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We start walking on the third day, the easiest section of the whole trekking: 20 km with a regular ascending path until mount Palestro, walking over the "altomontana" track.

We leave the refuge Mons Gibel 2011 - Guya Trekking: We leave the refuge to keep walking on the track Mons Gibel 2011 - Guya Trekking: track. The landscape changes continuosly, showing woods Mons Gibel 2011 - Guya Trekking: woods and magma desert Mons Gibel 2011 - Guya Trekking: magma desert on the same area. Close to mount Scavo refuge Mons Gibel 2011 - Guya Trekking: mount Scavo refuge we see an old lava flow that created huge "dagale" Mons Gibel 2011 - Guya Trekking: huge dagale (green spots surrounded by lava), then we reach mount Nunziata cave Mons Gibel 2011 - Guya Trekking: mount Nunziata cave, reserved to equipped speleologists. We also find some unexpected birch trees Mons Gibel 2011 - Guya Trekking: birch trees, I thought they were only in the Sartorius mounts area.

We quickly go beyond mount Palestro refuge Mons Gibel 2011 - Guya Trekking: mount Palestro refuge and Galvarina refuge Mons Gibel 2011 - Guya Trekking: Galvarina refuge, then we look for the last time at the magma desert Mons Gibel 2011 - Guya Trekking: magma desert before we go inside the pine tree wood Mons Gibel 2011 - Guya Trekking: the pine tree wood, really close to our goal: San Giovanni Gualberto refuge Mons Gibel 2011 - Guya Trekking: San Giovanni Gualberto refuge, a building usually not available to hikers that forest rangers kindly opened for us.

The path was really easy, compared to the first two days. We can have some rest before the final ascending to mount Etna central craters.



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