Ethiopia Trek: Ethiopia Lowest to Highest - Map & Itinerary

Day 1: Tour starts in Addis Ababa

Day 1: Meet for lunch then explore Addis with the Cathedral, Museum and Mercado among the highlights.

Day 2: Addis Ababa – Afrera

Day 2: This morning we’ll take a morning flight to Semera. Once landed, we will make our way into the barren landscape of the Danakil Desert

Days 3-4: Lake Afrera – Erta Ale Volcano Basecamp

Day 3: Today we load up the camels and start our trek to the rim of the volcano. We camp on the crater rim, a safe distance away from the lava!

Day 4: Erta Ale is an active volcano, which has one of only 5 lava lakes in the world and is a spectacular sight. Today we have the full day to explore the volcano.

Day 5: Erta Ale Volcano – Dallol

Day 5: Today we drive to Dallol, off road, through the desert. We stop at a palm grove for lunch and should have a chance to try some of the local palm wine.

Day 6: Dallol – Mekele

Day 6: We'll head to the town of Mekele, en route we may get the chance to see the arduous work of salt being extracted and loaded onto the camels.

Days 7-8: Mekele - Lalibela

Day 7: A long but epic drive today through some stunning countryside.

Day 8: Today we will vist both clusters of churches in Lalibela.

Days 9-16: Lalibela – Simien Mountains

Day 9: We will take an early morning flight to Gondar, from where we will head to the Simien Mountains, where we will hopefully have time for a short walk this afternoon.

Day 10: Today’s trek takes up from Sankaber to Geech Camp along the edge of the escarpment passing through Amhara villages, stopping to admire their way of life.

Day 11: Leaving Geech camp we head towards one of the finest viewpoints in the area, Imet Gogo, before heading on to Chennek.

Day 12: Today head towards the village of Ambico, located on the foothills of Ras Dashen, the highest peak in Ethiopia.

Day 13: Today we climb the highest peak in Ethiopia before returning back down to Ambico to sleep.

Day 14: Today we will trek to the village of Sona enjoying fantastic views of peaks seen in previous days.

Day 15: Today our walk will descend steeply to the Ansiye River, before continuing downhill to the village of Lamo.

Day 16: This morning we will continue to follow the Ansiye River downstream before we have our last climb up to to Mulit camp.

Day 17: Mulit - Gonder

Day 17: This morning we have a short trek to Adi Arkay before jumping in the vehicles and heading to Gonder, for a well-deserved shower and free time to wonder around town.

Day 18: Tour ends in Addis Ababa

Day 18: Today we will have chance to look around Gonder before our afternoon flight back to Addis.