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Ski mountaineering, snowshoeing and winter excursions on Mount Etna

Also this year, thanks to the collaboration with the instructors of the Linguaglossa Ski School, the Alpine and Volcanological Guides organize ; ski mountaineering, trekking and snowshoeing scheduled for the months of December, January, February and March.

What to expect:

  • Unique landscapes of its kind
  • Contrast between the snow and the dark volcanic rock
  • Woods, lava flows, fractures and lateral craters
  • View of the sea and the Summit Craters of Etna
  • Regenerating experience

– Given the presence of explosive activity that can be extremely dangerous for anyone near the summit area, the Civil Protection has published an Ordinance that does not allow the public to be accompanied to the summit. We must necessarily stop at an altitude of 2850 meters at Etna North and at an altitude of 2750 meters in Etna South. Given the current situation of the volcano and the rules to follow, under our responsibility (when the volcano is calmer) we reach an altitude of 2900 m. (Starting from Etna Sud).

-Excursions can therefore be made, at the altitudes written above (in compliance with the Ordinance in force); it should also be considered that the volcano is currently covered with snow starting from an altitude of 1500 meters, which necessarily implies the use of equipment during our excursions such as: snowshoes and mountaineering skis or crampons for activities above an altitude of 2200 meters for the certain presence of ice.

– All equipments can be rented on site, with the exception of crampons, especially at the tourist resort of Piano Provenzana in Etna Nord, at a cost that varies from 10 euros per person for snowshoes and 20 euros per person for mountaineering skis.

The activities to do are:

1) Excursion to South Etna up to an altitude of 2900 meters

“Available if the volcano is calm on the requested date.” A few days ago due to ash explosions, the volcano covered all the snow with black sand right on the southern side of Etna.

Here are the details:

The cost of the excursion will be 85 € per person – (This excursion has a cost of: 75 € for children under 12).

The meeting will be at 8:30 am, at the parking lot of (Rifugio Sapienza). By clicking on the link, Google Maps will automatically open, so you can easily get to the starting point: https://goo.gl/maps/bkybAmTAULijYjbe6

The hike starts at the Sapienza refuge at 1,900 meters above sea level. You will take the cable car (round trip) up to 2,500 meters. Here you will start your trek among the recent flows (on foot) up to an altitude of 2900 meters, at the base of the South-East Crater. Then you will visit the 2002 craters present at 2900 meters.

  • The return from an altitude of 2900 is scheduled on foot to the cable car.


Included in the price 55 €

  • Authorized volcanological guide
  • Trekking poles
  • Helmets
  • Accident insurance
  • Trekking shoes
  • Winter jacket

Excluded from the price:

  • Bottled water
  • Ski suit
  • Snow boots
  • Snacks
  • € 30 to be paid locally, for transport: Cable car tickets (round trip) from 1900mt to 2500mt
  • K-way (waterproof jacket)
  • Parking ticket

Total duration: 5 hours

Total km: 6.5 km (variable value)

Total height difference uphill: 450 m (variable value)

Difficulty: For hikers used to walking at high altitude – E (Hikers).

2) Excursion to the craters of 2002 (suitable also for children)

The route starts from Piano Provenzana, which rises from an altitude of 1800 meters to an altitude of 2200 meters. It has a total duration of 3 hours, with a total of 400 meters of positive difference in height, for a distance of 5 km (round trip).

Prices: € 30 for adults and € 20 for children under 12 years, plus any € 10 per person to be added to the total cost, for renting snowshoes and trekking poles (at authorized rentals).

Included in the price 30 €

Authorized volcanological guide
Accident insurance
Trekking shoes
Trekking poles
Winter jacket

Excluded from the price:

Snowshoes rental (€ 10 per person)
Bottled water
Ski suit
Snow boots
K-way (waterproof jacket)
Parking ticket

– The appointment for this excursion will be at 9:00 am at: Il KIOSCO BAR MARENEVE by Ferraro Giuseppa. By clicking on the link, Google Maps will automatically open, so you can easily get to the starting point: https://goo.gl/maps/mCLCod52m6aF9xMb6

Please note: In periods characterized by greater turnout, the meeting point could be anticipated, at 8:45/9:00 am, in order to guarantee you can find a place for your cars, given the mass of skiers arriving, and the consequent difficulty in finding parking space.

3) Experience with ski mountaineering

For the more experienced, if you are a mountaineer, and you want to discover the volcano in winter alone, without other people, the private guide who will be alone with you, at a cost of € 300, will take you to an altitude point reachable at this moment with mountaineering skis, to rent on site (in Piano Provenzana, link Google Maps: https://goo.gl/maps/mCLCod52m6aF9xMb6), rental of the necessary equipments like :

  • Helmet
  • Ski
  • Touring ski boots
  • Seal skins
  • Sticks
  • Price: € 20 per person to be paid by the customer.

Useful information

  • Recommended clothing: Layered, thermal t-shirt, fleece / down jacket, windbreaker, (better if wearing a ski suit), gloves and hat.
  • Mandatory equipment. : trekking or after ski shoes.
  • € 20 for ski touring equipment rental
  • € 10 for snowshoes and trekking poles rental
  • We recommend that you go to the starting points of our excursions, equipped with thermal tires or chains ⛓ on board (if necessary), which are mandatory in the winter months to arrive safely on the volcano.
  • In the event of adverse weather conditions, we will advise you in order to communicate the cancellation or postponement of your excursion, at the earliest possible date.
  • There is no advance payment, you will pay our service directly on site to the mountain or volcanological guide who will be with you.


How to book?

To book, you can reply by email to the address:info.guidevulcanologicheetna@gmail.com, providing your details (name, surname, actual date of the excursion, number of participants and mobile phone number).Or we recommend sending a message to our number on whatsapp: +39 345 5741330 active every day from 9:30 to 19:00.


Article written by : Vincenzo Greco G.V.

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Our group is made up of Guides belonging to the Regional College of Alpine and Volcanological Guides of Sicily, the Italian legislation provides that these professionals are the only ones authorized to lead groups in active volcanoes and throughout the island (Framework Law of 2 January 1989 No. 6 and Regional Law of April 6, 1996).

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