- Trip Outline
- Trip Includes
- Trip Excludes
> Visit Lake Asale to see the sunset
> Admire some local Tigrean and Afar tribes’ villages
> Camp on the crater rim, above the active lava lake
The Danakil Depression, in the northeastern corner of Ethiopia, has the distinction of being the hottest place on earth, with recorded temperatures of 51 degrees celsius. It’s sometimes called “the gateway to Hell.” The area is a geological depression, near the Horn of Africa and is also a part of the Great Rift Valley. In this region, you will find the lava lake in the Erta Ale volcano, which is one of only 4 living lava lakes in the world. Moreover, this region is well known as one of the cradles of hominids and contains the site of Hadar, where Lucy, the fossilized specimen of Australopithecus afarensis was found. If you are looking for a unique experience, search no further. This trek will take you to one of the most incredible places on earth.
Day 1: Mekele and drive to Hamdela, Beginning the tour to Danakil Desert
In the morning we drive 260 km via Berhale we reach Hamadella, which is called “base camp” located in the desert and only 25km away from Dallol. We have lunch on the way and stop at some places where you can enjoy a very impressive view and you meet the first camel caravans. In Berhale we stop to finalize the paper process with administering. On arrival in Hamadella, we proceed to Lake Asale to see the spectacular view of the sunset reflection. We spend the 1st night on local afar-beds, open-air under the stars, or in a wooden cottage. On the way, you will also admire some local Tigrean and Afar tribes’ village and camel caravan carrying the salt bars to transport it to the nearest local town.
Day 2: Hamed Ela – Dodome – Erta Ale
In the morning drive to Dodome. Here we will arrange camels to transport your luggage and water, and then you will start hiking to the Erta Ale Volcanic hills (613 meters above sea level) which is 15km one way and walk to see the volcanic eruption. The eruption is so colorful and spectacular. At night, we will camp nearby the eruption, on the crater rim above the active lava lake.
Day 3: Erta Ale- Dodom-Hamed Ela
From here we descend around early morning in the direction of Dodom, which we will reach after 2hours. Here breakfast will be served and you have some time to relax. We start our drive to HAMED ALE, our next destination= 100 km/7 hours Lunch is served en route, we reach Hamed Ale around 4:30 pm, a bigger village with a total population of about 500.LAKE ASALE (lake ‘Red Mountain’) a huge salt lake-is in walking distance, where we take a deep breath and a wine or beer for sunset, taking in the many reflections. Our tonight camp is in Hamed Ale.
Day 4: Ahmed Ella to Dallol to Lake Asale to Mekele
Morning driving tour to Ragad (Asebo), the place where the salts are mined. Observe the breaking of the salt from the ground, cutting in to rectangular pieces and loading on camels. We walk down to the camp at the bottom of the volcano and we drive to Afdera to swim in lake Afrera and take bath in natural hot spring water nearby the lake. After lunch drives back to Mekelle.
Your trip starts in Mekele. All transportation during the trek is included. We will drive you in 4WD land cruisers. All fuel expenses and drivers allowances are covered.
During the first night of this trek you will spend the night on local afar-beds, open air under the stars or in a wooden cottage. On the second and third night you will camp. However, this camping experience is truly a unique one. On the second night we will camp in the Erta Ale Volcanic hills, nearby the eruption, on the crater rim above the active lava lake.
You will be accompanied by a professional and experienced guide and a scout. Also, we include a local guide service for the Afar region.
There will be plenty of food, you can be sure about that. We will take care of all the cooking materials and a professional cook will take care of prepearing the meals.
Camels and a camel handler will also be joining you on this trek. They will carry the food, camping equipment, and your backpack if you need them to.
√ Entrance Fees
All park entrance fees, licenses and government taxes are included in the total price.
We will provide you with plenty of bottles of mineral water during this trek.
√ Camping equipment
We will provide you with sleeping bags and all the other equipment necessary.
The plane tickets are not included.
× Accommodation before and after the trek
Before and after the trek you have to take care of your own accommodation.
The tip is not included in the price of the trek. Tipping guides, drivers and camel handlers is a usual practice in Ethiopia. Try to be generous, they will appreciate it.
× Travel Insurance
Your international travel insurance is your own responsibility. Discuss your itinerary with the insurance company before you travel.
All personal expenses such as alcoholic drinks and other similar expenses are for your own account.