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Catania: Mount Etna Trekking Trip off the Tourist Path

Catania: Mount Etna Trekking Trip off the Tourist Path

Activity provider: EtnAround
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From US$ 64.69 per person

Enjoy a unique hiking experience on Mount Etna and discover the highest active volcano in Europe.

About this activity

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Duration 7 hours
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Live tour guide
Italian, English
Pickup included
The driver will wait for a maximum of 5 minutes after the scheduled pickup time.

Experience

Highlights
  • Travel around off-road passages through old lava flows
  • Trek past and admire the most recent lava flows
  • Follow quiet paths away from the tourist trails
  • Walk around the valle del bove, the biggest Etna's caldera
Full description

Embark on a trek of iconic Mount Etna with a naturalist guide. Take in outstanding views, learn local history from your guide, visit a lava cave, and see the southeastern crater, Etna's most active area. Enjoy included trekking poles, shoes, and warm clothing.

Following your pickup, you will head in the direction of Etna. Passing off-road through Trazzere where you can see the lava flows of 1792, your guide will explain the fauna and flora of the volcano of Etna.

Learn Mount Etna's history as you travel in the direction of the Bove Valley, which is an ancient caldera formed about 64,000 years ago due to the collapse of 2 major eruptive centers. You'll soon arrive at an altitude of 2000 meters above sea level, where your hike starts. Follow quiet trails away from the tourist paths. Pass recent lava flows and soak up views of the coastline. Throughout the trek you can stop to taste sandwiches and local products, and will visit inside a lava cave. At the conclusion of your experience, you will be returned back to your point of origin.

Includes
  • Pickup and drop-off in the Catania city center and Trecastagni
  • Hike of Mount Etna
  • Naturalist guide
  • Extra warm jacket
  • Rain jacket
  • Trekking sticks and shoes
  • Food and drinks
Not suitable for
  • Children under 10 years
  • Pregnant women
  • People with heart problems
  • People with respiratory issues
  • People with low level of fitness
  • People with mobility impairments
Covid-19 precautions

You must book this activity online because the ticket office is closed

Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • You must keep social distance while in vehicles
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask

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What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes
  • Hat
  • Sunscreen
  • Jacket
  • Comfortable clothes
  • Socks

Know before you go

  • All participants can buy a locally-prepared sandwich before the hiking
  • In the case of high tremors and eruptions, a visit to the cave is not possible (even if the eruption has finished)
  • In the winter season, the hiking route may change due to snow
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.9 /5

based on 178 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
    5/5
  • Transportation
    4.8/5
  • Value for money
    4.8/5

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Very positive experience. The very prepared guides met every difficulty expressed by the participants, some people had not read what kind of route they were going to do and practically gave up at the beginning, and a guide stayed with them to allow them to enjoy the experience anyway. . The distance in km is not much (about 6km in total), but the 600m difference in height and the lava soil do not make it a walk suitable for everyone. However, the staff provides each participant with poles and trekking shoes if they are not provided. I personally liked it very much☺️ Special thanks to Alessio, the guide who came to pick us up in Catania and was close to us throughout the excursion, motivating us even when fatigue made us waver

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May 8, 2022

It's a beautiful hike - not too long or too hard. I was actually looking for a very difficult and long hike and while the tour didn't deliver on that front, the guides still made it worthwhile. Etna has breathtaking views, otherworldly flora and fauna, and offers a view into a world most of us will never have the pleasure to experience. If you're in the area I really recommend the tour. No equipment is needed as everything is provided.

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April 30, 2022

Wonderful experience for those who like to hike. It takes a little effort to get to the top and then you are rewarded with an extremely sublime view. This was my first experience on a volcano - really to do if you are on the east coast of Sicily - it is surprisingly beautiful (the craters, the different reliefs...). The guides (4 in all) were all friendly, kind, and were keen to make us have a good time and teach us things. I highly recommend this version (7 hours) as well.

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April 27, 2022

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