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Etna South: High Altitude Winter Trek with an Alpine Guide

1. Etna South: High Altitude Winter Trek with an Alpine Guide

This excursion of remarkable beauty is guided by authorized alpine/volcanological guides. The groups are very small to make the excursion safe and intimate. Experience Mount Etna's winter landscape on a hiking tour for experienced hikers. Ride a cable car and will climb up to about 3,000 meters of altitude. Departing from Ashàra info point located in Piazzale Rifugio Sapienza, take a cable car up to an altitude of 2,500 meters. From there, start the trek to about 3,000 meters. The presence of ice and snow makes this excursion an activity a fun challenge for experienced hikers. Walk through long stretches of snow and visit the cone from the eruption of 2001, the Valle del Bove, and the Barbagallo craters. Admire the summit crater of Etna from a safe distance before starting the trek back. If the snow conditions allow, visit a lava channel before arriving at the upper station of the cable car that you'll ride back.

Mount Etna: Summit Cycling Tour

2. Mount Etna: Summit Cycling Tour

Your cycling adventure begins with traveling to the northern part of the volcano. Upon arrival, get kitted out with all the necessary biking equipment and then get ready for the ride of your life. Follow your guide along a dirt path that journeys upwards, passing by vast ancient craters and fascinating lava flows. Along the way, admire the stark contrast of the volcano landscape that is unlike anything else on earth, and marvel at the views back down to the towns below. Arrive at the Volcanological Observatory at an altitude of 2800 meters and regain your strength as you relax against a backdrop of panoramic views. Gaze upon the summit craters of Etna, the Ionian Sea and the Valle del Bove, as well as give yourself a pat on the back for your achievement.

Etna Nord: Exclusive sunset tour with official provider

3. Etna Nord: Exclusive sunset tour with official provider

Embark on an unforgettable Sunset expedition to the summit area of Mount Etna, by using specialized off-road vehicles authorized for high-altitude ascents on the Northern side. Commencing from 1,800 meters above sea level at Piano Provenzana, you'll journey to the Volcanological Observatory positioned at 3,000 meters. As the ascent commences, the first stop offers a glimpse of buildings engulfed by lava, followed by a visit to the distinct "buttonhole" craters formed during the eruption of October 27, 2002. Trekking begins amidst the flows and explosive remnants of this remarkable eruption at around 1,900 meters altitude. A mechanized transfer leads to the "Umberto and Margherita" craters at about 2,380 meters, where a brief trek along the crater rims is possible. Continuing, we proceed to the volcanological observatory at Pizzi Deneri. Upon leaving the off-road vehicle, accompanied by guides, a short 15-minute trek leads to the summit of Pizzi Deneri at 3,000 meters altitude. After approximately 2.5 hours, return to the starting point via the off-road vehicle, concluding this captivating journey.

Private Etna panoramic tour+Wine tasting & food combination

4. Private Etna panoramic tour+Wine tasting & food combination

The tour start with the Pick up in your accommodation aboard a luxury mercedes v class minivan with an english speaking driver. From there you will continue towards Etna, the highest active volcano in Europe, you will arrive at the Sapienza refuge at 2000m, from there you will visit the Silvestri Craters with a short and easy trek, then you can decide whether to take the cable car up to 2900m at a cost extra of 80 euros per person with a duration of about 2.30 h. Afterwards you will continue with the driver towards Oro d'Etna, the home of honey and you will see the lava flow of 1992. The tour continues at the winery, where you will have a wine tasting & light lunch. The driver will take you back to the pick up point. Sergio will stay with you throughout the tour and will tell you about our beloved land, Sicily

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What people are saying about Barbagallo Crater, Catania

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(14 reviews)

Kudos to the Ashara team and special thanks to Mary for the friendly organization. She had kindly organized a transfer for us, when it had failed the night before with Covid, she personally took us to the meeting point in a private car. Thank you for the exciting conversations, it was great to get local insides from life in Catania including a coffee stop! Best wishes also to our guide Vinzenco, with every explanation you were able to authentically convey your passion for volcanology and your love for Big Mama Mount Etna. Even if this is not the cheapest tour offered, you will not regret it... the impressive landscape in combination with the lots of information makes trekking as close as possible to the crater something very special. We will definitely come back again when the opportunity arises!! Best regards from Germany... Rebekka & Kris

The route is difficult, not medium, especially on the last sector, at over 2,700 m altitude. I personally could not go further than the first section of the route, the guide tried to help me, but I chose to return with a group to the cable car. The guide gave me clear explanations how we can get back and to contact him to make sure we got back safely. The rest of the group reached 3,000 m altitude, but the opinion was that here the route is extremely difficult. Maybe this route should be listed in the description in the "hard" category.

We had a great time on the trek up Mt. Etna. Our guide was Fabio who was incredibly knowledgeable about volcanos & Etna. It was definitely a tough activity but Fabio made sure we took breaks and everyone was okay. I was in contact with Mary before the trek and she had to inform us that our original date wouldn’t work because of weather. She worked with us to get the following day and she even sent pictures that Fabio took of us. 10/10 would recommend this company and trek to anyone. They made our experience unforgettable!

Fabio and Marco are 2 specialized guides passionate about volcanology and seismology. Lots of very interesting details. They are caring. Thank you very much for this magnificent day Agnès and JP

Great experience. I recommend to anyone who enjoys riding bike...