5 Days community trekking tour to abune Yosef/ Yimrehane Kristos via Asheten Mariam/Ad Medhane Alem (Atabkit)
The mountains and wild life
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 7am from your hotel.
From there directly you will start your trekking tour to right in the beautiful LASTA MOUNTAINS.
Around 3 hours later you stand on the of the plateau MERABABU (LALIBELA HUDAD). From the plateau you walk to the escarpment village of AD MEDHANE ALEM (ATABKIT).
You will be introduced to a farmers family, enjoy the traditional Ethiopian coffee ceremony and hopefully still have a bit of time left before it gets dark, so you can walk around and have your first impression of an Ethiopian farmers life.
After breakfast you start a shorter trek this day (around3-4 hours) to Abune Yosef Eco Lodge on WEDEBIYE ABO, close to the village called TIGU KEBELE.
Later after check-in go checking out the village, see how the locals work, taking part on their daily things to do.
In the evening you will sit around the fireplace outside/inside the lodge and enjoy your dinner…
You will have an early breakfast at the lodge and off you go! To see the famous Gelada Baboons, which live in huge hordes there.
We will take you to the other side of the mountains, where you have the most impressive view over mountains, mountains and mountains… it feels like being on top of the world.
You also will wander to the SMALL and BIG ZIGGITS, and RIM GEDEL (4284mtr).
The night you will spend in Abune Yosef Eco Lodge.
After breakfast you start your hike from the lodge to the also famous and truly beautiful church of YEMREHANE KRISTOS.
The hike is not steep and it mainly goes downhill till the church.
The night there will be spent in a local traditional house.
Trekking back to Lalibela after a breakfast.
You will reach town in the late afternoon.
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