9. Mount Etna: Hiking Trip to the Top from 2825 Meters
Put your walking shoes on and head off on a sights-filled trekking adventure around Mount Etna for experienced hikers. Discover the history and symbolism of the area and immerse yourself in its striking natural scenery.
Ascent with special off-road vehicles along the panoramic street on the northern side of the volcano to a height of 2,825 mt. From this point, you'll start the ascent by walking for 4 kilometers on a path surrounded by volcanic scoria and bombs.
The total climb uphill is 470 mt until you arrive at the edge of the Central Crater of Etna at a height of 3,300 mt. Once there, stop to admire the greatness, uniqueness, and processes of the volcanic environment.
Enjoy the view from the roof of Sicily (visibility can change according to the weather or volcanic conditions). Then, start the downhill journey on soft scoria and volcanic ashes, passing through Piano delle Concazze (at 2,750 mt, the base of the Volcanological Observatory).
Continue inside of one of the sandy, big channels, characteristic of the north-east side of the volcano and surrounded by endemic plants and seasonal torrents. Reach the downhill path and the beech forest up to Piano Provenzana, the arrival point of the excursion.
The total time of the trekking trail is 6-7 hours and the total kilometers (round-trip) is 11.2 km or about 7 miles (may vary). The difficulty level is E (experienced hikers).
The maximum altitude reached is 3,300 mt and the minimum altitude reached is 1,800 mt. The difference in height is 470 mt (may vary) and the difference in downhill is 1,500 mt (may vary).