BEFORE YOU MAKE PLANS
If you are considering a visit, take careful note of the following facts. Strictly, only men are permitted to visit Mount Athos (there are no exceptions to this rule). The number of visitors permitted on the Holy Mountain at any time is tightly restricted and all visitors are, by definition, pilgrims. Whatever your reason for visiting them, the monks will welcome you as a pilgrim.
Mount Athos has been inhabited since ancient times. For nearly 1800 years there has been a continuous Christian presence on the holy mountain and its monastic tradition dates back to at least 800 A.D. and the Byzantine era.
CLIMBING THE HOLY MOUNTAIN
Climbing the peak of Mount Athos can be a physically exhilarating and spiritually uplifting experience but it is not a walk in the park, so it is worth making careful preparations. The mountain is a holy mountain and deserves our respect. It is not advisable to attempt the ascent alone.
Athos is 2,033 metres (6,670 feet) high, so whatever the temperature at sea level, it will be degrees colder at the summit. Winter snow lasts from November into May, wind and rain can be a hazard at any season, and there is often low cloud on the upper slopes.
peak seen from Provata
west coast from the peak
peak from Amalfiton
steep path to the peak
Panagia Mountain Refuge - Mountain Refuge
GS at the peak
mule train descending
iron cross on the peak
South Side View - South Side View