Summit Craters from Etna Nord – 3350m

Trekking to the summit craters that will allow us to discover the wild north side of Etna. Departure will be from Piano Provenzana (1800mt) by 4×4 vehicle to Piano delle Concazza (2800mt). From here we will begin our trekking, which will take about 1.5 hours of walking in a volcanic desert with a view sweeping from the Aeolian Islands to the Gulf of Taormina, and will take us to the rim of the Central Crater, where we will be able to feel the volcano’s breath and admire the deep crater depression and its colourful sulphur sublimates. Our tour will continue to the summit area to admire the Bocca Nuova, the South-East crater from a safe distance, and the North-East crater.

The descent will be along steep, fun volcanic sand gullies that will take us to Pizzi Deneri where we can admire the volcanic amphitheatre of Valle del Bove, a spectacular caldera 8 km long and 4 km wide.

After a lunch break, we will continue downhill along the Quarantore gullies with a splendid view of the 2002 eruptive fracture through a path rich in plant species endemic to Etna.

We will end our trekking at Piano Provenzana.

 

Duration: 5h

Difficulty: medium-high

Height difference: 600 +,1500-

Development: 12 KM

The excursion is not recommended for heart patients and those suffering from vertigo, forbidden for children under 8 years.

Departure time: 8 am

Recommended clothing: trekking shoes, windproof jacket, sweatshirt, long trousers, gloves and hat, neck warmer to protect from gases and volcanic sand

A packed lunch and at least 1.5lt of water per person is recommended

 

Number of participants in group: minimum 5, maximum 10

INCLUDED

Boots and sticks, k-way, helmet
Vulcanological guide

 

NOT INCLUDED

Packed lunch
4×4 truck

Tour may be subject to change due to bad weather conditions or increased volcanic activity