Etna Trekking to the Summit Craters - Ashàra Volcanological Guides

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Etna Excursion Summit Craters Cable car and bus tekking Medium difficulty

From $54.06

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Free cancellation
Up to 24 hours in advance.
  • 6 hours
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English


Reach the dramatic summit of Europe’s highest active volcano with this guided hike to the peak of Mount Etna. Join a volcanologist guide for a two-hour walk up across the lunar landscape of lava fields, passing lava flow channels, side craters, and hissing steam and smoke vents along the way. Take in views of the surrounding Sicilian countryside and coastline from your 3,000-meter (11,000-foot) perch.
  • A scenic hike to the summit of Mount Etna with a volcanologist guide
  • Cable car or 4x4 bus (own expense) to the trail at 2,900 meters (9,500 feet)
  • Safety helmet, hiking boots, poles, windbreakers, and gloves provided
  • Stop to rest and snap photos of the bird's-eye views during the hike

What's Included

  • Helmet
  • Trekking boots
  • Insurance and Volcanological Guides
  • Bottled water
  • Snacks
  • Tickets of cable car (50€ per person)
  • socks
  • Pick up transfer service from Catania or around

Meeting And Pickup

Meeting point

  • Piazzale Rifugio Sapienza
    Unnamed Road, 95030, 95030 Nicolosi CT, Italy

    Departure from Piazzale Rifugio Sapienza at our Ashàra's Info point

Start time

08:30 AM

End point

This activity ends back at the meeting point.

What To Expect

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • People have to be in a perfect physical conditions. The level is medium-high
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 20 travelers

Cancellation Policy

You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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Featured review
Marco and Angelo were great tour guides - they shared a lot of information, looked out for the whole group and helped when I was a little slower than the rest of the group. The company was very responsive and helped book a transfer to Catania to the start of the tour. The group was great and it was nice to do more of a hike than the other tours involving the cable car and then taking a jeep. Would recommend!


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VERY HARD, but interesting and overall rewarding experience.
Frank_T, Apr 2023
OK, this reviewer is 67 yrs old, but in good shape and accustomed to hiking - this is a HARD hike. Steep, uneven and at times slippery surfaces. You need good hiking shoes and I strongly recommend hiking poles. Be prepared..that’s all I’m saying. Bring lunch- you can buy a sandwich, etc at the Refugio before starting. You will stop for lunch near the top of your hike. It’s a welcome break and allows you to recharge before one final climb and then heading down. We enjoyed our guide, Philippo, and thought he did a great job of showing us the mountain. Strenuous, but well worth it.
Great experience... guide...
Gwynne_S, Oct 2022
Great experience... guide was very knowledgeable and kept us safe. Would recommend this tour to others.
One of the most thrilling experiences.
Jorge_T, Sep 2022
I really want to thank the Whole Team at Ashàra Volcanological Guides we had a great experience It was my first time doing this type of activities, and It was all managed on time and with great professionalism, they provided us with the necessary equipment, and made sure we felt safe. They even managed to book a drive to pick us up in such short notice. I want to thank Simon our Guide, because he shared great knowledge in volcanology, shared interesting facts about Mount Etna with us, and guided us with his great Leadership skills. I was having second thoughts on doing the last crater path since I am a little scared of heights and he was very caring and made me feel safe and helped me finish this tour. Awesome experience. I was so proud and happy when I came down.
Great adventure
Stefan_K, Jul 2022
Hiking close to the „fresh“ lavastreams, the views in the old craters and finally the experience of such a tour and the knowledge of Massimo to explain everything
Great tour
Aathmika_K, May 2022
Marco and Angelo were great tour guides - they shared a lot of information, looked out for the whole group and helped when I was a little slower than the rest of the group. The company was very responsive and helped book a transfer to Catania to the start of the tour. The group was great and it was nice to do more of a hike than the other tours involving the cable car and then taking a jeep. Would recommend!
Great experience
Wendy_S, Apr 2022
The vulcanologist guide was very knowledgeable. The hike was quite rigorous, very windy and cold, but stunningly beautiful. The group size was a little too large, meaning you have to push to the front to hear the guide or miss out on the information, but this seemed true of all the guided groups.
Mega tolles...
Barbara_F, Apr 2023
Mega tolles unvergessliches Erlebnis. Wir waren bei Minus 10 grad und Schnee auf dem Gipfel. Die Aussicht auf Catania, Meer und Wolken war einzigartig
Super Erlebnis
Mario_C, Jun 2022
Ich dachte mir am Anfang. Man wird hoch Wandern und wieder runter. Nix da. Ich habe einen Super Einblick zum Ätna bekommen und wirklich sehr viel gelernt. Nun sehe ich dieses Wunder aus einer ganz anderen Perspektive. Absolut Top Guides. Danke an Fabio und Massimo. Absolut Empfehlenswert.
Zuerst warm dann kalt
Roland_S, May 2022
Great organization. Ich war überrascht am anfang nur einen van als sammelpunkt zu zu sehen. Es stellte sich aber heraus das die tour guids richtige profis sind. Wir sind nicht die uebliche touristen route gegangen und es ist auch etwas herausfordernt. Also gutes schuhwerk unbedingt. Wird gratis angeboten und macht auch sinn. Es war anfangs ein t-shirt tag. Angenehm und klare sicht bis ins tal. Danach wechselt das wetter schnell und ich war froh haube. Handschuhe und extra jacke mitzuhaben. Zum glueck gab es ein paar hot spot um sich wieder aufzuwaermen. Das ist natuerlich ungewoehnlich wenn einige meter unter der erkaltende erde noch heisse laver ist. Es war ein toller ausflug und selbst mit hohen gasaktivitaeten konnten wir auf 3000 m. Wir waren eine der wenigen gruppen da wir richtige vulkanologen haben. Max ear super also ohne risiko eine tolle tour.
Sehenswert und toller Guide!
fberger1986, Sep 2019
Wir hatten einen tollen Tag auf dem Ätna mit Massimo! Wir trafen morgens am ausgemachten Treffpunkt auf Max. Wir könnten dort direkt kostenlos parken und er erklärte uns die Tagesroute. Dazu bekamen wir kostenlos Wanderstiefel und Stöcke. Sonstige Kleidung kann man bei ihm ausleihen für geringe Kosten. Gute Kleidung ist wichtig, oben zieht der Wind stark und die Sonne ist auch nicht zu unterschätzen. Die Kosten für die Seilbahn und die Fahrt mit dem Bus (50€)sind separat, war aber angegeben! Den Kauf erledigte er schnell und problemlos für uns. Anschließend ging es nach oben und er zeigte uns in einer tollen Führung die verschiedenen Krater und den Umständen entsprechend den aktiven Krater aus sicher Entfernung aber mit bester Sicht! Wir waren einige Stunden unterwegs aber es wurde nie langweilig! Tolle Bilder und viele Infos zur Historie inbegriffen. Wir können die Tour absolut empfehlen, es war ein toller Tag mit tollem Guide, würden wir jederzeit wieder machen!!
Response from Host, Sep 2019
Danke für die Bewertung. Wir freuen uns, dass alles gut gelaufen ist und Sie fanden unsere Tour interessant und nützlich, unsere Informationen und unsere Dienstleistungen. Vielen Dank, dass Sie uns Ashàra anvertrauen. Wir freuen uns auf weitere Ausflüge. Auf Wiedersehen

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