Erta Ale Mountain, Danakil Depression
The Danakil Depression is located in the Afar region in northeastern Ethiopia, where close to the border of Eritrea and Djibouti and also known as Afar Triangle. It’s considered one of the hottest, driest and the most inhospitable place in the world. It is also the lowest regions on face of earth (125 meters below sea level). One of the most geologically active regions with three tectonic plates meeting at the Afar Triple Junction. When tectonic plates move apart like at Danakil, it creates lave lakes, hot springs, geysers and fissures in the ground. The process of Salt mining, packing salt bar on the back of camel and transporting to Tigray highland in a long line of camel caravan.
Tour Duration: 3Nights and 4days
Transportation: flights and 4x4 car
Includes: Mekele, Dallol, Sulfur spring, Salt Lake and Salt mining, Sunset on Lake Asale, Camel Caravan and Active volcano Mountain
Day 01. Connect fly to Mekelle and the drive to Hammed Ela
Arrive Addis Ababa Bole international airport to fly to Mekele and After quick refresh in the town start drive to Danakil depression all way down from Tigrian Mountain to below sea level enjoying the layer formation of the Rock. Stop at Barahale to have police officers that join us from the region, road guide and then continue to Hamed Ela. Late afternoon enjoying the sunset at lake Asale. After visit drive back to the camp. Overnight at Hamed Ela camping
Day 02 Dallol- Hamed Ela- Aba Ala
Morning excursion to Dallol Sulphur spring forming different accompanied with defense military and then continues to salt mining that has been taken to the highland and then transported to Addis Ababa. Finally drive to Salt Lake called Asale and then back to Drive to Aba Ala for overnight.
Day 03 Aba Ala- Kusrewad- Erta Ale Summit
Drive to Erta Ale via Aba Ala and to Kusrewad where to arrange camels, local Militia and Road guide to the Erta Ale Mountain. After arranging the local staff drives to the foothill where we park our car and when the sun set start trekking to the summit. After three hours trekking you rich to the summit where you enjoy the active volcano. After visit volcano have your dinner there and overnight on the top of the mountain.
Day 04 Drive to Mekele
Morning at 05:00 AM local time start retrace where we park and left cook and drivers there and have our breakfast and then drive to drive to Mekelle. Check in hotel drive to the town and Castle of Emperor Yohanes IV and Museum in Mekele. Overnight at hotel
Day 045fly back to Addis Ababa
Morning after breakfast transferred to the airport to fly back to Addis Ababa.
PM. You have city tour of Addis Ababa which included National Museum, Trinity Cathedra and Merkato the biggest open- air market in Africa.
N.B this tour can be combined with Northern Historical routes or to Tigray Rock hewn churches