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A once in a lifetime experience but not for the unfit or faint-hearted

Massimo (Max) was exceptional at sharing his passion and knowledge of the volcano and we learnt much about the history of “The Etna”. He was also very vigilant with safety and seemed to know just when to take a break and allow us to catch our breath, whilst still keeping us moving. A highly qualified mountain guide, he made route choices reflecting the conditions: ice underfoot and sulfur gas making it hard to breathe (no place for those with lung conditions). He calmly rescued my friend after a fall. The tour description underplays the level of fitness required for 15km (four hours) of hiking at an altitude of over 2500 metres (less oxygen), particularly if the conditions are difficult, as they were this day. Hiking boots, helmets (compulsory) and walking pole are all included in the price, making it exceptional value (although being at the end of the season my shoes had seen better days and had little tread left, making trekking on ice very slippery). Highly recommend, thanks to Max!

Mount Etna Summit and Crater Trek Reviewed by Jane, 25/10/2018

Great tour, great guide - but experience in hiking recommended

The tour was definitively one of our highlights during our stay in Sicily. The logisitcs in advance worked very well (many information as well as helmets, shoes and hiking poles were provided in advance and for free). Our guide Max was awesome and perfectly able to understand, explain and answer our questions in English. But: of course you need a certain level of condition to reach the crater. Even though I think I'm in good condition, this was physically demanding. Once having mounted the summit it was beautiful and very interesting to see an active volcano. However, the descent really was a bit of a challenge because in parts the trails were very narrow, bold and I would say sometimes even a little bit dangerous. I've you like thrills and you're not afraid of heights - perfect. I've should have taken the bus back to the cable car. Nevertheless, in general I recommend the tour!

Mount Etna Summit and Crater Trek Reviewed by Theresa, 04/10/2018

I completely enjoyed my guided hike to Etna

Everything went well. Meeting the guide, being oriented, getting the helmet and setting off to the gondola. Our guide took us up an old volcano which was great, but being 72 years old, I had a tough time. I am not certain I am recommending anything, but perhaps just a slight warning. The rest of the time, I was tired, but the hiking was not too strenuous and the guide was excellent. He explained what we were about to do and described the science of the volcanos, and the history of this particular volcano. I was drained by the end, but it was a fantastic experience and I would recommend the guide highly.

Mount Etna Summit and Crater Trek Reviewed by barry, 02/07/2019

A fantastic experience even with the summit closed.

The booking went smoothly. We were later notified that the summit was closed due the the recent eruption, so the route would be different, and the price was reduced. We were met by our guides, and taken up to the mountain by cable car. We then started the trek, which lasted for about 5 hours, and the guides showed us many of the highlights, including the location of the recent lava flows. It was a fantastic experience, and the guides were really knowledgeable and helpful.

Mount Etna Summit and Crater Trek Reviewed by Szabolcs, 11/06/2019

Great tour of the etna, unfortunately we couldn´t go to the top

As above: due to volcanic activity our guide Danielo deemed it unwise to go all the way to the top, but even so it was a very interesting experience. he knew the ropes about both mountaineering and volcanoes, and we even visited the site of a lava flow only two weeks old and still simmering hot in places. Great stuff!

Mount Etna Summit and Crater Trek Reviewed by Anonymous, 18/06/2019