4-Days Danakil Depression Tour

Short Information of the Tour.

Tour Code: AEET 004 Days Danakil Depression and Dallol (Visit Erta Ale)

Attraction: History, Religion, Scenery Culture, Trekking, Volcanoes, Hot Place, Erta Ale and Safari

Duration: Four Days

Transportation: Surface drive, Walk

Time: Throughout the Year

Level of Fitness: Ability doing Trekking

Short Summary:

This Four Days tour itinerary offer a visit to Northern Ethiopia’s Hottest Place, Volcanoes, Mek’ele city and Danakil Depression

Bole International Airport.

Access Ethiopia Eco Tours will meet all clients arriving at Bole international airport regardless of arrival time. For morning flight arrivals you may begin your tour after checking into your hotel. For afternoon or evening arrivals, you may begin your tour the following day.

After We transferred your reserved hotel, The next day morning you need to fly to Mek’ele city and the tour starts here.

DAY 1: MEK’ELE (2080 masl) – HAMEDE ELA

Early in the morning after having breakfast, we will drive to Hamedela via Berhale (639 meters above sea level). The Danakil Depression can be said to ‘begin’ here. It is one of the most inhospitable regions of the world, but is nonetheless spectacular, full of eye-catching colours, as in the sulphur springs. The desert has several points lying more than 100 meters (328 ft) below sea level. You pass through a small town of Berhale where the camel caravans stop before they proceed to the northern highlands. En route you see many long caravans going to the salt mines and others coming out of the Danakil with their salt loaded camels.


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We start early, shortly after a 06:20 breakfast, and drive to Askoma (150m) at the base of new Erta Ale. The 80 km distance may take about 6 hrs passing through changing landscape of solidified lava, rock, sand and the occasional palm lined oasis.

You pass several small hamlets scattered here and there in this desert land, before reaching Askoma village or parking area. You will trek from Askoma to the new Erta Ale which takes about 3 hrs. It is a 9 km trek from Askoma to Erta Ale. Early dinner around 17:00 and trek up to the new Erta Ale reach around 20:00. Camels transport all the camping materials and some food, sleeping materials, mattresses and water, to the rim of the volcano, where we spend the night watching the dramatic action of the boiling lava. New 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. New Erta Ale is part of the world’s only permanent lava lake and you will spend an unforgettable night on the top of the mountain. The magma flow moved 3.5 kms south from old Erta Ale to the New eruption point.


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Early morning you will rise with the sun with time to walk around pits and craters. The main pit-crater 613 meters above sea level/, 200m deep and 350m across, is sub-circular and three storied. The smaller southern pit is 65m wide and about 100 m deep. You will leave around 7:00 to head back to Askoma for breakfast.

You will reach latest at 10:30 am at the camp and after some time to relax you will drive to Lake Afdera (optional may not be available during summer time) the mythical Lake Giulietti (or lake Afrera), a salt water lake located more than100 meters below sea level, in one of the deepest depressions of the planet. Because of the picturesquely, landscape, it is interesting to visit the salt flats where the Afar people obtain the salt by evaporating the water of the lake.on continue to Hamad Ela, a village with a total population about 500 people.


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Morning driving tour to Ragad (Asebo), the place where the salts mined. Observe the breaking of the salt from the ground, cutting into rectangular pieces and loading on camels. You drive ahead to Dallol (-130 m)and visit the difference landscape formed by volcanic activity, Dallol + Lake Assal (-130 m) + camel caravans (No camel caravan on July, August and early September) . Excursion to Dallol (116 meter below sea level, one of the lowest places in the world) colorful salts mining, visit Lake Assal, follow up camel caravans and walk with the Afar people. Drive back to Hamedela and proceed to Mekele.


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End of Tour.