seen a few negative reviews of the hiking guides on here. I've just returned from sicily were me and my son hiked up to stromboli summit.
it is a fairly strenuous climb, but I'm 41, overweight, smoker of 20 cigarettes a day for years and I never exercise and I made it :-) Our guide was Lorenzo from magmatrek, I thought he was a very good guide, speaking fluent English and French and giving info on the volcano as we went and answering every question. He saw that one member of our group was struggling a little, and stopped to let catch up and gave his walking pole to them. I'm glad to say we all made it up the volcano, I was definately the unhealthiest member of the group and jelly sweets and red bull helped me to the summit. do whatever works for you. if you really feel you can't make it, then it's probably best to give up below 500 metres where you can safely make it back on your own. the boulders above this are sharp and loose
. Yes the pace may seem quick, and between 250 metres and 500 metres I thought I was going to die but just keep plugging away! (that part seemed the hardest to me) maybe it's best if you are worried about keeping up to walk directly behind your guide as they walk at a steady pace, if you fall behind to the back of the group you have to keep stopping as you zig zag up the volcano.
very pleased with magma trek, after all you pay to be guided up a volcano safely, nothing else.
there's probably a bit of friendly rivalry going on between guides to get groups to the summit, but that's life. The reward of the summit makes it all worthwhile.
met 2 great fellow hikers, Peter from Northamptonshire and Jurgen from Germany on our climb.
all in all, Great experience and I might have even lost a little weight. Stromboli wasn't overly active but we saw amazing views and sunset, some explosions, plenty of rumbling, and showered in a fine ash, all contributing to the experience.. pity, as the night before we went to the scoria on a boat and it was constant activity.
the descent was fast, but that's the only way it can be going down a 45 degree slope of deep sand and I wouldn't want to be hanging around that slope in any case due to possible rocks coming at you, you can't see them in the dark!, after the slope there are fairly good paths right back to the village..
25€ is a reasonable price. considering I paid nearly a 5th of that for a coka cola
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