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Mount Etna: Central Crater Guided Hike for Advanced Hikers

Mount Etna: Central Crater Guided Hike for Advanced Hikers

From US$ 65.35 per person

Trek to the summit craters of Mount Etna and admire the volcanic phenomena. Explore a side less frequented by tourists, discover the charm of the volcano, and enjoy a panoramic view of Sicily.

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Duration 5 hours
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  • Climb Mount Etna and exploring its active craters
  • See all the active summit craters of Etna
  • Observe the ceaseless activity of the volcano
  • Listen to scientific explanations about the evolution of the volcano
  • Trek in a stunning moonscape
Full description

Set off on a grand, one-of-a-kind adventure on Mount Etna, with spectacular features suitable for expert hikers. Discover volcanology with your licensed volcanological guide and immerse yourself in the evocative natural scenery among the lava flows of Etna.

From the meeting point, which has an altitude of 1800 meters, go up on special 4x4 vehicles along the 8-kilometer-long panoramic road of the north side of the volcano up to a height of 2,825 meters.

From this point, begin the 5 km uphill walk on a path surrounded by volcanic slag and large bombs to the edge of the great Central Crater of Etna. The total uphill altitude difference is 490 up to the edge of the main crater of Etna at 3,315 meters.

Once there, stop to admire the grandeur and magnificence of the processes associated with the volcanic environment: gas emissions and low- and high-temperature fumaroles surrounded by the brilliant colors of the sublimates.

Enjoy the rooftop view of Sicily if weather conditions or the amount of volcanic gas emissions permit. After admiring the spectacle of the summit, begin your journey downhill along the slag and volcanic ash slopes, to the base of the Volcanological Observatory, where you stop for lunch.

Then, continue inside one of the large sandy channels, characteristic of the northeast side of the volcano. Surrounded by endemic plants and seasonal streams, you will reach the downhill path to Piano Provenzana, the endpoint of the excursion.

The total time of the trekking route is 5 to 6 hours and the total kilometers (round trip) are 12 km of which 5 km is uphill and 7 km is downhill (variable values). The difficulty level is for experienced hikers accustomed to regularly going to the mountains.

The maximum reached altitude is 3,315 m while the minimum reached altitude is 1,800 m. The downhill altitude difference is 1,500 m (may vary).

  • Volcanological guide
  • Guided hike
  • Trekking poles
  • Protective helmets
  • Trekking shoes
  • Jackets
  • 1-way transportation with off-road vehicles (50€ per person)
  • Descent with off-road vehicle from 2800m to 1800m - with a supplement of € 20 per person to be paid on the spot
  • Parking ticket (3€ for the whole day - It can also be paid for after the excursion)
Not suitable for
  • Pregnant women
  • People with back problems
  • People with mobility impairments
  • People with heart problems
  • People afraid of heights
  • People with vertigo
  • People with respiratory issues
  • People with epilepsy
  • People without experience
  • People with pre-existing medical conditions
  • People with high blood pressure
  • People with low level of fitness

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Meeting point

Meet at the Chiosco Bar Mareneve (not the Chiosco Bar Etna Nord). This meeting point is located near the chairlift used by skiers in winter and is the second house of the four that are in the parking lot.

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Important information

What to bring

  • Windbreaker
  • Sunglasses
  • Hat
  • Food and drinks
  • Snacks
  • Hiking shoes
  • Water
  • Rain gear
  • Packed lunch
  • Gloves
  • Long pants
  • Weather-appropriate clothing
  • Waterproof shoes

Not allowed

  • High-heeled shoes
  • Sandals or flip flops
  • Baby strollers
  • Luggage or large bags
  • Short skirts
  • Sleeveless shirts
  • Skirts
  • Slippers
  • Umbrellas

Know before you go

  • The trekking is for moderately trained hikers (being a path that develops at high altitude, it will be easy to accrue symptoms of fatigue)
  • ・The price includes only the cost of the guide service and not the cost of the transport service that you will pay on the spot directly to your guide who will take care of the purchase of the tickets
  • The decent with off-road vehicles is optional for those who want to take transportation back down please let your guide know in case you want to take the bus for the descent
  • The parking ticket will be paid on the spot after the excursion
  • This excursion could be subject to variations in case of changes in the environmental, climatic, or volcanic conditions
  • The route consists of the ascent and walking along the crater edges, this may cause vertigo.
  • The excursion will be carried out according to the limits laid down by the ordinance in force
  • This excursion may be cancelled if the minimum number of 2 is not met
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.9 /5

based on 90 reviews

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The tour was well organized and we were able to learn a lot about Mount Etna and volcanoes. Vincenzo told us about his own experiences of the last eruptions and showed us pictures and videos to explain Etna to us. We were traveling with two groups on the north side so we could enjoy the view. The tour was very manageable and the day went by quickly. We are particularly grateful for the hiking boots, so that we were able to book the tour spontaneously. Thanks for the great day!

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October 25, 2022

It was a breathtaking experience! The guide was great, had an answer to all questions and knows great paths! He always paid attention to the whole group, even if some were slower, he repeated all the explanations. The descent went very "quickly" because you can practically jog down through the Lawa scree. We would always recommend the tour!

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October 6, 2022

I can only recommend this hike. It was really unreal. We rode in a big 4x4 up to 2800 m. We ended up on foot until about 3350 m, ie until the active craters of the volcano. We have witnessed gas explosions. The landscape was splendid. We felt like we were on another planet. It was so impressive. The descent is then super nice. It's like black piste skiing.... We let ourselves slide on the lava flows. So nice. Our guide Domenico was really on top. His perfect explanations. He knows the places well. You can trust him without worry. So hike to do absolutely if you want to be amazed! For us this hike will remain our best memory of Sicily.

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September 27, 2022

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