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.