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Catania: Mount Etna High-Altitude Guided Hiking Tour

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Explore Mount Etna in complete safety with a specialist guide on this high-altitude trek. Take a cable car up and discover a small basalt canyon, fumaroles, and recent lava flows near the top craters.

Highlights

  • Feel hot volcanic rocks underfoot as you walk past steaming lava flows
  • Discover a lunar volcanic landscape on Mount Etna and admire breathtaking views
  • Get up close to the fumaroles that spew hot gases from underground
  • Enjoy explanations of geology and volcanology from a licensed guide
  • Discover the incredible effects of recent eruptions and trek at high altitude

Description

Climb up to an altitude of 3,000 meters and enjoy incredible panoramic views near the top craters of Mount Etna. Join a certified guide on a unique adventure from Rifugio Sapienza and safely explore an active volcano, by staying away from the danger zone. Begin at the Bar Esagonal at an altitude of 1,900 meters. Take a scenic cable car ride up to an altitude of 2,500 meters before starting your trek on Mount Etna. With special authorization for scientific purposes, pass the current altitude limit of 2750 meters and push to a height of 3000 meters with your guide (only without major altitude sickness in the group). Touch fumaroles with hot gas emissions and pass by the banks of still-steaming lava flow from the most recent eruptions. You will visit a small basalt canyon (if not buried by snow) and then arrive at the base of the most active crater at the moment, the Southeast Crater. Next, head to the large craters of 2002, then descend a path (full of snow in winter) to the cable car station to return to the starting point.

Includes

Authorized volcanological guide Trekking poles Helmets Accident insurance Etna entry fee Warm jackets Trekking shoes Backpack

Important Information

  • This activity requires a minimum of 6 participants in total In the event of adverse weather conditions, we will advise you in order to communicate the cancellation or postponement of your excursion, at the earliest possible date There is no advance payment for transportation. The guide will take you inside the office of the Funivia dell'Etna for the payment of the return tickets, just before the departure The route consists of the ascent and walking along the crater edges, this may cause dizziness to susceptible individuals The trekking is for moderately trained hikers The excursion will be carried out according to the limits laid down by the ordinance in force Without adequate shoes, you are not covered by insurance

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Cancel up to 24 hours in advance for a full refund

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