Short Information of Tour.
Name of the Tour: Walking tour to the summit of Mount Abuna Yosef.
Area: Asheton Maryam, Hudad via Merebarbu, Atabkit, Tegu Kebele, Big Zegit, Small Zegit and Mount Abuna Yosef.
Total Duration: 28 – 29 Hours
Best Season: Throughout the Year
Altitude: 2,630 – 4,260mts.
Total Distance: 74km.
Required Level of Fitness: Walking ability for about 30 Hours in three days and fit for an altitude difference
- English Speaking Guide
- Lunch and Dinner
- Bottled mineral water (Two bottles of packed water per a day) Never mind, we will offer if you need more than that.
- Fruit (Banana or Orange)
- Mango Juice
- Donkey with porter (To carry all your staffs that you wanted to use them only when you arrived in the village where you spend the night)
- Alcoholic Drinks
- Breakfast of the first Day
- Entrance fee to Mount Abuna Yosef park
- Church entrance fee
During arrival, We always arrange a Taxi service to our customers from Lalibela Airport until their reserved hotel.
The day before trekking start, we will meet our guests at our office (which is located at the center of the town, Next to the Ethiopian Airlines Lalibela office) for conformation and we will explain 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 organise and pack your materials that will be on the donkey and your trekking will began from our office!
The local farmers living House!
At the morning 7:45am your trekking guide will meet you again at the reception of your Hotel and your trekking will begin.
After 30 minutes walk, you will find yourself leaving the town and be on the top of Lalibela and wonder the fresh air of Lasta mountains and you will start spotting Lalibela town from upside down.
The difficulties of this trip is between 6 – 7% and offers a unique combination of spectacular scenery, culture and history. After you walk for about 2:30h, You will arrive at “Merebarbu” Which is 3,500m and has a panoramic view of the region. Here, You will have a short minutes of break having fruits on your hand. Start waking again, You will pass through afro alpine forest, remote villages, farm lands and looking the Gelada Baboon until the lunch time.
Mid day, You will arrive again to mount “Atabkit” Which is 3,600m and has a spectacular view over the other side of the region. It is the place where you are going to eat your lunch and have some time of rest by wondering the view and looking the mountain Peoples doing the routine of life.
In the afternoon, the trek starts again following a path beside a farm land on the pleatu and you will arrive in a small village (Tegu Kebele) at the evening where food, drinks and foot massage will be waiting for you.
After having your welcoming soup with coffee or tea, you walk round the village, with the children you can do some fun and we will take you back again to a farmers house next to your lodge for your dinner. There you will be with the families of the farmer setting beside a fire, animals and children!
Finally, you will go to your separate room to sleep and we will see each other on the next day morning for a breakfast and to start walking to the park of massif Abuna Yosef.
The next day early in the morning we will start walking again after having breakfast and we pass through a small village of Tegu Kebele and we stop for a short visit inside a very remote elementary school where children are learning at and you might teach them English for some minutes.
Today’s hike will average about 7-8 hours. Many hikers agree that the route from Tegu Kebele, mount Big Zegit, small Zegit to Mount Riem Gedele is the most magnificent hike mount Abuna Yosef have to offer. Here you will have reached an altitude of 4,260 m and be able to look out at the amazing landscape from 360 degrees.
The trek from Tegu Kebele to Mount Abuna Yosef covers about 18 km following a path along the escarpment edge.
Just before arriving into the Top of Abune Yosef, you will encounter the small and big Zegit mountains viewpoint. This viewpoint is actually a gap in the precipitous cliff – which reveals impressive views of the steep mountain faces to the west and the lowlands areas to the left. The tightly clustered houses (Tekuls) that form the village of Telfetit, tucked below a cliff, are also visible from this viewpoint.
Then, we keep moving towards the park, and climb the small and big Zegit which are 3,800- 3,900m as order. Mid day, we will be in the middle of the park and we will have our lunch by setting 50m distance from the Gelada Baboon.
After having your lunch, we will keep hiking to the top of mount Abuna Yosef, we will pass beside the group of Gelada Baboon, cows, sheep and mules. we sometimes found it is hard to breath hiking to the top and the trek will be much slower relatively the low land.
Between 8:30 pm – 9:00 pm in the afternoon, we will be on the top of mount Abuna Yosef. This has a great views of the mountains and characterized by Giant Lobelia plants. These trees can grow up to 9 m and may live above 15 years.
This species of giant lobelia is known for the reservoirs of water held in its rosettes, which freeze at night and protects the apical meristem held in a dense central leaf bud. When this reservoir is drained, the temperature of inner meristem drops below freezing, which does not occur when the fluid is left intact.
This place is also famous with the biggest bird called Lammergeier (Bone Breaker), Buzzard and Eagle.
After we spot them on the top, we will start walking downhill and we might see the endemic Ethiopian Red Fox on the way back to the lodge. The Red Foxes are always afraid the people and more secure.
Finally, we will arrive to the same lodge where you spend the previous night, Having eating our dinner with coffee, tea and massaging your leg, you would go to your separate room to sleep.
We walk up early in the morning and you will have your breakfast as usual and we start the last day trekking which is directly going back to Lalibela. This will take a maximum of 8 Hours walk and finally we will drop you to your hotel.