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Etna Summit Active Crater Trekking Adventure

Experience an exhilarating journey to the summit of Mount Etna, where the active and thundering summit craters reveal the heartbeat of this fascinating mountain. Trek through a dynamic volcanic landscape, reaching heights of 3320 metres, and witness Sicily’s breathtaking panorama unfold. Brace yourself for an adventure that encapsulates the awe-inspiring wonder of nature, as you explore the pulsating heart of Mount Etna’s summit area.

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6:30 am – 7:00 am: Meeting in Catania

Meet your guide at your chosen accommodation or the designated meeting point in Catania, setting the stage for an exhilarating journey.

Scenic Drive and Introduction:

Embark on a comfortable 1.5-hour drive to the volcano area, enjoying the picturesque journey. Engage in an informative chat with your guide, covering the day’s itinerary, safety guidelines, and fascinating facts about Mount Etna.

Off-road Track Ride to 2950 metres:

Commence your adventure from Piano Provenzana, situated at 1800 metres above sea level, on the northern side of Etna. Board 4×4 off-road vehicles to reach an altitude of 2950 metres.

Hiking Experience:

We will embark on an exhilarating 3-kilometer trek through lava fields towards the summit of the volcano. Starting at an altitude of 2950 meters, we’ll ascend to 3320 meters above sea level.

Depending on weather conditions and gas exposure, we’ll venture into the summit area of the volcano.

Experience the thrill of standing on the edge of the Central Crater, with its smoking vents of Voragine and Bocca Nuova. As we walk along the rim of the Central Crater, you’ll witness breathtaking phenomena unique to the summit of an active volcano: gases escaping from its vents and fissures, sulfur sublimates leaving their distinctive yellow color on the crater’s surface, and the unmistakable scent of hydrogen sulfide. Above all, you’ll experience incredible emotions! You’ll also have the chance to see the impressive chasm of the Northeast Crater and the majestic, awe-inspiring Southeast Crater.

On the return journey, we’ll descend about 2 kilometers along the slopes of the summit craters on volcanic sand terrain, reaching an altitude of 2850 meters, where a 4×4 vehicle will take us back to the starting point at Piano Provenzana.

Relax and Return to Catania:

Wind down and relax during the return journey to Catania, with an estimated arrival back around 2:30 – 3:00 pm, concluding the summit trekking experience on Mount Etna.

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Meeting point

Share your accommodation address with us for an easy pick-up! We’ll either collect you from your place or set up a nearby meeting point. If you’re travelling from outside Catania, we’ve got comfortable meeting options for you. We aim to make your experience hassle-free!

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Cancellation policy

You can cancel your reservation for any reason up to 48 hours before the beginning of the tour and receive a full deposit refund.