meze. At night our bar transforms into a meeting place where guests socialize and share their stories under groovy tunes.You must try our Mojito! We often have guest D.Js and BBQ nights.


We charge 18 Euros per person per night. Breakfast is served for an additional charge. Homemade food and drinks are also available at reasonable rates.


Summit Zero is located in Gritsa at the port of Litochoro, 7km away from Litochoro centre and 3km from OSE train station.

The hostel is easily accessible by car/bike or Public transport. There are daily OSE trains from Athens via Larissa and Thessaloniki.

There are also daily KTEL buses from Athens (Liosion KTEL) or Thessaloniki (KTEL Makedonia). 

Yes, there is free large car park just outside the property. If its necessary there is space for 1-2 motor bikes inside our garden and plenty of space for bikes.  

It is mostly a seasonal hostel opening from early April to end of October, however in winter months we can cater for groups of minimum 7+.

It is dorm style accommodation divided in 4 rooms. There are 2 rooms of 4 people and 2 rooms of 6 people. Total capacity 20 beds. 

Despite the hostel type accommodation reflects more to young solo travelers, recently many families choose our hostel for its family friendly vibe, large garden and proximity to the beach. Family prices are available.

Yes, there are lockers just outside the rooms. It’s good to have your own travel lock. For large backpacks there is also a private room if you wish to drop your luggage while you climb the mountain.

Summit Zero is not just a place for resting before or after climbing Olympus. It’s the local hub for international backpackers, adventure travelers, mountain athletes and more. It’s a home away from home.

Our facilities include a small restaurant, garden bar, bike rental, BBQ spot, reading lounge, sea and mountain view veranda and travel info.

Unfortunately there is no open kitchen but we serve delicious fresh homemade meals and snacks at reasonable prices.

Yes, there is a full day garden bar where cold beers, mojitos and softdrinks are served under our large maple tree. 

Hiking, climbing, canyoning, mt biking, paragliding and skimo in the winter months are the main activities that we can plan and organize for you. We have a local network of professional guides.

The port of Gritsa is a small fishing harbour. If you wake up early you can see the local boats delivering fresh catch.

There is also a number of fish restaurants worth trying, the old church of st. Theodoroi and the old fishing huts remaining on the south part of the bay.  

It is pet friendly as long as your pet stays with you and respects other guests. Unfortunately they can’t stay inside the rooms since they are shared and some guests might also have allergies.  

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During summer months there is a daily local KTEL bus from the nearby Mytikas stop that gets you to Litochoro centre for around 2euros/one way. We also do local transfers for a gas fee or call a Taxi for you.

There is a number of trails that start directly from Litochoro. The main one recommended is the ENIPEAS E4 trail from  Litochoro to PRIONIA (4-5hours hike/ 11km).

It starts from Vythos (Βύθος) or Myloi (Μύλοι) restaurant and is only 10min walk from the main square (St. Nicholas church).


Although Mt. Olympus is the highlight, there are many more gems in the area.

Major sightseeing sites:

  • DION archaeological site
  • Leivithra ancient ruins
  • St. Dionysios old Monastery in the Enipeas canyon.
  • Platamon castle
  • Palios Panteleimonas restored mountain village
  • Agia Kori and its waterfalls
  • Kitros salt pit (mud and salt baths, free entry)

May 17th 2009

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