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ETT 901 5 Day Tour of Lalibela-Danakil in collaboration with Ethiopian airlines, Mountain View hotel/Lalibela Lodge www.lalibelalodge.com

Option One

Day 1- Addis – Lalibela
In the morning, fly north to Lalibela and be transferred to your hotel. After lunch, visit the first group of Lalibela Churches which are located north of a small stream named Jordan River. These Churches were carved during the time of King Lalibela (1181 – 1221) and are registered by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site.

In the city of Lalibela you will see about Eleven Rock Churches organized into groups of three.

  1. Biete Medhanealem
  2. Biete Maryam
  3. Biete Golgotha Mikael
  4. Biete Maskal (House of the Cross)
  5. Biete Denagel (House of Virgins)
  6. Biete Giyorgis
  7. Biete Amanuel
  8. Biete Qeddus Merkoreos
  9. Biete Abba Libanos (House of Abba Libanos)
  10. Biete Gabriel-Ruphael
  11. Biete Lehem (Bethlehem Hebrew: בֵּית לֶחֶם, House of Holy Bread).

 

Overnight Lalibela Lodge

Day 2: Lalibela to Mekele (Drive)

Drive from Lalibela to Mekele (The drive will take from 7 to 8 hours)

Overnight in Mekele  

Day 3: Start Danakil tour
We start our day by driving to Erta Ale (which means smoky mountain in Afar language). Erta Ale ranks one of the most alluring and physically challenging natural attractions anywhere in Ethiopia. It is a shield volcano with a base diameter of 30 km and 1km square caldera at its summit. Erta Ale contains the world’s only permanent lava lake. It is 613 meters, with a lava lake, one of only five in the world, at the summit. It is notable for being the longest existing lava lake, present since the early years of the twentieth century.
We start early 9:00 AM, drive to Dodom (at the base of Erta Ale). This is may be one of the roughest roads in the world. The 80 km distance may take about 6 hrs passing through changing landscape of solidified lava, rock, sand and occasional palm-lined oasis. After passing several small hamlets scattered here and there in this deserted land, you will arrive to Dodom camping site, located about 17km from Erta Ale.
Dinner will be served around 17:00 o’clock. After a short break, trek up to Ertale at 20:00 hours. Camels will be transporting all the camping materials and some food (sleeping materials like light mattresses and mat and water) to the rim of the volcano, where we spend the night watching the dramatic action of the boiling lava. You will spend the night on top of the mountain, at the rim of the Volcano.

Day 4:
Early Morning sunrise at the northern one corresponds to the main pit crater and walk 5 minutes for the southern and central pits could either corresponds to an ancient pit, or to a simple collapse structure. The main pit-crater, 200 m deep and 350 m across, is sub-circular and three-storied. The smaller southern pit is 65 m wide and about 100 m deep. Descend from Erta Ale around 9 am Dodom – Leave back to Dodom after an early breakfast, if possible at 07:00 o’clock.
You will reach the latest at 10:30 o’clock at the camp, where you will be relaxing. As soon as possible, drive to reach the mythical Lake Giulietti (or Lake Afrera)(optional may not be available during summer time), a saltwater lake located more than100 meters below sea level, in one of the deepest depressions of the planet. Because of the picturesque landscape, it is interesting to visit the salt flats where the Afar people obtain the salt by evaporating the water of the lake, continue to Erbiti and proceed to Abaala/ Hamed ela

Day 5: Danakil to Mekele
Morning tour Drive to Ragad (Asebo), the place where the localities are mining salt. Look the activity of workers breaking salts from the ground, cutting into rectangular pieces and loading on camels. You drive ahead to Dallol and visit the difference landscape formed by volcanic activity, Dallol + Lake Assal + camel caravans. Excursion to Dallol (116 meter below sea level, one of the lowest places in the world) colorful salts mining, visit Lake Assal, follow up camel caravans (No camel caravan on July, August and early September) and walk with the Afar people. Drive back to Hamedela and proceed to Mekele.
End of Danakil tour

 

19.50 Fly to ADD by ET109 ………………………………………………………………………………………………………

Cost – $750 per person

The price Includes:

  • All Entrance fees and licenses as per the program.
  • Accommodation and all meals throughout the tour.
  • Bottles of water for the trip.
  • Surface Transport expense with four-wheel drive Land-cruiser including fuel expense and drivers allowance
  • Local guide service for the afar region as per the program.
  • Cooking, camping equipment,
  • Scout and police service in Afar Region as per the program.
  • Camel and camel tires in Afar Region as per the program.
  • All transport
  • English speaking Guide and Driver
  • Three domestic flights with Ethiopian Air Lines

For the duration of the trip we are responsible for all three domestic flights meals, water, entrance fees, accommodation, security and transportation.

price Excludes: Lunch and dinner in Lalibela

ETT 902 Option Two

Start with Mekele & end with Lalibela

Day 1:  Mekele – Hamede Ela Fly from Addis to Mekele by ET 100
Fly from Addis to Mekele. Drive to Hamedela via Berhale. The Danakil Depression can be said to ‘begin’ here. It is one of the most inhospitable regions of the world, but is nonetheless spectacular, full of eye-catching colors, as in the sulphur springs. The desert has several points lying more than 100 meters (328 ft) below sea level. You pass through a small town of Berhale where the camel caravans stop before they proceed to the northern highlands. En route you see many long caravans going to the salt mines and others coming out of the Danakil with their salt loaded camels. (3-4 hrs drive)

Overnight Camp at Hamedela

Day 2:  Hamd Ela – Dodom
We start early, shortly after a 06:30 breakfast, and drive to Askoma at the base of new Erta Ale. The 80 km distance may take about 6 hrs passing through changing landscape of solidified lava, rock, sand and the occasional palm lined oasis. You pass several small hamlets scattered here and there in this desert land, before reaching Askoma village or parking area.  You will trek from Askoma to the new Erta Ale which takes about 4 hrs. Early dinner around 17:00 and trek up to the new Erta Ale reach around 20:00. Camels transport all the camping materials and some food, sleeping materials, mattresses and water, to the rim of the volcano, where we spend the night watching the dramatic action of the boiling lava. New Erta Ale ranks one of the most alluring and physically challenging natural attractions anywhere in Ethiopia. It is a shield volcano with a base diameter of 30 km and 1km square caldera at its summit. New Erta Ale is part of the world’s only permanent lava lake and you will spend an unforgettable night on the top of the mountain. The magma flow moved 3.5 kms south from old Erta Ale to the New eruption point. Overnight New eruption point

Day 3: Sunrise at the volcano and Lake Afdera 
Early morning you will rise with the sun with time to walk around pits and craters. The main pit-crater, 200 m deep and 350 m across, is sub-circular and three storied. The smaller southern pit is 65 m wide and about 100 m deep. You will leave around 7:00 to head back to Askoma for breakfast. You will reach latest at 10:30 am at the camp and after some time to relax you will drive to Lake Afdera the mythical Lake Giulietti (or lake Afrera), a salt water lake located more than100 meters below sea level, in one of the deepest depressions of the planet. Because of the pictureqsue landscape, it is interesting to visit the salt flats where the Afar people obtain the salt by evaporating the water of the lake.on continue to Hamad Ela, a village with a total population about 500 people.

Overnight camping at Hamed Ela

Day 4: Ragad (Asebo)- Dallol + Lake Assal- Mekele
Morning driving tour to Ragad (Asebo), the place where the salts are mined. Observe the breaking of the salt from the ground, cutting into rectangular pieces and loading on camels. You drive ahead to Dallol and visit the difference landscape formed by volcanic activity, Dallol + Lake Assal + camel caravans. Excursion to Dallol (116 meter below sea level, one of the lowest places in the world) colorful salts mining, visit Lake Assal, follow up camel caravans and walk with the Afar people. Drive back to Hamedela and proceed to Mekele. Overnight Mekele

Day 5: Mekele – Lalibela Fly to Lalibela (LLI), Ethiopia.
In the morning, fly north to Lalibela and be transferred to your hotel. After lunch, visit the first group of Lalibela Churches which are located north of a small stream named Jordan River. These Churches were carved during the time of King Lalibela (1181 – 1221) and are registered by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site.have a excursion trip to the cave-built up church of Ne’akuto Le’ab (13th Century AD) which is famous for its wide collection of ancient crosses, manuscripts and icons. visit the second and third group of churches of Lalibela.

Overnight Mountain View

Day 6: ET 120 Fly from Lalibela to Addis.

Start with Mekele end with Lalibela (extra cost One night hotel in Mekele) – Atse Yohanes $30 for single and $40 for a twin.

ETT 903: Detailed Itinerary for a 6 Days tour Package (Simien Mountains, Lalibela, and Danakil Depression)

Day 1:  Fly from Addis to Gondar……or start from your hotel in Gondar. We will meet you in the morning at Gondar Airport or your hotel in Gondar. Drive from Gondar to Debark, which is the headquarter town for the national park. We will stop here to get a permission to enter the park and meet the scout. We will have tea and coffee break and visit the local market if we have time. The local market is open every day, and every Wednesday and Saturday is the big market day. From Debark town, we will drive to the park gate, which is about 16km from the town. Then, we are heading about 6km to Buit Ras, the first area of the national park. From Buit Ras, we will trek for about 3, 4 hours to Chilkuwanit which is one of the most beautiful viewpoints. This area offers stunning views over the escarpment dropping vertically. You will most certainly encounter troops of the endemic Gelada Baboons and see them up-close. You may also see common jackal, klipspringer and more. There are a lot of birds such as Thick-billed Raven, Augar Buzard, Black Kites, Lammergeyer and different plant species such as Abyssinian Rose, Erica Arboria tree, Euphorbia Species, St. Johns Worttree(Hypercumrevoltum) and so on.

Overnight: Debark / Hotel

Day 2: Drive back to Gondar airport and fly to Lalibela: 10:00 AM flight

Visit the 11 group of Lalibela Churches which are located north of a small stream named Jordan River. These Churches were carved during the time of King Lalibela (1181 – 1221) and are registered by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. Here are the list of churches you will visit;

Overnight: Lalibela / Hotel

 

Day 3: Drive from Lalibela to Mekele enjoying the beauty of the landscape of the country. Overnight: Mekele / Hotel

Day 4: We start our day by driving to Erta Ale (which means smoky mountain in Afar language). Erta Ale ranks one of the most alluring and physically challenging natural attractions anywhere in Ethiopia. It is a shield volcano with a base diameter of 30 km and 1km square caldera at its summit. Erta Ale contains the world’s only permanent lava lake. It is 613 meters, with a lava lake, one of only five in the world, at the summit. It is notable for being the longest existing lava lake, present since the early years of the twentieth century.

We start early 9:00 AM, drive to Dodom (at the base of Erta Ale). This is may be one of the roughest roads in the world. The 80 km distance may take about 6 hrs passing through changing landscape of solidified lava, rock, sand and occasional palm lined oasis. After passing several small hamlets scattered here and there in this deserted land, you will arrive to Dodom camping site, located about 17km from Erta Ale.

Dinner will be served around 17:00 o’clock. After a short break, trek up to Ertale at 20:00 hours. Camels will be transporting all the camping materials and some food (sleeping materials like light mattresses and mat and water) to the rim of the volcano, where we spend the night watching the dramatic action of the boiling lava. You will spend the night on top of the mountain, at the rim of the Volcano.

Day 5: Early Morning sun rise at the northern one corresponds to the main pit crater and walk 5 minutes for the southern and central pits could either corresponds to an ancient pit, or to a simple collapse structure. The main pit-crater, 200 m deep and 350 m across, is sub-circular and three-storied. The smaller southern pit is 65 m wide and about 100 m deep. Descend from Erta Ale around 9 am Dodom – Leave back to Dodom after an early breakfast, if possible at 07:00 o’clock.

You will reach the latest at 10:30 o’clock at the camp, where you will be relaxing. As soon as possible, drive to reach the mythical Lake Giulietti (or Lake Afrera)(optional may not be available during summer time), a salt water lake located more than100 meters below sea level, in one of the deepest depressions of the planet. Because of the pictureqsue landscape, it is interesting to visit the salt flats where the Afar people obtain the salt by evaporating the water of the lake., continue to Erbiti and proceed Abaala/ Hamed ela

Day 6: Morning tour Drive to Ragad (Asebo), the place where the localities are mining salt. Look the activity of workers breaking salts from the ground, cutting in to rectangular pieces and loading on camels. You drive ahead to Dallol and visit the difference landscape formed by volcanic activity, Dallol + Lake Assal + camel caravans. Excursion to Dallol (116 meter below sea level, one of the lowest places in the world) colorful salts mining, visit Lake Assal, follow up camel caravans (No camel caravan on July, August and early September) and walk with the Afar people. Drive back to Hamedela and proceed to Mekele.

Fly from Mekele to Addis.

End of tour

Cost – $1,100 per person

The price Includes:

  • All Entrance fees and licenses as per the program.
  • Accommodation and all meals throughout the tour.
  • Bottles of water for the trip.
  • Surface Transport expense with four-wheel drive Land-cruiser including fuel expense and drivers allowance
  • Local guide service for the afar region as per the program.
  • Cooking, camping equipment,
  • Scout and police service in Afar Region as per the program.
  • Camel and camel tires in Afar Region as per the program.
  • All transport
  • English speaking Guide and Driver
  • Three domestic flights with Ethiopian Air Lines

For the duration of the trip, we are responsible for all three domestic flights meals, water, entrance fees, accommodation, security, and transportation.

price Excludes, Lunch and dinner in Lalibela and Gondar.

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