With many years of experience Stromboli Adventures provides visitors with a unique opportunity to discover from close distance the activity of the volcano with its constant bursts, and to enjoy an astonishing natural show. The climb is clearly a personal challenge, but the presence of a group makes it a pleasant opportunity for new connections, offering the possibility of sharing magical moments in front of the amazing sight of the explosions. Thanks to their long-time experience, our Guides lead groups in a highly professional manner, allowing everybody to appreciate the excursion as a moment of contact with the extreme nature of the volcano.
Group excursions leave daily from the main office of Stromboli Adventures: at first the trail reaches the old cemetery, a small group of graves of the early 20th century, surrounded by the thriving vegetation of the Mediterranean scrub. At 250mts above the sea level, after a break and the explanations of the Guide, the group leaves the natural trail to begin the actual climb, accompanied by the amazing sight of the sea and the Strombolicchio. Reaching the summit reveals, from a privileged point of view, the sight on the smoking craters that expel lapilli and ashes at regular intervals, in average about every 10-15 minutes. At night the bright colours of the lava bursts are even more evocative. From Pizzo, the descent begins after roughly one hour, along the old lava stream called Rina Grande. After passing the Liscione, the trail through the vegetation starts again till reaching the concrete road.
The excursion can be considered of low difficulty but the difference in altitude to cover -with a climbing time of 3 hours- is nevertheless 918 mts. Consequently, the path is quite steep and can be tough even if tackled at a slow and constant pace. It is then crucial to be in full health to be sure to make it to the summit and redescend with the rest of the group. At certain points of the climb, people suffering vertigo might feel bad for the sight of height all around the island. The second part of the climb has been made easier with the creation of hairpin turns. The descent is rather simple, but here as well it is important paying attention to where you put your feet and not to pick up speed along the sandy slope to avoid tumbles and sprains.
Indispensable equipment for the climb: trekking shoes -NO SNEAKERS- and headlamp to lighten the path on the way back. All the necessary equipment can be rented at Totem Trekking. Even in late afternoon temperatures might be high, so it is essential having enough water (1,5-2 litres at least) to rehydrate oneselves along the way. It is recommended to bring adequate amounts of fruit, excellent source of liquids, sugar and mineral salts. On the contrary, after a certain height and at night the temperature may lower all of a sudden. It is then fundamental to have available a change of clothes, including a clean t-shirt, long trousers, a warm sweatshirt and a wind jacket. It is crucial to always follow the directions of your authorized guide and not to lose or abandon the rest of the group the whole time.