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Combined Tour of North South and Erta Ale

Combined Tour of North South and Erta Ale

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Day 1: on Arrival and drive to DebrLibanose for day trip and visit the 13th century monastery of DebreLibanos, overnight Hotel
Day 2: flight to Gondor and from 11:00am to 1:00pm Visit the 17th century royal enclosure, the bath of King Fasiledes and DebreBirhane Selassie church then transfer to Semien Mountain National Park trekking you will stay in Semien mountain park Lodge.
Day 3: Semien Mountain National Park Semien mountain Park, to wonder the spectacular scenery, see endemic mammals and Hiking on the escarpment .Semien mountain park Lodge

Day 4: Semien Mountain- again and have a day trekking till Chenek and surrounding and Geech overnight in Semien mountain park Lodge
Day 5: early morning trekking for 4 hours and back to Gonder overnight hotel in QUARA HOTELGondor.

Day 6: Gonder to Lalibela:
transfer to airport and fly to Lalibela the flight will take you only 55 minute and in the afternoon visit the remarkable rock hewn churches of Lalibela, regarded as the eighth wonder of the world by many scholars and the traditional two story Tikul house overnight LAL HOTEL.

Day 7: Lalibela early morning visit the monastery church Ashettenmariam or YemrhanKirstose this is optional and in the afternoon visit the remaining parts of Lalibela the second group overnight LAL HOTEL.

Day 8: Lalibela- Mekele Eight hours drive to Mekele through the beautiful mountain scenery and meet the Amhara people, see their house and village. AXUM HOTEL
Day 9: Mekele – Hamede Ela and you will join the other group it depends the number of the people but you are only to be 4 people in one car and go with the group this group will be with you till the end of the 4 day tour as you come back from Danakil Depression and Erta Ale you will depart the group and back to Addis.
Drive to Hamedela via Berhale. The Danakil Depression can be said to ‘begin’ here. It is one of the most inhospitable regions of the world, but is nonetheless spectacular, full of eye-catching colors, as in the sulphur springs. The desert has several points lying more than 100 meters (328 ft) below sea level. You pass through a small town of Berhale where the camel caravans stop before they proceed to the northern highlands. En route you see many long caravans going to the salt mines and others coming out of the Danakil with their salt loaded camels. (3-4 hrs drive) Camp at Hamedela.

Day 10 Hamd Ela – Dodom We start early, shortly after a 06:30 breakfast, and drive to Dodom at the base of Erta Ale. This may be one of the worst road in the world. The 80 km distance may take about 6 hrs passing through changing landscape of solidified lava, rock, sand and the occasional palm lined oasis. You pass several small hamlets scattered here and there in this desert land, before reaching Dodom. You will trek from Dodom to Erta Ale which takes about 3 hrs. Early dinner around 17:00 and trek up to Ert Ale at 20:00. Camels transport all the camping materials and some food, sleeping materials, mattresses and water, to the rim of the volcano, where we spend the night watching the dramatic action of the boiling lava. Erta Ale ranks one of the most alluring and physically challenging natural attractions anywhere in Ethiopia. It is a shield volcano with a base diameter of 30 km and 1km square caldera at its summit. Erta Ale contains the world’s only permanent lava lake and you will spend an unforgettable night on the top of the mountain.

Day 11: Early morning you will rise with the sun with time to walk around pits and craters. The main pit-crater, 200 m deep and 350 m across, is sub-circular and three storied. The smaller southern pit is 65 m wide and about 100 m deep. You will leave around 7:00 to head back to Dodom for breakfast. You will reach latest at 10:30 am at the camp and after some time to relax you will drive on to Hamad Ela, a village with a total population about 500 people. Over night camping at Hamed Ela.

Day12 Morning driving tour to Ragad (Asebo), the place where the salts are mined. Observe the breaking of the salt from the ground, cutting into rectangular pieces and loading on camels. You drive ahead to Dallol and visit the difference landscape formed by volcanic activity, Dallol + Lake Assal + camel caravans. Excursion to Dallol (116 meter below sea level, one of the lowest places in the world) colorful salts mining, visit Lake Assal, follow up camel caravans and walk with the Afar people. Drive back to Hamedela and proceed to Mekele

Day 13: Mekele – Addis Ababa
Morning transfer to airport and fily back to Addis this is the coplment of the northern part and depending on the arrival of from Mekele we will arrange things what to do the afternoon.
or ahead to Butagra overnight BekeleMola hotel

Day 14: Addis Ababa- Aribaminch via Hosaena
Drive the whole day to AribaMinch.On the way visit TiyaStelae field one of UNESCO world heritage site, Melkakunture archeological site and Gurage and Oromo people with their village. SUAYNESE HOTEL
Day 15: Ariba Minch
Full day in Arbaminch, game drive in NechSar National Park and Boat Trip on Lake Chamo known for spotting hippos and crocodiles as well as for birding. SUAYNESE HOTEL
Day 16: Ariba Minch- Jinka via Key Afer
Drive to Jinka (Lower Omo Valley tribes) En route visit Tsemay, Bana and Ari people and their villages. Key Afer Market (Thursday). Overnight OMO ECO LODGE

Day 17: Jinka - Mago - Turmi
Excursion to Mago National park and visit the Mursi Tribe, known for their women lip plates and men for ritual stick fighting (donga). Drive back to Jinka and continue to Turmi via Demeka (Saturday and Tuesday Market at Dimeka). TURMI LODGE

Day 18: Turmi (70 km to Omorate one way)
Excursion trip to Omorate , boat crossing the Omo river and Visit the Dasenech tribe. Visit the village of Hamer tribe. (Turmi market on Monday and Thursday) and attend Tribal dance and bull jumping ceremony which is occasionally coincides and optional you are excpected to pay for this Bull jumping if there is .Overnight ). TURMI LODGE
Day 19: Drive Back to Aribaminch
En route visit the Erbore and Konso Tribe. Overnight SUAYNESE HOTEL

Day 20: Drive back to Addis Ababa End of the tour.



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