Mekelle to Dallol, After breakfast, leave the highland Tigray region dominated by Christian culture and drive down to Berhale, the northern outskirt of the Danakil depression inhabited by the pastoralist Afar people here, this is the place where we will get a permission to get inside, Then, continue to Ahmed Ela the place where you will stay over night. In the afternoon we will take you to Lake asale to see the sun site then back to Hamedla for over nigt,
After breakfast excursion to Dallol, the lowest point in the Danakil depression (126 meter below the sea level) which boasts one of the most surreal natural landscapes in the world. The sulfurous hot springs that gush in spectrum of color and pave the area with orange colored cone-shaped layers of deposit. check out the site from which hundreds of Afar painstakingly extract salt bars from the ground and carve to portable size to be shipped by camel caravans to Mekele and to some othere smal towns, the distribution center to the hinterland of the country. Then drive to Mekele.
Drive to Geralta On this day you will drive to Garlata through Adigrat, and we will take you to one of the fames church called Abune-yemata.it is build in the 11th century. Night Geralta lodge.
Geralta –to Axum, In the morning visit Yaha church then, Drive to the oldest city in Ethiopia and land of the Queen of Sheba’s ancient kingdom, Axum. This afternoon explore the city. Visit the small but interesting museum, the impressive Stelae Fields and also the grounds of the 16th-century Cathedral of St. Mary of Zion, home of the original Ark of the Covenant.
drive to Debark/simian mountains Drive from Axum early in the morning to Debark the place where the park head quarter is situated where we need to spend about 30 minutes to do entrance fees and pick the scout plus to have tea and coffee before leaving to the mountain, then keep on driving to the place where called Kuchila –metaya and start the introductory walk to the first camp site Sankaber for about 5km away before the camp labout2 hours along the escarpment and over night at Sankaber. You will encounter gelada baboon along this hike.
Sankaber-Gich (3600 m), 5-6 hrs We follow the northern escarpment eastward, before we descend a little in to the Kaba valley. After that we continue over a narrow ridge to a cliff where we have a spectacular view of the Abyss towards the Simien foothills. We also find a large waterfall here; the Jinbahir River plunges 500 m in to the Abyss. We proceed for one and half an hour to the place where we have a lunch at the Jinbahir River. After lunch we walk through the fields of Barley before we arrive at the idyllic village of Gich. Here we can enjoy a traditional coffee ceremony in one of the huts and learn more about local farm life. From Gich village it is a short walk to Gich camp which is a good area to look for Lammergeyer and Thick-billed raven.
Sankaber-Gich (3600 m), 5-6 hrs We follow the northern escarpment eastward, before we descend a little into the Kaba Valley. After that we climb up before we reach Gich Abyss and continue over a narrow ridge to a cliff where we have a spectacular view of the abyss towards the Simien foothills. We also find a large waterfall here, where the Jinbar River plunges 500 m into the abyss. We proceed for about two hours and have lunch at the Jinbar River. After lunch we walk through fields of barley before we arrive at the idyllic village of Gich. Here we can enjoy a traditional coffee ceremony in one of the huts and learn more about local farm life. From Gich village it is a short walk to Gich camp which is a good area to look for lammergeyer and thick billed raven. After a relaxing afternoon, we will take a short hike up to Kedadit to enjoy sunset plus the gorgeous shaded landscapes down to the cliff side towards to the eastern direction and return to the camp for dinner.
Gich-Chennek (3600 m), 7-8 hrs From Gich camp we stroll through endless fields of Giant Lobelia before we reach the towering cliffs of Imet-Gogo (3926 m). Here we will spend some time to absorb the superb views over the mountain valleys below and strange shaped domes in the distance, which we will see from up close at the end of the trip. After that we descend into the Jinbahir River Valley. In this way we get a very different perspective of Imet-Gogo and the volcanic landscape, where it looks like big chunks of mountains have been blown away. The trail follows the edge of the escarpment, which is completely vertical here for several hundred meters. We climb to a summit of 4070 m where we will have lunch. After lunch we descend to Chennek for about two hours along a steep trail. From Chennek camp there are spectacular views in all directions. Sit down on a bench at the escarpment and try to spot Walia Ibex in late afternoon or early morning. Sometimes Walia Ibex visit the edges of the camp site.
Chennek-Sona (3100 m), 6-7 hrs Heading to sona, the first three hrs path leads us up to one of the highest Mtn peak in the Simien Mountains called Buwahit (4430m). In addition to the scenic and descent surroundings we will still rewarding with the endemic wild animals in Ethiopia particularly in the Simien Mountains, Walia Ibex (a goat family). Then walk along series rocky downhill until we get 4200m for about 30 minutes and proceed down to camp through the edge side trail for another two hours until the towering cliffs of Imet-Gogo appear again. From here it is an easy walk to Sona, where it is situated near by school, just on the opposite side of Imet Gogo and has magnificent widow views.
Sona-Mekarebia (2200m), 6-7 hrs Walking to Mekarebia passing through some parts of Sona village with gorgeous slope side views in the southern direction of the path along a steep downhill walk for three and half hours to a river where we can have a nice swimming which is neither very cold nor very warm called Insia. Having finished swimming, we need to spend some hours so as to share the life of enjoyable environment and if you are interested there is also coffee ceremony prepared by the local people out of their huts, just under the river which is really special, beside to that we can wash some light clothes that became dirt on the trip. After having a pleasant stay under the river, continue walking to the camp in the late after-noon for one and half hours through observing the bushy surroundings that has small valleys and attractive depressions accompanied by an evening shadow and the moderate weather which is totally different from that of the highlands and over night at established camp.
Mekarebia-Mulit (1800m), 6-7 hrs Heading to the last camp Mulit, what is special in this day is crossing the same river that we had a swim the day before for about 5-6 times which is really interesting with quite lots of bird-lives and surrounded by a tributary river which has a big natural swimming pool called Derek-Wonz where there is also a possibility to enjoy for a few hours including lunch break. Then keep on going for one and half hours a short uphill walk before reaching a small village called Awasza and from this point to the camping place the path leads to a grassy flat land that lies on the left bottom side of Awasza Mountain having a wide plateau that takes less than an hour. Since it is the last day evening we will have a special ceremony with our crews as farewell by having camping fire that accompanied by shoulder dancing ("ESKISTA") which expresses our Ethiopian typical culture.
Mulit-Adiarkay-Gondar On this day there will be a short walk for about 2 hours to the small town , Adiarkay, which is located 80 Km away from Debark in the northern direction where the jeep is waiting to pick us. If we find it necessary we can have tea and coffee before starting the long journey. The ultimate drive back to Gondar for about 6 hrs will held through appreciating the green, up & down landscape which is full of forests with zigzag roads that makes the frog perspective view attractive including the historical Limalimo road 5km away from Debark, which was constructed by Italians during their invasion of Ethiopia.
city tout in Gondar, Gondar has a rich history. With its beautiful and strategic mountain setting, the 17th-century capital was once the crossroads of several major caravan routes, and was also occupied by the Italians during World War II. The Art Deco buildings surrounding the Royal Enclosure with its medieval castles and churches are a reminder of this heritage. This afternoon, explore Gondar’s castles and the Church of Debre Berhan Selassie with its iconic ceiling of painted angels.
Godndar to Bahirdar, On this day early drive to Bahirdar and a full day of exploration and contemplation as you cruise from south to north on Lake Tana and visit a selection of the remote island monasteries such as Ura Kidane Mehret with its beautiful frescoes, and Narga Selassie in its stunning island setting where time has stood still. If you still have time we will visit the market.
lalibell, Drive to one the World Heritage Site Of of Ethiopia called Lalibela - The Jerusalem Of Ethiopia, And Africa’s Own ‘Petra’. In A Fitting Finale To Your Ethiopian Adventure, Explore The Monolithic Red-Hued Churches Incredibly Carved Into The Rock.
Lalibela Your Guide Will Lead You Through The Network Of Crevices And Tunnels Linking Each Of The Churches. The Churches Are Still In Use Today and Takes You To The Eastern Group Of Rock Hewn Churches: Smaller In Size, These Are No Less Impressive, With Intricate Carvings And Many Dark Tunnels To Explore! If you stillhave time you can see how we make traditional coffee ceremony,
fly back to Addis then On this day we will city tour in Addis before you fly back to home then the tour ends, ,