5 Days Lalibela & Danakil Depression Tour

This tour includes the world famous 11 rock cut Lalibela churches  and the very special Danakil Tour to the permanent active volcano Erta Ale, the hottest spot on this planet and also the lowest place on earth.

Apart from those highlights you will see and smell Sulphur lakes, watch salt cutting workers in the desert and camel- caravans plodding in the sand.

The conditions are not easy- the oldest customer we had was a 73 year old lady though. Anyway, also this tour calls for fit people.

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  • What's included :
    • 2x Breakfast
    • 2x Dinner
    • 3x Lunch
    • Accommodation included: 5 nights
    • Transfer from/to the airport
    • 4 nights accommodation
    • An English speaking professional Lalibela churches tour guide
    • Transport with a latest model Toyota 4WD land cruisers with an experienced English speaking driver/guide throughout the tour
    • all fuel expenses and drivers allowances
    • Non-Alcoholic Beverages with meals 3 times a day (breakfast, Lunch & Dinner) and plenty bottles of water in the Danakil Depression
    • Local guide service for the Afar region
    • Cooking, and camping equipment
    • Scout, solders and police to escort the tour in Danakil Depression
    • Camels
    • Experienced cook throughout the whole tour
    • Sleeping bag (But its highly recommended to bring your own)
    • Snacks
    • Bottled water
    • Coffee and/or Tea
    • Entry/Admission - Dalol
    • Entry/Admission - Erta Ale
    What's excluded :
    • Entrance fee for Lalibela churches ($50)
    • food and drinks in Lalibela and Mekele city
    • Tip for guides and drivers
    • souvenirs from the Afar people
    • personal insurance

  • Day 1: DAY 1: LALIBELA WORLD HERITAGE CHURCH TOUR (full day with guide)

    Stop At: Lalibela, Lalibela, Amhara Region
    An early Start for the UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE rock hewn churches of Lalibela, the so called ‘new Jerusalem’ and the holiest town in the whole of Ethiopia is highly recommended since there are 12 churches in town, so it’s much to see and learn about them
    In the morning your guide will bring you to the entrance of the symbol of earthly Jerusalem- the north- western cluster of the group, called: -Bet Medhane Alem, Bet Maryam, Bet Meskel, Bet Danaghel, Bet Mikael & Bet Golgotha.
    You will be surprised since after visiting them it will already be mid-day (btw the churches are closed from 12-2) Your guide will pick you up at 1:30pm and you continue with the south-eastern cluster, built as the symbol of heavenly Jerusalem: –Bet Gabriel-Rufael, Bet Merkorios, Bet Amanual, and Bet Abba Libanos.
    Last and finally, you will visit the most famous and very picturesque of all the churches: –Bet Giyorgis (St George), constructed in honour of the patron Saint George. Overnight at: Cliff Edge Hotel
    Duration: 6 hours

    No meals included on this day.
    Accommodation included: Overnight at Cliff Edge Hotel

    Day 2: Mekele

    Stop At: Mek'ele, Mek'ele, Tigray Region
    DAY 2: Drive Lalibela to Mekele

    Car will wait in front of your hotel to bring you all the way from Lalibela to Mekele City.

    Enjoy the spectacular landscape and towns, on you drive from Lalibela to Mekele
    Duration: 8 hours

    No meals included on this day.
    Accommodation included: Over Genfel Hotel

    Day 3: Dalol, Danakil Depression

    Stop At: Dalol, Ethiopia
    After breakfast drove from Mekele to Hamdela, right in the Danakil Desert.

    The Danakil is both one of the lowest and hottest places on earth, extremely inhospitable but incredibly spectacular with it’s colourful sulphur lakes, solidified lava, camel caravans, salt mines, little hamlets, outstanding landscapes and -of course- the unforgettable volcano Erta Ale...
    Duration: 6 hours

    Meals included:
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
    Accommodation included: Overnight camping

    Day 4: Erta Ale, Danakil Depression

    Stop At: Erta Ale, 6611 Ethiopia
    After breakfast we drive for around 20 min to Ragad (Asebo), the place where the salt miners work.

    We continue to Dallol (25 min) where the landscape, formed by volcanic activity is somehow unreal. You will have time to admire the sulphur lakes and get many pictures. Also here it’s the place where are salt miners can be watched doing their work.

    Then drive from Dallol - Erebti, the place for lunch, later on we continue to Kossorobat, where we get all necessary papers and also our own camels for climbing Erta Ale...
    Duration: 8 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
    Accommodation included: Overnight: Camping

    Day 5: Afdera, Danakil Depression - Mekele

    Stop At: Afdera, Ethiopia
    We get up as soon as sun is rising, we will surround the crater, walk over to the smaller, inactive second crater before leaving this adventurous place at around 7am.

    In Askoma breakfast will be served (around 10:30 or earlier) and there you again will have time to reflect and relax...
    Drive to Mekele city. You could take the early flight to Addis Ababa, or spend the night in the city.
    Duration: 9 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    Accommodation included: This night accommodation is not included. Ofcourse we still can help you with booking it for you.
  • Departure Point :
    Traveler pickup is offeredAirports
    • Lalibela Airport, Lalibela Ethiopia
    Departure Time :
    10:00 AM
    Return Detail :
    Hotel Pickup :
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Children must be accompanied by an adult
    • Service animals allowed
    • Near public transportation
    • Infants must sit on laps
    • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
    • Most travelers can participate
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 30 travelers
  • You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.



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Organised by Highland Eco Trekking Tours Ethiopia

Activity ID: V-31988P12

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