5 Day Tour
Price on Request
Trek through Tigray mountains and villages, see ancient rockhewn churches, experience local hospitality staying at a community guesthouse, spend one night in Gheralta lodge and explore Addis Ababa with your guide.
Experience the beauty and serenity of the Mountains of Eastern Tigray. Explore the Agame Massif, a much less visited mountain block just north of Gheralta. Walk along the sandstone ridges enjoying spectacular views and through intensely farmed valleys. See Gelada Baboons, birds of prey, age-old farming practices. You will be hosted by the local people- a people with a fierce pride in their own special history and culture. On the walk you will come across several lovely rock hewn churches (there is also a built up church in the style of Debre Damo on a ledge in the cliff). End your trip with a night at one of the beautiful lodges in the area and see a couple of the more visited rock churches of Tigray before returning to the hustle and bustle of Addis Ababa.
DAY 1 - ARRIVAL ADDIS ABABA
Upon arrival you will meet your guide and drive to your hotel. Visit key sites in Addis Ababa various museums, market and churches. Enjoy dinner at a top Ethiopian Restaurant. Overnight at Capital Hotel (D)
DAY 2 - ADDIS – MEKELE
Today you will take a short flight to Mekele. Upon arrival you will be briefed and start your trek.
Trek through beautiful scenery with escarpments, rock churches and communities tiling the land and grazing their livestock. You will be guided through the mountains by specially trained guides from Adigrat, with your bags carried on donkeys.
Each guesthouse has accommodation for six guests in three rooms, a roof top terrace, a simple eco-toilet and wash facilities. The community cook simple but tasty food along with coffee and tea, while bottled drinks – water, beer and soft drinks are available for purchase. The communities own and operate simple guesthouses and receive 55% of the income for their services.
The trekking season runs throughout the year as for the most part the rainy season this far north only brings showers in the afternoon, and allows treks to be done during the rest of the day. In addition the soil is sandy and the water soon drains away. The best time to trek is mid-August through September and October. But with the wedding season and other celebrations in the communities’ different times of year bring their unique attractions. (B,L,D)
DAY 3 - MEKELE
The walking can be arranged to be moderate or tougher, depending on your preference. Walking times vary from 3 hours to 9 hours depending on the route.
The trekking takes you up onto the sandstone ridges and through the farmed valleys with ample chance to see farming and community activities. There is also a surprising amount of wildlife in these mountains with Gelada monkeys, hyrax, jackals among the mammals I have seen, and a wonderful selection of birds from sunbirds and little Cordon Bleu to Lammergeyers and Bateleur eagles. (B, L,D)
DAY 4 - MEKELE
Today you will walk out to the trail head and be transported by 4WD to lodge for lunch- Gheralta or Agoro Lodge. Spend the afternoon exploring some of famous rock-hewn churches in Tigra. Enjoy dinner and overnight at lodge. (B,L,D)
DAY 5 - MEKELE - ADDIS ABABA
Drive back to Mekele and enroute visit another 1 or 2 churches. Enjoy lunch in Mekele and fly back to Addis Ababa in the late afternoon. (B,L)
PRICES ARE ON APPLICATION FOR THIS HOLIDAY.
There are a number of factors which will influence the price of your travel arrangement
What's Included in price
- All transport from arrival at Addis airport to return to Addis airport at end of trip with 4WD or minibus as appropriate.
- 2 nights in community guest houses with bed, breakfast & dinner. Guide & pack animal for trekking portion.
- 1 night at Hotel in Addis (Capital Hotel) Lodge in Tigray (Gheralta or Agoro Lodge) with breakfast included.
- Guide for Addis city tour and for the two half days after trek in Tigray to explore churches following the trek.
- Museums and a church in Addis and 3 church entry fees in Tigray are included
- Pricing for this holiday are based on individual requiremets, season of travel, and availability of hotels selected.
Journey in mountains of Tigray - 5 Days
Itinerary which specialises in a sustainable community based trekking holiday.