Excursion

Etna summit craters – Top Strong Tour

Etna Central Craters - 3300 meters

Excursion information

Location Etna South
Altitude 3300 mt.
Duration 7.30 AM - 5.30 PM
Difficulty Hard/Advanced
Departure From Taormina and surrounding areas (Giardini Naxos, Castelmola and Letojanni). For those coming from other places, we'll organise meeting points
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Pick-up (Taormina and Nearby Area)

We will pick you up outside/nearby your accommodation in Taormina or in its close vicinity between 7.30 and 8.00 AM. Depending on the accommodation’s location, we will organize a convenient meeting point. Each of our minivans can accommodate up to 8 participants.


Guided Trekking at 3000/3000 Mt. Around the Main Craters

It takes about one hour and half to arrive at Etna South. From Rifugio Sapienza you will start the ascent by cableway first and then by 4×4 up to 2900mt. Once there, our naturalistic guide and a volcanologist guide will lead you during a 1,5 hours high-level trekking. They guides will bring you up to the Etna summit craters at 3250 meters;  there, you will see the Central and the Bocca Nuova Craters. Then, you will walk up to the North-east crater, the highest among craters at 3329 meters. You will have a stop to enjoy the beautiful view of the Etna summit craters and the landscape all around and to listen to the explanations of the guides.
Then, from the top, you will start the 2,5 hours descent, passing through the Bove Valley. Once back at 2500 meters, you will take the cable car to get back to 2000 meters.


Snack

While still exploring Etna, we will offer a packed lunch based on Sicilian products and drinks.


Volcanic Cave

Afterwards, we will provide you with helmets and torchlights to get in the volcanic underground and visit one of the striking lava caves of our volcano; during this part, the guide will explain origins, characteristics, and uses of the of this fascinating volcanic phenomenon.


Drop-off

At the end of the trip to the Etna summit craters, at around 5.00/5.30 PM, the guide will drop you off at the starting point.


Essential Information about this tour

What to wear:

It’s recommendable to wear comfortable and season-appropriate clothes, hiking boots or training shoes and to bring a jacket. We suggest you wear long trousers (shorts are not recommendable) and long socks to prevent sable and volcanic rocks to cause discomfort while walking. It could come in handy a jacket to wear at high altitude.

We can provide windproof jackets and hiking boots. In case you don’t have any, you can borrow our shoes and jackets for free.

We suggest you bring with you a bag/backpack with a bottle of water, a hat and sunblock.

Who can participate:

We don’t recommend participation to those who are not in a good state of health, especially to those suffering from cardio-respiratory conditions. Also, children under 12 years old can’t take part in the excursion.

This experience includes a 6-hours-long trekking at high height (3320mt of altitude) which may also require sudden movements – to avoid possible eruptions or unexpected degassing – on a terrain which is arduous and irregular.
The top on Mt. Etna,  is subject to dangerous emission of gases, which exposition can provoke problems to your health. For this reason, those who are not in a good state of health or suffer one of these pathologies, cannot participate in this excursion:

– People with disabilities
– Asthma
– Problems with blood pressure or hearth
– Obesity
– Pregnancy
– Those recently subjected  to surgery
– Whatever other form of limitation psico-physics that would not allow the result of the excursion.

We ask you to ponder your adhesion to this excursion. In any case, please let us know about any health conditions when booking.

How to prepare for this trip:

We advise strongly against consuming too much alcohol/smoke or having a too heavy meal the night before the excursion. Nonetheless, a light but fulfilling breakfast on the morning of the excursion is recommended.

What to expect:

The itinerary may vary depending on factors such as weather conditions and/or if deemed necessary.

As this excursion gets to 3300 m of altitude, there are high chances of walking on snow-covered or rocky terrain.

The trekking on the summit area is led by a specialized volcanologist who is going to take charge of both our naturalistic guide and the whole group. So it is essential that the participants follow the volcanologists’ instructions and keep up their pace.

The summit area of Etna is frequently subjected to sudden gas emissions. Therefore we ask you to please listen carefully to the guide’s instructions and possibly to bring a handkerchief/wipe to avoid inhaling those gases directly.


Included in the booking

Naturalistic English-speaking guide (geologists, volcanologists, forestry-experts or agronomists); pickup and transport, ascent via cable car and off-road vehicles, snack, insurance and equipment.

Languages

English and Italian. Spanish and French are available upon request, if informed with adeguate notice.

Requirements

This activity is suitable for fit people only. Participation is forbidden to children under 12 years of age.

Itinerary changes

The itinerary might be subjected to variations due to factors such as weather conditions and/or if deemed necessary.