Highland Eco Trekking Tours Ethiopia

Highland Eco Trekking Tours Ethiopia

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Highland Eco Trekking Tours Ethiopia is an official private tour company situated in the holy city of Lalibela. we offer community based eco trekking and an amazing adventure tours to Lalibela, Simien Mountains, Bale Mountains, Omo Valley, Tigray Churches, the great Danakil Depression... Come with us and discover the undiscovered Ethiopia! Cheers Team HETT
Lalibela, Ethiopia

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Blaine G
Seattle15 contributions
Dec 2012 • Solo
I recently had a great authentic community trekking experience with Highland Trekking in Lalibela. My guide Daniel Melese was friendly, knowledgeable, professional,
and grew up in a small village high in the Abune Yosef Plateau, our
destination. From downtown Lalibela we hiked up to the plateau and
stayed the first night with a local family. Then we trekked up to the remote
Abune Yosef monastery, then to the top of Rim Gadel, 4265 meters. We
hiked down through a spectacular meadow and pitched our tent in Dimbul
Buldinga, a natural campsite surrounded by enormous boulders, and
frequented by elusive red fox. Then we hiked back to the plateau to
stay with a local family who welcomed us to their home and prepared
and grilled a sheep in traditional Ethiopian style. On this trek we
camped wherever we wanted. We were welcomed by local families in the
villages and monks in the monastery. And all the money we spent went
to the local community and villagers who really need it. From there
we hiked back to Lalibela by the same route through basalt plateaus
reminiscent of the movie classic The Lost World. However we could have
trekked from there to Imrahana Kristos Church, stayed with local
people in the village nearby, and continued to Lalibela the next day.
That is what I will do next time, with Highland Trekking again. My
homestay trekking experience in Lalibela was far better than trekking
in the Simien Mountains, where we were required to camp in crowded
designated campsites. It was also far better than staying in mountain
tourist camps and lodges operated by other tour companies where one has no interaction with local people. Trekking in Abune Yosef with Highland Trekking is an extraordinary experience for anyone who loves trekking, wilderness, wildlife, and meeting local people, far away from crowds of tourists.
Written March 1, 2013
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dschofieldarchitect
San Francisco, CA7 contributions
Feb 2013 • Solo
i feel like a really lucky guy. i stumbled upon daniel's company while searching some ravel blogs, and it led me to one of the highlights of a year long trip across europe and africa. daniel like's to keep groups small, and the travel real. i got to spend 4 days in the highlands of ethiopia staying in native houses, eating local food and drink and hiking around in the mountains. for me, it doesn't get much better than that. while we knew where we'd be staying, daniel likes to keep things loose. we were heading out for a hike through abuna joseph, and i expressed interest in going up rim gadel- the 3rd highest peak in ethiopia. so that's what we did. then i told him i was getting tired of all the potatos and injira, so we bought a chicken, prepared it, and cooked it over an open fire with the stars shining over us.... what a trip! couldn't recommend highland enough.
Written February 26, 2013
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Diana J
Anchorage, AK5 contributions
Jun 2013 • Friends
My friend and I spent four incredible days hiking through the highlands, starting and ending in Lalibela, with Daniel, who grew up in and around Lalibela, and another of his guides. The trip was incredible: the highlight of our trip to Africa and one of the highlights of all of my travels thus far. Daniel has an easy way of communicating with both clients and all of the locals with whom he works and whom he meets along the trail. He makes everyone, foreigners and locals, feel comfortable and valued while interacting with him and one another.

We stayed each evening in rural villages with local families, who live a traditional agricultural lifestyle. It was incredible to experience three evenings of this lifestyle. I recommend Daniel's overnight trek to anyone who a) loves trekking and does not mind roughing it, b) is interested in getting a feel for life in rural Ethiopia, and most importantly, d) is culturally sensitive, taking care to follow local customs and de-emphasize material wealth as much as possible. The chance to stay in locals' homes is an incredible privilege, and not to be taken lightly. The lessons about life that I learned in four days of trekking with Daniel became immediately invaluable to me. For those who are interested in trekking and seeing some of the local culture without diving in deep, I know that Daniel also organizes shorter treks or daytime trekking outings from Lalibela.

Best is to contact Daniel via the Highland Trekking website before you arrive to book a trip. Be aware that if you are looking for him in Lalibela, his office is up above the town center, above the 7 Olives Hotel, and that you should head up there to find him in town. There are "fake" guides hanging around town, who might say they work for Highland Trekking, but are in fact completely unassociated with the company! For this reason, because the Highland Trekking guides get booked up, and because Daniel is very helpful in general Ethiopia trip planning, which can be pretty challenging, I highly recommend booking with him before you arrive in Lalibela.
Written July 28, 2013
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Laura W
Cherbourg-Octeville, France5 contributions
Dec 2012 • Couples
Our 3-day trek with Daniel was one of the highlights of our Ethiopian trip. We walked up from Lalibela past villagers with mules, children herding animals, golden haystacks, and beautiful flowers from ledge to plateau. The friendly family welcomed us to the picturesque village where they live with their animals - we were there at Christmas and felt like we were in the stable at Bethlehem, including a sheep with a new-born lamb, a calf, as well as oxen, goats, chickens etc. We slept in a comfortable hut just opposite (but make sure you have enough warm clothes) The next day we climbed a bit higher to see marmots and baboons and more breathtaking views. It was fascinating to see how people live in this amazing landscape, and were able to learn with our helpful guides.
Written February 22, 2013
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Arjunan M
London, UK48 contributions
Feb 2014 • Couples
We travelled across ethiopia for a month. We trekked with Tesfa and enjoyed other treks sacross the whole historical region. But Highland trekkers was the best part of our entire trip without any doubt. We had GETACHEW as our guide and he was one of the friendliest and most helpful guides i have ever come across. He is now our friend and i feel so lucky to have met him and tasm. Our trek was long but broken up with so many amazing visits to different houses, for coffee, for injera or for simply a chat. This gives you the energy and the spirit to go on. We visited abune yosef, which was stunning and generally the walking was testing but good. But Getachew and veryhoo were the real heroes. This company is pushing a new approach to tourism in ethiopia. We stayed with locals in a village, tasted the real life there and i have to say it was simply brilliant. I hope God looks down at all people in HIGHLAND TREKKERS because they spread only good vibes.... THANKYOU THANKYOU THANKYOU
Written February 3, 2014
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Gil456789
Tel Aviv, Israel17 contributions
Nov 2012 • Couples
We trekked for 3 days and two nights with Daniel and Maragu to Abuna Yosef. That was after we couchsurfed in Daniel's from lawn with our tent for a few nights.

Daniel is a gracious host and knows the highlands like the palm of his hand.
He is a great guide and entrepreneur and we highly recommend groups and couples to take three days, go up to the mountains and meet the locals.

The trek is not as hard as the Simien, and has a more cultural aspect to it, and we enjoyed it tremendously.

Thank you so much for the great walk and to the family that hosted us and showed us how life is on the escarpment.

Hope to see you soon

Yael & Gil
Written July 14, 2013
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Elise R
Cardiff1 contribution
Jan 2013 • Couples
We did a four day trek with Highland trekking which I would recommend to anyone. The views are breathtaking and the mountains stretch out endlessly so you feel like you are (well, you are) remote from the rest of the world. There are no tourists around (at least we didn't see any) and the roads were full of pilgrims because we went around Christmas time, and this was quite a sight in itself. We staid with the local people living in the village which also was a great experience - I could not have imagined people live like this and it was amazing to be able to sit around the fire with them and have a go at making injera. The only thing I would say is be prepared because it is quite heavy because of the steep landscape - I had never done a trek before and I don't think I could have done 100 meters more at the end of it! So insist on a donkey to carry your things!! And it gets very, very cold, so bring warm things to sleep in.
Written February 1, 2013
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MONICA h
Amsterdam, The Netherlands9 contributions
Dec 2012 • Solo
I hiked with highland trekking (with Daniel) through the highlands of Lalibela and spend 2 days like the locals do. The hike was amazing, beautiful landscape and discovering the daily life of Ethiopians farmers from nearby, but also tough as it goes from 2600m to 4000m in 1 day. The guides are very friendly and have a lot of knowledge of the area as they are highlanders themselves.
Written January 20, 2013
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Piera
Rome, Italy20 contributions
Feb 2019
I hiked with Eco trekking tours for two days one night hike in Lalibela. I slept in the best place you can dream of, Hudad lodge, up in the mountains overlooking Lalibela valleys!
Marug, the guide, is a very smart, knowledgeable and sensitive guy. We had a great time together, surrounded by nature at its best. We talked a lot and he explained me Ethiopian culture in its depths, sharing personal life and experiences.
If you can, don’t miss this opportunity!
It really can make your trip!
Written February 22, 2019
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kovacmil
New York City, NY21 contributions
Mar 2018 • Couples
These eleven rock-cut churches are not on any list of the world wonders, but they are wonders by all means - unexpectedly beautiful, inexplicably well preserved, uninterruptedly serving the same spiritual purpose for over 800 years. They are hidden and have been a well-kept secret since the days of their construction in 12th century. Ethiopian monks chanting in these churches is an extraordinary musical and spiritual experience. A visit to Lalibela churches should be on any bucket-list. For passionate travelers - if you liked Nabatean Petra you will love Lalibela.

We spent only 24 hours in Lalibela, but it deserved more time. We plan to go back.
Written April 2, 2018
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