Mountain Trekking around Lalibela
- Trip Type Trekking
- Tour Code GHET-0132
- Private Journey
- 8 Days
Activities: mountain trekking, ancient history, people, age-old culture, breathtaking highland scenery, waterfalls, castles, rock churches, archeology and so much more
This trek offers a unique and unrivalled combination of history, culture and spectacular scenery. Winding its way from the Abune Yosef Mountains, across the Wedebye, Degosach plain and passing through beautiful afro alpine forest, small remote villages and farm lands and ancient cave churches which dates back to the 6th century and 12 century.
The itinerary includes: the rock-hewn churches of Lalibela, Abune Yosef Mountain, third highest pick in Ethiopia and some less known cave churches, which takes in beautiful mountain and farm scenery as we follow Lasta Mountains Ranges.
This trip is just a perfect introduction to Ethiopia’s incredible diversity of less known and less visited ancient civilization, culture and nature. Here, the incomparable scenery of the Abune Yosef Mountain contrasts with some of the most beautiful scenery of the Low Lands of Bilbala and Wag Yimra. This trip is truly to the Off the beaten track!
Day 01: Arrive Addis Ababa
Arrive in Addis Ababa. Afternoon city tour of Addis Ababa which include the national museum, ethnographic museum and Merkato.
Day 02: Addis Abab-Lalibela (2500m)
In the morning, fly to Lalibela. The rest of the day, visit the first group of rock-hewn churches from 1200 AD.
Day 03: Lalibela –Merebarbu (3500m)
In the morning visit the second group of rock-hewn churches. In the afternoon, trek to Merebarbu enroute visitng Asheten Mariam monastery church from the 13th century.
O/N: camping at Merebarbu.
Day 04: Merebarbu-Wedebye (3700m)
Start the 4 hours trekking from Merebarbu to Wedebye (3600 to 3800).
O/N: Camping at Wedebye .
Day 05: Wedebye-Abune Yosef (3900m)
Continue the trek for ~4 hours to Abune Yosef (4130). En route enjoying the stunning view covered by afro alpine types of vegetations you will have the chance to spot endemic mammals like Gelada Baboon and Simen Fox.
O/N: Camping at Abune Yosef.
Day 06: Abune Yosef-Degosach-Yimrhane Kirstos
From Abune Yosef, the third highest pick in the Ethiopia, we will trek on the plateaus of Degosach en route visiting different villages. At Yimrhane Kirstos, you will visit the 12th Century built up cave church which is very famous for its unique style of architecture, construction and interior decorations.
O/N: camping at Yimrha.
Day 07: Yimrha-Arbatu Ensesa-Lalibela
In the morning, walk down hill to visit Arbatu Ensesa, a rock-hewn church from the 4th century AD. At the same point, meet your driver for the drive to Lalibela en-route visiting Bilbala Cherkos.
Day 08: Lalibela-Addis Ababa-Departure
Fly back to Addis Ababa. In the afternoon, city tour of Addis Ababa and preparation for the flight back home. End of tour.