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Danakil Extension

4 o 5 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 that the Erta Ale volcano offers, we will continue with the drive to Dodum, from where we will make a nocturnal excursion to the mouth of the same volcano. It is an active volcano that still houses a 1 km square caldera with the only permanent lava lake on the planet inside. Here, we sleep in bivouacs built by the Afar, with the starry night sky of the desert above us and the crater roaring red lava beneath our feet, experiencing one of the most hypnotizing moments of our travels on this planet. In the morning, we walk back to base camp where a large breakfast awaits us before returning to Mekele through one of the most enigmatic deserts on the planet.

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.

Ask for more information so that we can offer you a customised offer.

The only means of transportation in Danakil are the 4x4s that are available for 4 passengers a vehicle. For safety and logistics reason, travelers must join other groups that leave on the same day from Mekele and go in convoy all together sharing guides, scouts, etc.

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

You have full board during the camping and lots of water available for each traveler.

Mekele meals and dinner are not included, there are many restaurants in the city.