Abune Yemata Guh Church
Abune Yemata Guh Church
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Friday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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Rock hew church of abune yemata guh is one of most best rock hewn church of Tigray,by its painting and adventures
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Koraro Road Guh, Debreselam, Hawzen 7000 Ethiopia
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  • Lucien Marseille
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great visit , you should definitly do it with Rock Ethiopia Tours !
    The walk and the church are very beautiful ! I definitely worth it. The view from the top is magical. It is a bit sportive to go to the top but everybody can do it. I went to visit the Abuna Yemata church with the young and dynamic Aregawi from Rock Ethiopia Tours, based in Mekele. He knows everything about the place and he is very friendly. He grew up with his family in a small city next to the church, so he knows very well the whole region. He also has good prices. Everything was perfect. I definitely advice you to visit this church, and to do it with him. You can contact him by mail aregawigebrehiwet6@gmail.com or by WhatsApp +251914795520 ;) Enjoy your trip ! Lucien
    Visited July 2023
    Written July 22, 2023
  • Almudena
    7 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    One of the most mesmeresing places I've ever seen
    Among the different rock-hewn churches in Tigray this is probably the most popular one and it's for a reason. The state of conservation of the inner original paintings is surprising for being dated from the 5th century. If the inside is beautiful the views from outside, the landscape and the walk up is just as breathtaking. The Gheralta mountains are of a mesmerising beauty and it's a great place for hiking. To make it up to the church you need to climb up a vertical wall. You don't need to have climbing experience but some level of fitness is needed. The effort really pays off and you can always rely on the local guys that are around who will help you out to make it through safe and sound. I can't recommend enough the guys who arranged everything for my tour in Tigray (guides, driver...). The tour operator is Gofereviajes. They speak English and Spanish. They took care of everything. I'm used to travelling on my own arranging everything myself but I have to admit for Ethiopia having this help is an asset. You can reach them at +251 97 360 5238
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written October 26, 2023
  • Nick
    10 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Tigray Rock Churches - Excellent Guide
    The Tigray Rock Churches are absolutely amazing and Abuna Temata Guh is a must-see from all of them. My guide Aregawi (WhatsApp +251 942741810 or Email aregawihagos42@gmail.com) organised my pick-up from Axum and then 1 night in Hawzen and then onto Mekelle for my flight back to Addis. He speaks excellent English and knows the history of the churches and will make sure you get safely up and down the mountains. He can even organise to watch an orthodox mass in one of the rock churches because he knows the priests, and will also show you secret caves and entrances. I highly recommend Aregawi as he is from the Tigray region and treated me very well. He will also take you to try the best local food and coffee! Call or WhatsApp him when you visit Ethiopia.
    Visited November 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written November 9, 2023
  • Roddek
    Melbourne, Australia608 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A risky adventure.
    A risky adventure. "There is no other place in the world to get closer to God.' These are the words of Ethiopians when they talk about climbing Abuna Yemata Guh, a rock-hewn Church in northern Ethiopia. This is the highest church in the world, and and not easily accessible, due to the vertical climb and slippery surface. My guide pointed to a funeral service approaching and mentioned that this was an excellent sign to climb the mountain!! Abuna Yemata is 2.5 kilometres from the entrance, with a cliff face 250 metres above the ground and halfway up a sheer rock pinnacle. When we reached the base, we were instructed to remove our footwear before the climb. I had no rock climbing experience, but climbing vertically in the hot, blazing sun would be a tremendous challenge. With basic instructions, place a left foot here and a right foot there, but I was praying that I would not lose my footing and fall 200 metres. My heart is racing; I am determined not to look down and keep my head focused on the next foot. My heart is racing twice as fast, but I listen to the instructions and place my feet and hands in the small holds to ensure I don't turn around. I reached the first 40-odd metres and then was instructed to listen carefully since I would climb the next 15 metres on a branch bridge connecting to more footholds. I complete that task, and there are a further 20 metres, and the helpers appear from nowhere to help me climb the final few metres. I am relieved, but it does not end there. I have to cross a rocky ledge just enough to place two feet. I need help, and he comes to my aid. He again instructs me to keep my eyes focused and not look down. The drop is 300 metres, and a sigh of relief when we enter the tiny chapel, and a priest appears from nowhere! At the guide's urging, I listen intently about the services conducted here on a Sunday, and he continues to show me ancient books stored in the chapel. I hand over a donation, and once more, my heart is pounding as I walk across the tiny ledge. I make it across the ridge, and the guide points out to a small cave which bears the remains that may have fallen off this ledge! How they attempted to climb up to the church in the past is a testament to their steadfast devotion. I pause for a few minutes and admire the sheer cliffs surrounding us; the panoramic view is surreal. It is now time to make the trek down, and the heart is again pounding. It looks treacherous and more frightening than the way up. There is help at all angles; I gradually make my way down, a bit more confident but still holding my breath with each step I take. I arrive in one piece and thank the helpers who made it possible.
    Visited November 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written January 10, 2024
  • Niccolò P
    7 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    One of the most stunning places
    Abuna Yemata Church in Tigray is a must-visit for its stunning location and historical significance. The climb is challenging but rewarding, offering incredible views and a glimpse into ancient art and architecture. I highly recommend a local guide, Arigawe, who made my visit safer, more informative, and much more fun (Email: aregawigebrehiwet6@gmail.com, WhatsApp: +251914795520).
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written January 17, 2024
  • Rosy
    9 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    peace and serenity
    I visited Tigray with a friend in January 2020. We were lucky enough to have Gabriel as a guide, a guy who accompanied us on the visit to the churches, a serious and professional guy, I recommend him for anyone who wants to do this trip. It was one of the best experiences I've had in my life.
    Visited March 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written February 5, 2024
  • Jesse a
    3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Excellet service tigray churches and danakil with Aregawi Gebrehiwet
    this place is incredible and others churches also are worth visiting. I vistited this with Aregawi Aregawi is a true professional.He is very well connected in major destinations in Ethiopia and can help you extensively with booking,tours,and sight seeing. He is very dedicated to his clients snd goes above and beyond to ensure a positive,smooth experience for travelers. He is also extremly knowledgeable about his culture and history of Ethiopia. My girlfriend and I had an absolutely lovely time 3 days danakil depression and 3 days Tigray churches. I can recommend to go with Aregawi Gebrehiwet Contact him Email, aregawigebrehiwet6@gmail.com reach through whatsapp+251914795520
    Visited March 2024
    Traveled with friends
    Written March 22, 2024
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Stefangeorgaxel
5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Solo
Thrilling Experience. Its really mentally challenging going up there, but its worth it. The paintings, the view... incredible. Thanks to the help of my guide Gabriel (+251 93 876 9471) i never felt unsafe, he told me how to climb and what to do. Can really recommend him.
Written February 26, 2020
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Nick
10 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Solo
The Tigray Rock Churches are absolutely amazing and Abuna Temata Guh is a must-see from all of them. My guide Aregawi (WhatsApp +251 942741810 or Email aregawihagos42@gmail.com) organised my pick-up from Axum and then 1 night in Hawzen and then onto Mekelle for my flight back to Addis. He speaks excellent English and knows the history of the churches and will make sure you get safely up and down the mountains. He can even organise to watch an orthodox mass in one of the rock churches because he knows the priests, and will also show you secret caves and entrances. I highly recommend Aregawi as he is from the Tigray region and treated me very well. He will also take you to try the best local food and coffee! Call or WhatsApp him when you visit Ethiopia.
Written November 10, 2023
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Niccolò P
7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Friends
Abuna Yemata Church in Tigray is a must-visit for its stunning location and historical significance. The climb is challenging but rewarding, offering incredible views and a glimpse into ancient art and architecture. I highly recommend a local guide, Arigawe, who made my visit safer, more informative, and much more fun (Email: aregawigebrehiwet6@gmail.com, WhatsApp: +251914795520).
Written January 17, 2024
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Almudena
7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Solo
Among the different rock-hewn churches in Tigray this is probably the most popular one and it's for a reason. The state of conservation of the inner original paintings is surprising for being dated from the 5th century. If the inside is beautiful the views from outside, the landscape and the walk up is just as breathtaking. The Gheralta mountains are of a mesmerising beauty and it's a great place for hiking.
To make it up to the church you need to climb up a vertical wall. You don't need to have climbing experience but some level of fitness is needed. The effort really pays off and you can always rely on the local guys that are around who will help you out to make it through safe and sound.
I can't recommend enough the guys who arranged everything for my tour in Tigray (guides, driver...). The tour operator is Gofereviajes. They speak English and Spanish. They took care of everything. I'm used to travelling on my own arranging everything myself but I have to admit for Ethiopia having this help is an asset. You can reach them at +251 97 360 5238
Written October 26, 2023
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Johannes Ardiant
Cambridge, MA37 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
We went there on a day-trip organized by Teddy Zion Tour. Yonas was our guide and he did a great job explaining everything to us and even help us to hike up. We managed to see all 3 churches (Abuna Yemata Guh, Maryam Korkor, and Daniel Korkor) in one day, all thanks to Yonas. So if you are traveling there and looking for an excellent guide, you can reach him out at the following number: +251 91 436 5941 (Whatsapp and Call)
Written January 25, 2020
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Rosy
9 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023 • Friends
I visited Tigray with a friend in January 2020. We were lucky enough to have Gabriel as a guide, a guy who accompanied us on the visit to the churches, a serious and professional guy, I recommend him for anyone who wants to do this trip. It was one of the best experiences I've had in my life.
Written February 5, 2024
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Jesse a
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Friends
this place is incredible and others churches also are worth visiting. I vistited this with Aregawi
Aregawi is a true professional.He is very well connected in major destinations in Ethiopia and can help you extensively with booking,tours,and sight seeing. He is very dedicated to his clients snd goes above and beyond to ensure a positive,smooth experience for travelers. He is also extremly knowledgeable about his culture and history of Ethiopia. My girlfriend and I had an absolutely lovely time 3 days danakil depression and 3 days Tigray churches. I can recommend to go with Aregawi Gebrehiwet

Contact him Email, aregawigebrehiwet6@gmail.com

reach through whatsapp+251914795520
Written March 22, 2024
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Lucien Marseille
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023
The walk and the church are very beautiful ! I definitely worth it. The view from the top is magical. It is a bit sportive to go to the top but everybody can do it.

I went to visit the Abuna Yemata church with the young and dynamic Aregawi from Rock Ethiopia Tours, based in Mekele. He knows everything about the place and he is very friendly. He grew up with his family in a small city next to the church, so he knows very well the whole region. He also has good prices. Everything was perfect. I definitely advice you to visit this church, and to do it with him.

You can contact him by mail aregawigebrehiwet6@gmail.com or by WhatsApp +251914795520 ;)

Enjoy your trip !

Lucien
Written July 22, 2023
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danielbrown
London, UK1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
Thanks Yemane. A quick thank you for such a wonderful time in your beautiful country. The hotel ,the guide ,driver were really nice and we all enjoyed both tours very much.We appreciate all your information and being just our group with you certainly made out trip more personal. We had a much more leisurely both danakil and tigray churches surely we will come back to visit the south of Ethiopia and we will definitely use your service again! contact yemane through whats app+251914291317
Written February 23, 2020
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Joe R
Chicago, IL618 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Solo
I took a day tour to this church and it was wonderful. It takes a while to get to the mountain where you have to climb up but the scouts help you up. You can find skulls and bones from what I believe they said were priests if I’m not mistaken. You have nice views and nice interesting church with a priest who tells you information while my guide TK translated and told me a lot of info as well. Don’t forget to tip the priest and the scouts. I say it’s totally worth visiting preferably with a guide.
Written January 3, 2021
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