Mount Etna just hike tour

Come and have a solitary trek in the lunar landscapes of our Volcano!

Mount Etna just hike tour: Come and have a solitary trek in the lunar landscapes of our Volcano!

 

  • Pick-up (Taormina and Nearby Area)

    We will pick you up outside/nearby your accommodation in Taormina or in its close vicinity (depending on the accommodation’s location, we will organize a convenient meeting point) between 8.30 and 9.00 AM. Each of our vehicles can accommodate up to 8 participants.

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  • Guided trekking at 2000 – 2500 m. on Etna North

    It takes about one hour to arrive the Mount Etna North to our camp base: there, you will stop briefly to get to know better the guide and the day’s itinerary; you will also take the needed equipment for the hike (we can provide trekking boots and jackets upon request). Our expert naturalistic guide will then take the lead and walk you through ancient woods and extinct craters, as well as introduce you to the spectacular volcanic phenomena occurred over time. The walk will be your chance to learn about the typical and unique flora of the North-Etnean area and the many facts related to the volcano. While marveling at the beauties of Mount Etna, you will also hear all about the folks of Etna, about their traditions and customs and get to discover in depths the link between man and nature. The trekking part will last approximately 4 hours.

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  • Packed lunch

    During the way, you will have a stop to enjoy a packed lunch that we will offer you.

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  • Volcanic cave

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

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  • Drop-off

    At the end of the trip, at around 6.00/6.30 PM, the guide will drop you off at the starting point.

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Mount Etna hike tour:

  • Schedule: from 8.30 a.m to 6.00 p.m
  • Slope: north side of Etna
  • When: Available from May to early September
  • Guides: geologist or biologist but more important passionate about the Volcano
  • In case of bad weather: some stops can be replaced with some local Etna wine, honey and olive oil guided tasting in a production farm.
  • Difficult level: medium
  • Fitness level: This half day Etna tour is adviced to everybody that is in normal good health conditions and that does not have any heart or breathing problems.
  • Itineray changes: Depending on weather conditions the guide can always decide for everybody’s safety to change the itinerary.
  • Free equipment provided for free

Important Information

Recommended equipment

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.

Itinerary variation

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.

Included in the price

  • Naturalistic English-speaking guide (geologists, volcanologists, forestry-experts or agronomists); pickup and transport, packed lunch, insurance and equipment.

Not included in the price

  • Extra costs not included or not expected

Suitable for

This activity is suitable for people in good shape, used to walking on long trails for a prolonged time. The participation is not recommended to those who are not in a good state of health, those who are not used to walking and to children under 12 years of age.

Etna, Valle del Bove

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.

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