Mount Etna hike (2,750m) - Moderate level

Mount Etna hike (2,750m) - Moderate level

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Discovering the Etna National Park in Sicily
Hiking on Mount Etna, at an altitude of 2,750 metres
Cable car included
Commentary from an expert volcanologist guide

Essential information *

4 hours



Starting time
9:00 AM

* All details will be sent to you upon reservation.


Hike up Europe's highest, most active volcano and enjoy breathtaking views along the way!

You'll meet your guide at the meet-up point in the Etna National Park, by the huts and restaurants, at 1,900 meters above sea level. After putting on any equipment (if needed) and listening to the guide's brief, you'll board the cable car to the Funivia Terminal, at 2,500 meters. From here you'll begin your hike.

Accompanied by your volcanologist guide, you'll begin the hike to the crater that appeared during the 2001 eruption. Afterwards, you'll go to the Valle del Bove, for panoramic views at an altitude of about 2,750 m. You'll enjoy a breathtaking view of the craters of Europe's highest active volcano. 

After taking in the panoramic view, you'll head down to 2,500 metres and take the cable car back to the set-off point. 

Throughout your hike, you'll enjoy spectacular views of the island as well as your guide's commentary.

***IMPORTANT: Due to the high activity levels seen in Etna since the beginning of 2021, it is no longer possible to access its summit. An order from the Italian authorities prohibits climbs above 2,750 metres***.

Departure place

Good to know

  • Seasonal activity: from April to November only
  • Availability: every day (except under exceptional circumstances)
  • Meet-up point: the hotel/restaurant Rifugio Sapienza in Nicolosi
  • This is a high-altitude moderate-level hike. For this reason, the tour isn't suitable for people with reduced mobility, asthma, high blood pressure, heart disease, obesity, pregnant women or anyone who has recently had surgery. 
  • Children under 7 years old aren't allowed on this tour
  • Lunch isn't included on this tour: Several restaurants near the meet-up point at 1,900 metres sell sandwiches and drinks, so you can get your energy levels up before the hike. 
  • Helmets must be worn (loaned on site)
  • We recommend you wear sturdy closed-toe walking shoes or hiking boots and thick socks. If necessary, you can borrow equipment. Please inform us when booking. Just to let you know, loaned equipment may be a little dated
  • Don't forget to bring a jacket as the temperature at this high altitude is often lower (about 10-15 degrees lower than in Catania), as well as sunglasses and a hat
  • The hike itinerary may change depending on the weather conditions and according to restrictions imposed by the authorities. Whatever the reason, our local tour operator will inform you in advance. In the event of a cancellation, an alternative date or a refund will be offered
  • The tour will be led by a multilingual guide who will alternate between various languages
  • IMPORTANT INFORMATION: you are free to visit Mount Etna up to 2,500 metres in altitude. Between 2,500 and 3,345 metres, you must be accompanied by an official guide. 

Price includes

  • Hike in the heart of Etna National Park
  • Tickets for the cable car
  • The company of a volcanologist guide
  • The loan of a helmet (obligatory) and walking shoes + walking poles if necessary (must be requested when booking)

Price doesn’t include

  • Hotel pick-up/drop-off
  • Tips (optional)
  • The meals
  • Any other extras



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