Mount Etna 3000m trekking – Etna Sud
Do you love hiking and you want to explore the southern slope of Mount Etna? Join us on the Mount Etna 3000m. trekking! With this excursion you take the cable car (cable car included in this price!) up to 2500 meters. From here starts the hike to an altitude of 3000 meters on Mount Etna. This is a trekking of about 5/6 hours in total.
Itinerary Etna Sud 3000m trekking
Etna Sud 3000m trekking is suitable for everyone as long as you have good physical condition, and 10 years old and above.
The meeting point to start for this Etna Sud 3000m trek, is on the southern slope of Mount Etna at Rifugio Sapienza – Nicolosi. When you arrive at the Piazzale di Rifugio Sapienza, you will meet the guides who will assist you for the trek from 1900 m. up to an altitude of 3000 meters on the Mount Etna volcano.
Along the way you will stop at a few viewpoints to take photos of the Etna volcano.
Details Mount Etna 3000m trekking
- Meeting: 08.30 am Piazzale Rifugio Sapienza – Etna Sud
- Departure: 09.00 am by cable car (included in the price)
- Return: 14:00 / 15:00 approx.
- Total duration: 5/6 hours
- Length: 8 km
- Total elevation gain: +500 meters and -500 meters
Mount Etna 3000m trekking – Etna Sud
In the morning you meet with the guide at Piazzale Rifugio Sapienza Etna Sud. After the volcanological guide’s briefing, you head in the direction of the Etna cable car. Together you will take the cable car up from an altitude of 1900 meters to an altitude of 2500 meters.
From an altitude of 2500m, the real trekking begins to the foot of the summit craters at an altitude of 3000m. During the hike we cross several old lava flows, visit a lava flow channel,visit the Barbagallo craters at an altitude of 2900m and the craters formed during the 2001 eruption. We also see the summit craters and activity of recent periods and overlook the edge of the Bove Valley.
On the way down we pass by several viewpoints until we arrive back at the cable car station at an altitude of 2500m. We then take the cable car again to return to the Rifugio Sapienza Piazzale at 1900m altitude.
The maximum altitude that is reached on this Etna Sud 3000 m trek is around an altitude of 3000 meters. The border of the active summit craters is at an altitude of 3300 meters.
Hours and availability
The Mount Etna 3000m trekking – Etna Sud is available daily on reservation, even in winter with snow (extra charge required)! The excursion begins at 09.00 am in the morning. However, you need to be there already at 08:30 so that you can meet with the volcanological guide and have a briefing. Your equipment will be checked and we will provide you with a helmet, poles and a windbreaker jacket if you need it.
Mount Etna 3000m trekking – Etna Sud price*
The Etna Sud 3000m trek costs € 100.00 per person (€ 50.00 for the hike + € 50.00 for the cable car). The trek will take place with a minimum participation of 7/8 people. The group is often up to a maximum of 20 people and the volcanicological guide.
It is possible to pay on the day of the excursion, directly to the guide. We do not ask for any payment in advance. Since we work on trust. We trust you to show up when you book and you can trust us to have the guide ready for you when you book!
✓ Trekking Etna Sud 3000m
✓ Cable car ticket a/r (€ 50.00 INCLUDED)
✓ Lava flow channel
✓ Barbagallo Craters
✓ Panoramic view over the Bove Valley
✓ Several lava flows
✓ Volcanological guide
✓ Hiking shoes (if not owned)
✓ Windproof jacket (if needed)
✓ Insurance in case of accidents
X Drinks and food
X Tip for the guide (not mandatory)
* At the guide’s discretion, excursions may be changed or discontinued if weather conditions, environmental causes, or possible volcanic risks pose any kind of danger.
Parking Etna Sud
You can find ample parking at Etna Sud. This is a paid parking lot; there are several places to buy a day ticket for the car.
During this Mount Etna 3000m trekking you will be accompanied by regularly licensed volcanological guides who are experts in the area. The guides speak Italian, English and/or French.
Requirements Mount Etna 3000m trekking
Clothing and shoes
It is mandatory to wear good hiking shoes during the hike. These can also be provided through volcanological guides (free of charge). Also, it is necessary to dress in layers and bring a jacket (It can also be provided by the guide, free of charge). The weather can change rapidly in the mountains. We recommend:
- Long pants (mountain)
- T-shirt + extra T-shirt
- Sweatshirt (with hood)
- Windbreaker jacket
- Medium/long socks
Food and drink
No food or drinks are included. You must bring at least 1.5 liters of water. We recommend that you bring:
- At least 1.5 liters of water
- Snacks (salty and sweet)
- Packed lunch
You can also buy something in one of the bars at Etna Sud before you go up by the Etna cable car, or in the bar at an altitude of 2,500 meters as soon as you get off the cable car.
Restrictions Mount Etna 3000m trekking
This hike is not allowed to:
- Pregnant women
- Children from 0 to 10 years old
- People with back problems
- People with knee problems
- People who are not used to walking
- Book in advance, limited availability!!!
Languages spoken by guides