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14-days Historical, Eco Trekking And Erta Ale Tours

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Day 1: MORNING FLIGHT TO BAHIR DAR

Stop At: Zegē Peninsula, Ethiopia
FLY ADDIS ABABA - BAHIR DAR - LAKE TANA MONASTERY CHURCHES  

In the morning, we take a short flight to Bahir Dar (50 mins). After we check-in to our hotel/lodge, we go for a city tour. Bahir Dar is situated on the shore of Lake Tana, the largest lake in the country with 37 islands, most of which contain monasteries from the 14th – 19th century. Bahir Dar has a Mediterranean-type weather. Its palm-lined streets make Bahir Dar one of the most attractive cities in Africa. The city is the capital of the regional government for the Amhara people.

In the afternoon, we take a boat across Lake Tana to the Zeghie peninsula. On the peninsula, we do a short walk and visit two monasteries from the 14th century, Azwa Mariam and Ura Kidane Mehret. The architectural style of both monasteries is a typical example of the Ethiopian Orthodox Church, with its round shape, mud walls, and conical straw roofs. In Zeghie, we also find diverse bird species and Columbus Baboons in the forest. After the walk, we will be invited to a local family for a traditional Ethiopian coffee ceremony.


Duration: 8 hours

Meals included:
• Breakfast
• Lunch
• Dinner
Accommodation included: Hotel in Bahir Dar

Day 2: DRIVE BAHIR DAR - BLUE NILE FALLS

Stop At: Blue Nile Falls, Amhara , Region Ethiopia
DRIVE BAHIR DAR - THE BLUE NILE FALLS

In the morning we visit a local market where we discover traditional handicrafts such as jewelry, cotton scarves and straw baskets for which Bahir Dar is known all over the country.

After lunch, we will have an excursion to the magnificent Blue Nile waterfalls. The waterfall is locally known as ‘Tis-Issat’ which means “smoking water.” After driving for 40 minutes, we will have a short hike to the falls. The area around the falls is green and appealing for hiking. 


Duration: 10 hours

Meals included:
• Breakfast
• Lunch
• Dinner
Accommodation included: Hotel in Bahir Dar

Day 3: DRIVE BAHIR DAR - AWRA AMBA COMMUNITY - GONDER

Stop At: Gonder, Gonder, Amhara Region
DRIVE BAHIR DAR - AWRA AMBA - THE CASTLE OF GONDAR

After having breakfast, We will drive to visit Awra Amba people, an Ethiopian intentional community of about 463 people, located 73 kilometres east of Bahir Dar in the Fogera woreda of Debub Gondar Zone. It was founded in 1980 with the goal of solving socio-economic problems through helping one another in an environment of egalitarianism — in marked contrast to the traditional norms of Amhara society.[1]The name means "Top of the Hill" in Amharic.

Founded by Zumra Nuru, who currently serves as co-chairman of the community, with 19 other people who shared his vision, as of 2016 Awra Amba has some 450 members, and is lauded as a model to alleviate poverty and promote gender equality in a country where women are generally subservient to men.

Discovering the Awra Amba community, our trip continues to Gondar (185 km) via a magnificent landscape of the Amhara region. The farmlands of the Amhara people are visible on the roadside. We will have a quick stop at Awra Amba community, an egalitarian society. Unlike other parts of the country, in Awra Amba community women have equal rights as men, and there is no distinction in divisions of labor between men and women.

We then continue driving to Gondar. Gondar used to be the seat of many Emperors who ruled Ethiopia in the 17th and 18th century. The town is the gateway to the Simien Mountains and lies at an altitude of 2,200 meters above sea level.

After Lunch, we will visit the famous castles of the town, where former rulers built numerous palaces for themselves and their families. Afterwards, we will go to the bath of King Fasilidas, where Timkat Fest is annually hosted. Timkat is one of the famous festivals in Ethiopia and held annually to celebrate the baptism of Jesus Christ. We finish the day with a visit to the church of Debre Berhan Selassie, which is famous for its beautiful ceiling paintings. The motif of the angelic face became a symbol of Ethiopian art.

Duration: 10 hours

Meals included:
• Breakfast
• Lunch
• Dinner
Accommodation included: Hotel in Gondar

Day 4: DRIVE GONDER - SIMEIN MOUNTAIN NATIONAL PARK

Stop At: Simien Mountains National Park, Ethiopia
ECO TREKKING - SIMIEN MOUNTAIN NATIONAL PARK

Morning Drive to Simien Mountains National Park (135 km). The Simien Mountains has been designated as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO since 1969. UNESCO described the mountains as “one of the world’s most spectacular landscapes on the Ethiopian plateau.” The park is full of breathtaking landscapes and abundant flora and fauna. Over 10,000 of the rare & endemic Gelada baboons live in the park and can be observed at a close distance. The park is also the home to the Walia Ibex, which is also called Ethiopian Wolf.

A local hiking guide and scouts (park rangers) accompany us for the park visit. We will have an easy hike (approximately 3 h) from Sankaber (3,260 m) to Geech. We pass picturesque scenery, as well as Ethiopia’s highest waterfall Jinbar, also called “gateway to hell.” We will camp in Geech (3,600 m). It is situated on a huge plateau with horses grazing in the meadows.


Duration: 10 hours

Meals included:
• Breakfast
• Lunch
• Dinner
Accommodation included: Camping at Geech

Day 5: ECO TREKKING - SIMIEN MOUNTAIN NATIONAL PARK

Stop At: Simien Mountains National Park, Ethiopia
ECO TREKKING - SIMIEN MOUNTAIN NATIONAL PARK    

Today’s hiking (approximately 4 to 5 hrs) takes us to the best viewpoints of the Simien National Park, Imet Gogo (3,926 m). From here, we can enjoy a 360-degree panoramic view of the Simien Mountains. Ethiopia is not called the “roof of Africa” for nothing. Many of the country’s northern part is full of rugged terrains and escarpments, deep valleys and a high plateau. Simien Mountains are part of the Ethiopian highlands. The area is covered with massive walls of volcanic rocks, which fall over a thousand meters deep into steep gorges. Some regions of the park are still inhabited and cultivated at over 3,000 m. According to recent statistics, more than 4,000 households live in the Simien Mountains National Park.

We continue hiking to the next observation point Seha (3,785 m), where we have a picnic for lunch. The last stop is Quedadit (3,760 m) before we go back to Geech Camp. Then we drive back to Debark town (60km).


Duration: 7 hours

Meals included:
• Breakfast
• Lunch
• Dinner
Accommodation included: Hotel in Debark

Day 6: DRIVE DEBARK - AXUM

Stop At: Axum, Axum, Tigray Region
DRIVE DEBARK - AXUM (260km)

The drive to Axum takes us through the spectacular landscapes adjacent to the Simien Mountains. Axum is the oldest political capital of ancient Ethiopia. The town used to be a major trade center for caravan traders along the red sea.


Duration: 7 hours

Meals included:
• Breakfast
• Lunch
• Dinner
Accommodation included: Hotel in Axum

Day 7: AXUM DAY TOUR

Stop At: Axum, Axum, Tigray Region
AXUM DAY TOUR ( THE BEGINNING OF ETHIOPIAN CIVILIZATION)

Today we visit Axum. Axum is a small ancient town in northern Ethiopia, which lies at about 2,100 meters above sea level. The history of Axum goes back 3,000 years where the Axumite civilization flourished. At its peak, the Axumite kingdom was one of the four greatest powers of the ancient world. The town still exhibits some of the remains of Axumite and pre-Axumite times.  Axum is also one of the sacred places in Ethiopia. According to the Ethiopian Orthodox church, Axum’s church of Mary of Zion hosts the original Ark of the Covenant with the tablets of the Ten Commandments.

We visit the gigantic stelae and obelisks of Axumite time, ancient king’s palaces, the Mary of Zion church and the palace of the legendary Queen of Sheba.


Duration: 8 hours

Meals included:
• Breakfast
• Lunch
• Dinner
Accommodation included: Hotel in Axum

Day 8: DRIVE AXUM - GHERALTA MOUNTAIN - HAWZEN

Stop At: Nahiso Terara, Ethiopia
DRIVE AXUM - GHERALTA MOUNTAIN - HAWZEN 

Drive to the rock-hewn churches of Gheralta (190 km). We will have a quick stop at Adwa Mountains, the greatest battlefield of the victorious Ethiopians against colonizer Italy in 1896. The attempts of the Italians to colonize Ethiopia were unsuccessful. Ethiopia remained an independent nation. Then we continue driving to the ruins of Yeha. Yeha is a small town with a 12-meter-high ruined temple. The temple is more than 2,500 years old and built in Sabean architectural style. We continue driving through the semi-desert Tigray region with different yet extraordinary scenery. We will arrive at Hawzen around late afternoon.

Duration: 8 hours

Meals included:
• Breakfast
• Lunch
• Dinner
Accommodation included: Hotel in Hawzen

Day 9: TREKKING GHERALTA MOUNTAIN - TIGRAY CHURCHES

Stop At: Nahiso Terara, Ethiopia
HIKING GHERALTA MOUNTAIN - TIGRAY CHURCHES  

Today we will have a hike in the Gheralta Mountains. Our first hike is to the top of one of the mountains which takes almost two hours. The hike goes through some steep and narrow passages. On the top of the mountain, we will have a fantastic view of the dry land of Tigray region. Besides the view, there are two 14th century old rock-hewn churches called Mariam Korkor and Daniel Korkor. The view of the other mountains of Daniel Korkor is extraordinary. Then we hike down for lunch before the next hike.

After lunch, we hike to Abune Yemata Gughe. To enjoy a breathtaking view, we have to hike for another two hours. This part of the hiking needs a bit of physical fitness as it includes climbing about 10 meters high on steep rock. Local farmers will also help you climb the rocks. They will even provide you ropes so that you can climb comfortably.  Once you climb up, you will be proud of yourself and rewarded with one of the best views of Gheralta Mountains and the nearby regions. There is also another rock-hewn church on the top of the mountain carved between the 9th and 11th century with paintings from the 14th century. 


Duration: 8 hours

Meals included:
• Breakfast
• Lunch
• Dinner
Accommodation included: Hotel in Hawzen

Day 10: DRIVE GHERALTA - MEKELE - HAMED ELA

Stop At: Danakil Desert
DRIVE GHERALTA - BERHALE -HAMEDE 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) Camp Hamedela. After drive to reach Hamad Ela, better village with a total population about 500 people. Sun set at Dallol.
Duration: 10 hours

Meals included:
• Breakfast
• Lunch
• Dinner
Accommodation included: Camping at Hamed Ela

Day 11: HAMED ELA - RAGAD (ASEBO) - MEKELE

Stop At: Erta Ale / Dallol, Erta Ale and dallol Ethiopia
Day 11: HAMED ELA - RAGAD (ASEBO)

Morning tour Drive to 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 up camel caravans and walk with the Afar people. Drive back to Hamedela and proceed to Mekele.
Duration: 8 hours

Meals included:
• Breakfast
• Lunch
• Dinner
Accommodation included: Hotel in Mekele

Day 12: DRIVE MEKELE - LALIBELA

Stop At: Lalibela, Lalibela, Amhara Region
DRIVE MEKELE - LALIBELA

After breakfast in Hawzen, we head to Labella which is about 400 km away. Lalibela, formerly known as “Roha,” was the political capital of Ethiopia in the 11th and 12th centuries. Lalibela is considered one of “the eighth wonders of the ancient world” because of its eleven rock-hewn churches from the 12th century. The town is named after King Lalibela, who built the churches. King Lalibela had a dream of making a “second Jerusalem” in his kingdom to be a pilgrimage site for Ethiopians. According to historians, the carving of the churches from a single rock took 20 years. However, according to a local myth, which many locals believe, the carving of the churches took overnight because of the help of invisible angels. The architecture of these carefully carved churches remains one of the highlights of our tours to Ethiopia.
Duration: 8 hours

Meals included:
• Breakfast
• Lunch
• Dinner
No accommodation included on this day.

Day 13: FULL DAY LALIBELA CHURCHES TOUR

Stop At: Rock-Hewn Churches of Lalibela, Lalibela 1260 Ethiopia
DAY TOUR UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE CHURCHES OF LALIBELA - COOKING CLASS WITH AN ETHIOPIAN FAMILY  

After breakfast, we will visit the first group of the world famous churches of Lalibela. In this group of churches, there is Bete Medhane Alem, which means “House of Savior of the World.” Bete Medhane Alem is the largest monolithic church in the world. Its architectural style resembles a Greek temple. The church is home to the original Lalibela Cross known as “Afro Ayigeba.” In the corner of Bete Medhane Alem church, there are three empty tombs symbolically representing Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob of the Old Testament.

In the afternoon, we will discover the second group of monolithic rock churches. Among them is the church Bet Giyorgis, probably the most famous, finest and well-designed of all churches of Lalibela. Bete Giyorgis is connected to the other churches by a tunnel and carved out of the rock in the form of a cross.

In the evening, a special highlight awaits us. We will be guests of an Ethiopian family and cook our dinner together. We learn not only new delicious recipes, but also gain an insight into the everyday life of Ethiopians.


Duration: 8 hours

Meals included:
• Breakfast
• Lunch
• Dinner
Accommodation included: Hotel in Lalibela

Day 14: FLY ADDIS ABABA - CITY TOUR

Stop At: Addis Ababa, Addis Ababa
FLY LALIBELA - ADDIS ABABA - CITY TOUR

After arrival, we will drive north up to Mount Entoto.

In 1881 Emperor Menelik II made his permanent camp there, after remains of an old town (believed to have been the capital of 16th century monarch Lebna Dengel) were discovered, which Menelik thought was a divine and auspicious sign.

Addis Ababa at between 2300 – 2500 meters is the third highest capital in the world and Entoto is a few hundred meters higher – as we drive up the hill there is an appreciable drop in altitude and the air is filled with the scent of the Eucalyptus trees which line the road.

From the top, there is a panoramic view of the capital and surrounding countryside. Entoto is an important watershed, to the north water flows to the Blue Nile, to the south to the Awash River. Your guide will point out the important landmarks of the city.

Entoto was soon abandoned as a site for the capital – it was cold, difficult to provision and there was a shortage of wood. Empress Taytu was said to have led the move down to the plain of Finfine, and to have named the new capital Addis Ababa, or New Flower. However, two important structures remain within the old imperial compound, the churches of Mariam and the Archangel Raguel. It was in the church of Mariam that Menelik was crowned Emperor of Ethiopia in 1889, and in the small museum in the compound there are various clothes, court and household implements and weapons dating from the period. The church of Raguel is unusual in that it is octagonal, rather than round. There is a first story balustrade around which Menelik liked to stroll.

Leaving the churches we descend to Addis Ababa, stopping off at the National Archaeological Museum. Here visitors can see exhibits ranging from the 3.5 million year old bones of Lucy, through the Axumite and Gondarene periods to the monarchs Tewodros and Menelik.

We will take a break here for lunch – there are a number of possibilities, we could take lunch in the Lucy Restaurant, in the grounds of the National Museum, at Blue Tops across from the National Museum, or visitors may prefer to sample Ethiopian food at the atmospheric Addis Ababa restaurant, once the home of Empress Zauditu.

After having coffee at Tomoca, we will again resume our tour with a visit to the Institute of Ethiopian Studies, where we can see clothing from different regions, along with artifacts, household utensils and in a separate section, paintings reflecting the history and culture of the country.

This building was once the Genete Palace of Emperor Haile Selassie, and visitors can see his bedroom and bathroom.

There is an interesting display in Giorghis Church, and after seeing that we will visit Menelik’s mausoleum, where Etege Taitu and Queen Zauditu are also buried.

We then move to the Mercato, the largest market area in Africa, where virtually every possible commodity is on sale, from livestock to computers. For the visitor good at bargaining, there is a huge selection of Ethiopian arts and crafts.

We now return to our hotel.

At the evening, we will go out for a dinner in a traditional Ethiopian restaurant "Yod Abissinia", and watch a live musician and dancers from Ethiopia’s different regions.

END OF TOUR.
Duration: 7 hours

Meals included:
• Breakfast
• Lunch
• Dinner
Accommodation included: Hotel in Addis Ababa
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Important Information
Departure Point
Traveler pickup is offered
We pick up all our customers from all hotels in Addis Ababa!

Airports

  • Bole Airport, Addis Ababa Ethiopia
Duration
14 days
Inclusions
  • 14x Breakfast
  • 14x Dinner
  • 14x Lunch
  • Accommodation included: 13 nights
  • Air-conditioned vehicle
  • All Fees and Taxes
  • All Domestic Flights
  • All Entrance Fee
  • Professional Tour Guide
  • All Porter and Professional Cookers During Trekking Tours
  • Bottled Water
  • Tea and Coffee
  • Entry/Admission - Blue Nile Falls
  • Entry/Admission - Simien Mountains National Park
  • Entry/Admission - Erta Ale / Dallol
  • Entry/Admission - Rock-Hewn Churches of Lalibela
Exclusions
  • All Alcohol Drinks
  • Personal Laundry
  • Personal Souvenirs
  • Personal Tips
  • International Flight Expenses
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  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • A current valid passport is required on the day of travel
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Infant seats available
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
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Me and my friends spent the most beautiful 2weeks in Ethiopia. Started in Lalibela, Gondar, Simien montains, Axsum, Gheralta,Mekele,depression, Harar and Adis Ababa. People are werry friendly, we really felt safe. In everry town we had a local guide who explained everything
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Response from accessethiopiatours, Manager at 14-days Historical, Eco Trekking And Erta Ale Tours
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We thank you so much for taking the time to write about the feedback of your 21 days Lalibela, Gonder, Simien mountain national park, Shire, Axum Geralta, Tigray churches, Denakil Depression, Dallol, Awash National park, Harar, Dorze, Arba Minch, Jinka, Turmi, Omorate tribes of Lower Omo Valley and Addis Ababa! We hope that you have enjoyed your trip in Ethiopia with the local community discovering and daily activities! We hope to see you next time! With kind Regards! Kanu.
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By: Access Eco Trekking
35 reviews
polde2017
Ljubljana, Slovenia
10
Excellent tour guide
We were traveling this January with him and his team. They were great. Excellent knowledge about nature.
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578lidijab
10
Etiopia
Me and my friends spent the most beautiful 2weeks in Ethiopia. Started in Lalibela, Gondar, Simien montains,
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Simona S
10
Trekking with best guides
During our research project, me and other 8 friends found Eco Access Trekking company and decided to join! We are
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K5853GTalexh
20
Incredible an unique experience you can't get elsewhere
We were a group of 9 doing the 3 day hike with our incredible guides Sami and Joseph. The first day was the
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John H
Madison, Wisconsin
31
Excellent full day tour of Lalibella
I was in Lalibella for 36 hours and saw all of the major churches and one cave church in my time there. My guide
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shahar m
10
3 amazing days in Abuna Yousef trek!
We had a great time on the 3 days community based trek. The hike is not so difficult, and you get to see great
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Willem S
10
Lalibela trek
During my visit to Lalibela I made 1-day trip with Moges as a guide. The path and the view were amazing.
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Olivier G
10
Beautiful hike, lovely view and friendly people
It's been 2 months since we joined the 3-days lalibela community based trekking. We highly recommand the hike
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timtomm
21
Breathtaking 2-days hike in Lalibella
In January 2019 I did a 2-days hike in Lalibella with Moges. It was a fascinating experience and I enjoyed it a
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KDsTravels
Bellingham, Washington
16988
One of my best travel experiences ever!
I had the most amazing experience trekking with guide Moges on a 3-day/2-night trek. We began by taking a tuk-tuk
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Mgberney
Washington DC, District of Columbia
20
Trekking from Lalibela
Moges and his brother took me and my son on a 2-day trek into the mountains northwest of Lalibela. Thanks to his
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woutervanouwerkerk
Sloten, The Netherlands
20
8 days in north-ethiopia
Our guide Wasihun ‘Kanu’ is a great guy. A self-made man. Speaks English well end clear. He has a great knowledge
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rmarincola
San Francisco, California
51
Great weekend with Kanu!
Kanu was a wonderful guide for our time in Lalibela. He totally made the trip for us by taking an incredible
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keryh116
Vienna, Austria
10
Adventure of my life
I spent two weeks in Lalibela. Beautiful and at the same time, it makes you realize how poor many people are in
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DRFRANCOIS974
Saint-Denis, Reunion Island
43
Amazing
This was just fantastic Kanu and Joseph our guide were so friendly The view are gorgeous People met so peaceful
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