Walk Overview / Highlights - Climbing to the Summit of Mt. Olympos (at 2,365m home of the gods!)There is no easy way to climb to 2,365m (nearly 8,000ft) but we do our best to help by taking to a start point just above Beycik at an altitude of 925m so theres only 1,440m to go! A snip that is equivalent to 3⅓times up the stairs of New York’s Empire State Building. But on your way you find some stunning scenery and have a real sense of achievement as you crest the summit. the summit is home to a restaurant and bar for a celebratory tipple. The walk starts in forestry land and climbs through pine forest. On the way you may choose to stop at Tekin’s tea house for refreshment and to look as his collection of carved bone jewelery. After leaving Tekin’s the climb gets steeper for a while but you will gradually move into cedar forest. Passing a few meadows and orchards you will enjoy the majesty of the huge lebanon cedar trees with their blue green branches and at times new cones sitting like candles on a christmas tree. The trees are well spaced out and surrounded by dappled shade, a real treat if there’s still some snow about. Eventually you reach the saddle behind the mountain where the conditions underfoot become much more rocky and the peak rears above you. The ascent from here is across open, rocky ground. The track is however well made and maintained. It winds steadily up over two false peaks before coming to the absolute summit. From here there are three ways to do the descent. The first is to take the cable carback down. the cable car is the second longest single stretch cable car ride in the world! The second option is to return to the saddle and continue on to Yayla Kuzdere. For a description of this option see the Beycik to Yayla Kuzdere route description. The third option is paraglide down! This a world record jump the greatest height change from top to bottom. Click here for more details.From Beycik To Mountain Summit Transfer Times (Out / In) 35mins / 45minsDistance 15km Duration 5.5hrs Max Height 2,365m TotalAscent 1,490m Total Descent 50mTerrain Generally on good, clear, narrow, woodland trails some are steep in places. The final ascent is across open rocky ground but with a clear track to follow. May not be possible early in the year due to snow and is always weather dependent.