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EXCURSIONS TO THE SUMMIT CRATERS

Luca Maugeri, your Etna volcano guide, was born and raised in Linguaglossa, a beautiful village at the base of the mount Etna. He is a certified and qualified volcanological guide and freelance ski instructor.

I provide guided tours on Mount Etna, hiking or mountain biking. The excursions are custom designed based on the ability and interest of the clients, to provide a unique experience on Mount Etna.

The excursion to the summit craters of Mount Etna, at 3330 m above sea level, may be booked as a private tour or a mixed group tour, at a maximum of ten people to guarantee a safe and exciting excursion.

 

Hike Etna and Stromboli

Trekking Etna summit craters excursion 3330m asl (experts)

We will start our excursion at Piano Provenzana, which is on the northern slope of Mount Etna, at an altitude of 1850 meters above sea level.

Trekking is physically demanding, tiring and requires hiking experience.

WARNINGS: This excursion is absolutely forbidden for any clients who are asthmatic, with heart conditions, or have high blood pressure.

Location: Etna Nord – Piano Provenzana (The exact location of the meeting point will be sent after booking confirmation)

Period: Excursions are available from April through October (only booking restrictions are volcanic activities and weather forecast on Mount Etna).

Difficulty: high (not recommended for children 10 and under)

Duration: 9 hours

Climb: 1480 m D +

Downhill: 1480 m D-

Mandatory Hiking Gear: windbreaker, hiking shoes, water bottle, and packed lunch. I advice all my clients to wear appropriate clothes and gears because in high altitude the weather is fairly unpredictable and it may be rainy, windy and or cold.

Tour Capacity: a maximum of 6 people;

Private Tours: For clients looking for an exclusive excursion with loved ones, family and friends.

Rates vary based on the number of people.

Send your request to etnavolcanoguide@gmail.com

Etna summit craters excursion 3330m asl (classic)

We will start our excursion at Rifugio Sapienza, which is on the southern slope of Mount Etna, at an altitude of 1900 meters above sea level. We will ride the cable car up to 2500 meters above sea level and from there we’ll travel by a 4×4 bus to our starting point for the hiking part of the excursion, at an altitude of 2900 meters above sea level.

We will then hike to the summit of Etna, 3330 m above sea level, which is somewhat physically demanding, strenuous, and requires some hiking experience. Once we have visited the summit craters we will continue hiking downhill to see the lateral craters of the 2002 eruption and its magnificent lava flow field. We will then ride the cable car back to Rifugio Sapienza, from 2500 meters to 1900 above sea level.

WARNINGS: This excursion is absolutely forbidden for any clients who are asthmatic, with heart conditions, or have high blood pressure.

Location: Sud Etna – Etna cableway (The exact location of the meeting point will be sent after booking confirmation)

Period: Excursions are available from April through October (only booking restrictions are volcanic activities and weather forecast on Mount Etna).

Difficulty: Moderate (not recommended for children 7 and under)

Duration: 5 to 6 hours

Climb: 400 m D +

Downhill: 800 m D-

Mandatory Hiking Gear: windbreaker, hiking shoes, water bottle, and packed lunch. I advice all my clients to wear appropriate clothes and gears because in high altitude the weather is fairly unpredictable and it may be rainy, windy and or cold.

Tour Capacity: a maximum of 6 people;

Private Tours: For clients looking for an exclusive excursion with loved ones, family and friends.

Rates vary based on the number of people.

Send your request to etnavolcanoguide@gmail.com

Walk trail to the lateral craters: Etna Nord - Piano Provenzana

This tour on the northern side of Mount Etna is for people who enjoy visiting non-touristy locations. Our itinerary for the excursions will start at Piano Provenzana, a small resort, and a tourist information center. There we will see the eruption of 2002 that nearly destroyed all of Piano Prevenzana. We will walk on the lava flow fields of 2002 and 1923, hike to see magnificent lateral craters and explore Etna’s beech and larch pine forests. After several hours of exploring the geological and botanical wonders of Etna, we will stop to enjoy the tranquility of Etna at a picnic ground immersed in the forest.

WARNINGS: This excursion is absolutely forbidden for individuals who are asthmatic, with heart conditions, or have high blood pressure.

Location: Etna Nord – Piano Provenzana (The exact location of the meeting point will be sent after booking confirmation)

Period: From April to November

Difficulty: Moderate-Easy (not recommended for children 6 and under)

Duration: 3/4 hours

Climb: about 350 m D +

Downhill: about 350 m D-

Mandatory Hiking Gear: windbreaker, hiking shoes, water, and packed lunch. I advice all my clients to wear appropriate clothes and gears because in high altitude the weather is fairly unpredictable and it may be rainy, windy and cold.

Tour Capacity: a maximum of 12 people;

Private Tours: For clients looking for an exclusive excursion with loved ones, family and friends.

Rates vary based on the number of people.

Send your request to etnavolcanoguide@gmail.com

Walk trail Serracozzo - Valle del bove

The excursion is very interesting from both volcanology and botany point of view. We will visit lateral craters, beautiful lava flow fields and the spectacular view from the Valle del Bove, where you can see the ancient structure as well as Mount Etna’s constant state evolution.

WARNINGS: This excursion is absolutely forbidden for individuals who are asthmatic, with heart conditions, or have high blood pressure.

Location: Etna-Est Rifugio Citelli (The exact location of the meeting point will be sent after booking confirmation)

Period: Excursions are available from April through october (only booking restrictions are volcanic activities and weather forecast on Mount Etna)

Tour Capacity: A maximum of 10 people for both private tours and mixed groups.

Difficulty: Moderate (not recommended for children 6 and under)

Duration: 4 to 5 hours

Climb: about 460 m D +

Downhill: about 460 m D-

Mandatory Hiking Gear: windbreaker, hiking shoes, water, and packed lunch. I advice all my clients to wear appropriate clothes and gears because in high altitude the weather is fairly unpredictable and it may be rainy, windy and cold.

Tour Capacity: a maximum of 12 people;

Private Tours: For clients looking for an exclusive excursion with loved ones, family and friends.

Rates vary based on the number of people.

Send your request to etnavolcanoguide@gmail.com

Trekking volcano Stromboli

MTB excursions

E-Bike Etna summit craters excursion 3330m asl

Location: Etna Nord – Piano Provenzana 1850 m asl (The exact location of the meeting point will be sent after booking confirmation)

Period: Excursions are available from April through october (only booking restrictions are volcanic activities and weather forecast on Mount Etna).

Tour Capacity: A maximum of 6 people;

Difficulty: high, only for expert bikers;

Duration: 6/7 hours

Climb: 1480 m D +

Downhill: 1480 m D+

Mandatory Hiking Gear: windbreaker, water bottle, and packed lunch. I advice all my clients to wear appropriate clothes and gears because in high altitude the weather is fairly unpredictable and it may be rainy, windy and or cold.

WARNINGS: This excursion is absolutely forbidden for any clients who are asthmatic, with heart conditions, or have high blood pressure.

Private Tours: For clients looking for an exclusive excursion with loved ones, family and friends.

Rates vary based on the number of people.

Send your request to etnavolcanoguide@gmail.com

Lava Flow Fields and Caves on Mountain Bikes or E-Bikes

We will cycle along massive lava fields, ancient Etna forests, old craters and caves formed by the lava flow. During our tour, you will see the essence of Mount Etna volcano after a few kilometers of cycling.  We will bike to reach the most important destination of this MTB excursion, Grotta Dei Lamponi, located in the middle of an extensive brick-colored lava field. The lava field was formed after an eruption that lasted ten years, from 1614 to 1624. The enormous quantity of magma from the eruption of 1614 has left a spectacular geological structure commonly formed with the particular type of lava flow produced on Etna.

Meeting point and time: 9.00 am at Clan dei Ragazzi Refuge Via Mareneve which is Km 14 from Linguaglossa

Total Km: 20Km

Maximum altitude: 1850 m above sea level

Difficulty: Moderate

Time: 3 hours

WARNINGS: This excursion is absolutely forbidden for any clients who are asthmatic, with heart conditions, or have high blood pressure.

Private Tours: For clients looking for an exclusive excursion with loved ones, family and friends.

Rates vary based on the number of people.

Send your request to etnavolcanoguide@gmail.com

Do not Forget: Water bottle, a small backpack with extra warm clothes and snacks, camera, windbreaker jacket, most importantly a passion for the outdoors and a good sense of humor.

Tour of Etna - Altomontana trail on MTB or E-Bikes

Mountain biking on Altomontana trail is an exhilarating experience both for the breathtaking views and the ever-evolving landscape shaped by the volcano. On our adventure on the Altomontana trail; we will cross lava flows, forests with indigenous laricio pine, beech, and oak trees, explore lava flow caves and traditional cabins (rifugi).

Period: From April to October (only booking restrictions are volcano activities and weather forecast on Mount Etna)

Meeting point and time: 7,30 am at Clan dei Ragazzi Refuge Via Mareneve which is Km 14 from Linguaglossa(transfer)

Departure for the excursion: Sapienza Refuge, Etna Sud (1800 m above sea level)

Arrival: Clan dei Ragazzi Refuge

Total Km: 40 Km

Difficulty: Moderate

Travel time: 6-7 hours

The highlight of the tour: Caves and ancient lava flows

Do not Forget: Water bottle, a small backpack with extra warm clothes and snacks, camera, windbreaker jacket, most importantly a passion for the outdoors and a good sense of humor.

WARNINGS: This excursion is absolutely forbidden for any clients who are asthmatic, with heart conditions, or have high blood pressure.

Private Tours: For clients looking for an exclusive excursion with loved ones, family and friends.

Rates vary based on the number of people.

Send your request to etnavolcanoguide@gmail.com

ADVICE AND GUIDELINES:

Etna is the largest active volcano in Europe, reaching 3340 meters above sea level. In 2013, Mount Etna became a UNESCO World Heritage Site and we can trace back its history to 600 thousand years of continuous evolution. On Etna’s summit, there are four active craters that emit large quantities of gasses on a daily basis.

Even though Etna is located on a Mediterranean Island, in the higher altitudes the weather is very unpredictable.

I offer excursions on Etna of various difficulty level and duration. Our trekking will vary from challenging with a significant incline to easy walks designed for families. I advise clients to book the type of excursion according to one’s physical abilities and travel itinerary. In addition to the excursion to the summit craters starting from the southern slope – Rifugio Sapienza, I provide easier excursions at a lower altitude where you can see lateral craters and lava flow caves.

Etna has loved and provided for the people who have settled or visited, and we have a deep love and respect for Mount Etna. Even though we have settled and thrived from the endless gifts of Mount Etna, we always need to remember that we are only guests.

What is a volcanological guide?

Authorized guides are the only ones legally allowed to wear these logos on their jacket. It informs the visitors that their guide has gone through the proper training and education to lead a group of people on Mount Etna.

The Volcanological Guide and the Alpine Guide are the only two types of guides certified and authorized to accompany individual people or groups on volcanoes. When using the term “on the volcanoes,” it’s not only applicable to higher altitudes but also lower altitudes of the volcanoes.

I am not only passionate about my work but also have the proper certification and authorization, unfortunately, there are some organizations that are run by unqualified individuals who don’t abide any of the Sicilian Region or National Laws.

Regional Law n. 28 of 06 04 1996

Booking a volcanological guide and licensed driver

… .. ARTICLE 16

Accompaniment in ascents and excursions on volcanoes

  1. The activity of accompaniment on a professional basis of people in ascents or excursions on volcanoes that include routes in rocky areas, on glaciers, snowy lands, or otherwise require the use of rope, ice axes and crampons for progression, is reserved for mountain guides referred to in article 2.
  2. In excursions and ascents on volcanoes that do not have the characteristics referred to in paragraph 1, the accompanying activity may also be carried out by volcanological guides authorized in accordance with Article 18 and registered in the special list referred to in Article 19.

Testimonials

Federica Sanfilippo, nazionale femminile Biathlon Luca

Bon – ne cherchez plus – Luca est votre homme pour l’Etna.

Vous voulez voir l’Etna avec un guide qui monte ce volcan depuis qu’il a 8 ans ? Vous voulez une expérience inoubliable en toute sécurité ? Luca est votre homme.

Vous êtes en forme et bien vous serez encore plus ravi.

J’ai passé une journée magnifique et exceptionnelle en sa compagnie.

Il m’a expliqué le volcan, son origine, ses explosions. Il m’a fait découvrir, des roches, des gaz, des coulées de lave, des trous dans le sol trop chauds pour expliquer la sensation sur ma main. Je me suis retrouvé seul sur le sommet du cratère principal, ébloui et sans mot.

Faites le nécessaire directement avec lui ou à travers votre concierge d’hôtel, allez le rejoindre, dites lui que vous avez lu ma critique !

Ah oui, prévoyez 6 heures, de l’eau, un coupe-vent et un chandail chaud. Bottes de trekking, bonnes chaussettes, noix, fruits séchés, barre d’énergie

Ajoutez 1 heure de plus pour lui payer une bière à la tout fin 😉

Hugo Martin – Canada

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BOOKING INFORMATION

Luca Maugeri (IT – EN)

phone +39 366 3852102

etnavolcanoguide@gmail.com

Please contact me via email for booking requests and or information. In your email, if you can kindly inform me your availability, the type of excursion you are looking for on Mount Etna, whether it’s hiking or mountain biking and your experience on mountains or on other volcanoes. I will respond quickly with a costume tailored excursion best suited to your interests, availabilities and hiking experiences.

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