Ethiopia Community Based Tour
Danakil Depression Tour
4 Days community trekking tour to abune Yosef/ Yimrehane Kristos
The Abune Yosef Massif, its wild life and The cave church of Yimrehane Kristos
Taking part in the daily activity of the local highlander farmers
Of the beaten path
The peaks of of Rim Gedem (40284m), and the twin Zigits (4000m)
This tour includes the undiscovered Mount. Abune Yosef, the 3rd highest massif in Ethiopia, a home for the endemic wild animals like: Gelada Baboons, Simien Wolf, and birds. Also the famous cave church of Yimrehane Kirsos, which is built even before the 11 rock hewn churches in found in Lalibela town.
Group Tour: Min. 1/ Max. 12 persons
Your guide will pick you up at your hotel at 7.30ish.
From there directly your hike starts.
Very soon Lalibela stretches underneath your feet and you are already in the beautiful LASTA MOUNTAINS. After around 3hrs you will reach the first plateau above ABI JACULA called MERABARBU. There you will have long break and lunch.
The trek continues in the direction to the next plateau called AD MEHANE ALEM (ATABKIT),
From Ad Medhane Alem (Atabkit) plateau you will continue to walk towards the AD MEDHANE ALEM VILLAGE, NEAR ASTABIR, your 'home' for tonight.
After breakfast you start a shorter trek this day (around3-4 hours) to our Abune Yosef Eco Lodge on WEDEBIYE ABO.
You will have lunch and later hike to the SMALL ZIGITS and to a very top of the highest mountain here, called RIM GEDEL (4284mtr).
The night you will spend in Abune Yosef Eco Lodge.
After an open-air breakfast with a breath taking view you start your hike from the lodge to the also famous and truly beautiful church of YEMREHANE KRISTOS.
The hike to Yemrehane takes around 5 hours.
There you have the chance to visit the church. The night there will be spent in a local traditional house. The bonfire will again warm you before falling asleep.
After breakfast your hike towards Lalibela begins (around 8 hrs)
You cross the plateau DAGOSACH, where you find many small farmer villages.
From there you go down to the valley of MEDAGE, the fruit and vegetable supplier of Lalibela.
You also can choose to drive back from Yemrehane with a 4WD.
If you would like to explore the highlands on a mule or horse back- no problem! Please ask us for availability and prices!
An English speaking trekking tour guide
A personal cook
Enough bottled water for the whole trek
Entrance fee for Abune Yosef conservation area
Entrance fee for Yimrehane Kristos
The expenses for all the accommodation during trekking
All the food provided for you while on the hike
A porter and Donkey who will carry your bags with the things you need; you will only carry your own little backpack with the things you want to use on the way, like your camera and 1 bottle of water
What you need to bring:
-Closed, comfortable shoes (trekking shoes)
- Sun protection (strong suns-cream 50+) and hat
-Jacket, Jumper, long pants, and Shors
Extra donkeys/mules/horses or a car.
Tips for guides, and souvenirs.
Accommodation in Lalibela town
Any international, and Domestic flights are not included in this price.
Travel insurance is not included.
The traditional Ethiopian coffee ceremony
All activities on the trek -f.i. with the farmers
the possibility to safely store not needed luggage in Lalibela in our office