Mount Etna: Central Crater Guided Hike for Advanced Hikers

USD 123



Embark on an unforgettable adventure to the majestic Mount Etna, Italy's highest active volcano, and conquer its towering summit craters, which pierce the sky at a breathtaking 3,300 meters. Setting out from the charming town of Linguaglossa, you'll venture off the beaten path, discovering a lesser-known aspect of this magnificent natural wonder. As you explore, marvel at the awe-inspiring volcanic landscapes and bask in the unspoiled charm of this incredible volcano.

Embark on a thrilling adventure like no other on Mount Etna, tailored for seasoned hikers seeking an unforgettable experience. With a licensed volcanology guide, delve into the fascinating world of volcanology and immerse yourself in the breathtaking natural beauty amidst Etna's lava flows. The journey begins at a meeting point situated 1,800 meters above sea level. From here, board specialized 4x4 vehicles and ascend along the scenic 8-kilometer road on the north side of the volcano, reaching an altitude of 2,825 meters. Next, embark on a 5-kilometer uphill hike along a path surrounded by volcanic slag and large bombs, leading to the rim of Etna's majestic Central Crater. The total altitude gain is 490 meters up to the crater's edge at 3,315 meters. Pause to marvel at the awe-inspiring volcanic environment, featuring gas emissions, fumaroles, and vibrant sublimates. If weather conditions permit, take in the panoramic view of Sicily from the rooftop of the island. After absorbing the summit's grandeur, begin your descent down the slag and volcanic ash slopes, arriving at the Volcanological Observatory for a well-deserved lunch break. The adventure continues as you venture into one of the volcano's characteristic sandy channels, surrounded by endemic flora and seasonal streams. Your journey concludes at Piano Provenzana, the endpoint of the excursion. This 5-6 hour trek covers a total distance of 12 kilometers, with 5 kilometers of uphill and 7 kilometers of downhill hiking. The route is suitable for experienced hikers accustomed to regular mountain excursions. The highest altitude reached is 3,315 meters, with a minimum altitude of 1,800 meters. The total downhill altitude difference is 1,500 meters, which can be challenging, especially for those with joint or knee problems.