High Altitude Hike


AltaQuota Trek 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 NOTES: The maximum altitude reached with this tour is about 2700 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.



  • High Altitude Hike (89€ per person; 59€ for children 6-13)

Duration: 5h The excursion starts at 8:30 AM

Number of People: min 3 adults

Meeting point: Piazza Sant'Alfio, Trecastagni (Catania, Etna Sud)


Bookings: The excursion is subject to availability. Early booking is highly recommended

Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund for cancellations until 2 days before the event
  • No refund for cancellations less than 2 days before the event