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Dallol – Danakil Expedition & Erta Ale Lava Lake

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  • Trip Type Unique Nature & Trekking adventure
  • Tour Code GHET-WE1
  • Private Journey
  • 3 Days
  • An adventure to the Dallol/Denakil Desert and Ertale Lava Lake is like an adventure like no other. This adventure takes you to one of the hottest, lowest and geologically active areas on the planet. And this is a trip to some of the most breathtaking landscapes on earth.

An adventure to the Dallol/Denakil Desert and Ertale Lava Lake is like an adventure like no other. This adventure takes you to one of the hottest, lowest and geologically active areas on the planet. And this is a trip to some of the most breathtaking landscapes on earth.

It is very difficult, rather impossible to put the feeling and express the experience of this extraterrestrial kind of place in words. You just have to come and feel it and enjoy the experience.  Indeed you will say, this adventure tour to  is truly a trip of a life time!

Trip highlights:

  • Explore Dallol Depression, one of the lowest and hottest places on earth
  • Be carried away a landscape which makes you feel like you are on a another planet
  • Ride on a camel back as  climb to Ertale Lava Lake with the moon light
  • Lava trek to one of the most permanent Ertale Lava Lake
  • Witness centuries old tradition of  salt  extraction and transporting it with hundreds of camel caravans

Day 1: Addis Ababa-Mekele-Hamedella

Early in the morning, transfer to Addis Ababa airport for the flight to Mekele. Upon arrival at Mekele Airport, you will be picked up by your drivers and the Grand Holidays team for the drive to Berhale. After picking up, permission at Berhale, we will continue driving North East to Hamedella where you will be staying two nights.

The Danakil Depression is the northern part of the Afar Triangle or Afar Depression, a geological depression that has resulted from the presence of three tectonic plates in the Horn of Africa.  This is photographic adventure is to one of the lowest, hottest and less inhospitable place on earth, nonetheless this is a place like otherworldly colorful mineral fields, and amazingly eye-catching landscapes.

Late in the afternoon, we will drive to the Depression where you can see and photograph with the late afternoon light the swirling Sulphur and mineral salt formations in the Danakil Depression, one of the hottest and harshest environments on earth

Here you will also witness and will be prevailed to photograph centuries old tradition of salt extraction in the big slat flats by the highlands load the salt bars on hundreds of camel caravan which will soon start their journey from the depression all the way to the highlands in more than two days long journey.

Overnight: Camping at Hamedella. (Meals: (L-D)

Day 2: Explore Dallol-Ertale

Early in the morning, we will drive to Dallol Depression crossing the Denakil Desert from South to North. Lying at 130 meters below seas level, on the Ass-Ale Salt Lake, Dallol Depression is one of the hottest and lowest point on earth. This morning, we will also discover one of the most exciting places in Dallol, the water springs in the desert with multi-colored minerals coming gushing to the surface from the inner part of the Earth. 

After our visit to Dallol, we will continue our drive to Dodom, the base of the crater. As we get off at Dodom, the base of the Ertale Crater, we take rest under the shade of our tents and we make preparation for Ertale Lava Trek we will start to trek as it starts to cool down by loading our equipment on camels. We will have a Lava trek on dead Lava for up to 13 km to the top of the Ertale Crater.

As we get on top of the crater we will take rest in our camp and have dinner here. After some rest, we will walk downhill to the Lava Lake for night shot. This is one of the most permanent and most active lava lake in the world.

After taking some night shots, we will walk back to our base camp for rest.

Overnight: Camping at Ertale. (Meals: B-L-D)

Day 3: Ertale-Eribiti-Mekele

Early in the morning, we will walk back to the Lava lake to take some morning shots with morning light and we will trek back to base camp at Dodom where we will meet our vehicles. We proceed straight to Mekelle to catch our evening flight for Addis Ababa – End of Tour (Meals: B-L)

 

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