from 79€ p.p
High altitude adventure, to the discovery of top craters. Get ready for the highest experience Etna can offer you. A full day excursion, with a fantastic trekking path that runs between unique lunar- like landscapes like you have never seen before.
Cable car station / Rifugio Sapienza
• Trekking shoes
• Authorised English tour guide (volcano guides, touristic guides, hiking guides AIGAE in possession of BLSD certification)
NOT INCLUDED SERVICES
• Cable car and off road bus ticket for transport up to 2900 m at a costo di 66€ p.p.
EXTRA COST SERVICES BY REQUEST
• Pick-up from the hotel or another meeting point (price by arrangement)
Tell us in advance about any special needs or health issues, such as allergies, heart disease, pressure problems, walking difficulties, handicaps. We will do our best to let you enjoy the tour to its full extent. Hiking at this altitude is not recommended to women over 3 months pregnant. Thank you!
!!! The tour could be modified or interrupted by the guide, in case of dangerous weather or vulcanic conditions that may undermine everyone safety.
When we meet us at the square in front of Sapienza shelter, you will already be at 1900 m, right inside the protected UNESCO site called “Etna natural Park”.
Here you will meet our guide and by cable you will reach 2500 m, where the trekking begins.
We go up the volcano slope by cableway, coming across old extinct craters as well as lava fields from more recent eruptions. At about 2000 and 3000 m we will be able to see very few plant species that manage to survive in very extreme conditions, such as extreme temperatures both in winter and summer, dry soil, strong wind.
All around us, craters and solid lava flows coloured in shades of black, grey and red; here, the incessant activity of the volcano does not allow vegetation to grow. By looking carefully, we can notice round lava rocks that differ in colour and density if compared to the surrounding: we are talking about lava bomb.
After the last trekking part, you will feel as if you are on top the world. It is hard to describe how one feels up here: you will be mesmerized by so much beauty and so much majesty, all surrounded by the beautiful energy of the skies and the fiery power of the volcano under our feet. Unique landscape with changing bright ground colours. Landscapes and weather conditions that may rapidly change, wind, smoke, steam, gasses, all variable conditions that, weather permitting, will give you the chance to peer even into the volcanic channel. On days where the skies are clear, visibility will allow you to admire most of Sicily with its mountains and lakes. Our descent will begin after a walk on the Central Crater’s edge.
We will stop for a pic-nic once a comfortable area will be found.
Packed lunch is not included in the tour price. You can bring your own lunch or grab something at the local vendors at the beginning of the tour.
During the descent we will come across highly variable landscapes: we will step on unstable, rough rocks, shaped by fire, and we will dip our boots in the volcanic sand as well. As we make our way down, we will enjoy the lunar-like landscapes, with heart and eyes filled by the many wonders of this epic journey. This day will be remembered as one of the most spectacular of our lives, having walked on top of Europe’s most active volcano in.
After a lengthy exploration of Mt. Etna and after having satisfied our senses, we will have reached the end of our adventure together. Once down, we will cross the Etna Park again (Parco dell’Etna), and, going through antique lava flows, we will be going back home, tired but happy.
See you on the next adventure!