Etna summit tour – Hike Mount Etna 3347 m.
Do you want to reach the real summit crater of the Etna volcano? You are active and fit? The Etna summit tour – Hike Mount Etna 3347m is your tour to the top crater of Mount Etna!
The Etna summit tour starts from Piano Provenzana at an altitude of 1800 meters. This area is known for its unique contrast between the green of nature and the black of the solidified lava. From Piano Provenzana the Etna summit tour starts with the 4×4 Unimog buses to 2900 meters altitude (Piano delle Concazze). From this altitude starts the real Etna summit tour during which you go by foot to the summit crater at 3347m altitude. After visiting the top crater, you go by foot back down to Piano Provenzana. Along the way you will discover different extinct craters and enjoy beautiful panoramic views.
Descripition Etna summit tour – Hike Mount Etna 3347 m.
The Etna summit tour starts at 08.00 – 08.15 hour in the morning. With a fantastic unimog 4×4 bus you go up from Piano Provenzana to Piano delle Concazze at un altitude of 2900 meters. During the off-road route you can admire several extinct craters and the spectacular buttonhole formed during the 2002 eruption.
When you reach 2900 meters, the hike begins and will go you up to 3300 meters, where you will walk along the border of the summit crater. Along the way, the professional volcanological guide will tell you various facts about the volcano. It takes about two hours to reach the summit (5 km).
When you arrive at the summit craters of Mount Etna at 3347 m, you can enjoy the spectacle of Mount Etna’s north-east crater and admire an active crater puffing with gas as close as possible.
After reaching the top of Europe’s highest active volcano and taking a few photos to immortalise your achievement, you will descend again with your guide. The return trip is all by foot, to Piano Provenzana. (From 3347 meters to 1800 meters). It is about 8 km and takes 5 hours.
The excursion will be accompanied by professional volcanological guides who are regularly authorized to accompany tourists on excursions to the summit craters of Mount Etna at 3347 meters.
Price Etna summit tour – Hike Mount Etna 3347m.
This excursion is only possible for very experienced hikers only. This excursion guantantees an experienced walking group with a maximum of 6-8 persons per guide.
Very experienced hikers only: € 140,00 per person (groups of maximum 6/8 people)
✓ Up with the 4×4 unimog bus
✓ Arrival at the Pizzi Deneri observatory
✓ Trekking to an altitude of 3347 meters, summit craters
✓ Descent from an altitude of 3347 meters to an altitude of 1800 meters on foot
✓ Trekking poles
✓ Protective helmets
✓ Insurance in case of accidents (at the care of the volcano guides)
✓ Use of a jacket (on request)
✓ Use of hiking shoes (on request)
✓ Professional volcanological guide
X Eating and drinking
X Return by 4×4 unimog bus
X Parking at Piano Provenzana (€ 3,00 per car)
X Tip for the guide (not obbligatory)
Payment & booking confirmation:
We do not ask for any advance payment, we work on a trust basis! You can pay on the day of the tour, directly to the guide. You can pay in cash, by debit card or by credit card. With the booking you receive a confirmation with all details and the booking voucher by email.
Meeting time: 07.45 hour
Departure time: 08.00 hour
! Departure by reservation only! A minimum number of participants is required to start the excursion.
- Very experienced hikers only: € 140.00 per person (groups of maximum 6/8 people)
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Excursion details Etna summit tour – Hike Mount Etna 3347m.
Start altitude: 1800 meters
Highest point altitude: 3300 metres
Ascent walk: approx. 5 km (2 hours)
Downhill walk: approx. 8 km (5 hours)
You can park your car at Piano Provenzana. There is plenty of parking space here. Note: this is a pay car park (€ 3.00 per car per day).
Requirements Etna summit tour – Hike Mount Etna 3347m.
Clothes & shoes
Good hiking shoes must be worn during the hike. In addidtion, you must dress in layers and bring a windbreaker. The weather can change rapidly in the mountains. If you don’t have good hiking shoes, no problem, you can use shoes from the organization! They also have a jacket if you need one.
Drinks & food
It is necessary to carry at least 1.5 liters of water. We also recommend to bring some Gatorade. Don’t forget to bring something to eat for lunch.
Please note that this hike requires training. You must be fit to do this hike. You have to take into account both the altitude and the duration of the trek. The maximum altitude you will reach is 3347 meters (the edge of the summit crater). Keep in mind that at 3347m. altitude there is less oxygen in the air (about 10-15% less).
- If you suffer from heart problems, you cannot do this hike.
- If you suffer from asthma and/or other respiratory problems.
- If you are pregnant, you cannot do this type of hike.
- Do you have knee problems? Again, it is not possible to do this tour, due to the trekking being over terrain that is impassable and a lot of strength must be exerted on the knees.
You must be at least 12 years old for this hike.
The excursion is always done within the limits specified by current ordinances, with the responsibility of the volcanological guide. Pianoprovenzana takes no responsibility.
In case of changes in volcano activity or weather, during the hike, there is never a refund possible. In addition, it will always be the volcanological guide who decides the execution of the tour. Because safety comes first.