Trekking from the Highlands to the Inside of the Earth
A journey for trekking connoisseurs, nature lovers and adventurers, which leads us through the most impressive landscapes of Ethiopia. From one of the deepest and hottest places on earth in the Danakil Depression this trekking trip brings you from Ethiopia's volcanoes with bubbling fumaroles to a diverse highland nature on top of the Roof of Africa. Your climbs lead you higher and higher from destination to destination until you finally reach the highest peak of Ethiopia - Ras Dashen. Special highlight will be a community trekking in the Agame Mountains.
Sulphur and chlorine steam and bubble from greenish-yellow fumaroles and cover the air. Ferrous water forms red crusts. Conically shaped salt formations with their rings remind one of tree trunks. You are in Dallol in the Danakil depression, 124 m below sea level, mostly hotter than 40° C. A place like not from this world, where you can watch the geology in fast motion. When the sun slowly sets and the longed-for cooling occurs, the camel caravans of the Afar traders, living in these inhospitable lands, loaded with blocks of desert salt, set off on their long journey to the highlands. The Danakil Desert could not be a stronger contrast to the fertile highlands of northern Ethiopia.
In the highlands you trek through the rugged plateaus of the Simien Mountains and experience deep gorges, rugged rocks and wide plateaus. Here you observe the endemic Gelada baboons. Near Lalibela and in the Tigray region the tour leads you on less frequented community treks where you stay with locals. More than half of the income from tourists here goes to the local population, which makes these treks an incomparably authentic experience in the remote mountain landscapes of Ethiopia.
- GR12-01: January 30 to February 19, 2021 (Tour Guide: Christian Sefrin)
- GR12-02: March 21 to April 10, 2021
- GR12-03: May 8 to 28, 2021
- GR12-04: November 7 to 27, 2021
- GR12-05: December 19, 2021 to January 8, 2022
Tour code: GR12
Operator: Partner of SimienEcoTours