Excursion to the Summit Craters at Sunset with Eruption

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Excursion to the Summit Craters at Sunset with Eruption

Departures scheduled daily upon reservation at 6:30 PM

Price: €160 per person (ROUND-TRIP TRANSPORTATION FROM PIANO PROVENZANA INCLUDED) 

Departures are scheduled upon reaching a minimum of 4 participants

Book by filling out the form on our calendar or send a message on WhatsApp +39 3455741330

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DESCRIPTION Etna Excursion

Enjoy the sunset and the eruption at the summit of Mount Etna.

The meeting with the guide is scheduled on the volcano at an altitude of 1800 meters at 6:00 PM. Afterwards, we will ascend along the magnificent panoramic road on the north side of Etna, using special 4×4 vehicles to reach an altitude of 2960 meters – As close as possible with transportation, which will remain on site at our disposal. The excursion will continue on foot, covering approximately 3 km uphill with a positive elevation gain of 450 meters (strongly discouraged for those who do little physical activity) from 2960 meters to 3300 meters, the true summit of the Sicilian volcano. Once at the top of Mount Etna, you will enjoy the spectacle of the Summit Craters, the colors of the rocks, the continuous emissions of high-temperature volcanic gases, all accompanied by the sunset on the horizon. The descent will partly follow the same path as the ascent, then proceed through channels of volcanic ash and scoria, until the final return to the special 4×4 vehicle, which will take you back to the starting point of the excursion. The return is expected by 10:00 PM.


Included in the price of €160 per person:

  • Authorized Volcanological Guide
  • 4×4 vehicle ticket (round trip from 1800 meters to 2960 meters and from 2960 meters to 1800 meters)
  • Trekking poles
  • Helmets
  • Extra socks
  • Accident insurance
  • Trekking shoes
  • Winter jackets

Excluded:

  • Lunch
  • Bottled water
  • Snacks
  • K-way (rain jacket)
  • Windbreaker
  • Parking ticket (€3 for the whole day, to be paid on-site)

Program

Meeting at Chiosco Bar Mareneve in Piano Provenzana (1800 meters) at 6:00 PM

Expected return at around 10:00 PM

  • 6:30 PM > Ascent with special 4×4 vehicles from Piano Provenzana along the panoramic road of North Etna
  • Arrival at 2960 meters
  • Start of the 3 km uphill trek to the Summit Craters of Etna at 3300 meters
  • Visit to the Craters and observation of the eruption and sunset
  • Descent on terrain consisting of volcanic sand and scoria to the 4×4 vehicle station waiting for us at 2900 meters
  • Return with the off-road vehicle to Piano Provenzana (1800 meters)

Total duration of the trek: approximately 4.5 hours

Total distance: 7.5 km (variable)

Maximum altitude reached on foot: approximately 3300 meters

Minimum altitude reached on foot: approximately 2900 meters

Ascent elevation gain: 450 meters (variable)

Descent elevation loss: 450 meters (variable)

Difficulty: E (For hikers accustomed to walking at high altitudes)


Mandatory Equipment:

  • Snack
  • Layered clothing (short-sleeve shirt, thermal or long-sleeve shirt) – (variable depending on the season)
  • Trekking shoes
  • Windbreaker or down jacket
  • Gloves and hat (depending on temperature)
  • Water – at least 1L per person
  • Option to rent trekking shoes and jacket on-site, assisted by your guide

Recommended Equipment:

  • Trekking poles
  • Gloves 🧤(especially from mid-August, September, and October)
  • K-way (rain jacket) or windbreaker 💨
  • 25/30 L backpack
  • Sunglasses
  • Long pants (highly recommended)
  • Flashlight 🔦 or headlamp
  • Tissues or bandana (to protect from dust or volcanic gases)

Good to Know

  • In case of adverse weather conditions, we will notify you as soon as possible to inform you about the cancellation or postponement of your excursion.
  • No advance payment is required for the booking (except for agencies, groups, or private tours). After confirming your booking via our number: +39 345 5741330, you will pay directly to the guide on the day of the excursion.
  • In case of high demand, participants will be divided into smaller groups with different guides, depending on languages, to avoid the formation of large groups.

Warnings for the Etna Excursion

  • The trekking is not recommended ⚠️ for those who do not regularly engage in physical activity.
  • The excursion requires a good level of physical fitness, as the route is at high altitude, making it easy to experience fatigue symptoms. Caution is required ⚠️ as the volcanic soil is often loose and unstable.
  • The excursion may be subject to changes at the discretion of the guides or may be interrupted if environmental, atmospheric, or volcanic conditions change to the extent that they compromise the safety of the group.
  • The total duration of the trekking will depend on the pace.
  • The excursion will be conducted within the limits set by the current regulations.
  • Suitable for children over 13 years old.
  • The route includes climbing and walking along crater rims, which may cause vertigo in sensitive individuals.
  • This itinerary, given the type and altitude, is suitable for people in good physical health who do not suffer from specific conditions (strongly discouraged ⛔️ for those with cardiovascular, respiratory, or hypertension issues).
  • We advise against the use of contact lenses due to volcanic gases and ash, which can easily cause problems if blown.
  • Pregnant women who are beyond their third month are not allowed to participate in any type of hiking activity.
  • To ensure the successful outcome of the excursion and the proper conduct of the activity, it is important to be fully aware of your health condition and inform the guide if necessary, to minimize the risk of potential problems and avoid hazards ⚠️.
Guide Vulcanologiche Etna Nord
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