“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.