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Guided ski touring on Mount Etna

Guided ski touring Mount Etna
Guided ski touring Mount Etna
Guided ski touring Mount Etna
Guided ski touring Mount Etna
Guided ski touring Mount Etna

One of the IFMGA-certified guides in the Peakshunter team will take you on this extraordinary ski touring adventure in Mont Etna (Italy), the highest active volcano in Europe.

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3 Days

Jan, Feb, Mar


Description

Join me in this unique adventure in Mount Etna, in Sicily, Italy. Mount Etna rises to 3350 meters. In fact, it's the highest active volcano in Europe!

A different experience from the one you can have at the classic ski touring destinations. A grandiose panorama of white slopes that contrast with black lava and the blue sea below. Dedicated to those who want to live an unforgettable weekend in an unusual environment. All while enjoying the scents and flavours of the superb island.

The descent of this singular mount skiing is an amazing experience. The snow is very special: in fact, it's sometimes covered by a thin layer of ash. Moreover, the views of the deep blue sea in the distance are amazing. The snow slopes alternate with black lava rocks creating striking contrasts.

Indeed, thanks to its unique conical shape, Etna offers numerous ski touring alternatives on all sides.

We can reach the 4 summit craters of the volcano (over 3300 m) using skins and crampons in about 3 hours. Of course, this is if the weather and volcanic conditions are favorable. Besides, we can use the cable car up to 2500 m if we want to reduce the ascent time.

In general, the ascents ski touring don't have particular technical difficulties. Only a few brief parts may require using crampons or knives. The alternative itinerary on day 2 including the south-north crossing is a bit more challenging.

Did you find this tour in Mount Etna tempting? Then please contact me so we can set a date and leave together. I would love guiding you ski touring in this unique volcano. Italy is a great ski destination. Another trip that I really like is Backcountry skiing in the Aosta valley.

Price includes

- Guiding fee

- Accommodation included

- Transport during the trip

Price details

The price doesn't include: (1) Research and rescue insurance (recommended): €5 per person for 3 days (2) Lift tickets (3) Return flight to Catania (4) Mini-van related expenses (fuel) (the rental is included) (5) Meals, drinks, and other expenses not specified above (6) Surcharge for single room in the hotel or B&B (7) The guide’s expenses (lifts and meals) (8) Personal equipment (ARTVA, Shovel, probe and crampons): €40/day per person (9) Personal travel Insurance which must cover trip cancellation, early return, assistance during the trip, baggage loss, etc. (10) Anything else not listed in "Price includes"


Itinerary

Day 1: Montagnola

From Milan, Turin, Verona or another airport you can fly to Catania.
We meet at the airport and transfer to Nicolosi, on the south side of the volcano, where we go to the B&B or refuge (mini van for 7-9 people).
Depending on the arrival time or the flights and the weather conditions, we can do a short excursion to Montagnola (2700 m), starting from Rifugio Sapienza (1910 m) and visit the famous Crateri Silvestri (south side).
After stopping at the Rifugio Monte Scavo, we return to the B&B or refuge for dinner and overnight.
D +250m
Duration: 2hs (using the lifts)

Day 2: Piano del Lago - Torre del Filosofo

Starting from Rifugio Sapienza (1910 m), we go up the lava slopes next to the ski slopes using the cable car, up to the mountain station (2504 m).
We continue to the right leaving the new craters of 2001 and 2002 (the area called the Piano del Lago). Passing by the Torre del Filosofo, we reach the edge of the southeast crater (3250 m). From there it’s a short climb to the saddle between the central and northeastern crater (3350 m).
We use the same route to descend and return to the accommodation.
D +850m
Duration 5hs

Alternative plan: great crossing of Etna from South to North 
(Altitude change 1400m, duration 7hs)
After reaching the northeast crater, we go down along the cresta della Valle del Leone/Bove. We can enjoy the wonderful panorama, Taormina on the Peloritani mountains and the Strait of Messina. We descend towards the Volcanological Observatory.

Day 3: Pizzi Deneri - Piano delle Concazze, Gorges della Quarantore

We transfer to Linguaglossa on the north side of the volcano. A beautiful scenic trip along the southeastern shoulder of Pizzi Deneri (2847 m), an excellent vantage point over the Valle del Leone / Bove  and the craters of the summit.
From Piano Provenzana – Monte Conca we go to the craters, then go to the Piano delle Concazze towards the Volcanological Observatory. From there we can admire the magnificent panorama over eastern Sicily, the Ionian Sea and even Calabria.
Descent to the fantastic gorge della Quarantore and return from the ski resort to Piano Provenzana.
Transfer to Catania airport.
D +1000m
Duration 6hs

Alternative plan: visit to the Grotta del Gelo
(Altitude change 1200m, duration 6hs)
We climb to Monte Pizzillo (1400 m), where you can visit the “hornitos”, mini craters from 1947. Through several lava flows we reach the Grotta del Gelo: a lava cave located at 2100 m on the northern slope of Etna, famous for having the southernmost glacier in Europe. The best time to visit is spring, when the outside snow melts, allowing access to the cave and the stunning ice structures whithin it.

 

Details

Accommodation

B&B or refuge.

More info

Equipment: AVD, shovel, probe, personal hygiene kit, energy bars or dried fruit, 1l water bottle or thermos, sunscreen and lip balm with sun protection, first aid kit, headlamp (with spare batteries), camera, duct tape, sealskins, axe, ski knives, crampons with anti-balling, alpine ski boots, touring skis and poles, 30/40l backpack.

Clothing: wool cap or hat, buff, 2 pairs ski socks, fiber turtleneck, waterproof jacket, ski gloves, light gloves, windstopper, ski mask, sunglasses for glacier-high mountain, ski pants, duvet (optional), waterproof pants, underpants or tights, breathable tshirts.

Not included, here is an estimation : Price for each, ski equipment rental, 150 € for 3 days, 2 nights in b&b 80/120€, car rent 100/200€, my extra fees (transfer and accommodation) 350/500€.

Meeting point

At the airport in Catania.

About the guide

Giving and receiving smiles, seeing the satisfaction on the faces of our customers, seeking opportunities for growth, stimulating authenticity in personal and group relationships, in sharing mountaineering disciplines, fears, efforts, and moments of difficulty, which are part of the integrated with experiences, essential ingredients of every summit climb: these are our focus, our beliefs, and our most important results, as outdoor Professionals and as people who love the mountains and their work as Alpine Guides!

Founded in 2013 by Elis and Silvia, PEAKSHUNTER Mountain Guides is a team of IFMGA-certified Mountain Professionals and outdoor activities experts, based in the town of Aosta, not far from Courmayeur-Chamonix, on the Italian side of the Mont Blanc massif.

We live and work in the beautiful Aosta Valley region, very close to French and Swiss borders near to Geneva, Milan, and Turin international airports.

Mont Blanc, Matterhorn, Dufourspitze, Pyramide Vincent and Regina Margherita Hut, Gran Paradiso, Breithorn, Lyskamm, Castor and Pollux are only a few of several 4000 Alps summits you can climb with us: most of our team of Guides were born and grew up close to these mountains and they have explored the ascent routes several times during different seasons, with skis or crampons!

- We love our work: we plan all our trips with great commitment and deep respect for the Alpine environment, for its inhabitants, and its territories. Including local traditions in different valleys and Alpine areas.

- We love Mountain, Nature, and Outdoor activities, that we like to share with people from all around the world. We are enthusiastic to meet like-minded adventurers and share new experiences and memorable emotions with the support of our Mountain Guides.

- Safety and Risk Management are essential for us, as elements of fundamental importance during every single trip we plan and carry out with our customers: for this reason, we offer introductory courses to the different alpine disciplines (Mountaineering, Rock climbing, Ice climbing, Ski mountaineering, Freeride, Rescue Crevasse, and Avalanche) to convey awareness and responsibility to our customers.

- We offer solid Experience, with several years organizing outdoor disciplines around mountain and wild areas, in many different countries of Italy and Europe, for individuals or groups, including 7-day customer support for booking, logistics, and personal assistance for planning and reservations.

- As certified Mountain Guides, we offer training courses, to improve technical skills and to learn basic knowledge about mountaineering in the Alps, which is essential to explore and climb the Mountains safely in any situation or conditions.

- We are happy to provide customized programs for every customer's demand: our Experience is synonymous with Professionalism and Customer Care to guarantee unforgettable emotions and beautiful smiles!

Fulfill your dreams, discover breathtaking views or simply enjoy an extraordinary day: you just need to use your imagination and we will carry out your trip as you desire to live it!

Let’s plan your next mountain project together!

Languages

Italian | French | English

Certificates

IFMGA


What people are saying about -PeaksHunter Mountain Guides

Ian Bate

5.00

September, 2023

A very well organised trip by both parties, we will define use again for future trips 🙂

MARTA PASCOLO

5.00

September, 2023

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Jeroen Broeze

4.00

September, 2023

The traveller did not leave a comment.

Evan Grimes

5.00

September, 2023

Had a blast with Elis from Peakshunter. We enjoyed the climbing quite a bit, and Elis was kind and helpful, and the views at Albard di Bard were amazing! We had never done multi pitch climbing before and he made it a really fun time for us.

Craig Wilkinson

5.00

September, 2023

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Lee Rae

5.00

August, 2023

Explore share were easy to work with and their outsourced guides “Peakshunter” were absolutely amazing. Our guides ELIS MARTIS and ALESSANDRO BELTRAMI were amazing they made the trip so much better. They were patient, professional and really knowledgable.

Angus Aagaard

5.00

August, 2023

We booked two trips for our 17 year old son. The first, a small group ascent of Breithorn with Angelo as guide, went to plan; the second - the Aiguilles MarbrĂ©es - didn’t because of adverse weather conditions. As we had come from London and had limited flexibility, Silvia was super helpful and arranged for him to have a day on a via ferrata climb with Paolo instead. Communication was excellent and the guides great; our son loved both days and we would thoroughly recommend. Thank you!

5.00

August, 2023

Although we didnt summit due to weather, the entire experience was wonderful! really well done by peakshunter and our guide matteo!

Arjun Srivatsa

5.00

August, 2023

Hi Explore-Share, I really loved the overall experience during the summit of the wonderful Gran Paradiso. I got to meet new people who were also like-minded, and understand each other and helping along the way. In particular, I must say the guidance offered by our team leader Simone and Fabio were really important, to understand the safety measures and technical challenges along the way. They also gave key insights into the terrain, weather and adapting to the changes accordingly. Of course, for me being in the mountaineering field as a hobby for 20 years now, it was still helpful and I learned new things. I would really want to come back again to this experience and re-live it with you all over again. Special thanks to Fabio who dropped me all the way from Valsavarenche to Ivrea with a special shot of coffee he made in his car. :) Best regards, Arjun Srivatsa

Ivan Zupanic

5.00

August, 2023

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Boris Kruljevic

5.00

August, 2023

What a great experience this was! Thank you guide Angelo for being so patient, I am really happy to have done this trip!

Anna Scolaro

5.00

August, 2023

I had the best experience and a really great time doing this trip! Thank you to the guides who helped me. It was the highlight of my Europe trip :)

Will Rhodes

4.00

August, 2023

The guides were great,with a wealth of experience. The comunication between the explore share was very poor . We were not told what b and b we were staying until the day before. We were lucky we had signal on are phones to get the address. If we didn't have signal it would of caused a major issue for us .

Eric Axtelius

5.00

August, 2023

Great climb of Gran Paradiso with Piercarlo. Truly unique character and great guide.

Richard Bates

5.00

August, 2023

Lived up to expectations. Great guides, Davide and Nicola who measured the pace and were attentive and fun! Organisation by Peaks Hunter worked to a tee. Highly recommended


 

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