From Semien to Danakil across Gueralta

From the wall of the Semien Mountains where you could touch the clouds down to the Danakil Depression where you could breath the steams from the center of the Earth

Ethiopia, thank you to its position on the Great Rift, benefits from breathtaking reliefs: from the red sandstone pinnacles of the Gueralta to the Abyssinian valleys of the Semien mountains, World Heritage since 1978. If in the Tigray and in the massif of Gueralta, with their "Monument valley" appareance, a mystical soul is hidden thanks to its churches cut into the rock, in the Semien the canyons and the pinnacles that have carved its mountains from 4000 meters high, offer a breathtaking landscape where the lion monkeys and the walia ibex find shelter. Neither history is missing in this itinerary which includes the ruins of the ancient city of Aksum and the castles of the imperial city of Gondar.

Then we head to Danakil Depression, or land of the Afar, a large triangle between the Ethiopian plateau and the Red Sea. It begins at the foot of Tigray, in Ethiopia, and is the lowest point in all of Africa. Before going into the heart of the depression, we'll discover, on our walks, the Atsbi and Tembien groups of rocks, real architectural gems hidden in the mountains. In the wild desert landscape, immense and extremely varied, dominated by basaltic layers in which all the geological world’s concerns vibrate, we will discover a landscape that glistens and ripples like pack ice and the salt caravans, and we’ll visit the Dallol (the place of spirits), a mineral universe par excellence. We will climb the Erta Ale volcano (the smoking mountain) famous for its lava lake. We will get a close look at the untamed and fascinating world of the Afar: the nomads who live in this hostile region. Due to their firm resistance to colonial penetration, and because they are considered to be fierce Danakil robbers, they have always been the protagonists of explorers’ stories. We will take a journey-expedition in one of the most inhospitable and fascinating places in the world, which has practically no rain and where temperatures can be extremely severe. However this is a land that offers travelers, who are curious and have the spirit of adaptability, breathtaking landscapes and incredible emotions that make any little discomfort seem secondary.

  • Duration: 18 days
  • Minumun of partecipants: 8

Practical Informations

  • 4x4 vehicles and walks
  • internal flights Addis Ababa - Gondar e Makele - Addis Ababa
  • 2 nights in hotel, 6 in campsites/3 overnights in hotel, 2 in tents, 2 in lodge
  • Spazi d’Avventura guide


Da Partenza Ritorno Prezzo
3 February 2019 17 February 2019 € 4.500
The price is inclusive of airport taxes which come to € 245 and of internal flights Addis Ababa - Gondar and Makele - Addis Ababa

Not included:

  • Visa: 50 USD
  • Single room and tent supplement: € 185
  • Paperwork administration + Medical insurance and baggage: € 80
  • Optional insurance "Globy Giallo" for possible cancellation

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