4 Days Dankile Depression & Earta ale Tour


Visit Dallol and Earta ale active Volcano, starting from Mekelle Ethiopia

Day 1 | Drive to Hamed Ela

After having breakfast you will drive to Hamed Ela (180 Km from Mekelle) via Berehaile. On arrival at Berehaile, you will pick up mandatory police, scouts, road guides, and permits for the Afar region. On your way, you will notice striking changes in scenery as you drop from 2,220 elevation to below sea level, the Dankile depression begins here. It is one of the most inhospitable regions of the world but is nonetheless spectacular, full of eye-catching colors, as in the sulfur springs. The desert has several points lying more than 100 meters (328 ft) below sea level.

En route, you will see many long caravans going to the salt mines and others coming out of the Danakil with their salt-loaded camels. Overnight stay camping at Hamed Ela.

Day 2 | Excursion to Ragad (Asebo) and Dallol Depression, 25 km from Hamed Ela

AEarly in the morning after having breakfast you will have a day trip to Ragad (Asebo), the place where the salts are mined. Observe the breaking of the salt from the ground, cutting it into rectangular pieces, and loading it on camels.

Then you drive ahead to Dallol(116 meters below sea level, one of the lowest places in the world) and visit the different landscapes formed by volcanic activity, Dallol includes the Sulfur lake, Salt Mountain, colorful hot spring water, and Camel Caravan. Later back to Hamed Ela for lunch.

After lunch & brief break you will drive to Abala (150 km asphalt road 3hrs). Abala is a small settlement & with moderate temperature, and basic accommodation with a shower. Upon arrival check in local hotel. Rest, relax, and have dinner. Overnight stay at a local hotel, Hamed Ela.

Day 3 | Drive to Erta ale

After having an early breakfast (possibly at 06:30) you will drive to Erta Ale, (195 km from Abala).

Up on arrival at Dodom take a rest, relax & fill your energy for the trek to Erta ale (17 km from Dodom) which takes approximately 3 hrs trekking.

Early dinner around 17:00 then as the sun sets, you leave behind the cars, and use Camel to transport all the camping materials and some food (sleeping materials like light mattresses, mat, and water) to the rim of the volcano, where you spend the night watching the dramatic action of the boiling lava. Erta ale ranks as 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. Erta Ale contains the world’s only permanent lava lake. Overnight at the rim of the Volcano.

Day 4 | Drive to Mekele (240 KMS)

Early the next morning, you will descend from Mount Erta ale, returning to the base camp Dodom for a well-earned breakfast.

After having breakfast & brief break you will drive to Mekele (240 Km from Erta ale) via the small towns of Habala and Erepti.

• Please note: This tour may precede or follow any other Ethiopian tours offered by Worqamba Ethiopia Tour. You can extend your visit to rock-hewn churches of Tigray, Axum, Simien Park, Gonder, Bahir dar & Lalibela for the historic route

• This trip can be tailor-made throughout the year to suit your requirement.

What’s include

  • 4WD transportation including fuel expenses and drivers allowance
  • All Entrance fees and licenses as per the program
  • Accommodation and all meals throughout the tour.
  • Non-Alcoholic Beverages and plenty of bottles of water for the trip.
  • Minimum of 2 cars per trip with local security
  • Camel and camel tires s
  • Local guide service for the afar region as per the program
  • Cooking, camping equipment
  • Scout and police service in Afar Region as per the program
  • Experienced cook
  • Camel and camel tires s
  • Camel and camel tires

What’s exclude

  • Tips
  • Domestic flights Addis Ababa-Mekelle-Addis Ababa
  • Meals, except camping day in Dankile Depression

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