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Best Time of Year: March - September
Mount Etna Challenge Trek
Adventure Café have put together this special itinerary, taking in two of Etnas famous Volcanoes, its highest — towering Mount Etna standing tall at 3,350metres, and one of its most beautiful islands - Lipari - a gem of the mediterranean - nestled amongst the Eolian Islands and with its very own Volcanic Trek!
On arrival from the UK, we shall transfer directly to the foot of Mount Etna, where we shall make our preparations ready for our trek. The trek will take 2 days, around the Western flank of the mountain, and then by return, after a night in the Rifugio Sapienza, over the top of Etna with a close approach to the amazing craters. Finally, we shall head out to the island of Lipari for one night, which will give us enough time for a visit to Vulcano, and a short trek on Lipari, before returning home the next day.
Early morning flight to Sicily
Meet Minibus Transfer upon arrival
Drive directly t foot of mountain, for easy day, preparing for trek.
Night 1 Dinner in Randazzo
An early start to begin the climb up to the top (nearest safe approach) of Mount Etna. Continue over summit and down back to Piano Provenzana—where we will rejoin our minibus to return to Randazzo for one night. Celebratory meal for having trekked successfully over the top of Mt. Etna!
Night 2 - Randazzo
Early AM - Transfer from Randazzo to Milazzo for ferry to ipari. Ferry and afternoon walk on Vulcano. Afternoon boat to Lipari, optional trek to highest point on island. Fantastic evening ahead - to enjoy the amazing and atmospheric ambience of Lipari Town.
Take return ferry from Lipari to Mainland
Transfer from Milazzo to Airport
Return to UK
You will be staying in simple hotels, and guesthouses, or Mountain Refuges. Generally Adventure Café provide a comfortable standard of accommodation on this trip.
What is a Level 3.5 Trekking Challenge Like?
These challenges are either longer, higher, or span several days. In the case of single day events, you can expect up to 12 hours trekking. In the case of a multi day trek, you can expect lower daily durations - but of course - the effort is sustained over a longer period. You need to be keen on physical exercise for these events, and to enjoy taking exercise, and to do it regularly. Longer duration long haul treks are likely to be easier in terms of the physical walking, however, you will need to be more resilient - due to simple living conditions - ie using same clothes for several days, lack of washing facilities, simple food, and maybe camping - this forms an integral part of the challenge.
How Fit Do I need to be to join a Level 3.5 ‘Trek’?
You need to have good endurance for these events. You must be used to doing very long walks in the countryside - 7 hours + . You should be doing regular exercise - possibly with some running. Your running speed will be around 10-11 minute miling, and you should be able to run a minimum of 4 to five miles. If you do not run, you should be concentrating on other types of exercise - but for longer periods of time (i.e. sessions in excess of 1.5 hrs.) - these other forms of exercise should be at a moderate to high level.
Please note, it is extremely important for this physical challenge that you are in good health. If you have any pre-existing medical conditions, please consider carefully whether you should be joining the challenge. Please ensure you fill in the booking form accurately and honestly, this is important. In the case of serious conditions (epilepsy, diabetes, heart conditions, recent illness or operations), please discuss the challenge with your GP. Please also ensure you notify us of any allergies or similar.
You should be used to walking reasonable distances each day to contemplate this trek. It requires stamina and good aerobic fitness - but good willpower will also come in handy! Failure to disclose medical conditions is a serious omission - that could have serious repercussions on any of our challenges.
Travel insurance is required for all overseas adventures and can be purchased through Ventureguard using the link on the left hand toolbar of the website.
Travel insurance is not compulsory for UK adventures but it is advised. For further information, please don't hesitate to contact the Café.
Visas / Redtape
When travelling abroad you may require a Visa. Please check the Travcour website (www.travcour.com) for up to date Visa information. Here they can advise you on the best action to take. If you require further information please don't hesitate to contact the Café.
Included In Trip
Qualified, Experienced Leader, Transfers to start and end of trek, Baggage Transfers, Accommodation in Lodges, Ferries, Full joining instructions pack prior to departure
Excluded From Trip
Lunches, Evening meals, International Flights
Water Purification Tablets, Suncream, Blister Repair Kit
Plasters, Vaseline, Rehydration Salts
Painkillers, Sunbloc, Insect Repellant
Pack Towel (lifesystems recommended), Soap (small bar)
Shampoo (not a full size bottle!)
Toothbrush, Toothpaste (small size)
Hill Walking Items
Sleeping Bag - 2/3 season rated to 0° C comfort rating or sleeping bag liner (silk or cotton)
Medium Sized Rucksack - lined with waterproof bags
Rucksack Liner(s) / Plastic Liner(s) for Rucksack
Bladder System (highly recommended - or other water bottles e.g. exercise bottle/Nalgene bottle)
Walking Poles (highly recommended)
Sun Hat (wide brimmed), Neck Scarf
Snack Foods - we recommend good slow burning items - nuts, dried fruit, cereal bars etc.
Lightweight Fleece, Medium Weight Fleece, Lightweight Gloves
Heavy Gloves (mitten type recommended), Fleece Hat
Long Cotton Trekking Trousers, 1 Pair Tracksuit Bottoms
Comfortable Trekking Shirts (long/short sleeved)
Walking Boots (broken in with ankle protection)
Walking Socks, Liner Socks
Underwear, 1 Change of Casual Evening Wear
Outer Fully Waterproof Jacket (Gore-tex, E-vent)
Outer Waterproof Bottoms
Toilet Roll / Pack of Travel Tissues, Spare Lace
Camera, Film / Memory Card / Spare Battery
Travel Documents, EHIC Travel Card
Travel Insurance (compulsory)
Wallet, Credit Cards, Cash
Sunglasses, Spare Comfortable Shoes
Penknife, Mobile Phone (packed in a plastic bag deep inside your day pack!)
Emergency Rations (energy foods - for the tough days on trek)
Head Torch with spare batteries and bulb
It is possible to hire equipment via our specialist kit hire providers Outdoor Hire Ltd. We have negotiated a 10% discount for all our mountain challengers.
By nature all activities contain an element of risk.Your leader will be first aid qualified and will carry the appropriate safety kit for the activity, such as mountain safety shelters, walking rope and from time to time mobile radios. Safety equipment carried will be appropriate to trip. The leader's primary role is to ensure your safety, but it is your responsibility to listen to their guidance and instructions.
Expect Hot weather on Sicily, although it could be fairly cool near the summit of the mountain.
Notes on Trekking Events
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