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North Adventure Tours

from 900.00

Renowned as one of the most hostile places in the world, the Danakil Desert is a breathtaking natural site. A great diversity of geological phenomena coexist within this singular region and give it a surprising range of color. Trekking enthusiasts, this trek in Ethiopia offers you the opportunity to immerse yourself in the heart of this unique ecosystem in the world and to capture some of the most beautiful landscapes that you will one day meet.

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    Adventure, Culture, Discovery, Guided Tours
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    12
All about the North Adventure Tours.

7 Nights 8 Days : Arrive at Bole international airport and be welcomed by an EETT representative. Depending on your arrival time, you will be taken on an Addis City Tour. WE CAN CREATE A PERSONALIZED ITINERARY 

For most visitors to Ethiopia, it is about the northern Ethiopia or the Historic Route, which covers all the major historical sites. Unlike anywhere else on Earth, northern Ethiopia has the ability to wow you day after day after day. The historic route packed full of astounding and ancient history as well as some of the best scenery in Africa.

Renowned as one of the most hostile places in the world, the Danakil Desert is a breathtaking natural site. A great diversity of geological phenomena coexist within this singular region and give it a surprising range of color. Trekking enthusiasts, this trek in Ethiopia offers you the opportunity to immerse yourself in the heart of this unique ecosystem in the world and to capture some of the most beautiful landscapes that you will one day meet.

The beautiful natural environment of northern Ethiopia with its impressive mountain ranges offers us a unique opportunity to get into one of the most majestic landscapes of the African continent.

The company has a diverse group of professionals dedicated to organizing every detail of your trip. Our guides are serious professionals with great knowledge of the country and speak several languages: English, Spanish, French, German and Italian.

Our purpose is to offer an excellent service so that you can fully enjoy your trip. If you want to travel to Ethiopia or neighboring countries, do not hesitate to contact us. We will be at your entire disposal, we organize individual or group trips and we design customized trips.

The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance
What is included in this tour?Items that are included in the cost of tour price.
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • All accommodations
  • All transportations and Driver Assignment
  • All transfers – Ground transportation
  • All entrance fees according to the tour program
  • Scout fees
  • Professional Guides
What is not included in this tour?Items that are not included in the cost of tour price.
  • Travel insurance and other emergencies
  • Visa fees and entry clearing fees
  • Single room accommodations*
  • Liquors, beeers and bootled beverages
  • Laundry services and other personal expenses
  • Photography ccessories like cameras etc.
  • International and national flight, if you do not opt for our formula: All in One (which would include all flights)
  • Any other expense that is not mentioned in the prices section included
  1. Day1 Addis Ababa

    Arrive at Bole international airport and meet and assist by EETT representative. Depending on your arrival time, you will have Addis Ababa city tour. Addis Ababa sightseeing will include Mount Entoto for the panoramic view of Addis Ababa ,National museum: home for the oldest and famous hominid fossil ‘Lucy’, Trinity cathedral church, Ethnographic museum the then palace of Emperor Hailesellase known as little Ethiopia and Merkato: the biggest open air market in East Africa. Along the way you will visit significant historical monument of Addis Ababa. Meals Plan: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Overnight: Lodge

  2. Day2 Mekele – Hawzen

    Morning fly to Mkele. After short break in Mekele, proceed to Atsbe Claster of Rock churches which include the rock churches of Michael Barka, Michael Imba, and Debre Selam Michael. This day you will visit Michael Imba and Debre Slam Michael. Meals Plan: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Overnight: Lodge

  3. Day3 Gheralta Rock Churches

    After early breakfast drive to Gheralta cluster of churches . This day you will visit the most extra ordinary Churches of Abune Yemata and Mariam Korkor. Gheralta is home of a quarter of the rock churches, some of them are famous for their stone workmanship, ancient paintings and manuscripts, and others known for their magnificent view and difficult ascent. Meals Plan: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Overnight: Lodge

  4. Day4 Berehale – Ahmed Ela

    After breakfast drive to Hamed Ela via a small town of Berhale the place where the camel caravan stop before they proceed to the northern highlands. Here we process Entrance permit and take our escorting police man from Berhalie ; the gate of Afar region. En route you will see long caravans going to the salt mines and others coming out of the Danakil with their salt loaded camels. Meals Plan: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Overnight: Lodge

  5. Day5 Ahmedela – Dallol/Denakil

    After early breakfast excursion to Dallol (116 meter below sea level, one of the lowest places in the world) where lakes of acid form colorful sulfur formation in the hottest and deepest part of Danakil depression. You will also see the traditional Salt extraction by the locals where they take out the salt from the ground, cutting in to rectangular pieces and loading on camels for long caravan and visit the different landscape formed by volcanic activity, Lake Assal, camel caravans, Acidic ponds, etc. Meals Plan: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Overnight: Lodge

  6. Day6 Ahmedela – Dodem - Ertale

    After an early breakfast drive to Dodem passing through several small hamlets scattered here and there in this desert land. Dodom is about 17km from Erta Ale and it takes about 3hrs trekking to the top. Early dinner around 17:00 and trek up to Ertale (3 hours) the rim of the volcano, where we spend the night watching the dramatic action of the boiling lava. Erta Ale ranks one of the most alluring and physically challenging natural attractions anywhere in Ethiopia. It is a shield volcano with a base diameter of 30 km and 1km square caldera at its summit. Meals Plan: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Overnight: Lodge

  7. Day7 Ertale – Dodem - Mekele

    Early in the morning descend from Erta Ale around 6 am to Dodem where the cars are parked. After breakfast drive to Mekelle via Afdiera Salt Lake, visit the salt lake and the saline hot spring then drive back to Mekele. Meals Plan: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Overnight: Lodge

  8. Day 8 Back to Addis Ababa

    Morning fly back to Addis Ababa, afternoon you will have leisure time and shopping. Late in the afternoon have a farewell dinner at one of the best traditional restaurant then drive to the airport for your flight back home. Meals Plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

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Hotels and Lodges

In recent years, the level of comfort and services of the Ethiopian accommodation has improved significantly. You will stay in the accommodations selected by our local advisors based on the criteria of location and comfort.We are working with differents hotels and lodges to continue improving the quality services demanded by our visitors.

According to your itinerary you will stay in one of these hotels or lodges / or similar :
Addis Ababa:
– Abay Minch Lodge
– Jacaranda
Bahar Dar:
– Abay Minch Lodge
– Jacaranda
Gondar:
– Goha
– Haile Resort
– Taye Belay
Lalibela:
– Lal hotel
– Panaromic (Amde)
Awasa:
– Haile Resort
– Lewi Resort
Arba Minch:
– Haile Resort
– Swaynes
Axum:
– Sabean hotel
– Yared Zema hotel
Mekele:
– Atse Yohanes Hotel
– Harar Ras Hotel
Afar : Camping
Hamer (Turmi) Jinka :
– Jinka Resort
Konso:
– Kanta Lodge
– Korebta Lodge
Your opinion and comments help us to continue improving our accomodation services.

Intinerary Map

Between September and February the main dry season of the year takes place. In March and April the rains are present, they are interrupted in May and they return in June, July and August. Ethiopia has a wide variety of climates, from the occasional snow in the mountain peaks of Bale to the very high daytime temperatures of the Danakil desert, that can reach 50 ° C. Normally, the central highlands have an average temperature of 16 ° C. The east and the south have a drier and warmer climate, being able to reach 28 ° C. The western plains have a more humid and hot climate. In August, there may be heavy showers in the afternoon, so it is advisable to bring a water layer or similar.

To travel to Ethiopia you need a valid passport with a minimum validity of 6 months. All visitors require an entry visa. For citizens of the European Union the visa is processed upon arrival at the Addis Ababa airport and costs $ 50 USD or 43 euros per person. Since June 2018 it is possible to make the electronic visa on this website: www.evisa.gov.et

Ethiopia is a high risk destination in terms of sanitary conditions. According to the source, the vaccine against yellow fever is mandatory (Ministry of Foreign Affairs) or recommended (Ministry of Health). In addition, the recommended vaccines for a trip to Ethiopia are: Tetanus, Meningitis, Cholera, Typhus and Hepatitis A and B. There is also a risk of malaria in areas less than 2,000 meters above sea level.

The capital, however, is free of this risk. For more information on health and vaccines, we advise you to visit the website of the Ministry of Health (from your country of origin). It is recommended to bring a kit with analgesics, antibiotics, antihistamines, anti-diarrheals , antiseptics, sun protection, insect repellents, soothing lotions against stings and cures material. Do not drink tap water or take food without cooking. Keep in mind that in the wet season there are mosquitoes, although they do not produce excessive discomfort, at least compared to other places in Africa. That’s because of the cool temperature of Ethiopia. In any case, most hotels provide mosquito nets. In the churches, the floor is covered with carpets and they usually have fleas, especially in those of Lalibela. It is advisable to always carry some socks in the backpack because it is mandatory to take off when entering and insect repellent.

It is recommended not to bathe in swamps or lakes because there is a risk of getting Bilarziasis. Lake Langano is the only one where this precaution is not necessary. It is advisable to travel with medical insurance.

Lightweight cotton clothing, short sleeve shirts and long sleeves, fleece lining or some similar warm clothing, comfortable and resistant shoes, sunglasses, hat and some rain coat.
It is convenient to take all the necessary photographic material from the country of origin since it is not safe to find it in the country and if it is found more expensive, as well as provide spare batteries. There are continuous blackouts of light and in the most remote areas of the country and sometimes in large cities.

The predominant climate type is tropical monsoon, with wide topographic-induced variation. As a highland country, Ethiopia has a climate which is generally considerably cooler than other regions at similar proximity to the Equator. Most of the country’s major cities are located at elevations of around 2,000 – 2,500 metres (6,600 – 8,200 ft) above sea level, including historic capitals such as Gondar and Axum, and Addis Ababa – the highest capital city in Africa at 2,400 meters (8,000 feet).

Ethiopia has three different climate zones according to elevation:

* Kolla (Tropical zone) – is below 1830 meters in elevation and has an average annual temperature of about 27 degree Celsius with annual rainfall about 510 millimeters. The Danakil Depression (Danakil Desert) is about 125 meters below sea level and the hottest region in Ethiopia where the temperature climbs up to 50 degree Celsius.
* Woina dega (Subtropical zone) – includes the highlands areas of 1830 – 2440 meters in elevation has an average annual temperature of about 22 degree Celsius with annual rainfall between 510 and 1530 millimeters.
* Dega (Cool zone) – is above 2440 meters in elevation with an average annual temperature of about 16 degree Celsius with annual rainfall between 1270 and 1280 millimeters.
The average annual temperature in Addis Ababa is 16°C (61°F), with daily maximum temperatures averaging 20 – 25°C (68 – 77°F) throughout the year, and overnight lows averaging 5 – 10°C (41 – 50°F). A light jacket is recommended for the evenings, though many Ethiopians prefer to dress conservatively and will wear a light jacket even during the day.

The local currency is the Ethiopian birr, made up of 100 cents. Notes are issued in denominations of 1, 5, 10, 50, and 100 birr. There are five different coins: 1, 5, 10, 25, and 50 cents.

Currency regulations: There is no limit to the amount of foreign currency imported into Ethiopia, but it must be declared on arrival, using a currency declaration form. Foreign currency may be changed only at authorized banks and hotels. The currency declaration form will be required by Customs on departure. Visitors may change back any excess birr into foreign currency at the airport before departure, but you must, in addition to the currency declaration form, bring with you all receipts for exchange transactions.

You can find mobile and internet coverage in most of the country but it works quite badly. To call Ethiopia from abroad, dial 00-251 plus subscriber number. To communicate from Ethiopia with the rest of the world it is necessary to dial 00 + the area code + the telephone number.

The Ethiopian time is GMT +3 (one hour + in summer time and 2 + in winter time). They have a different way of measuring time. They have 12-hour periods that start at 6:00 and 6:00 p.m. At dawn it is hour 0 in the morning and at sunset it is 0 in the afternoon. Therefore the Ethiopian time has a lag of 6 hours compared to ours. Thus, given an hour in the Ethiopian system it is enough to only subtract 6 to obtain our time. In many places, especially at the official level or for plane flights, they work with the international system, but at the level of the local population, they usually work with the Ethiopian system. This is especially important with bus schedules, because if they tell us, for example, that a bus leaves at 11:30 h. Normally they will mean that it leaves at 5:30 h. (international time) If there is any doubt, it is always necessary to clarify if the time they give us is ethiopian time (Ethiopian time) or faranji time (foreign time). The custom in Ethiopia is to wake up very early, have breakfast around 6 in the morning, eat at 12 and about 6 in the evening, dinner and go to sleep. (Dinner between 6:00 pm and 8:00 pm).
Ethiopia follows the Julian calendar, which has 12 months of 30 days and 1mes more than 5 days (6 days in leap year). The New Year begins on September 11. There are 7 years and 8 months less than in the Gregorian calendar. Therefore the Ethiopian calendar consists of 13 months (the country’s tourism motto was, until recently: Ethiopia, 13 months of sunshine, was updated by: Ethiopia Land of Origins).

* The official language is Amharic, English, Italian, Harari, Oromiña, Sidama, Tigrinya, Somali and about a hundred other ethnic languages are also spoken.
* Electric current operates at 220 volts at 50 Hz. It is not necessary to use an adapter.

Compared to other surrounding countries, Ethiopia is an oasis of tranquility for the traveler. It is safe to travel almost the entire country by public transport and, except for the inconvenience of being the object of persecution of groups of children asking for a birr, you do not have to take special precautions.

Basic safety rules for travelers

* Dont walk on your own at night in Addis Ababa and other major tourist towns.
* Watch out for pickpockets at the Mercato in Addis Ababa
* Don’t wear jewelry. Don’t carry too much cash with you.
* Don’t carry a lot of camera equipment especially in the major cities.
* Avoid travel at night because roads are perilously filled with potholes, livestock, and broken down vehicles.

It is not advisable to travel to border areas with Eritrea and Somalia. The land border crossings are Sudan, Kenya and Djibouti may present difficulties. It is advisable to inform yourself in advance.

ENDEMIC MAMMALS
There are 284 species of mammals of which 31 are endemic and 7 are large mammals- Gelada Baboon, Ethiopian Wolf, Menelik’s Bushbuck, Mountain Nyala, Swaynes Hartbeast, Walia Ibex and Wild Ass.

ENDEMIC BIRDS
There are 861 species of birds of which 16 are endemic to Ethiopia.

ENDEMIC PLANTS
There are 7000 species of plants of which 1,100 are endemic to Ethiopia.

Drivers require a valid International Driving License, which can be obtained by exchanging your local license at the Transport and Communications office on Haile Gebre Sillasie Road in Addis Ababa. Visitors can recover their original driving licenses a day or so prior to departure. Those with their own vehicles will require a permit from the Ministry of Transport and Communication. Driving is on the right hand side.

ENTRY POINT BY AIR
Bole International Airport, Addis Ababa is the only entry point by Air. Airports to serve as an entry points are Dire Dawa, BaharDar and Mekelle. Domestic airpors include: Gondar, Lalibela, Axum, Arba Minch, Asosa, Jinka, Jimma, Gode and Jijiga.

ENTRY POINT BY RAIL
Dewele is only entry point for the rail, on the Dijibouti border and arrivals undergo full customs and immigration checks. The rail way, with day and night trains, runs from Addis Ababa to Dijibouti via Nazaret, Awash Station and Dire Dawa.

ENTRY POINT BY ROAD
Moyale and Omorate (from Kenya),
Humera and Metema (from Sudan),
Dewele and Galafi (from Dijibouti),
Humera, Rama and Bure (from Eritera) and
Toguchale, Teferi-ber, Kebri-beyah & Dolo-odo (from Somalia). All have full customs and immigration checks.

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