3 Days Danakil Depression Itinerary

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What you can expect
Day1: Mekelle – Volcano

We drive from Mekelle to – Dodom. We start early drive to Dodom (at the base of Erta Ale). Leave after an early breakfast, possible at 02:30. This is may be one of the worst roads in the world. The 70 km distance may take about 5 hrs passing through changing landscape of solidified lava, rock, sand and occasional palm lined oasis. After you pass several small hamlets scattered here and there in this desert land, Dodom is about 9.5km from ErtaAle and it takes about 3 hrs trekking. Early dinner around 17:00 and trek up to ErtaAle at 20:00 hours. Camels transport all the camping materials and some food (sleeping materials like light mattresses and mat and water) to the rim of the volcano, where we spend the night watching the dramatic action of the boiling lava. ErtaAle 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. ErtaAle contains the world’s only permanent lava lake. ErtaAle is 613 meters, with a lava lake, one of only five in the world, at the summit. It is notable for being the longest existing lava lake, present since the early years of the twentieth century. O/n camping on the mountain

Day 2   ErtaAle-Hamad -Ela

Waking up early for sunrise and visit north crater, Descend from ErtaAle around 7:00am ErtaAle -Dodom Leave back to Dodom you will reach latest at 09:300 am at the camp , after  breakfast time to relax. At 10:30 drive to HamadEla 100km, picnic lunch on the way on shed of palm tree, reach HamadEla 04:30, better village with a total population about 500 people. You will see lots of camel caravans and you will have the sun set look from the very shallow salt lake Assale.  Overnight camping at HamadEla.

Day 3 HamadEla- Dallol- Mekelle
Morning tour Drive to Ragad (Asebo), the place where the
localities are mining salt. 1,200 km2 (460 sq mi) the Afar Depression is covered by salt, and you will Look the activity of breaking the salt from the ground, local people are cutting in to rectangular pieces and loading on camels. You drive ahead to Dallol and visit the difference landscape formed by volcanic activity; Dallol + Lake Assale + salt canon, camel caravans, follow up camel caravans and Drive back to HamadEla for lunch and  proceed to Mekele.

Our price is with  muxmum group of  12 pax only;

Price includes:
  • Transport with a latest model Toyota 4WD land cruisers with an experienced English speaking driver/guide throughout the tour
  • all fuel expenses and drivers allowances
  • All needed Entrance fees and licenses
  • Accommodation and all meals throughout the tour
  • Non-Alcoholic Beverages with meals and plenty bottles of water
  • Local guide service for the Afar region -Cooking, camping equipment
  • Experienced cook throughout the whole tour
Price doesn´t include 
  •   -Tips for guides
  •   -souvenirs from the Afar people
  •   -personal insurance

 What do you need?
  •   -Light (walking in the night)
  •  -Small backpack for the trek to the top of the volcano
  •  -Closed, comfortable shoes (trekking shoes)
  •  -Sun protection like sun cream, hat
  •  -Jacket for the night on the volcano
  •  -Sleeping bag, pillow or blanket (can also be provided by the agency for free
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