Etna Coast to Crater Picture 1
Etna Coast to Crater Picture 1

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Best Time of Year: March - October

Max alt:  3200m

Dist:  45km

Min age:  18

Duration:  4

Etna Coast to Crater

Trek Adventure

Adventure Café have created this extended Volcanic adventure to ascend the full 3200m of Mt Etna in just 2 days of trekking! Beginning your adventure right from the Coastal waters of Sicily and up the ashy trails to the giant smouldering summit crater. You will spend a night in a mountain refuge.

DAY 1: On arrival from the UK to Catania airport, we shall shuttle you over to your accomodation where we shall make our preparations ready for our trek.

DAY 2:  We will begin with an early transfer to the start of our trail. We will then walk 20km with 1500m of ascent to our refuge for the night having walked through some tradtional Sicilian villages on route.

DAY 3: Summit day sees a very early start to curve up round from the North to arrive at the Western flank of the Crater rim for a close approach of the breathtaking depths of the crater below. With 25km of walking, 1700m ascent and 1400m descent down to Piano Provenzana this is an absolutely mega day! We will then transfer you back to your Hotel in Catania for very well deserved celebrations.

DAY 4: Transfer provided to catch your flight back to the UK.



Day 1

Flight to Sicily
Meet Transfer upon arrival
Prepare for trek.

Day 2

Early trasfer to the Coastal starting point to begin the climb up to the refuge at 1500m.

Day 3

Early start for Summit day then return to Piano Provenzana for transfer back to Catania 

Day 4
Transfer to airport


Route Map


You will be staying in simple hotels/guesthouses and will spend 1 night in a Mountain Refuge. Adventure Café provide a comfortable standard of accommodation on this trip.


What is a Level 4.5 Trekking Challenge Like?

You are now moving into the realms of serious challenges - where you are likely to encounter carrying loads, rough terrain, sleep deprivation, or high altitude. In any case - be prepared for an event which is going to take you to the limits of your comfort zone. Trekking days will be up to 13 hours, or slightly less if the event stretches over several days. The severity of the challenge may be magnified by various factors - as you will need to be more resilient - due to simple living conditions - i.e. using same clothes for several days, lack of washing facilities, simple food, variable weather conditions and maybe camping - this forms a part of the challenge. You need to be in good shape to undertake any of these events, so you need to be training regularly. The height gain each day is greater than for level 3 - so expect plenty of hills!


How Fit Do I need to be to join a Level 4.5 ‘Trek’?

To participate in these events you need to be in good fitness. You enjoy taking exercise, and do it regularly (a couple of times a week minimum). You partake in several different types of activity, possibly including the gym, swimming, running, circuit training. You probably are capable of running up to 5 or 6 miles, but in a good steady speed (around 9-10 minute miles). If you do not run - you should be regularly undertaking challenging walks or other strenuous exercise. You should be comfortable walking 18-20 miles in the English lowland countryside.


Medical Issues

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.


Visas / Redtape

When travelling abroad you may require a Visa. Please check the Travcour website ( 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 Adventure Cafe.


Included In Trip

UK Qualified experienced Mountian Leaders.

Local Etna Mountain Guide for summit day.

Transfers to start and from end of trek

2 Nights acccommodation in comfortable hotels with breakfast

1 Night Mountain Refuge with breakfast

* Support vehicle cover will be included for groups over 20.



Excluded From Trip

International Flights

Support vehicle cover for small groups



Equipment Required

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.

Warm Clothing
Lightweight Fleece, Medium Weight Fleece, Lightweight Gloves
Heavy Gloves (mitten type recommended), Fleece Hat

Trek Clothing
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


Kit Hire

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.


Safety Information

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.


Optional Extras

* A meal package can be added for £59pp to include 3 dinners and 2 lunches


Notes on Trekking Events

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Adventure Cafe Booking Terms and Conditions

By booking an event with Adventure Cafe, you agree to these standard terms of booking. Please ensure that you read the appropriate document for your type of event carefully.

Adventure Cafe Terms & Conditions - For all types of event

To Reserve Your Space on this Challenge

You should fill in the Google Form - linked here below, and then please call us on 01823 444 246 to advise of your payment method. We can accept card payments over the phone, or Bank Transfer. Please note that your space is not confirmed until you have received your booking receipt.

CLICK HERE: Adventure Cafe Challenge Booking Form - For Challenge Events



Guide price

£Price on enquiry



This Challenge is for exclusive group departures – please call us for more information

Event Location

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Etna Coast to Crater Picture 2

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