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South to north traverse of Mount Etna and the summit craters in Sicily

Traverse breathtaking Mount Etna from the south to north side and discover the summit craters with fully-certified mountain guide Alfio.

Group

1 Day

Mar, Apr, May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct

Fit

Intermediate


Highlights

  • Traverse south to north along Mount Etna and discover its volcanic craters.
  • Discover the breathtaking beauty of the rugged Sicilian wilderness.
  • Benefit from having a fully-qualified guide accompanying you on the hike.

Description

Mount Etna rises 3,326 meters like a menacing monster from the east coast of the island of Sicily.

The active stratovolcano towers on top of the meeting point between the Eurasian Plate and African Plate. Outside of the Caucasus, Mount Etna is the highest active volcano in Europe.

It is one of the world’s most active volcanoes, so hiking to the summit presents a unique experience by witnessing one of the most powerful forces of nature.

Its size and strength has cultivated many myths that surround the imposing peak. In Greek mythology, Zeus trapped the deadly monster, Typhon, beneath the mountain.

First we’ll take the cable car to reach 2,500 meters above sea level, and then hitch a ride on a 4×4 to reach 2,900 meters.

Then we’ll discover a path that leads from the Philosopher’s Tower, an iconic tower that is in memory of Empedocles, an ancient Greek philosopher who ascended the volcano to study. It is said that he met his death by falling into the bubbling crater of Mount Etna.

The path reaches the summit after approximately 2 kilometers, through beautiful lava fields originating from the south side of the carter.

Reaching the peak, which is also the roof of Sicily, stop to take in our unique surroundings then we’ll continue along the crater.

We’ll pass through volcanic ash and get to the Volcanological Observatory before finding slopes blanketed in endemic plants. Then travel through beech forest before arriving back at Piano Provenzana.

Get in touch now to reserve your place on a thrilling hike to the summit of Mount Etna via the south side.

Price includes

- Guiding fee


Details

More info

It is compulsory to bring: layered clothing, trekking shoes, windbreaker and a packed lunch.

Meeting point

Rifugio Sapienza at 9:30am.

About the guide

Languages

Italian | French | English

Residence

Sicily


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5.00

Sept 14, 2022

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4.00

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4.00

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5.00

March 9, 2022

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5.00

March 4, 2022

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5.00

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