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THE HIGHEST

MOUNTAIN IN SICILY

ETNA
  • Breathtaking views but also quite a workout. Etna is an amazing place that is hard to describe to people who have never been on a volcano before.

  • Etna is most definitely a whole-day trip. If we want to climb to the top of the volcano we’ll have to wake up at 3am. Then a 5-hour drive. We must make it to the car park at the foot of the mountain by 10am at the very latest. However, our goal is worth this sacrifice. What you see on Etna will undoubtedly remain in your memory for a long time.

  • The volcano is 3000 metres high and even in its lower parts or in the car park at the foot, the temperature is much lower than in the rest of the island. If you are already planning a trip to Etna before arriving in Sicily, take sweatshirts (in summer) or thin jackets (May, October).

DAILY AGENDA
  • 3:00 a.m. departure from Lo Stagnone / Trapani
  • 8:00 a.m. arrival at the parking place at the foot of the volcano 1920m above sea level
  • 8:00 – 8:20 a.m. to prepare backpacks, restroom etc.
  • 8:20 – 9:30 a.m. hike to the upper gondola station 2500 m above sea level (possibility to take the gondola for 35€/person/two-way)
  • 9:30 – 9:50 a.m. rest break, restaurant, toilets available
  • 9:50 – 11:00 a.m. trek to Brabagallo crater 2900 m. above sea level
  • 11:00 – 11:20 a.m. rest break
  • 11:20 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. trekking to the summit of Mount Etna 3335m above sea level
  • 1:20 – 5:50 p.m. descent to the car park
  • 5:50 – 11:00 p.m. return to Lo Stagnone / Trapani
DIFFICULTY LEVEL
  • During the hike there are no difficult technical elements like climbing. All the time we are moving on a level surface with an incline of medium height. However, if you want to climb to the top, you will need trekking boots which can be rented at the foot of the hill in the car park.

  • Many aspects can also be accelerated with no effort. In fact, it is possible to drive a 4×4 car from the car park itself to an altitude of 2900m for a fee.

  • However, we believe that any healthy, sporty person is capable of climbing the summit on foot at the pace we set.

  • Timing plays an important role throughout the expedition, as volcano activity increases in the afternoon. You should be at the summit before 1 p.m. to get down safely. If you decide to do this hike, we will determine which option you choose – whether to approach completely on foot, to take the gondola or to drive the car to the foot of the crater.

COSTS PER GROUP
  • 250€ round trip van transfer Lo Stagnone / Trapani – Etna
  • 200€ guide (required during the holiday season to climb from 3000m to the summit)
COSTS PER PERSON
  • 35€ optional gondola ascent and descent
  • 60€ optional ascent and descent with 4×4 vehicle
  • 15€ trekking shoes rental
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