High Altitude Hike

Guided excursion by jeep 4 x 4

High Altitude Hike

High Altitude Hike excursion will make you experience the thrill of walking surrounded by surreal panoramas. The first part of the tour takes place by cable car, from the Sapienza refuge (1960 m) to the arrival station of the Etna cable car (2510 m), from here we will proceed in trekking to visit the Piano del Lago, a vast expanse of volcanic sand that creates a surreal lunar landscape and from there we will ascend to a crater that was the protagonist of the 2001 eruption, from where you can admire the nearby summit craters and the Ionian coast. Reached the lava fields of the latest eruptions (2017-2019) you will reach the belvedere of the famous Valle del Bove, a vast depression generated by the collapse of an ancient volcanic building. The guide, having assessed the weather conditions and the group’s capabilities, can plan the descent with the gondola lift (for those less used to long walks) or trekking on sandy gullies to the parking lot.

IMPORTANT: The maximum altitude reached with this tour is about 2600 meters. The excursion, given the altitude and the relative high mountain weather conditions, is recommended for people in a state of good physical health and well equipped (possibly we have hire of insulating shoes and jackets). Not recommended for infants, young children or people with cardio-respiratory diseases

Overview

  • Period: April – October
  • Daily departures
  • Jeep 4×4 (8 pax)
  • Private tour (Guide & vehicle in exclusive) on request with supplement
  • Meeting point:  Trecastagni (Catania)
  • Pickup from Catania or Taormina (area) hotel with supplement
  • Timing 8.30 – 13.30
  • Difficulty : Average. Suitable for healthy people
  • Altitude: MT 2700.
  • Duration :  5 hours
  • Languages: English, Italy, French, Spanish

Tour program

ASCENT TO 2500 MT BY CABLE CAR

In this excursion, the first part of the ascent – from 1950 to 2510 meters – will take place with the cable car of the famous Etna cableway that starts from the famous Rifugio Sapienza. A pioneering ski lift project that has challenged the volcano since 1955. 5 times this tourist facility has been devoured by lava. The panorama of the Gulf of Catania and the slopes of the southern slope with recent and ancient tongues of lava will stand out higher and higher.

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PIAN DEL LAGO | VOLCANIC DESERT

CRATER OF 2001 ERUPTION

BEATIFUL VIEW OF VALLE DEL BOVE

DESCENT TO SAND TRAILS

Rates

Invdividual pricesSupplements
Adults€ 99
CHD 6/13 year€ 59
Private Tour (exclusive Jeep)€ 100
Wine tasting light (4 wines + sicilian specialties)€ 30
Wine tasting light (5 wines + sicilian specialties)€ 40
Pick-up from Catania hotel (per person)€ 15
Pick-up from Taormina hotel (per person)€ 30

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