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Etna excursions

Reach the top of a volcano, hear her breathing, her grumblings, it is undoubtedly an indescribable feeling. The peak of Mount Etna can be reached or the North Slope (Provenzana Plan) or the South Slope (Ref. Wisdom).
 
From the slope North ETNA - PROVENZANA PLAN
 
the ascent may be made in two types:
 
CLASSICAL TOUR: Up and down with the 4x4 S.T.A.R. Company means
 
From Provenzana Plan (Etna North, altitude 1800 m), climb with 4x4 vehicles S.T.A.R. up to 2900 m. From here continue on foot. Visit the Central and Bocca Nuova crater. Later return to the place where the 4x4 bus had left the group and return to the 4x4 vehicle to Piano Provenzana.
 
The feasibility of the excursion depends volcanic activity present and the weather conditions.
 
THE EXCURSION IS STRICTLY PROHIBITED A heart condition, asthmatics and hypertensive.
 
Excursion time: 2 hours and a half.
 
Difficulty: easy / medium
 
The place for the meeting with the Alpine Guide is the ticket office of the company S.T.A.R. which it is located in Plan-Provenzana Etna Nord.
 
NOT MAKING RESERVATIONS.
 
THE TICKET OFFICE OPENING HOURS TO 9:00.
 
BEFORE DEPARTURE AT APPROXIMATELY 10:00
 
ABOUT THE COMPANY 'STAR cell: (+39) 347 49 57 091
 
THERE ARE OTHER DEPARTURES DURING THE DAY.
 
RETURN TO HIKING:
 
GETTING ON WITH CASH 4X4 and DESCENT ON FOOT
 
The excursion starts from Provenzana Plan, aboard buses 4x4 of the company STAR, we will climb a few meters along the fracture createsi eruption of 2002, in about 25 minutes you will reach the Concazze Plan, in a lunar landscape, will continue until at an altitude of about 2990. Then on foot in less than half an hour they will reach the Summit Craters, first we will visit the Central Crater and Bocca Nuova, then we will be taking on the Crater of the North-East (the 'high), and the latter will start the descent on foot, in the direction of the Observatory of the Concazze Plan. After a short break, it will begin a fun downhill in the gully of the "forty hours", that will take us directly to Plan Provenzana.
 
Travel time: 5 hours Difficulty: medium.
 
Necessary hiking boots and mountain clothing.
 
Possibility to hire locally.
 
must book
 
FROM THE SOUTH SIDE - REFUGE WISDOM
 
The climb will take place first in the cable car, then minibuses 4 × 4 to a height of 2900m in the Tower of the Philosopher area, from here after about 1,5h walk uphill to arrive on the brink of Bocca Nuova (3250m), which opened in 1968 , probably the most impressive crater. Bypassing the Bocca Nuova you find yourself on the edge of the central crater and from here going up a steep but short climb to the North East Crater, formed in 1911 and real summit of Etna (3340m). From the top we can enjoy a 360 ° with a look, and if the weather permits glimpse to the north the Aeolian islands. From the top we begin the descent down a steep but easy sabbione through the volcanic amphitheater of the Valle del Bove, a spectacular caldera 8km long and 4km wide, until you return to the starting point at 1900m altitude.
 
Recommended equipment: Data winds vigorous Etna and 'recommended the use of a windproof jacket in gore-tex, a pair of goggles to protect themselves from sudden gusts of wind, and of course a pair of walking boots tall mountain.
 
Elevation gain: 300m. descent: 400
 
Other itineraries:
 
Great Crossing North Etna - Etna South or vice versa.
 
Ice Cave and Cave of the Raspberries
 
Monti Sartorius
 
Bottoniera 2002 - Provenzana Plan
 
Altomontana MTB

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