Mount Etna hike tour
The itinerary of this excursion usually follows a single path (often on the northeast side of the volcano), varying according to the season, group composition and specific daytime conditions (you could either reach the Serracozzo Cave and follow a pathway looking over Valle del Bove, or reach the small Timparossa shelter following part of the highway track).
This slightly more challenging excursion allows you to get away from the most popular hiking trails and immerse yourself in unspoiled nature.
The choice of the route and any changes due to particular weather conditions will depend on the unquestionable judgment of the guides.
The tour is designed for those who, even without being a regular trekker, are in good physical shape: however, there will be some stops during the walk (the whole walk lasts 5 hours more or less), and the altitude does not exceed 500 meters.
There will be a stop for a tasty snack.
Excursions take place at a maximum of 2000 meters (subject to our guides).
We remind you to wear sneakers (sports or trekking) with socks, and wear a winter jacket since the temperature at altitude is lower than 10-15 ° C around Catania. In case of snow, we also recommend to bring with you a second pair of socks. Snowshoes and sticks will be provided by us. If you think you are not well equipped, please let us know when booking. In that case, we will give you shoes and jackets.
Also remember to bring a bottle of water with you to unwind during your trek.
The journey can endure little variations due specific needs of the group and/or weather conditions. In addition, in the case of conditions or events that are independent of our will and unpredictable, the guide may choose to make some changes to the itinerary and its judgment is imperative.
Professional naturalistic guide (geologists, volcanoes, agronomists) and especially passionate about trekking and volcanoes
Pick-up in a jeep or minibus in Catania, directly at the hotels or by agreeing a meeting point.
Equipment, if requested at the time of booking.
The Bove Valley is a large basin (or caldera) located on the eastern side of the volcanic Mount Etna, within the protected area of the Etna Park in the territory of Zafferana Etnea.
The formation of this basin, of a predominantly desert landscape alternating with dagalas (lava-insulated vegetation portions, mostly from the recent castles), is traced back to 64,000 years ago due to the collapse of the predatory eruptive centers of Etna. In fact, it is assumed that the valley was created by a series of collapses and the latest one, according to recent studies, should have taken place about 9,000 years ago. A large amount of carry-over material in the coastal area of Riposto would seem to confirm this hypothesis.