Pick-up: One of Etna Experience’s expert naturalistic guides will pick you up at 7:15/7:30 a.m. from your hotel in Catania or from an agreed meeting point, to take you aboard one of our 8-seater vehicles (jeep or minivan).
Ascent to 2900 mt: Our guide will drive to Rifugio Sapienza, on the South side of Mt Etna. There you will take the cable car up to 2500 meters of altitude. Then on board of off-road vehicles, you will arrive at 2900 meters.
Mt Etna Summit Strong Tour 3300 mt: Accompanied by our naturalistic guide and an alpine – volcanologist guide, you will start a high-level trekking that, in 3 hours uphill (for a difference in height of 400 meters with distance equivalent to about 3-4 km), will bring you up to 3250 meters.
You will walk up to the North-east crater, the highest within the craters at 3329 meters. You will have a stop to enjoy the beautiful to listen to the explanations of the guides, and above all to admire the magnificent landscape we can see from that high.
Packed – lunch: You will return to 3000 meters always accompained by our expert guide and here you will have a stop for lunch with a tasty packed lunch (provided by Etna Experience). You will then continue the descent, passing from the North East crater, to reach 2500 meters where we will take the cableway again to reach 2000 meters.
Volcanic cave: In the afternoon, you will visit a volcanic cave using the equipment provided (helmets and torches) to safely explore the depth of our volcano. Our expert guide will introduce you, with some basic information of speleology, to the fascinating phenomena often related to eruptions.
Return: The Mt Etna Summit Strong Tour tour will finish at 5.30-6.00 pm, when you will be back to Catania.
The price for the Mt Etna Summit Strong Tour is 169€ per adult and 149€ for teenager and students up to 24 years old. Teenager must be minimum 16 years old to join the excursion. This excursion is not suitable for children.
Who can take part: This excursion involves a walk of about 6 hours in total, through a medium-high trek (to reach about 3320 meters).
For this reason, those who are not in a good state of health or suffer one of these pathologies, cannot participate to this excursion:
If you are in one of these conditions, but you still would like to see the summit area, you could opt for the Mt Etna Summit Easy Tour.
Availability: The Mt Etna Summit Strong Tour on the top rins from April to end of October, it is highly affected by weather and volcanic conditions as it runs on the top of the volcano at about 3300 meters above sea level. Changes may, therefore, happen frequently.
Throughout the month of June 2020 our tours will be available every day upon request without the transfer service; customers are required to use their own vehicle and meet the guide by an agreed meeting point. The standard rate will be reduced by 50%. Besides the tours upon request, we have created a calendar of special events for Sicilians, consultable in R-Estate in Sicilia 2020 section. Don’t hesitate to contact us for further information.