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10-Day Tour to Danakil Depression and Erta Ale

10-Day Tour to Danakil Depression and Erta Ale

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Day 1: Drive to Dessie via Kombolcha.
After passing Debre Birhan, we will come to the Mezezo escarpment, with very beautiful scenes over the Amhara land. With luck, you will catch a glimpse of the endemic gelada baboons. Overnight in Dessie at Tossa Hotel.

Day 2: Continue driving to Mekele, via Woldia.
In the morning, we will stop by the village of Hayk to visit the lake and watch the fishermen in their boats. Overnight in Mekele at Yordanos Hotel.

Day 3: Drive to Hamed Ila
You will be met in Mekele by your drivers and will proceed driving to Hamed Ila via Berehale, where you will pick up police scouts, road guides and permits for the Afar region. From Berehale, proceed driving to Hamed Ila. We will see the camel caravans along the way, carrying salt from the salt lake to Mekele for sale. Overnight camping in Hamed Ila.

Day 4: Day trip to Dallol Depression and Lake Asale
After breakfast, take a day trip to Dallol, which at 116m below sea level is the lowest point on the African continent. Here the landscape is beautiful, the ground many shades of red and yellow from the hot water, acids and minerals spurting up from the ground. You will also visit Lake Asale, which is the salt lake from which the Afar nomads extract salt. You will witness (and even try) their laborious task of removing salt from the ground as hundreds of camels relax before the long trek back to Mekele. At the end of the day we return to Hamed Ila for overnight camping.

Day 5: Drive to Eart ale
From Hamed Ila, continue to Erta Ale via Kusawad. The Erta Ale volcano has been in a constant state of eruption for over 40 years. At night, proceed for a hike up to the crater rim of the Erta Ale volcano. Here you will have a view of the permanent lava lake inside the volcano (the only permanent lava lake in the world). You will camp overnight on the rim of the volcano.

Day 6: Visit Eart ale and drive back to Hamed Ila
Make sure to wake up early to catch the sun rise over the horizon. Definitely the highlight of the trip! After the hike back to camp and a bit of breakfast, you’ll return driving to Hamed Ila for overnight camping.

Day 7: Drive back to Meklle
Today you will return back to Mekele, with your last views of this desert and the camel caravans dotting the horizon. Over night Yordanos Hotel.

Day 8: Drive to Axum
Today continue driving to Axum. On the way you can visit some of the rock-hewn churches in Tigray state, such as Abraha Atsbeha and Chirkos. You will also visit Yeha, which has the oldest temple in Ethiopia. Overnight in Axum.

Day 9: City tour in Axum.
Overnight stay in Axum

Day 10: Flight back to Addis Ababa and departure

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