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Mount Etna: Central Crater Guided Hike for Advanced Hikers

Mount Etna: Central Crater Guided Hike for Advanced Hikers

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Trek to the summit craters of Mount Etna and admire the volcanic phenomena. Explore a side less frequented by tourists, and learn about recent and historic eruptions that have formed the landscape.

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Duration 5 hours
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English, Italian, French

Experience

Highlights
  • 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

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 with your guide, and immerse yourself in the striking natural scenery.

From the meeting point, ascend in an off-road vehicle along the panoramic street on the northern side of the volcano to a height of 2,825 meters. From this point, begin the 4-kilometer walk on a path surrounded by volcanic scoria and bombs to the edge of the great Central Crater of Etna

The total climb uphill is 470 meters until you arrive at the edge of the Central Crater of Etna at a height of 3,300 meters. 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 meters, 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).

Includes
  • Volcanological guide
  • Guided hike
  • Trekking poles
  • Protective helmets
  • Trekking shoes
  • Jackets
  • 1-way transportation with off-road vehicles (45€ per person)
  • Descent with off-road vehicles (€20 per person)
  • 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
Covid-19 precautions
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
  • You must fill out a travel information form

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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

4.8 /5

based on 80 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
    4.9/5
  • Transportation
    4.8/5
  • Value for money
    4.6/5
  • Safety
    4.5/5

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This small guide company is really very good. Climbing up the northern fln avoids the horde of tourists who do not allow themselves the pleasure of deserving this summit by walking. Seeing the living and unstable crater is an unforgettable experience and our guide's explanations were prolific. You have to be physically fit not in relation to the elevations which remain correct around 500m but in relation to the elevations of more than 3000m. From 2900m to 3300 it can be challenging for some.

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August 13, 2022

It was an amazing experience! A great tour. A good level of fitness is required (not necessarily suitable for children). But those who enjoy hiking and want to experience the breathtaking landscape up close will get their money's worth. The north side is also less touristy and so the lunar landscape comes into its own. Our guide Daniele was able to tell a lot about the flora and history of Mount Etna.

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August 5, 2022

The way with the cable car from the south was not possible at the moment. We were contacted the day before and we were offered 2 different tours. We decided to go to the northern summit crater starting at Etna Nord. The transport by off-road bus was an experience in itself, and the eruptions from the south crater were an added bonus. The ascent to the north crater was indeed exhausting and demanding, but our 11-year-old daughter kept up well. The wind at the crater rim was extremely strong, the view incredible. The descent through boulders and volcanic ash was also demanding. You should definitely wear proper hiking boots and if possible gaiters, in trekking shoes there are always stones. We strongly recommend warm and above all windproof clothing, at the starting point you can hardly imagine the difference in temperature. The tour was excellently organized, the explanations were very good. Great experience.

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June 5, 2021

Product ID: 307193