mount etna volcano

Climb mount Etna - The great summit crossing

Side to side trip across the volcano summit

Climb Mount Etna


The most complete and intense trekking on volcano Etna, side to side trip across the summit, climb Mount Etna from the South trail and a long downhill on volcanic ash and lava flows to the North trail, having the satisfaction to have reached the summit of the highest active volcano in Europe at over 3300 meters above sea level. 

Trip to Etna that starts early in the morning with a small group; Etna guided tours, with our English speaking guide, for 8 hours of full immersion on Mount Etna!

The visit will be carried in a small group of 12 participants maximum. An official alpine volcanologist english speaking guide will accompany you throughout the day. 

To climb Mount Etna's summit, you must be in perfect health and have no physical problems preventing you from taking part the excursion that takes place in an active volcanic area, uneven routes and variable altitudes.

The itinerary can be modified in different ways, depending on weather conditions, emission of toxic gases and geodynamics of the volcano, the guide, who's in charge of your safety, will be the only one deciding and taking unquestionable decisions.



Climb Mount Etna, summit crossing schedule


Climb Mount Etna - this side to side trek is a challenging excursion in an active volcanic environment, Novice Walkers should not attempt, only adults over 12 years old can take part at this tour, we do only small groups of max 15 participants. Etna guided tours, with experienced qualified Mountain Leaders that speaks perfectly more than one language. 

Uphill: 400m - Downhill: 1500m (variable values)

We will reach the sky resort at the South side of Mount Etna, where you will be equipped with helmets and hiking poles. We will be reaching the 2900 meters of altitude by cablecar and 4x4 buses Unimog.

From here the hike begins throughout the most recents lava flows leading to the summit of Mt Etna, an amazing hike in a dangerous volcanic environment getting up to the actives craters of Etna caratterized by huge fumaroles and sulfuric ground.

There are 4 large craters at the summit of Etna. Depending of the incessant gas emission, the geodynamic conditions of the volcano and the weather, the guide will adapt the visit of the active craters ensuring your safety. 

It is always exciting to see the enormous eruptive vents and the great panorama of Sicily and the Mediterranean sea from the highest Mountain on the Island. After the visit of the summit area, walked on the edge of these wide craters, we begins the descent towards the north side walking on volcanic ash fields and lapilli, until "Piano delle Concazze", a large plateau with a unique look, to reach the Volcanic Observatory at 2800 mt, where a lunch break is scheduled. 

We continue the downhill trough a track leading to the northern ski resorts, Piano Provenzana. From where we will witness the long lava flow made by the eruption of 2002/03, finishing line of the excursion.


Picnic lunch on volcanic ground

A picnic lunch is planned and will take place along the way, if you have not been able to prearrange a picnic lunch, we will make a stop in order to let you get some of the traditional Sicilian products, followed by our guide, who will advise you on the various local products. The tour ends with the exploration of a lava tube, one of the most interesting for length and shape, equipped with helmet and torch you will discover the "dark side" of this beautiful mountain.


The weather on Mt Etna is often unpredictable you should always be aware that weather conditions on Mountains can change rapidly and often for the worst. A good day at sea level is no guarantee of good weather on the mountain.

Essential Gear and Clothing

  • Hiking boots Rucksack - 35 litres capacity should be sufficient
  • Waterproof jacket (with hood) - all cars will be equipped of light raincoats jackets
  • Waterproof over trousers
  • Trekking poles - all cars will be equipped
  • General trekking trousers (not jeans or cotton material)
  • Gaiters (not always essential)
  • Gloves or mitts
  • Spare layer e.g. fleece top
  • Food & Drink



Meeting point

  • At your hotel between Catane and Taormina ( please confirme-us the correct pick-up address).
  • 08h00 at Nicolosi. Adresse: Bar Papaveri e Papere, Viale della Regione, 37, 95030 Nicolosi CT
  • More pick-up places: quote on demand
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