Mount Etna Summit Crater Trekking 3350m

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Explore the highest active volcano in Europe with an experienced guide. After the cable car ride and the impressive hike to the summit, you can admire the fascinating beauty of Mount Etna and the surrounding area with its summit craters.

Etna Summit Trekking: Highlights

  • Ride with the cable car up to 2500 meters
  • Trekking Tour through lava fields to the highest point possible on Mount Etna
  • Enjoy the breath-taking view from 3350 meters
  • English-speaking Guide
  • Best summit trekking experience on Mount Etna

Due to the current activity of the volcano, we do not know in advance, which altitude we can reach on the day of the tour. (depends on the volcano)

Trekking itinerary Etna summit craters:

Etna Crater Trekking
Etna Crater Trekking
Mount Etna is one of the most popular destinations for demanding hikers. The beauty of this spectacular terrain created by the forces of nature impresses everyone. Explore this unique landscape with our summit trekking tour.

After picking you up at your accommodation, you will reach the “Rifugio Sapienza Etna-South” with our comfortable vehicles. Already on the way, we will pass some beautiful Etna villages like Pedara and Nicolosi and you will see centuries-old lava fields. Once arrived at the Rifugio, the adventurous Trekking Summit Tour begins.

Etna Summit Crater
Etna Summit Crater

Due to the “skip-the-line-tickets” you will reach relaxed 2500 meters with the cable car.

The first stop will be at the active crater of the year 2002, overlooking the big and old caldera “Valle del Bove”. The trekking part of this adventure starts here and will take you up to 3350 meters – the highest point of Mount Etna.

On the way up, accompanied by an English speaking alpine guide, you will learn more about the volcano and its history and you will enjoy a unique view of the Ionian Sea. Now, you are in a moon-like environment, on the highest point of Sicily.

Etna Summit
Etna Summit

On the rim of the summit crater, you will see a unique black, yellow and smoking landscape. If you’re lucky, you’ll even hear the rumble of the volcano. Certainly, you will never forget this extraordinary feeling.

Afterwards we will descend on pyroclastic sand on the sides of the main crater and pass by the famous crater of the year 2001. After returning by cable car to Rifugio we will drive back to your accommodation.


Conditions of the offer: It is a group tour that will be offered only with a minimum of 5 participants.

Etna summit Trekking details

  • Type of trekking Etna: ring (the same starting and ending point).
  • Stages: Rifugio Sapienza – craters 2002 – view Valle del Bove – summit craters – crater 2001 – back.
  • Elevation: approximately + 400m, -900m, over 11km.
  • Travel time: approximately 7 hours, 09h00 – 16h00.
  • Altitude: 1920m> 2500m by cable car, trek to Etna summit.
  • Difficulty: Moderate.
  • Recommended equipment: UV3 sunglasses, hiking shoes, gloves, hat, sunscreen, 3-layer clothing (for different temperatures during the tour), water and a lunch packet (please note: it is no lunch included)

Trekking Etna 3350 reserved for +12 years old (accompanied by parents)
The excursion to the summit crater zone is dangerous, forbidden to those with heart diseases and asthma. The hike takes approx. 5 hours. You should be well equipped, you shouldn’t have physical health problems, joint pain or suffer from dizziness.
The itineraries are subject to change depending on weather conditions and the geodynamic activity of the volcano, in addition to possible eruptive activity, the risk is represented by cold, thunderstorms, lightning and fog.

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  • Including competent English speaking alpine / vulcanological guide
  • Including cable car ticket
  • Including equipment like trekking poles and helmet
  • Including Pickup service: In the area around Taormina and Catania the pick-up and drop-off at your hotel, campsite, pension, holiday cottage, railway station, port, etc. are included. Possibility to meet us at the Rifugio Sapienza (in case you travel with your own car).

  • Conditions of the offer: It is a group tour offered for a minimum of 5 participants.
  • Trekking shoes can be rented on request for EUR 5.00/pair
  • Wind jacket can be purchased on request for EUR 20.00/piece
  • Your gift voucher: Place your order by phone or email ([email protected]) to get a gift voucher
  • Availability: We are open all year, except: 25.12 and 01.01

Pickup/drop off at your accommodation:
07:20-07:50 ca. 17:30
Pickup/drop off at meeting point:
08:50 ca. 16:30

Etna Summit Trekking: Reviews 266

Score 5/5
Total reviews: 266
Reviews in English: 90

Venkatarama Adavikolanu VERIFIED
09 April 2023

Excellent Trip

Very well organised and very well conducted. Knowledgeable guide. Only feedback slightly better trekking shoes would have been great. 

Sarah Valdez VERIFIED
30 October 2022

Knowledgeable Guide

Fransisco was a wonderful and passionate guide. Me and my friends took an interest on the varies soils and minerals and when he noticed us stopping to collect and observe, he would add more to his dialogue to include the minerals and even our liking to the insects as well. I highly recommend the experience, and if I were to say more it would be speechless, you just have to go. This is a intermediate hike due to the scale of elevation and certain terrains that one has to climb. Overall not difficult too if you've done a handful of hikes and your knees are doing well. Next time I will bring a hiking stick!

Johann Christof VERIFIED
17 October 2022

Vielen Dank für die tolle Tour! Francesca war eine wunderbare Führerin mit Rücksichtnahme und ausführlichen interessanten Erklärungen. Die Tour führte uns durch eine spannende Welt und das Wetter zeigte sich von seiner besten Seite:-) Vielen Dank auch an Gabrielo für das pünktliche Abholen und zurück bringen!

Mercy Kimiti VERIFIED
16 October 2022

Excursion to Mount Etna

The guide Francesca was amazing… very knowledgeable, an excellent communicator, passionate… we learnt soo much about Mount Etna thus enriching the experience.

07 October 2022

Magnifique journée 🌋

Nous avons passé une superbe journée sur l’ETNA. Explications au top, rando au top, paysage sublime. Niveau organisation : Nous avons juste perdu du temps en arrivant car il faut payer le parking en cash (il y a un ATM disponible mais pas indiqué très clairement) et que nous ne trouvions pas le groupe au refuge (il y a vraiment beaucoup d’autres excursions en même temps). Sinon parfait ! 🤩 On recommande

Arjen Nauta VERIFIED
13 September 2022

Great tour with great guides

My girlfriend and I had an amazing tour. The guide told a lot and we had amazing views. The group was a little to big, but when you stayd close to the guide there was no problem. 

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Prices & Booking

No hidden fees - All inclusive

Free cancellation up to 24 hours before activity starts
Available from March to November

Mount Etna Summit Trekking

Duration: 8 hours Difficulty: Moderate
€ 120 per person
Meeting point: Cableway departure - "Etna Sud"
€ 175 per person
Pick up at your hotel in Catania or Taormina area

English-speaking guide
The price includes cable car ticket
Skip the line at the cable car

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On request, with a supplement, it is possible to request pick-up service also outside of Catania / Taormina, for example: Syracuse, Noto, Messina, etc. Contact us for more information

This tour is also available in a PRIVATE version. Driver, guide and vehicle will be available exclusively for you.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Absolutely not! We only offer "all inclusive" trips. There are no nasty surprises during the tour; no hidden costs or entrance fees which have to be paid separately, for the listed program.
Recommended clothing varies depending on the season:

From November to March
We recommend a winter jacket, long trousers, a warm hat and sturdy waterproof shoes.

From April to May
Weather and temperatures are very different, so we recommend multi-layered winter clothing and sturdy trekking shoes

From June to September
The weather and temperatures are pleasant, but it can get cold at high altitudes. We recommend a windbreaker, long trousers and trekking shoes.

We recommend a winter jacket, long trousers, a warm hat, gloves and sturdy trekking shoes.
Weather conditions are monitored daily and in the event of a thunderstorm you will be contacted to cancel or postpone the tour. In case of cancellation or impossible postponement, we will refund (if the tour has been paid in advance).
It is possible to cancel the booking through our APP, through the booking section of the website or by email. Cancellations by phone or SMS / WhatsApp are not possible.
Due to the limited space, it is not possible to carry luggage like suitcases or big backpacks during the tour. You can bring a small backpack with the items you need for the tour.
The pick-up and drop-off location should be in general the same. If you have special requests, please contact us via e-mail: [email protected]
No, there is no lunch included during the trekking tour. We recommend, to bring your own lunch package and enough water for the tour with you.
No, during the Trekking Tour we don’t visit a lava cave. If you would like to visit a lava cave we recommend, to choose the Eco Green Tour, Half Day Jeep Tour, Full Day Jeep Tour or the Etna Emotion Tour.
Yes, the cable car ticket is already included in the price.
We recommend to wear/bring: UV3 sunglasses, hiking shoes, gloves, hat, sunscreen, 3-layer clothing (for different temperatures during the tour), water and a lunch packet.
You will enjoy a hike with your professional and experienced guide about 4-5 hours.
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Tripadvisor 2021

4.8 out of 5

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