Short Information of Tour.
Name of the Tour: Walking tour to the summit of Mount Abune Yosef, Ade Medhanealem, Tegu Kebele and discover all about the local communities of the Ethiopian Highlands.
Area: Asheton Maryam, Hudad via Merebarbu, Atabkit, Chebertay, Ade Medhamialem villages, Tegu Kebele, Big Zegit, Small Zegit and Mount Abune Yosef.
Total Duration: 23 – 26 Hours
Best Season: Throughout the Year
Altitude: 2,630 – 4,280mts.
Total Distance: 65km.
Required Level of Fitness: Walking ability for about 27 Hours in three days and fit for an altitude difference
- English Speaking Guide
- Breakfast, 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 and transport the items you may use during the trekking)
- Alcoholic Drinks
- Breakfast of the first day
- Entrance fee to Mount Abune Yosef park
- Church entrance fee
- Personal Souvenirs
- Personal Tips
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 tour 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 day 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!
Day 1: Walking Tour To “Ade Medhanealem” Village.
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 start wondering the fresh air of Lasta mountains which is part of the Ethiopian highlands and you will spot 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 of the classic northern Ethiopia route.
After walking for about 2:30h again, You will arrive at “Merebarbu” a small remote village which is 3,500m above sea level and has a panoramic view of the region. Here, You will have a short minutes of break to drink water and eat some fruits. Continuing the walk, we will pass through afro alpine forest, remote villages, farm lands and looking the Gelada Baboon until 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 sometime of rest wondering the view and watching the mountains local communities doing the routine of life.
In the afternoon, the trek starts again following a path beside a farm land on the top of mountainous village and you will arrive at (Ade Medhanealem) around the evening where food, drinks and foot massage will be waiting for you.
After having your welcoming soup with coffee or tea, you walk in the village, with the children you can do some fun and we will take you back again to a farmers house next to your community lodge to have dinner. There you will be with the families of the farmer seating beside a bonfire, 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 breakfast and to start the day’s walking tour the park of massif Abune Yosef.
Overnight: At “Ade Medhanealem” Village.
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Day 2: Walking Tour to Mount “Abune Yosef” National Park
Today early in the morning we will start walking again after having breakfast and we will pass through a small village called “Tegu Kebele” and we stop for a short visit inside a very remote Elementary school where children of the local communities study at and you might teach them English or any other languages or tradition for some minutes.
Today’s hike will take an average time of between 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 that the Ethiopian highlands or mount Abune Yosef has to offer. Here you will have reached an altitude of 4,260m and be able to look out at the amazing landscape from 360 degrees.
The trek from Tegu Kebele to Mount Abune Yosef covers about 20km following a path along the escarpment edge.
Just before arriving on 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 seating just 50m distance from the Gelada Baboon (Theropithecus gelada).
After having lunch, we will keep hiking to the top of mount Abune Yosef, pass beside the group of Gelada Baboon (Theropithecus Gelada), cows, sheep and mules.
We sometimes realized that it is hard to breath hiking to the top mount Abune Yosef and the trek will be much slower relatively the lowland.
Between 2:30 pm – 3:00 pm in the afternoon, we will be on the top of mount Abune Yosef which has a great views of the mountains and characterized by Giant Lobelia (Lobelia Deckenii) the common trees that can grow up to 9m and may live above 15 years.
This species of giant lobelia (Lobelia Deckenii) 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.
Park of Mount Abune Yosef is also the home to many Ethiopian endemic animals and birds to the biggest bird “Lammergeier” or Bone Breaker (Gypaetus Barbatus), The Ethiopian Red wolf, Buzzard and Eagle.
After we enjoy and relax on the top, we will start walking downhill and we might see the endemic Ethiopian Red wolf on the way back to community lodge.
Finally, we will arrive to the same lodge where we spend the previous night, or we would change today’s sleeping place upon your request. At the evening after enjoying the beautiful sundown, we will have our dinner with coffee, tea and massaging your leg, you would go to your separate room to sleep.
Overnight: At “Ade Medhanealem” or “Defqua” Village.
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Day 3: Walking Tour Back to Lalibela
Today we wakeup 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. If needed we would come back to Lalibela via different route.
Overnight: Hotel in Lalibela.
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“END OF TOUR”