Combination Tour 22 Days -Traveling to Ethiopia Danakil and Omo Valley
Ethiopian Holidays to visit Ethiopian Historic and cultural attractions combined with Danakil.
Combination Tour 22 Days trip will allow you to discover the highest mountain Ras Dashen, the endemic mammals Walia Ibex and Gelada Baboon by trekking for 9 days. More over on this Combination Tour 22 Days you will meet the Omo valley colorful tribes (Mursi , Hamer, Dassanech and Karo) and also you will have a 4 days hiking on Danakil Depression. In Danakil you will see the Erta Ale active volcano and Dallol colorful mineral combinations.
If you need a short duration archaeological tour to visit the hottest place on earth, we have also 4 days Danakil Depression tour from Mekele.
Day 1: Arrival in Addis Ababa
Morning, arrival at Bole Int. airport ; Meet and greet and get assisted for a transfer to the hotel
PM- sightseeing of Addis Ababa You will visit National Museum, Holy Trinity church, Ethnographic Museum.Over Night in Hotel.
Day 2: Fly Addis Ababa to Gondar to start the Combination Tour 22 Days then Proceed to Sankaber
Our representative meets and picks you from Gondar airport and drives to Debark pay the necessary entrance fees, take scouts and security staffs and continue to Sankaber (3250 m). Camping
Day 3: Trek Sankaber to Gich (3600 m)
Here the trek starts from the beautifully situated campsite of Sankaber.
Today’s trek covers a distance of approximately 10 km and takes us around 6 hours straight walking. On our trek we will encounter gelada baboons, foraging in big groups, in the fields.
A stunning viewpoint at the Jinbar water Falls is reached after climbing some rocks.
At the end of the day, we pass through the welcoming village of Gich and camp near to the villages. Camping.
Day 4: Trek Gich to Chenek (3620 m)
Today we walk for almost 8 hours to cover 12 km, including a short detour to Imet Gogo (3925 m).
The summit offers the most exciting views with the overhead flying off the bone breaker endemic bird lammergeyer might and thick-billed raven.
On the way to Chennek, we pass some peaks like Inataye after reaching 4070 meters and a deep valley.
At Chennek, there is abundant of the endemic plant giant lobelia and the great spot to see endemic and endangered Walia ibex. Camping at Chenek.
Day 5: Trek Chennek to Ambiko (3200 m)
A trek to Amiko is the most challenging trek day.
First, we hike up the Bwahit Pass (4200 m)
Then we will reach the bottom of the valley of the Mesheha River (2800 m) before we reach Ambiko.
Upon the Weather condition is permissible we will be rewarded with the first glimpse of the mount Ras Dashen (4533 m).
Bwahit Ras is a better place to see the Ethiopian wolf (Fox). Having a dinner at our camp with the campfire to make us warm.
Sleep early to start the trek next morning before the sun rises. Camping.
Day 6: Trek to Ambiko for Mount Ras Dashen
Trekking to the rooftop of Ethiopia Ras Dashen (4533 m) is the main goal for the day trek for 5 hours/ 8 km. Here the view from Ras Dashen top might not be as stunning compared to (Imet Gogo). But here is the top of Ras Dashen and you made it GREAT !.
Walk back for 3-5 hours to Ambiko for Night stay. Camping at Ambiko
Day 7: Trek Ambiko to Chenek
The easiest way is to walk about 4 hours to the village of Chiro Leba where a 4WD vehicle can pick you and drive you out to Debark. But you came to enjoy the Simien Mountains, right? Then this day we continue to Chennek and pitch our tents again in between the giant lobelias. Camping
Day 8: From Chenek Meet your vehicle and drive to Gondar.
Drive to Gonder as soon as you get ready to leave Chenek, the drive takes about five hours via Debark.
Late afternoon Gondar sightseeing of the 17thc Fasiledes if you are capable for city excursion. Overnight in Hotel.
Day 9: Fly Gondar to Addis Ababa
On arrival check into the hotel and get some rest. Afternoon if capable visit the biggest open air market, Mercato. Overnight in Hotel.
Day 10: Drive to Arba Minch via Butajira
Morning drive to Tiya stelae field UNESCO world heritage site and Adadi Mariam, the only southerly rock-hewn church.
Enroute meet the Gurage and Oromo people and visit their villages. Overnight in Hotel/ Lodge
Day 11: Full day in Arba Minch
Morning boat excursion to crossing to Nechisar national park spotting the endemic Swayne’s Heart beast, Burchell zebra and have a boat trip on Lake Chamo, birding, hippos, and crocodiles. Overnight in Hotel/ Lodge
Day 12: Drive Arba Minch to Jinka
Today’s visit includes the Konso tribes with their ancient villages’.
Also, meet Tsemay and Ari and visit villages. Overnight in Hotel/Resort
Day 13: Excursion to Mago N.P then to Turmi
Drive to Mago National Park, meet the Mursi Tribes and visit villages.
Drive back to Jinka and continue to Turmi. Attend Thursday’s market, for Banna, Tsemay, Hamer and Bashid peoples. Then to Turmi for overnight. Overnight in Hotel/ Lodge
Day 14: Excursion on Omo river to Omorate
Boat crossings the Omo River meet the Dassanech tribes and visit villages.
Retrace back to Turmi meet Hamer tribes, visit villages. Overnight in Hotel/ Lodge
Day 15: Turmi- Saturday market – Arba Minch.
Attend Saturday local market at Dimeka to meet the colorful Hamer, Karo, and Dassanech people.
Continue driving to Arba Minch on the way meet the konso peoples and visiting villages. Overnight in Hotel/ Lodge
Day 16: Drive Arba Minch to Addis Ababa
Meet and visit the dorze people and their traditional villages.
Continue to Awasa for the fish market.
Shortstop for Abijata and Shalla National parks for Ethiopian birds. Overnight in Hotel.
Day 17: Morning Fly Addis to Mekele – Visit the rock churches around Mekele
Have a short time for breakfast then drive for some kilometers to visit the Tigray rock-hewn churches (Abreha We Atsebeha, Weqro Cherkos, and Abune Yemata).
Then Back to Mekele. Overnight in Hotel.
Day 18: Drive to Hamed Ella
Morning drive to Dallol passes through the town of Berahile 120 km asphalted road then drive another 48 km on the asphalted road to Hamed Ella and overnight there. Camping.
Day 19: Drive some 20 km to the lowest spot which is sandy and fascination Dallol a strange lunar landscape with active volcanoes malodor, sulfur caked , hot springs, black lava flows, and vast salt /encrusted basin.
The same day in the afternoon drive back to Abala on the way have lunch at Berahile then continue 80 km to have a night in a guest house with moderate temperature . Guest house at Abala
Day 20: Drive from Abala to Erta Alle through the asphalted road Eripti.
The volcano and the magma can be approached just a 30 km distance from Afdera is the turning point to Erta Ale. All about 60 km is sandy, stony and dusty drive and have lunch at GIlisa house then continue driving on a rough road to Dodo. There in Dodo leave the car and walk for about 3 – 4 hours on foot or on camel back, visiting the magma flow and one of the active Volcano in the world . Then your night will be on the top of Erta ale on Camping.
Day 21: Drive back to Mekele after completing your Ethiopia Combination Tour 22 Days
Morning drive back to Mekele with long camel caravan chains –Evening fly back to Addis Ababa. Overnight in Hotel.
Day 22: Visit Mount Entoto, complete Combination Tour 22 Days arrangement then Departure.
Morning drive to Entoto( The first capital before Addis Ababa) to visit Menelik II palace and museum.
Afternoon free shopping time and Evening Farewell dinner at a well known traditional restaurant with folkloric dance and tasting local meals. Evening Departure
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