19 Days Northern Ethiopia Tour

Overland trip visiting the main sites in The Historical Route – Bahir Dar, Gondar, Axum and Lalibela.
  • Historical & culture
  • 19 Days
  • Tour Guide

Description

19 Days Northern Ethiopia Tour

Day 1 | Addis Ababa – Finote Selam

North 378km via Gulele, Chancho & detour to visit Debre Libanos Monastery & Waterfalls, lunch at Ethio-German Park Hotel & via Jimma Valley Gorge, Dejen, Debre Markos in to Finote Selam. O/n Finote Selam

Day 2 | Finote Selam – Bahir Dar

Northwest 173km via Injibara, Dangla, Meshenti in to Bahir Dar for Boat Excursion visiting Island Monasteries such as Bete Selassie & Tekla Haimanot, Dega Estefanos, Debre Maryam, Tana Cherkos, Kebran Gabriel, Ura Kidane Meret, Bete Maryam, Narga Selassie, Azuwa Maryam, Entos Eyesu & Zeghie Satekela Museum. O\n Bahir Dar

Day 3 | Bahir Dar – Gondar

176km north via Wereta, Azezo in to Gondar & visit Fasiladas’ Palace, Palace of Iyasu I, other Southern Buildings, Northern Buildings & Atatami Mikael Church. O\n Gondar

Day 4 | Gondar – Debark

104km north via Amba Giorgis, Gedebge in to Debark, purchase entrance tickets in Debark Park Office & visit Simien National Park. O\n Debark

Day 5 | Debark – Aksum

251km north via Chew Ber, May Tsemre, Tekeze River, Inda Aba Guna, Shire, Wkro in to Aksum. O/n Aksum

Day 6 | Aksum

Northern Stelae, St Mary of Zion Churches, Tombs of Kings Kaleb & Gebre Meskel, Gobodura Hill, Abba Pentalewon, Dungur (Queen of Sheba) Palace. O/n Aksum

Day 7 | Aksum – Hawzen

167km southeast via Adwa in to Hawzen to visit Gheralta Cluster excursions. O\n Gheralta

Day 8 | Gheralta – Mek’ele

West in to Freweyni & visit Adi Kasho Medhane Alem, south via Negash in to Wukro & visit Wukro Chirkos & in to Mek’ele. O/n Mek’ele

Day 9 | Mek’ele – Hamd Ela

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 caravan stop before they proceed to the northern highlands. En route you see many long camel caravans coming to the salt mine and others going out of the Danakil with their salt loaded camels (3-4 hrs drive). O/n Hamd Ela, Camping

Day 10 | Hamd Ela – Dodom

Start early drive to Dodom (at the base of Erta Ale). Leave after an early breakfast, possible at 06:30. This is may be one of the worst 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 you pass several small hamlets scattered here and there in this desert land, Dodom is about 17km from Erta Ale and it takes about 3 hrs trekking. Early dinner around 17:00 and trek up to Ertale at 20:00 hours. Camels transport 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. 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. Overnight camping on the top of the mountain, Erta Ale 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.

Day 11 | Dodom – Hamd Ela

Erta Ale around 9 am Dodom – Hamd Ela. Leave back to Dodom after an early breakfast, if possible at 07:00. You will reach latest at 10:30 am at the camp, time to relax. After drive to reach Hamd Ela, better village with a total population about 500 people. O/n Hamd Ela, Camping

Day 12 | Hamd Ela – Dallol – Hamd Ela

Ragad (Asebo) the place where the localities are mining salt, look the activity of breaking the salt 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 u camel caravans and walk with the Afar people. O/n Hamd Ela, Camping

Day 13 | Hamd Ela – Mek’ele

Dramatic outcrops of the Mesozoic sediments & via Berhaile in to Mek’ele. O/n Mek’ele

Day 14 | Mek’ele

Walk visit Mek’ele Market, Yohannes IV Museum & sightseeing. O/n Mek’ele

Day 15 | Mek’ele – Lalibela

Southwest 268km via May Keyih, Ambalage, Maychew, Korem, Alamata, Weldiya for walking tour. O/n Weldiya

Day 16 | Weldiya – Lalibela

Northwest 170km via Gashma in to Lalibela & visit Rock-Hewn Churchs of Bet Medhane Alem, Bet Maryam, Bet Meskel, Bet Danaghel, Gedamit Maryam, and Monastery of Yemrehanna Kirstos & Sarsana Mikael. O/n Lalibela

Day 17 | Lalibela

Trek Asheton Maryam & Mount Abuna Yoseph, afternoon finalize Lalibela’s Rock-Hewn Churches. O/n Lalibela

Day 18 | Lalibela – Kombolcha

South 310km via Weldiya, Mersa, Hayk, Dessie in to Kombolcha. O/n Kombolcha

Day 19 | Kombolcha – Addis Ababa

South 364km via Debre Birhan in to Addis Ababa. O/n Addis Ababa

What's include

  • 4WD transportation
  • Food and Mineral water
  • Guide (English speaking)
  • Flight Fees
  • Park entrance fees