Mount Etna Route
This Challenge begins on the southern part of Etna in Serra La Neve. We'll be trekking along volcanic paths and beautiful forested trails while making our way to the smoky crater of Mount Etna. On the second day, we will have lunch close to the summit and then after move quickly down the black volcanic scree. After 52 miles, we will cross the finish line after a long and steep descent.
Friday 15 Sept - Day 2 - 0-40km
Leg 1- Nicolosi to Galvarina Refuge ~ 11km
This morning we have an early Breakfast at our hotel before transferring 10 minutes from Nicolosi to Monte san Leo at 1080m on Etnas southern slopes. We start with a 900m climb over the next 14km, stopping for our first rest stop before our highest point for today, on the western slopes of Etna. At this vantage point we see glimpses of the town of Bronte to our right and the massive summit of Etna, which remains on our left throughout the day.
Leg 2- Galvarina Refuge to Monte la Nave~ 10km
From the rest stop, it's a downhill to lunch at the Monte La Nave refuge.
Leg 3- Monte La Nave refuge to Rifugio Timparossa ~ 12km
From lunch we hike a short but steep uphill to Rifugio Timparossa to our second rest stop.
Leg 4- Rifugio Timparossa to Clan Dei Ragazzi~ 7km
Then it is a final downhill all the way to our camp. Today has 40km of great volcanic paths and then into beautiful forested trails which eventually head east and our camp for the night. This evening at camp it will be a great atmosphere with an Italian barbeque amongst the pine forests at 1500m.
Meals included: B, L, D
Saturday 16 Sept Day 3- 40 -76km
Leg 1 - Clan Dei Ragazzi to Piano Provenzano~ 14km
We walk directly from our camp through the pine birch and oak forested trails of the Ragabo Park before we start in earnest on our days uphill journey. Our first rest stop will be close to Piano Provenzano.
Leg 2- Piano Provenzano to Highest Point ~ 9km
We will climb to our highest point on Etna 3109m. It's a tough walk and the rest stop at the Etna Observatory comes as a welcome break. From here we continue over the mountain, coming closet to its smoking summit where we have our lunch spot.
Leg 3- Highest point to Big Descent miles~ 7km
After lunch we continue over the mountain to our highest point of the challenge at 3109m, and as we reach the northern craters we come closest to its smoking summit. There is often activity of some sort on Etna as Europe's most active volcano, so there is every chance that we will get to see smoke or eruptions on the mountain.
Leg 4- Big Descent to Sapienza ~ 6km
The steep descent down the black volcanic scree takes us to Sapienza, Mt Etna's northern base where we finally end our Etna Volcano Ultra Challenge. This is a really tough Ultra day with a big 2300m total climb and its with deserved relief that you receive your medal and a great glass of local prosecco to mark the end of an incredible Ultra.
We then make our way to our hotel and this evening celebrate our great achievement.