Mount Etna: Hiking Trip to the Top from 2825 Meters

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Mount Etna: Hiking Trip to the Top from 2825 Meters

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Ascend to the summit craters of Mount Etna. Once there, you will discover a place rich in charm where you will learn about recent and historic eruptions which have helped form this landscape.

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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

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).

  • Official Volcanological guide
  • 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 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)
  • This excursion could be subject to variations in case of changes in the environmental, climatic, or volcanic conditions, so as to undermine the safety of the entire group
  • For the success of the excursion and for its correct carrying out, it’s good to know perfectly your health conditions, and. if necessary, let your guide know about them
  • The route consists of the ascent and walking along the crater edges, this may cause dizziness in susceptible individuals
  • Pregnant women who have passed the third month of pregnancy are not allowed to take part in this activity
  • The excursion will be carried out according to the limits laid down by the ordinance in force
  • Without adequate shoes, you are not covered by insurance
  • This excursion may be canceled if the minimum number of 2 is not met
Customer reviews

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4.8 /5

based on 66 reviews

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Well organized tour, some waiting in line for the 4x4 buses both up and down, but not extremely long. Very knowledgeable guide, told us a lot about volcanism in general and Etna in particular. He also adjusted his pace to make sure I can keep up, as I was by far the oldest member of the group. We were also lucky to have clear and sunny weather, though it was biting cold and extremely windy at the top. Overall, a very nice (and tiring) experience.

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October 19, 2020

We saw so much more and got so much closer than we even imagined!! Our guide Daniele was amazing - so kind and so knowledgable. A must for anyone who is in the area! Be wary - our original trip was cancelled due to bad weather (mid October) so make sure you have an alternative day you can postpone too so you aren’t disappointed. Also - bring gloves and wear more layers than you think!!

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October 16, 2020

The reception in the parking lot was already pleasant. The further explanation and that you can borrow sticks and warm coats is also very nice. We were very lucky with the weather as it was sunny all the time. Along the way a lot of explanation about the environment and the ins and outs about volcanoes. Nicos was a good guide also in terms of attention per person. We really had a great day!

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October 1, 2020

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