The excursion to the craters will allow you to reach the summit area of Etna at an altitude of approximately 3300 metres. It is a demanding trekking excursion both for the type of terrain in which you move, but above all for the high altitude to which not everyone is used to. So if you are not perfectly fit we do not recommend this excursion. The ascent is carried out starting from one of the two tourist slopes (North or South), with the aid of the Etna cable car starting from the Sapienza Refuge or special 4×4 vehicles on the north slope to respectively gain 600/900 meters of altitude. From here begins the ascent on foot to the summit craters.
The effort of the climb of about 1 hour and 30 minutes will be rewarded by the view of the summit craters from the edge of the Bocca nuova or the Voragine (2 of the 4 craters existing today), where it will be possible to breathe the persistent emission of vapors and gases, touch the volcanic bombs and fumaroles with the colorful concretions of minerals that form and change appearance daily and sometimes admire the eruptive activity from one of the vents with small explosions. In addition to this show, it will be possible to fill your eyes with the vision of the panorama towards half of Sicily.
The ascent to the summit craters is permitted only in the event of moderate volcanic risk, exclusively with alpine/volcanological guides (mandatory for this type of excursion). Check the updated conditions of fruition of the volcano thanks to our information service Volcanic Monitoring and Tourist Fruition.
For those wishing to climb as high as possible, in relation to their abilities or if the summit craters are not accessible, we recommend the Etna 3000 tour (tourist) and the Alta quota trek (for good walkers).
- TypeAll experieces
- Departure CityTrecastagni o Rif. Sapienza
- AltitudeFrom 1900 to 3300 Mt.
- Durations 7 hours
- LanguagesEnglish, French, Italian
- Adults and children: €120.
The fee includes: ticket for ascent to 2500/2850 meters and alpine/volcanological guide service.
For private guide. Estimate on request.
- Guida alpina – Vulcanologica
- Ticket Etna cableway or Jeep up to high quote
What should i bring?
Trekking shoes are mandatory for this excursion. Also recommended: poles, sunglasses, windproof jacket / sweatshirt, water. If you need it, you can take advantage of the rental where you will find shoes, jackets, sticks and more.
What can i rent?
On site you can rent trekking shoes, insulating jackets, trekking poles and request child seats for children up to 3 years. You can book the equipment in the online booking form.
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