Explore the highest active volcano in Europe with an experienced guide. After the 4×4 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 4X4 up to 2800 meters
Trekking Tour through lava fields to the highest point possible on Mount Etna
Enjoy the breath-taking view from 3300 meters
Best summit trekking experience on Mount Etna
Reaching the Pinnacle: A Trek to Mount Etna’s Summit Craters
Trekking towards the apex of Mount Etna, Europe’s towering beacon in Sicily, is a pinnacle experience sought after by hiking aficionados. As participants of this revered adventure ascend, they are greeted by a dramatic landscape—an artistic masterpiece rendered by nature’s own tumultuous hand. The breathtaking vistas gift adventurers with enduring memories as they stand amidst the fusion of Etna’s two elemental forces: one crafting destruction that locals have courageously coexisted with for generations; the other, a force of creation showcasing awe-inspiring theatrics like Strombolian bursts, meandering lava streams, and the dynamic, living tableau only a volcano like Etna can offer.
Our journey commences at Piano Provenzana on the northern face of Etna, sitting at a comfortable elevation of 1800 meters. Here, excitement bubbles as we confirm our trek and embark upon a quest into Etna’s heart. The adventure truly sets in motion when we board the rugged 4WD vehicles that will convey us over one of Europe’s most elevated off-road paths, escalating to 2800 meters. This lofty locale serves as the trailhead for a remarkable ascent to the Summit Craters—Central Crater and Bocca Nuova—and their towering stance of approximately 3300 meters.
Once we’ve traversed the summit’s wonders and soaked in the expansive panoramas, we begin our descent. We’ll navigate down the slopes, skirting the North East Crater en route to the remarkable Valle del Leone. From there, the trek brings us to the Pizzi Deneri Volcanological Observatory at 2800 meters, offering yet another perspective on Etna’s majesty. It’s here that we’ll reunite with our vehicles, signaling the final leg of our journey back to Piano Provenzana.
Embark on this trek and uncover the formidable character of Mount Etna, a terrain of contrasts and memories immortal.
Etna summit Trekking details
Stages: Piano Provenzana – Summit Craters—Central Crater and Bocca Nuova – Pizzi Deneri Volcanological Observatory – back.
Elevation: approximately + 400m, -500m, over about 7km.
Travel time: approximately 6 hours, 09h00 – 15h00.
Altitude: 1800m> 2800m by 4×4, trek to Etna summit.
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.
Including competent English speaking alpine / vulcanological guide
Including 4×4 ride
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 Piano Provenzana Etna Nord (in case you travel with your own car).
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. 16:30
Pickup/drop off at meeting point:
08:50 ca. 15:00
Etna Summit Trekking: Reviews 316
Total reviews: 316
Reviews in English: 117
07 November 2023 Highly recommended
03 November 2023 Good trip
Worth to go, just keep in mind that you need some fitness level.
Samantha Parker VERIFIED
29 October 2023 Wonderful trek around Etna
A great day! we have enjoyed an informative trek around Etna. Our guide, Eduardo, was super experienced, fun and friendly.
Dany Allen VERIFIED
24 October 2023 Amazing day on Etna
We took the option to have us picked up in Catania and it wen't well. The chauffeur was waiting for us on the morning and was very kind and funny, he also drove very well in spite of the traffic. On the mountain, the guide was very knowlagable and fun to talk with. Great staff, great day !
24 October 2023 Etna summit trekking
Very pleasant guide Giuseppe. It was a non stressing walk uphill through the lava dessert. Giuseppe did talk about the different eruption types and the most recent eruptions and showed us the areas of interest. We drove up from Taormina which takes about 1 hour and 15 minutes. You will probably need to use Google Maps on your phone to find your way through the small villages . All in all value for money
20 October 2023 MT. Etna Summit Tour
The drop off/pick up option worked out really great and details were well communicated. Once you get to Mt. Etna, the tours merge together with other groups and you break off from there. Enjoy the time on the tour, and the guide was filled with interesting information. Highly recommend!
Mount Etna Tours and Etna Excursions
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: 6 hours
Difficulty: Moderate € 130 per person
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).
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.