Majestic Etna

circular trekking in three days

Lava deserts and caves: the best of Volcano Etna
This is a wonderful three days trail for riders who wants to admire the rough nature and the stunning landscapes in the Etna area.
Duration: 3 days and 2 nights – 3 days on horseback.
Riding distance: N.A.
Accomodation & Meals: 2 nights accommodation in double, 3 picnic lunches

Day-by-day description

Day 1 – Approximate riding time: 7 hours

Today your ride will begin from the stable Ardichetto, through old roads and paths of woodlands until you reach “Val Calanna” where 1992 the braided lava flows began to flow in to keep the lava from flowing towards the village Zafferana.
You will reach the famous “Ilice di Carrinu”, a beautiful large and old tree about 700 years old.
After a short photo stop you ride in direction “Ragabo” pine forest before you reach your accommodation “Chalet Clan dei Ragazzi”; Dinner and overnight.

Day 2 – Approximate riding time: 7 hours

After breakfast you ride up to “Piano Provenzana”, famous as Ski resort during winter time until you will reach the famous famous volcanic cone “Monte Nero” (approximately 2049 a.s.l.).
Along your ride you can admire some particular craters also called “hornitos” and lava flows from different periods. You will ride in turns through forest and typical volcanic landscapes. You climb in direction “la bottoniera” (approximately 2150 a.s.l.) where you will see a succession of craters from the last great eruption of 2002. You ride down in direction “Altomontana” a wide path at an average height of 1700m a.s.l., drawing a half circle around Mt Etna, where you can explore on horseback the characteristics of the volcan: old craters, stone forests, woodland, old lava flows.
You ride towards the forest “Timparossa” until you reach the cave “Grotta dei Lamponi” or Raspberry cave, formed by old lava flows. After you visit the cave you ride towards “Monte Spagnolo” where you will enjoy your pic nic.
After then you continue your adventure to reach again the “Altomontana “path and you ride through the domain “Filicius Milia” past to the volcanic cone “Monte Scavo”.
From “Rifugio Galvarina” your ride will lead you to the cave “Grotta S. Barbara” before you reach your accommodation; Dinner and Overnight.

Day 3 – Approximate riding time: 7 hours
After breakfast your ride will lead you towards “Silvestri Craters” and ride along the border of the extinct volcano from the eruption of 1892.
On the days of good visibility, don’t miss the amazing view. You will reach a hight of 1900 a.s.l. You will ride down through Etna landscapes.
You will then continue to descend through old lava flows to reach the cave so called” Grotta Cassone” a 277 meters long tunnel of old lava flow from 1792. You ride towards “Piano del Vescovo” near to which you will enjoy your pic nic before your ride continue to descend in the direction of the stable Ardichetto.

Included in price
  • 3 days in the saddle
  • 3 days of guided riding
  • 2 nights accommodation in double
  • luggage transport with support vehicle
  • 3 picnic lunches
  • 2 liter bottle of water per day
  • Assurance
  • Rent of helmet and Chaps
Not included
  • Transfer on request (to pay locally)
  • Single room on request
  • Additional nights
  • Everything not mentioned under “Included in price

Must know

Skill level: Strong Intermediate

Skill level

Ability description: Strong intermediate with good fitness. You need to be able to ride at all paces for long hours, comfortable with covering a variety of different terrain. Please indicate health condition in your reservation.

Require Info

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