SUMMIT TREKKING ETNA SOUTH

Departure h.8:30 • Duration: 6 h
Difficulty grade: Advanced

The Summit Trekking Etna South tour is an unforgettable excursion that will let you admire the summit of Europe’s highest active volcano and enjoy a view like no other in the world.

The tour to South Etna Summit Craters includes cable car transport up to 2500 metres above sea level and trekking to the highest accessible altitude of Mount Etna.

An adventurous and challenging excursion that will allow you to admire Etna’s summit craters and experience the incredible power of Europe’s highest active volcano.

The hike to an altitude of 3,000 metres is not for everyone, but you only need to be moderately fit to enjoy the Summit Trekking Etna South tour and carry an unforgettable experience in your heart.

Our authorised guides, experts in the area and the history of the volcano, will be at your side during the cable car ascent and the trek, to ensure your safety.

Etna Summit Tour South slope: details of the experience

This is what you will experience during the stages of the Summit Trekking Etna South tour:

  • Meeting with the guide at “La Terrazza dell’Etna” bar and information briefing
  • Transport by cable car up to 2500m of height
  • 2-hour trek up to the highest accessible elevation
  • 2-3 short stops to admire the landscape
  • Walk through the lava fields admiring the summit craters
  • Descent by cable car and arrival at the meeting point

Full Description Summit Trekking Etna South

The Etna Summit Trekking from South is a demanding hike suitable for those who want an intense experience and are moderately trained. Children from 10 years of age can take part if they are used to walk in nature.

For those who are not satisfied with a ‘easy hike’ but want to experience strong emotions, the Etna South Summit Trekking is the perfect experience.

One must be able to move over sandy and debris-covered terrain, because the paths are not always there and the route can be exposed to the wind.

Our hike starts at the meeting point where you will meet our guide at the bar “La Terrazza dell’Etna” – Etna Sud – at an altitude of 1900 metres where, after a short briefing to adjust to the altitude, we will take the cable car to the first stage.

The Etna cable car will take us to the height of 2500 metres where we will be welcomed by a rocky, lunar-looking landscape where we can admire the 2001 crater still smoking at the height of 2700 metres.

The trek takes about two hours, with breaks to catch our breath, admire the view and take photos.

During the trek, we will cross expanses of ancient and recent lava flows towards the highest accessible altitude to observe the majestic summit craters.

After admiring the summit of Mount Etna at the height of 3000 metres and filling our eyes with the unique landscape offered by Etna’s summit, we will begin our descent to the cable car.

We will return to our starting point with a baggage of emotions and images impossible to forget!

100€ p.p.
Cable car ticket included
MAX 20 PAX GROUPS


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Departure h. 8,30
Bar “Terrazza dell’Etna” (Map)
The excursion lasts about 6 hours and ends at the starting point with eyes and heart full of unrepeatable emotions.


Tour schedule

The fee to take part in the excursion Summit Trekking Etna South includes:

  • Cable car ticket a/r
  • Insurance
  • Volcanological or alpine guide
  • Trekking sticks
  • What is expressly provided for in the programme

Here is the recommended equipment for taking part in the South Etna Summit Trek

  • High-necked trekking shoes
  • Trekking sticks (rental available on site)
  • Rock climbing helmet (free hire available)
  • Spare T-shirt
  • Long trousers (recommended)
  • Pullover and windbreaker (k-way)
  • Backpack (10-20L)
  • Gloves and cap (recommended)
  • Sunglasses (recommended)
  • Sunscreen (recommended)
  • Water, at least 1.5L
  • Snacks and packed lunch

IMPORTANT: Excursions to the summit craters may be changed or interrupted by the guides at any moment if safety conditions are not optimal due to weather or any volcanic activity.

To avoid any risk, it is a good idea to be fully aware of your health conditions and to make them known to your guide. Here are some important notes on safety:

  • Pregnant women who are over three months pregnant are not allowed any type of hiking activity.
  • People suffering from heart problems, asthma and vertigo are not recommended to undertake this type of activity at the summit craters.
  • For excursions to Etna’s summit area, due to the continuous presence of windblown volcanic ash, the use of contact lenses is prohibited.
  • At the guide’s discretion, excursions may be changed or interrupted if weather conditions, environmental causes, or possible volcanic risk represent any source of danger.
  • It is also at the guide’s discretion to interrupt the excursion for any reason that may compromise the safety and therefore the physical integrity of an individual or the entire group.

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