Landmarks visited on Community Trekking in Ethiopia
Upon arrival at Bole International Airport your guide will meet you and take you for a local coffee in the city. Stop in at the National MMuseum and see ‘Lucy’, a 3.2 million year old female hominin. Catch a mid-morning flight to Bahir Dar where you can take a boat out onto Lake Tana, home to Great White Pelicans and a plethora of endemic fauna. Stop for a picnic lunch and visit the various monasteries scattered around the lakes islands.
In the morning, take a trip to the Blue Nile Falls, which is spectacular at the end of the rainy season. In the afternoon, you’ll drive through the stunning green countryside of Meket and stop for a late lunch at Werkhaye. A 3.5 hour trek brings you to Mequat where you’ll find a quaint guesthouse for overnight stay.
Today will be your first full day of authentic community trekking. Walk through the countryside of Mequat, along the escarpment edges, through meadows and down to the bucolic village of Wajela.
Another day of community trekking as you head from Wakela to Aterow guest house. Walk up from Wajela and follow the escarpment eastwards. The views over the escarpment are remarkable and real highlight of the trip. Stop for lunch at Giyorgis church before continuing the trail onto Aterow guest house.
Short walk steeply down from guesthouse, cross over top of waterfall and follow paths through attractive farmland. Picked on road & transfer to Lalibela for lunch. In the afternoon, cisit the first group of churches and Bet Giyorgis. Enjoy dinner at the remarkable Ben Abeba.
Visit the remaining churches after breakfast. Leave at 10:50AM to catch 12:50 flight from Lalibela to Gondar. Arrive in Gondar at 13:20 and spend the rest of the afternoon exploring the castles, baths and churches.
Drive to Debark and into Simien Park. Take picnic into the park, See Geladas and views at Geech Abyss. Trek from Aina Meda to Geech camp.
Trek to view point – Imet Gogo, through Giant Erica woodland, up to Park trek Inatiye peak (4070m) and down to Chenek.
Trek up to Bwahit Peak, opportunity to spot the illusive Ibex & enjoy great views. You’ll then be picked up from the camp and transferred to the beautiful Limalimo Lodge.
Drive down into Tekeze gorge and across the Tigrayan Plateau to Axum. Spend the afternoon exploring the obelisks and tombs of Axum.
Drive past Adwa Mountains and take quick stop at Yeha en route to Mariam Kiat Rock church. Stop for a picnic here before heading on to the community guest house at Erar.
Walk into the valley, up over a ridge and down to Seheta Guesthouse. In the afternoon, you have the option to trek to nearby churches.
Walk around the escarpments and discover the churches and rock tunnels. Stop for lunch at Shimbrity and spend the afternoon exploring the local area.
Walk out to Idega Arbi and see the market before heading to Gheralta by car. After lunch visit the stunning church Abuna Yemata Goh.
After a leisurely start, head off to see Abreha wa Atseba church. Lunch in Mekele before transferring to airport for afternoon flight. Upon arrival in Addis and time dependant, visit the Ethnological museum before having a farewell dinner before your international flight home.
Prices, Departures and Inclusions
Prices are per person based on 2 people travelling together. Prices guideline only, actual price swill depend on final itinerary, accommodation choices, and time of year.
- Domestic flights.
- 6 nights in hotels and 8 nights on trek.
- Breakfast included on all days not trekking except on arrival at start of trip.
- Meals included at Limalimo Lodge.
- Transport in minibus(s) and 4WD's.
- English speaking national guides available in all locations.
- Entrance fees in Addis, Gondar, Simiens, Axum, Yeha, Lalibela, Tisisat, and Lake Tana.
- Entrance fees to rock churches in Tigray.
- All meals not mentioned as included.
- International flights and visa fees.
- Tipping and any expenses of a personal nature.