4 Day Danakil Depression and Earta Ale, Adventure in Ethiopiaoffered by supplier M21492 (read about supplier)
Tour Duration: 2 - 4 day(s)
Group Size: 1 - 20 people
Specialty Categories: Volcano Tours
Airfare Included: No
Tour Customizable: Yes
Minimum Per Person Price: 450 US Dollar (USD)
Maximum Per Person Price: 600 US Dollar (USD)
The landscape is dotted with bright yellow sulfur fields, green crystal pools, and sparkling salt beds. This is the Danakil Depression, a basin in north-eastern Ethiopia, close to the Red Sea. It is one of the lowest points on earth not covered by water. Danakil is renowned for being the place with the highest average temperature on Earth. It tops 34 °C every day of the year and soars to 55 °C in the summer. Temperatures can reach as high as 63 °C in the sun.
The people who are living in the region are Afar tribes, they are pastoralists and some of them engaged in salt mining as the depression is covered with salt. The most attraction in the region is Ertale, Active volcano, which is so magnificent attraction due to its different colorful lava flowing from the crust of the earth.
Day 1: Drive to Hamed Ela.
After having a breakfast you will drive to Hamed Ela (180 Km from Mekelle). On the way visit to Tigray Rock-hewn church of Mikael Imba (it is a best rock-hewn church with original paintings and with a symbol of the cross but an unfinished cross church with superb three-quarter monolithic). You will have a picnic lunch. Then you will continue your drive on arrival at Berehaile, you will pick up mandatory police, scouts, road guides, and permits for the Afar region. On your way you will notice striking changes in scenery as you drop from 2,220 elevations to below sea level, the Danakil Depression begins here. It is one of the most inhospitable regions of the world, but is nonetheless spectacular, full of eye-catching colors, as in the sulfur springs. The desert has several points lying more than 100 meters (328 ft) below sea level. En route you will see many long caravans going to the salt mines and others coming out of the Danakil with their salt loaded camels. Overnight stay camping at Hamed Ela.
Day 2: Excursion to Ragad (Asebo) and Dallol Depression, 25 km from Hamed Ela.
Early in the morning after having a breakfast you will have a day trip 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. Then you drive ahead to Dallol (116 meters below sea level, one of the lowest places in the world) and visit the difference landscape formed by volcanic activity, Dallol includes the Sulfur lake, Salt mountain, colorful hot spring water, and Camel Caravan. Later back to Hamed Ela for lunch. After lunch & brief break you will drive to Abala (150 Km asphalt road 3 hrs). Abala is a small settlement and with moderate temperature and basic accommodation with shower. Upon arrival check in local hotel. Rest, relax, and dinner. Overnight stay local hotel Hamed Ela.
Day 3: Drive to Erta Ale.
After having an early breakfast (possible at 06:30) you will drive to Erta Ale, (195 Km from Abala). Upon arrival at Dodom take rest, relax and fill your energy for the trek to Erta ale (17 Km from Dodom) that takes approximately 3 hrs trekking. Early dinner around 17:00 then as the sun sets, you leave behind the cars, use Camel to transport all the camping materials and some food (sleeping materials like light mattresses, mat, and water) to the rim of the volcano, where you 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. Overnight at the rim of the Volcano.
Day 4: Drive to Mekele (240 KM). Early the next morning, you will descend from Mount Erta Ale, returning to the base camp Dodom for a well-earned breakfast. After having a breakfast and brief break you will drive to Mekele (240 Km from Erta ale) via the small towns of Aabala and Erepti.
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Airfare is not included in the tour price.
- All Entrance fees and licenses as per the program.
- Accommodation and all meals throughout the tour.
- Non-Alcoholic Beverages with meals as per the program and plenty bottles of water for the trip.
- Local guide service for the afar region as per the program.
- Cooking, camping equipment,
- Scout and police service in Afar Region as per the program.
- Camel and camel tires in Afar Region as per the program.
- Experienced cook throughout of the tour as per the program.
- Minimum of 2 cars per trip with local security.
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