Mount Etna Summit Crater Trekking 3350m

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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
  • English-speaking Guide
  • Best summit trekking experience on Mount Etna

Reaching the Pinnacle: A Trek to Mount Etna’s Summit Craters

Etna Crater Trekking
Etna Crater Trekking

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.

Etna Summit Crater
Etna Summit Crater

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.

Etna Summit
Etna Summit

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.
  • 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 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

Score 5/5
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.

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!

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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: 6 hours Difficulty: Moderate
€ 130 per person
Meeting point: Piano Provenzana - "Etna Nord"
€ 185 per person
Pick up at your hotel in Catania or Taormina area

English-speaking guide
The price includes 4x4 ride

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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 4x4 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 2023

4.8 out of 5

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