The ascent to Athos begins at 6am, which takes 4-8 hours (depending on your preparation). There is a planned stop for eating (take it with you) and having a short rest.
For climbing to the top of Mount Athos pilgrims are required to have with them:
-Torches on the head (in the mountains the hands must be free).
- sturdy mountain shoes are recommended
- sleeping bag
- water, food in the form of conferments and dried fruit
- optionally - alpenstock, gas cooker for boiling water (also for heating water for liturgy and making tea).