Trekking Etna West Volcano the hidden side of Etna
Explore Mount Etna on this exciting trek to the West side
Etna guided tour on the west side, a hiking trail among the purest and least crowded part of the volcano. The Trekking Etna West itinerary is accessible to everyone, thanks to the easy route we've created (8 km long trail), nestled in the heart of the Etna natural park. Etna excursion culminating at the craters formed during the eruption of 1974, place in whom you may enjoy the wonderful view opening towards the volcano summit. One of the peculiarities of Mount Etna is to have a profoundly different aspect as you travel around it.
Etna excursion highlights
- Etna tour taking place at the hidden side of the volcano, unknown by ordinary tourists
- Jeep excursions to Mount Etna with an easy trek of about 8 km - 5 mi accessible to all.
- Visit a lava tube equipped with helmets and flashlights, a cave consisting of a set of 3 galleries
- Take in the nearby scenery of Etna's widest forests
- Etna guided tours in english (live guide)
Tour to Mount Etna
Pick-up will be in 4x4 jeep at your hotel or at our meeting point in Viagrande. Before starting our Etna trip, we will have the pleasure to offer you an all-you-can-eat breakfast (coffee / cappuccino, fruit juice and pastries or granita and brioche). During the day is also planned the visit of a lava stone quarry, during which you will learn how lava stones are been used for centuries and the basics meaning of stratovolcano, the perfect place to understand how volcano Etna has become the highest active volcano in Europe. Following the visit, we will drive towards the west side of volcano Etna.
Hike on Mount Etna west flank
An amazing trail deep in the natural reserve of Mount Etna, 8 km hike - 5 mi round trip on a trail accessible only on foot or mountain bike. A walk on Etna full of contrasts, alternating green woody areas (here we find the biggest forest of Etna) and desertic old lava flows.
This trail leads us up to the craters dating back to 1974 and representing a rarer type of eruption compared to paroxysmal events and typical lateral eruptions, recognized by the largest amount on volume of pyroclastic material compared to the lava flows. The two distinct phases of the eruption, separated by about a 3 weeks rest, have built two pyroclastic cones next to each other; the mineralogical and petrological characteristics of the emitted magma; frequent explosive activity at the summit craters during the two phases of the eruption.
Caving experience visiting a lava tube
You will visit one of the most interesting lava tubes of Mount Etna with its network of different tunnels, followed by our experienced qualified Mountain Leaders who will provide all caving equipment needed such as helmet and flashlight.
It is a cave that probably dates back to an eruption occurred around 1550, in the cave there are three parallel cavities, about 30, 50 and 90 m long in a several meters high environment, where you can see two large lava rolls, among the largest known to us on Mount Etna. Numerous bats have been reported in this cave. Since the earliest times this cave has sheltered flocks and shepherds.
It's really impressive to see how nature created these 3 rocky guts, you have the feeling of being inside a living organism.
A packed lunch is planned on the top of the craters during this Etna tour, with a magnificent view over the Simeto valley and the summit of Mount Etna on the other side.
In winter all excursions may vary on timetable and schedule following the weather and snow covers conditions.
Trekking Etna West Volcano Statistics
Trip to Etna that start early in the morning in a small group composed of a maximum of 12 participants. Etna guided tours with our English speaking guide, a full immersion on this magnificent visit of Mount Etna.
Etna West Trail
- Distance : approximately 8 kilometers - 5 miles
- Ascent : 200 m
- Time : about 4 hours
- Difficulty : easy
- Length : overall expansion around 120 m
- Visit time : about 30 minute
- Difficulty : easy
Essential Gear and Clothing
- Hiking boots
- 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
- Caving helmet - all cars will be equipped
- Gloves or mitts
- Spare layer e.g. fleece top
- Food & Drink
- At your hotel between Catane and Taormina - Please give us the full address and name of the Hotel/accommodation
- 07h45 at Bar Très Joli, Via Aldo Moro, 39, 95029 Viagrande CT
- More pick-up places: quote on demand
We organise daily excursions, for your comfort it is also possible to drive to our meeting point with your own vehicle and get on our 4×4 offroad vehicle. We do only make small groups of 12 partecipants at the time, all followed by expert multilanguage mountain leaders. Our excursion starts early in the morning to allow you to fully appreciate the beauty and majesty of the volcano, thanks to carefully chosen itineraries far from the usual crowds.
Mount Etna tours from Catania or Taormina area, that begins with convenient pickups at most hotels and resorts or to specifics easy meeting point where you will get on our 4x4 off-roads vehicles.
Volcanoes are places of particular interest, either when they are inactive, with their rough and lunar landscape, and when they are in activity, with fiery scenarios that arouse, together, fear and curiosity. Etna stand-up more than others, for its size and for its almost incessant activity, visible from land and sea, and for its long history that crossed with the ancient Mediterranean civilisations.