Sample Itinerary (22-days)

Day 1 – Picked up from Addis airport – explore Addis Abeba
Picked  up from Bole international airport and transfer to hotel and afternoon explore sightseeing in Addis Visit in Salasie cathedral church,National museum where the oldest human skeleton is i.e Lucy, Merkato Market if its plausible  ,and after that take you to the best coffee shop in Ethiopia called Tomoka then transfer to the hotel

Accommodation :Caravan hotel

Meals included : Breakafast, lunch & dinner

Day 2 –  Bahir Dar – Blue Nilefalls

Morning transfer to Bole airport for flying to Bahir Dar and the same day drive to the Blue Nilefalls which you will observe more much more water than the months like December,January,February & so on. Afternoon relax by the beautiful lodge called Kuriftu!

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Meals included :Breakfast, lunch & dinner

Day 3  – Boat  trip on Lake Tana

Boat  trip on Lake Tana to visit a selection of monasteries hidden on the islands and shores of this sacred lake.  Visit the Zege Penninsula and the monasteries of Azuwa Maryam and Ura Kidane Mehret and the island monastery of Debre Maryam near the outlet of the Blue Nile River and get back and sleep in Bahirdar.

Accommodation:Hotel Kuriftu

Meals included :Breakfast, lunch & dinner

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Day 4  – north to Gondar
After breakfast, continue north to Gondar.  The four-hour drive will take you through rural villages, offering wonderful insight into the Amhara culture.  After briefly settling in your hotel, explore the sites of Gondar, including a visit to the Royal Enclosure, with six castles and several other buildings.  Additionally, visit Fasilidas’s Pool, still used for Timket celebrations today, Ras Gimb Palace Museum and the Debre Birhan Selassie church, with the most famous ceiling in Ethiopia.  Overnight in Gondar!

Accommodation: Landmark international***

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DAY 5 – – Gondar – Debark – Sankaber Camp (3,200m)
4-5hrs driving, 7km 2/3 hours walking
You’ll be picked up from your hotel in Gonder around 7.30am for the 2 ½ hr drive to Debark in a 4×4. The road is rough and very dusty, but if you haven’t left the built up areas in Ethiopia yet, it is a real eye opener into the life of the rural majority. At Debark you will sign in at the park headquarters, pick up your guide and scout and head up into the mountains (by 4×4). The road continues all the way to the first camp at Sankaber, but you’ll be dropped off on the way for a leisurely three hour acclimatisation hike. The stunning views hit you as soon as you get out of the vehicle as you walk along the ridge. There will be time to stop for a picnic lunch and after a short but demanding climb (at this altitude) to Sankaber you’ll be met as every day on this trek with a tray of fresh coffee, tea and snacks. (B,L,D)

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DAY 6: –  Sankaber (3,200m) – Geech Camp (3,600m)
Walking 7-8hrs / 15km
After a hearty breakfast, you’ll set off trekking along the ridge with stunning views over the foothills 800m below. For the first two hours the trail passes through low bush of Giant Heather, soda apple, Abyssinian rose, St John’s Wort and Globe thistle. The highlight of the trek from Sankaber to Geech is Genbar Falls, an incredible 500m sheer drop. From the viewpoint opposite, you can watch the falcons, augur buzzard and lammergeier bearded vulture soar on the thermals below. From the Genbar falls, the trail passes drier dustier land, broken by lunch at a somewhat less intimidating and more peaceful waterffall. Klipspringer and bush buck may be seen in the steep rocky and wooded slopes, whilst troops of Gelada Baboons roam the dusty fields for roots. Just before you reach Geech camp site, there is a wonderful opportunity to visit one of the traditional village houses for home roasted coffee and injurra. Geech Camp itself is set on a grassy plateau with stunning sunset views. (B,L,D)

DAY 7 :- Geech (3,600m) – Imet Gogo (3,926m) – Siha Gorge – Kedar Dit – Geech (3,600m)
Walking 5-6 hrs / 13km
After breakfast you’ll trek for 2 hours along the grass plateau past countless bizarre outsized Giant Lobelia plants. The destination is Imet Gogo, an incredible rocky promontory that grants 360 degree views over the Simien Range. At an altitude of 3,926m you can see West back along the ridge towards Sankaber and Geech and South East across a deep gully towards the tomorrow’s ridge walk to Inatye and Cheneck Camp. The views here are arguably the best in the Simien Mountains and the drop is terrifying. From Imet Gogo, you’ll return to camp via the Siha Gorge for lunch. Afternoon at leisure before heading out for a short optional sunset trek to KedaDit (3760m). Overnight at Geech Camp again. (B,L,D)

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DAY 8:- Geech (3600m) – Innatye (4070m) – Chennek (3,600m)
Walking 7 hours / 15km
Today is the longest and arguably most spectacular passing close to the ridge most of its length. After breakfast you will head back on the path towards Imet Gogo before detouring SE towards Inatye. The path drops into a forest of Giant Hazel before following the ridge on open grassland. The climb to Inatye (4,070m) rewards with stunning views. Inatye roughly translates as “mamma mia” and the terrifying vertical drop here justly warrants the name! After a picnic lunch the path follows mostly downhill through open grassland and gian lobelia towards Chenek with a number of stunning viewpoints along the way. Chenek camp is superb for wildlife with both Gelada Baboons and Wallia Ibex common here. (B,L,D)

DAY 9:   – Chennek (3600m) – Axum

Drive from Cheneck to Axum on the way you will see terrific views birds and the road itself is so spectacular built by the Italians during their occupation of Ethiopia. It takes 6-8 hrs but you will be refreshed throughout due to the presence of the wonderful nature !

Sleep in Axum

Accommodation: Yeha/Sebean hotel depending ok availabilities!

Meals included :Breakfast, lunch & dinner

Day 10 : – sites of Axum

Today will be a full day visiting the sites of Axum, including the famous obelisks (one that was recently erected after being returned from Italy) and the archeological museum, the Queen of Sheba’s Bath (which supplies water to Axum year-round), Ezana’s enscription, King Kaleb’s tomb, King Bazen’s tomb, and the Queen of Sheba’s Palace.  You can also visit the St. Mary of Zion church, where the Ark of the Covenant is kept.  Men only are allowed to enter the old church.  Unfortunately, no one (except one specially chosen guardian monk) is allowed to enter the chapel where the Ark is kept.  Overnight in Axum

Accommodation :Yeha hotel/Sabean hotel

Meals included :Breakfast, lunch & dinner

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Day 11:  – to Howzien – ancient Tigray cluster churches

Morning after breakfast drive to Howzien where you will see a group of ancient Tigray cluster churches including Abrhaatsibha. Overnight stay in howzien.

Accommodation: Gerhalata lodge/Korkor depending on availabilities

Meals included:Breakfast, lunch & dinner

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Day 12:  – drive to Mekele

Morning after breakfast drive to Mekele the capital city of Tigray and the place to organize the trip to the Danakil depression.

On the way to Mekele you will visit some beautiful Churches such as Wukro,Negash mosque  and also the temple of Yeha if time allows

Sleep in Mekele.

Accommodation: Axum hotel

Meals included :Breakfast lunch& dinner

Day13:  – Danakil –  Mekele – Hamede Ela

Drive to Hamedela via Berhale. The Danakil Depression can be said to ‘begin’ here. It is one of the most inhospitable regions of the world, but is nonetheless spectacular, full of eye-catching colors, as in the sulphur springs. The desert has several points lying more than 100 meters (328 ft) below sea level. You pass through a small town of Berhale where the camel caravans stop before they proceed to the northern highlands. En route you see many long caravans going to the salt mines and others coming out of the Danakil with their salt loaded camels. (3-4 hrs drive) Camp at Hamedela.

Day 14:  – Danakil –  Hamd Ela – Dodom
We start early, shortly after a 06:30 breakfast, and drive to Dodom at the base of Erta Ale. This may be one of the worst road in the world. The 80 km distance may take about 6 hrs passing through changing landscape of solidified lava, rock, sand and the occasional palm lined oasis. You pass several small hamlets scattered here and there in this desert land, before reaching Dodom.  You will trek from Dodom to Erta Ale which takes about 3 hrs. Early dinner around 17:00 and trek up to Ert Ale at 20:00. Camels transport all the camping materials and some food, sleeping materials, mattresses and water, to the rim of the volcano, where we spend the night watching the dramatic action of the boiling lava. Erta Ale ranks one of the most alluring and physically challenging natural attractions anywhere in Ethiopia. It is a shield volcano with a base diameter of 30 km and 1km square caldera at its summit. Erta Ale contains the world’s only permanent lava lake and you will spend an unforgettable night on the top of the mountain.

Day 15:    Danakil Trek –  walk around the pit-crater

Early morning you will rise with the sun with time to walk around pits and craters. The main pit-crater, 200 m deep and 350 m across, is sub-circular and three storied. The smaller southern pit is 65 m wide and about 100 m deep. You will leave around 7:00 to head back to Dodom for breakfast. You will reach latest at 10:30 am at the camp and after some time to relax you will drive on to Hamad Ela, a village with a total population about 500 people. Over night camping at Hamed Ela.

Day 16:  Danakil –  driving tour to Ragad (Asebo) – salts are mined

Morning driving tour to Ragad (Asebo), the place where the salts are mined. Observe the breaking of the salt from the ground, cutting into rectangular pieces and loading on camels. You drive ahead to Dallol and visit the difference landscape formed by volcanic activity, Dallol + Lake Assal + camel caravans. Excursion to Dallol (116 meter below sea level, one of the lowest places in the world) colorful salts mining, visit Lake Assal, follow up camel caravans and walk with the Afar people. Drive back to Hamedela and proceed to Mekele. Overnight in Mekele
Accommodation: Axum hotel

Meals included: Full board(B,L,&D)

Day 17:  – drive to Lalibela

Morning after breakfast drive to Lalibela via the wonderful landscape. What makes it special in October is that all the ground is covered by green plants and also blossoming flowers.

Accommodation: Mount view and panoramic hotel

Meals included :Breakfast,lunch & dinner

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Day 18:  – 11 rock churches

Morning explore sightseeing of the 11 rock churches and afternoon enjoy the eve of the Meskel ceremony . Sleep in Lalibela

Accommodation: Mount view or panoramic hotel

Meals included :Breakfast,  lunch & dinner

Day 19 :  cave church called Nakutola & Meskele Fire

Morning visit the cave church called Nakutola and then around 11:00 am celebrate to see the Meskele Fire .
Walk from Laliblela to Church called Asheton Mariam located on top of the town. It has a spectacular view and the church is also Beautifully built. It takes 2 hrs and 1 hr to return back to the town. Afternoon visit another cave church called Nakutola which is some 5km away from the town center.

Accommodation: Mount view or panoramic hotel

Meals included :Breakfast, lunch & dinner

Day 20:-  flying back to Addis and the same day drive to Lake Langano

Moring after Breakafast transfer to Lalebela airport for flying back to Addis and the same day drive to Lake Langano via Abiata National park where you will see enormous number of Pelicans,flamingos and so on .

Overnight stay in Langano

Accommodation: Sabana lodge

Meals included :Breakfast, lunch  & dinner
Day 21: – drive to Awassa – boat trip,fish market & birdwatching

Morning after breakfast drive to Awassa which is a bit similar to that of Bahirdar city. It is actually the  capital city of Southern Ethiopia. The city is surrounded lake Awassa offers a nice boat trip,fish market & birdwatching

Accommodation: Lewi resorts & Elfensh hotel

Meals included: Breakfast, lunch & dinner

Day 22:

Retrun back to Addis via Debirezeit and may be if you are interested in doing traditional handcrafts,possible to do so if there is enough time before heading to Bole international airport 2 hrs prior to departure.

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