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Danakil Depression

3 days

You can come on the dates that are most convenient for you throughout the year

Get ready for an incomparable adventure through the most enigmatic deserts of the world and mysterious mountains of Ethiopia. This route is considered the most wild, daring and adventurous of our catalog since we face extremely high temperatures and very rough roads to reach one of the most bizarre and inhospitable places on the planet, the Danakil desert. The desert by itself is a depression caused by the separation of the continental plates that in turn caused the earth to sink, forcing us to descend to the level of 100m below sea level.

Get ready for an incomparable adventure through the most enigmatic deserts of the world and mysterious mountains of Ethiopia. This route is considered the most wild, daring and adventurous of our catalog since we face extremely high temperatures and very rough roads to reach one of the most bizarre and inhospitable places on the planet, the Danakil desert. The desert by itself is a depression caused by the separation of the continental plates that in turn caused the earth to sink, forcing us to descend to the level of 100m below sea level.

To contemplate the natural spectacle offered by the Erta Ale volcano, we drive to Dodum for the night trek to the crater. This active volcano still houses a 1 km square caldera with the only permanent lava lake on the planet. We overnight on matrasses on the floor nearby the crater, with million stars over our heads and roaring lava under our feet, experiencing one of the most hypnotizing moments of our adventures on this planet. After enjoying the sunrise we walk back to the base camp where a large breakfast awaits us. Finally we return to civilization crossing by car this endless and enigmatic place on earth.

Norte histórico y salvaje por tierra y aire

DAY 1 – MEKELE

Arrival to mekele on your own - Stay in the capital of tigray and prepare for the expedition - HOTEL.

DAY 2 – AHMED ELA

Drive to berhale - Nomads afar - Sunset on lake assale - Camel caravans - Camping in ahmed ela

DAY 3 – ABBA ALA

Sulfuric plain of the dallol - Salt caves - Lake assale - Guesthouse in abba ala

DAY 4 – VOLCANO ERTA ALE

Drive to dodum - Night trekking 3.5h to the crater - Night in vivaq on the volcano

NOTE: This route is not for anyone. it is a testing physical challenge that requires endurance to withstand the heat and the rough days of camping.

The danakil can be added as an extension to any trip in ethiopia, preferably at the end.

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The only way to enter the Danakil desert is via 4x4 vehicles (4 seats plus driver). For safety and logistical reasons, travelers must join other groups travelling several cars in convoy, sharing guides, scouts, etc.

The only way to enter the Danakil desert

The accommodation during the Danakil expedition is very basic camping without any infrastructure, and a pension, also very basic, with mattresses on the floor.

We provide full board during the camping and lots of water for each traveler.

Meals in Mekele are not included. You're free to discover nice restaurants in the city.