5 Day Tour of Lalibela-Danakil in collaboration

5 Day Tour of Lalibela-Danakil in collaboration


5 Days

The beauty of Ethiopia can only be truly and fully appreciated with a visit to its amazing landmarks and a tour of interesting and breathtaking sites. This package is created to introduce you to the history, nature, and culture of Ethiopia. Throughout the 5 day tour, short and sweet is what we like to call it, you will experience The Lalibela churches UNESCO World Heritage Site. and the Danakil Depression, witch is just out of this world. This package is all inclusive, everything is arranged and all you have to do is come and enjoy

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Day 1 Addis – Lalibela Fly to Lalibela (LLI), Ethiopia by ET122

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 Hotel

Day 2 Lalibela – Mekele – Hamede Ela Fly from Lalibela to

Mekele by ET 161

Fly from Lalibela 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 Campat Hamedela

Day 3 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 4/ 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 5 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. Then Transfer

to Airport.