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Photografic itinerary

  • Day 1


    Participants' arrival in Catania, accommodation in the Hotel**** and free time to visit the historical city centre (UNESCO World Heritage).
  • Day 2

    Rifugio Citelli (1750 m) – Zafferana Etnea (600 m)
    17 km / D+150 m / D-1300 m / 2 - 3 h
  • Day 3

    Zafferana Etnea (600 m) – Etna Sud “Rifugio Sapienza”
    (1900 m) 13 km / D+1500 m / D-200 m / 3 - 4 h
  • Day 4

    Etna Sud “Rifugio Sapienza” (1900 m) – Rifugio Citelli (1750 m)
    37 km* / D+950 m / D-1100 m / 5 – 6 h
  • Day 5 – option Etna Summit (3340 m)

    Etna Nord "Rifugio Citelli" (1750 m) – Etna summit (3340 m)* – Etna South “Rifugio Sapienza” (1900 m)
    20 km / D+1600 m / D-1450 m / 6 – 7 h
General informations

Date: 08 – 12.11.2017

Technical data: 3 trail-running stages with guide, 67 km, D+ 2600 m (elevation gain), D- 2600 m (elevation loss), plus the option of the Etna Summit

Enrolment due date: 21.10.2017

Compulsory equipment for the travel: backpack - luggages

Meeting point:
Catania, Hotel Mercure Catania Excelsior (Piazza Giovanni Verga 39), by 5.00pm of 08.11.2017


How to get to the meeting point:
the international airport Catania Fontanarossa has several daily flights with the main italian and european cities. From the airport the public bus (Alibus) in 20/30 minutes will bring you to the city centre. The bus stop is VERGA and the hotel is direclty on the square.

 

Full plan
Day 1:
Participants' arrival in Catania, accommodation in the Hotel**** and free time to visit the historical city centre (UNESCO World Heritage). At 6.00pm meeting in the hotel with the Mandala Trail guides and presentation briefing. Dinner not included and overnight in hotel in Catania.

Day 2:
Rifugio Citelli (1750 m) – Zafferana Etnea (600 m)
17 km / D+ 150 m / D- 1300 m / 2 - 3 h
After breakfast there will be a bus shuttle up to the Rifugio Citelli (Citelli Hut) on the northeast slope of the Etna. The running stage starts from Rifugio Citelli, followed by an enjoyable slope towards the pretty village of Zafferana Etnea, passing over the “Valle del Bove”, through the beautiful pine forests of the Etna Park and next to the secular “Ilice di Carrinu”. A spectacular and easy start for the Etna Tour Trail. Free afternoon for visiting the city centre of Zafferana Etnea and for relaxing at the wellness centre of the Airone Wellness Hotel***.
Dinner and overnight in Airone Wellness Hotel***.


Day 3:
Zafferana Etnea (600 m) – Etna south “Rifugio Sapienza” (1900 m)
13 km / D+ 1500 m / D- 200 m / 3 - 4 h
A short stage but pretty challenging due to the climbing of the first part. From Zafferana Etnea you have to face a real vertical kilometer to reach Mt Zoccolaro (1740 m) situated on the panoramic ridge of the Valle del Bove. From here, following the spectacular ridgeline over the Valle del Bove, you get to the Rifugio Sapienza (Sapienza Hut). Bus shuttle to the hotel and free afternoon to relax in the Airone Wellness Hotel***. Otherwise you can choose to have a wine tasting (service not included) with typical local wines.
Dinner and overnight in Airone Wellness Hotel***.


Day 4:
Etna south “Rifugio Sapienza” (1900 m) – Rifugio Citelli (1750 m)
37 km* / D+ 950 m / D- 1100 m / 5 – 6 h
The main stage of the Etna Tour Trail takes place along the unsealed road Altomontana (route of the historic race Etna Marathon). The itinerary links the south side with the north one, through lava flows, craters and suggestive pine forests. Technically the stage hasn't any technical difficulty, but due to the long distance is important to manage carefully the energies. Arrive at the Rifugio Citelli and transfer for Catania (airport or city centre) with estimated arrival time at 7.00pm.
For the ones who choose the Etna summit option, dinner and overnight at the Rifugio Citelli.

*in the case the distance is excessive for you, you can shorten the stage of 5km, or you can use the jeep service (to book in advance) to get to the arrival.


Day 5 – option Etna Summit (3340 m):
Rifugio Citelli (1750 m) – Etna summit craters (3340 m)* – Etna south “Rifugio Sapienza” (1900 m)
20 km / D+ 1600 m / D- 1450 m / 6 – 7 h
After the overnight at the Rifugio Citelli, you start the climb towards the summit craters escorted by a volcanological guide. The trail follows a steep but not exposed ridgeline over the Valle del Bove. Arrived at the Pizzi Deneri (2800m) the trail becomes easier and you get to the edge of the Etna summital craters. The view from the top pf the highest volcano in Europe is sensational. The fun is not over since from the summit begins a long descente along the south sides of Etna covered by ash up to the Rifugio Sapienza, arrival point of the crossing.
Transfer for Catania (airport or city centre) with estimated arrival time at 6.30pm.

*the itinerary will be choose from the volcanologic guide according to the volcano activity and to the weather conditions. It is possible the presence of snow and ice along the route. Small crampons and mountain trekking shoes are strongly recommended.
Services and Prices
Included services:
  • Trail running guide.
  • 3 nights in Hotel: 1 in Catania in Hotel**** and 2 on the Etna in Hotel*** with wellness centre, fitness room, mini bar and tea facilities included.
  • 2 dinners in the Hotel on the Etna.
  • All the transfer as in schedule.
  • Luggage transport from the hotel to the hotel.
  • Transport of a small bag with the changing clothes at the end of the stage.
  • Photografic reportage with digital copies of all the images of the trip.
  • Membership fee to the ASD Mandala Trail for one year.

Not included services in the Etna Tour Trail:
  • All the lunches (every participants can choose to carry the lunch food in the backpack or to eat at the end of the stage).
  • Dinner in Catania.
  • Tourist city tax.
  • Water and drinks during the meals and the stages.
  • Personal insurance covering injuries and accidents.
  • Everything not listed in the "included services".

Included services in the Etna Summit option:
  • 1 overnight (dorm and shared bathroom) with half-pension service at the Rifugio Citelli.
  • Escort of a volcanological guide for the Etna crossing from north to south.
  • Return transfer to Catania.
  • Luggage transport.

Prices:
Enrolment fee: 500 € per person*

Surcharge:
Single room (3 nights in hotel): 150 € per person*

Etna Summit option: 200 € per person*
*this activity is reserved to the ASD Mandala Trail members

Terms of payment:

Bank transfer to: ASD Mandala Trail
C.so Palermo 105 – 10154 Torino (Italia)
Reference: NAME – Etna Tour Trail
IBAN: IT16P0521630546000000099117
BIC/Swift code: BPCVIT2S
CREDITO VALTELLINESE FILIALE DI IVREA - Piazza Vittorio Emanuele 8 - 10015 Ivrea (TO) Italia
Regulations Enrolment
Enrolment process:
To enroll is necessary to fill the registration form and to pay the enrolment fee within the due date. The enrolment implies the acceptance of the regulations in all its points. With the enrolment the participant declares to understand all the details of the proposed activities and to be technically and physically prepared to complete the itineray.

Medical certificate:
Each participant has the duty to show a medical certificate of running idoneity. The certificate has to be signed by a physician with sport qualification that declares that the participant hasn't any medical controindications. The participant can use the specific model given by the organization or the one given by the physician. A paper copy of the medical certificate has to be given to the guide during the first presentation briefing. Without the certificate you are not allowed to attend the proposed activities.


Guide duties:
The guide has the duty to verify the technical skills and the physical preparation of the participants regarding the proposed itinerary. In case the guide judges not sufficient the physical or the technical preparation of one or more participants, he is allowed to stop the participant for safety reasons for a section of the stage, for the whole stage or for the following stages. The judgement of the guide is unquestionable and can not be contested by the participants.

Participant duties:
The participants have the duties to read carefully all the details of the itinerary and to judge their physical and technical preparation regarding the proposed itinerary. If there are doubts about the technical or physical preparation, they have the duty to contact the organization in order to ask more informations. The participans have the duties to respect all the indications of the guideline and to carry with themselves all the compulsory equipment. In negative case the participant will be immediately sospended from the activity.

About getting to the meeting point:
Any transportation cost to reach the meeting point is NOT included in the enrolment fee. Every member have to be organized in order to get to the meeting point on time. The organization is not responsible for delay of transports used to arrive at the meeting point.

Revocation by customer:
In the event of revocation by an athlete or by a supporter, after having already confirmed the entering, there will be a fee as refund to the organization:

  • revocation until 60 days before the starting date: the organization will withhold 25% of the cost of the package
  • between 59 and 30 days before the starting date: the organization will withhold 50% of the cost of the package
  • from 29 days before the starting date: the organization will withhild 100% of the cost of the package

Revocation by the organization:
In the event of revocation due to special circumstances, such as volcano eruption, earthquake, landslide etc., or because of the failure to attain the minimum number of participants, the entering fee will be totally refunded. The organization reserves the right to modify or cancel one or more stages because of safety reasons, and without notice; in this case there will be no refund.


Extension of staying:
It is possible to extend your holiday simply informing the organization Mandala Trail. Please write to info@mandalatrail.it to have more informations.


Privacy D.lgs.196/03
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Type of travel

Type of travel
Itinerant location

Type of participation

Type of participation
Trekking with Guide Trail running with Guide

Sistemazione

Sistemazione
Hotel and Hut

Extra activities

Extra activities
Luggage transport - Massages- Yoga Wellness - Tradizional Cuisines Wine Tasting - Swimming - UNESCO Site

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