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Highland Eco Trekking Tours in Ethiopia.

ሃይላንድ ኤኮ ትሪኪንግ ተራራ ኣስጎበኝ

No traveler who comes to Ethiopia misses out on Lalibela- our churches are not only one of the holiest places for Orthodox Christians- they are even called the 8.wonder of the world.

But! This town has not only the churches to show and offer!!

Take your chance: plan some more days for Lalibela

NOT in a hotel of course and NOT in a touristic way!

Trek with us the off the beaten track and meet the Ethiopian highlander farmers above Lalibela on the plateau called ABUNE YOSEPH, also known for being home to hordes of GELADA BABOONS and the rare species of the ETHIOPIAN WOLF.

Enjoy a truly breathtaking (up to 4000m) mountain scenery, witness the daily life of the farmers up here, take part in it, enjoy the warm hospitality of my people!

I am Daniel Melese, the owner of Highland Eco Trekking, I offer exceptional trekking tours directly from the heart of Lalibela, no need to drive anywhere- your personal African adventure can start right in front of your hotel.

I prefer to arrange only small groups to please both trekker and highlanders of ABUNE YOSEPH

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what our customers have to say about their experience with us !

Welcome!

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Lalibela trekking tour guide, Daniel Melese
“Amazing 3 day trek”
 

Just completed a 3 day trek complete with lots of interaction with the local mountain villagers. Getachew was a friendly, happy and knowledgeable guide. Highland Trekking were very flexible and adapted the itinerary so that we could visit the Yemrehane Kristos, which is a church built in the Aksumite period. We were impressed that the money that we'd spent on the trek was distributed amongst the locals; services included coffee in a village house, security guard, injera cooking class, homestay and a local cook. An incredible adventure that we'll never forget! 

“Highland trekking”

We did the 3 day trek to Abune Yosef with Highland Trekking and this was a unique trekking experience. This trek combines truly dramatic scenery with the opportunity to see how those in the highlands live. During the trek we were able to visit a small school that Highland Trekking supports (although it was sad how few children were attending the classes, the children are required to help with tending animals, collecting water and wood etc.), to visit inside a family's home and to briefly try for ourselves the techniques of grinding grain and ploughing using oxen. I wish we had been more prepared and brought something for the school.

Our guide Kanu was very good, and the huts that we stayed in were warm and comfortable (far better than a tent). The walking was difficult as a result of the large amount of height gained quickly combined with the altitude so you will need moderate fitness.

A road was being constructed as we were there - word is that it is for a NASA base. The building of this road is destroying farmland with no compensation given. I can only hope that the locals will gain in other ways from this project. The road is not finished and there certainly won't be much traffic anytime soon so for the time being you I would certainly recommend to still go and support this local community. Maybe eventually Highland Trekking might have to find a new route and campsite.

We hiked both here and in the Simien Mountains. Both were spectacular. This trek was about scenery and highland life, whereas the Simiens is about scenery and wildlife.

“Lalibela and Highland Eco-Trekking”

Our trip to Lalibela and Abune Yosef was an experience of a lifetime, thanks in large part to Highland Eco Trekking. They recommended a wonderful small hotel, TopTwelve, arranged a very knowledgeable guide, Tesfaw, to show us around the churches, and organised a three day trek up into the mountains. Now to be fair, this was a very challenging trek for me at age 60, and if I'd known just how challenging it would be, I might not have gone. I don't hike even at low altitudes, and I'm not as fit as I might have been 30 years ago. So I am glad that I didn't know, because I would have missed something wonderful and magical. The guides took very good care of us, and never made me feel bad about being slow. Because we were staying in the same place both nights, I was able to stay put on day 2, after a rewarding trip to the nearly village and school, while the younger members of our group went further up the mountain. Then they arranged a mule for the initial part of the return journey so that I wasn't already tired when I started the steep decline. Everyone was encouraging and helpful. Don't let fear of the challenge stop you. Do take warm clothes for the nights, and good boots. My telescopic walking poles were a wise choice. Be ready to experience something unique. Thanks again to our Highland Eco Trekking guides who were so helpful and had such good English. I've come home with a real sense of achievement as well as incredible memories. Do it.

Highland Eco Trekking is a fully licensed and registered Ethiopian private tour and travel company.

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Lalibela, Ethiopia.

highlander kids running to say hello to the tourists

Last October, 3 Basque trekkers spent gorgeous time with our guide Tazeb (Highland logistics) climbing Rim Gedel (4284...

Posted by Ricardo Hernani on Monday, November 9, 2015

Arji working with the children at the school in the mountains

Posted by Anna Bruder on Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Hi everybody, we really miss you all! We had such a great time in Lalibela and with the trekking! X, Emma Lisa and Sophie

Posted by Claudia de Zeeuw on Wednesday, March 12, 2014
“great experience with highland Eco Trekking”
 

We did a 2 day tour with Highland Eco trekking in the lalibela highlands as a family with 2 bigger children and stayed with a farmer family. this was really a very special experience. the walk was long and intensive, but the scenary was great. The experience of being so close to the local people was something we will never forget. We would also like to advice the guide Kahnu. He's really a great guy with a lot of mountain experience .
We also experience a good service from Ute, who organised this trip

⁠⁠“Trek to Rim Gedel in Abune Yosef Massif”

I has been an excellent trekking with the gorgeous leadership of Tazeb -our guide-, plus the donkey guide and the cook. Nights in the tukuls were fine despite a bit cold at night over 3600 m asl. There was plenty of food and water. The guide knew the path perfect. It is woth the effort visiting Abune Yosef. You will reach the 19th highest mountain in Africa. But at the same time an off the beaten track place.

“Beautiful area to walk in”

Walking above Lalibela, in the Abune Yosef area was one of the highlights of my recent trip to Ethiopia - amazing scenery and an opportunity to walk through local villages, and see farming life up in the Highlands, and going with local guides adds to treking. I went with Highland Treking, who were really helpful prior to my arrival in Ethiopia, and on the trek, the guide, Tazeb, was really helpful, supportive and encouraging.. I don't think I would have got up Abune Yosef if it hadn't been for his encouragement! The food was amazing.. particularly as cooked on an open fire... the scenery was spectacular, and walking through villages and farmland gave a chance to see how local people lived.. with opportunities for lots of coffee and local beer. I thought the trek was good.. but after another experience in the Tigray area, with an individual guide, I would say the trek above Lalibela was excellent. My only comment is that the 4 day trek is a real challenge.. and it would help if the company provided more detailed info on the routes.. But highly recommended.

Albert Einstein

“Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better”

the twin zigits peak on abune yosef mountains above Lalibela