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Etna: Guided Trekking Tour to Summit Craters

Etna: Guided Trekking Tour to Summit Craters

From US$ 52.69 per person

Climb Etna, the highest active volcano in Europe. Get excited at every step, challenge yourself, and enjoy the panoramic view of the unique landscape along with a certified volcanological guide.

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Duration 6 hours
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Live tour guide
French, English, Italian

Experience

Highlights
  • Admire an amazing landscape from the highest volcano in Europe
  • Discover Sicily's stunning scenery
  • Enjoy a once-in-a-lifetime experience
Full description

Enjoy a physical challenge with rewarding views on this guided climb to the top of Etna. Ride the cable car then trek to the summit. Take breaks along the way and capture unique photos of the summit craters.

Meet your guide in Piazzale Rifugio Sapienza. After getting your equipment and enjoying an initial briefing, begin your hike to the top of Mount Etna, which sits at 3,300 meters above sea level.

Take the cable car to quickly reach an altitude of 2,500 meters, then a special 4x4 bus to 2,900 meters, near Torre del Filosofo. Neither the cable car nor the bus is included in the tour price.

From there, start the 2-hour ascent, taking intermediate breaks to enjoy the views during the trek. Walk through the lunar-looking lava fields that will lead you right to the summit of Etna: the highest active volcano in Europe. Admire the peculiar features that characterize the summit area.

Begin the descent through fun sands. Visit Mount Etna's Barbagallo flank craters and a lava flow channel. Finally, take the cable car downhill again to return to the starting point.

Includes
  • Trekking boots
  • Volcano or Alpine guide
  • Insurance coverage in the event of an accident
  • Rock helmet
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Food and drinks
  • Cable car and Unimog 4x4 (€50 total to be paid in cash on the day)
Not suitable for
  • Children under 10 years
  • Pregnant women
  • People with back problems
  • People with heart problems
  • Wheelchair users
  • People with vertigo
  • People with respiratory issues
  • People with high blood pressure

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Meeting point

Meet your guide at the Ashàra's info point located on Piazzale Rifugio Sapienza.

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Important information

What to bring

  • Sunglasses
  • Sun hat
  • Food and drinks
  • Snacks
  • Sunscreen
  • Jacket
  • T-shirt
  • Long pants
  • Socks
  • Daypack

Not allowed

  • Sandals or flip flops
  • Pets
  • Shorts
  • Baby strollers
  • Luggage or large bags

Know before you go

  • This excursion is aimed at moderately trained hikers who are comfortable hiking on sandy or uneven terrain
  • At the guide's discretion, the excursion may undergo variations in regard to weather conditions, environmental factors, or possible volcanic risks
  • If the summit craters are forbidden due to the strong volcanic activity, the tour will undergo changes using only the cable car (€30 per person) and continuing on foot up to the maximum altitude
  • The guide is entitled to stop the excursion for any reason that could compromise safety or physical integrity of an individual or the group
  • This excursion may be canceled if the minimum number of 4 participants is not reached
  • Please wear the listed items and bring an extra T-shirt, jacket, backpack (10-20L), water, snacks, and a packed lunch
  • All guests are covered by insurance
  • Maximum people in each group about 20
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.8 /5

based on 634 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
    4.9/5
  • Transportation
    4.4/5
  • Value for money
    4.6/5
  • Safety
    4.9/5

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The hike was wonderful—magnificent views both upward and down to the sea. The terrain thrilling and exotic. At one point, the black rock we were walking on was still warm and venting steam. The guide said the rock had been molten just 4 months before! Our guide was clearly knowledgeable, but his inability to communicate well in English was disappointing. Also, there must be a million fascinating stories about Etna that I am sure he could have shared but didn’t. That was a missed opportunity. Still, it was an unforgettable experience.

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November 2, 2022

Interessante Wanderung mit fachkundigem Guide von 2.500 auf 3.000m Höhe (Danke Pepe!)! Wir konnten leider nicht bis zum Gipfel, da das - täglich aktualisierte - Ampelwarnsystem zu starke vulkanische Aktivitäten anzeigte, aber die Tour lohnt sich trotzdem absolut. Ja, man kann auch selbst mit der Seilbahn hochfahren und dort herumlaufen, aber der Guide führt auch abseits der Pfade durch Lavatunnel und es läuft sich dort deutlich besser in den ausgeliehenen hohen Wanderschuhen als in normalen sneakers.

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November 1, 2022

Nice trip, lot of surprises. Italian guide (Pepe) was helpful, friendly, elaxed. Answered all my questions. The only pity is, that we did not reach top crater due to 3rd emergency level. I can't compare, but maybe ihe tour was even better in this way as we would not see what we've seen.

October 30, 2022

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