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Etna Trekking Tour

- private and group tours to Etna volcano with a mountain guide -

"Just to say what a great trip to Etna and thanks to Rosario for showing me such wonderful sights. It was fantastic!" (Tom Salt, UK)
At the summit crater of Etna volcano
At the summit crater of Etna volcano
Etna's lava flow late March 2017 (photo: Emanuela / VolcanoDiscovery Italia)
Etna's lava flow late March 2017 (photo: Emanuela / VolcanoDiscovery Italia)
Itineraries on Etna
Itineraries on Etna
Watching a lava flow
Watching a lava flow
Flowing lava
Flowing lava
Hiking along the rim of Etna's Voragine Crater (photo: Emanuela / VolcanoDiscovery Italia)
Hiking along the rim of Etna's Voragine Crater (photo: Emanuela / VolcanoDiscovery Italia)
NEW: group tours to the summit craters each Mon, Wed, Fri: [online booking]
Enjoy Europe's most active volcano on a private day-tour with one of our expert mountain guides! Stand on the roof of the Mediterranean,- Etna's majestic summit towering at about 3300 m a.s.l.,- and enjoy a breathtaking view around. To peer into the abysses of Europe's largest active volcano's craters is an experience of a lifetime.
In a small private group, an experienced guide from our team brings you all the way up to Etna's summit (if weather, your condition, volcanic activity and regulations by authorities allow it).
Depending on the chosen itinerary, this tour requires moderate to excellent physical condition, adequate clothing and takes between 5 and up to 7 hours total duration.
Note:
Access to the summit area and the craters may be restricted at any time due to the frequently changing eruptive conditions.
  • Stand on the top of Etna volcano - Europe's most active volcano
  • Breathtaking scenery
  • Great introduction to a live volcano!
  • Private tour with expert guide

Evening excursion to active lava flows

Note:
In periods (such as during March-April 2017) with persistent lava flow activity, we offer evening excursions to the lava flows with an official mountain guide.
Day 1: Lava flow in the evening
Start at Rifugio Sapienza (Etna Sud 1900 m a.s.l.) - cable car to 2500 m. From there, we walk to the active lava flow front where we spend the late afternoon and sunset time - the best light for photography!
Return at night (up to 1000 m descend on partially steep, sandy terrain).
Total duration: 5-7 hours
Difficulty: moderate
Acc.: none

Etna's summit craters

Note:
ca. 5-6 hrs total / moderate
Day 1: Transfer to 2900 m - visit summit area - hike back to base (1900 m)
Fantastic guided day walk up to the summit craters

Etna's summit region & short mountain traverse

Note:
ca. 5-7 hrs total / moderate
Day 1: Transfer with cable car+jeep to 2900 m (Etna S) - summit area - descend to Etna's north side
South-to-north traverse climbing up to the top of the mountain with its 3330 meters

Valle del Bove

Note:
Only suitable for people with no knee problems
Day 1: Descend into Valle del Bove, hike on 1991-93 lava flows
A great day-hike to one of Etna's most spectacular features: the Valle del Bove, a giant depression formed by repeated flank collapses of the volcano.

Schiena dell’Asino - Grotta dei Tre Livelli

Day 1: Schiena dell'Asino - Grotta dei 3 livelli
An exciting ridge walk along the southern crest of the Valle del Bove , with the visit of the longest and the most important lava tube on Mt. Etna.

Grotta del Gelo excursion:

Day 1: Excursion to Grotta del Gelo
Hike to the most beautiful of Etna's lava caves and the southernmost glacier in Europe.

Group tours to the Summit Craters

Day 1: Group tours to the Summit Craters
Start from Rifugio Sapienza
Transfer to 2900 m by cable car and jeep
Ascent to the top
Return to the starting point
Tour code: ETN_PRI
Tour type: 1-day tours: active volcanoes
Difficulty: Custom (variable)
Group size: 1-20
Duration: 4-7 hours

Dates:

Custom and group dates
no scheduled dates at present

Price (p.p.): from 100 EUR p. P.

Included:

  • Certified VolcanoDiscovery mountain guide

Arrival info:

The tours usually start at La Spaienza mountain hut at 1900 m elevation on Etna's south side. On request, we can include transfers (e.g. from Taormina or Catania) for you at additional cost.

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