Name of the Trekking Tour:
Trekking to the Mountain Church and Monastery
Area: Asheten Maryam, Hudad via Merebarbu
Duration: 8.30 Hours
Best Season: Year Round
Altitude: 3500 mts.
Total Trekking: 24km
- English Speaking Guide
- Lunch (We prepare the food you would like)
- Entrance fee (There will be a Monastery church Asheten Maryam that you will visit during your day trip and we will pay the entrance fee for it)
- Bottled mineral water
- Fruit (Banana or Orange)
- Alcoholic Drinks
We always arrange a Taxi service to our customers from Lalibela Airport to the city until your hotel during your arrival.
A day before your trekking starts, you will meet us in our office which is located at the center of the town, Next to the Ethiopian Airlines Lalibela office for conformation and we will explains about the details of your trekking tour using the site map and our office will be the point where your trekking tour will start!
The next morning at 7:45am your trekking guide and the porter will meet you again at the reception of your Hotel to organize and pack your materials that will be on the donkey and your trekking will began from our office!
After 30 minutes, you will find yourself leaving the town and looking down Lalibela city as you take in the fresh air of the Lasta mountains. At this point you will start spotting the Rock-Hewn churches, your Hotel and village of Lalibela town from the mountain trail.
This trip offers a unique combination of spectacular scenery, culture and history. You will pass through the Afroalpine forest, remote villages, farmland and looking the local communities doing the routine of life.
Then after 2.30h walk, you will arrive to a small village located at 3,300 metres above sea level. The scenery is wonderful here, allowing the perfect opportunity to take a break, drinking in the scenery and a much-needed snack of fresh fruit to get some energy.
Once we start walking again, after 15 minutes, we will be in the middle of the small village. If you wish we offer you a short time of visit the village and if you are interested, you will be invited to see the inside part of a farmer’s house with an Ethiopian coffee ceremony. There is something authentic and natural about participating in a coffee ceremony in a mountain village, one opportunity not to be missed by first time visitors.
The Farm house visit and coffee ceremony is a very interesting experience that we advice our guests to do, because it is a great opportunity to see how the Ethiopian houses looks like from inside, the tools we use, and how the animals and people live together in this small house!
After passing through the mountain village, following the steep road which looks like a twisted rope that hugs around the mountain, will take about 4 hour on foot. The end will be a sweet rewarding experience as you will arrive to Asheten Maryam monastery church. Built on a ridge at 3,500 m altitude, 10 km from Lalibela, lays this 13th century monastery, offering excellent views of the surrounding countryside. Inside the monastery you find the 13th century processional crosses of King Nakuto Le’Abe who ruled Ethiopia for 40 years just after King Lalibela.
On the top of this mountain, you will have your lunch and we will keep hiking to the next mountain Merebarbu which is 4km further, standing parallel to mountain Asheten Maryam, Here we will be able to spot the group of Gelada Baboon and the biggest bird Lamargair.
After spending some time over this mountain, we will start walking downhill to Lalibela and your day hiking trip ends in front of your Hotel.