Six Day Danakil Depression Trekking Tour in Ethiopia

Six Day Danakil Depression Trekking Tour in Ethiopia

Short Overview

Travel to the hottest place on earth with our six-day Danakil Depression trekking experience.

Starting and ending in Addis Ababa, your tour includes three days trekking in the world-famous Danakil Depression as well as a variety of cultural experiences along the way.

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Details of Six Day Danakil Depression Trekking Tour in Ethiopia


You'll start your Ethiopian adventure with a tour of the nation's capital.

Your Addis Ababa tour will include a visit to the National Museum as well as the historic Trinity Cathedral to soak in the nation's fascinating Christian history.

Another highlight of your day is sure to be the chance to take in the city from atop Mount Entoto.

You'll then overnight in the capital.


You'll set off after breakfast and make your way to he airport for your flight to Mekele.

Upon arrival, you'll set off towards the village of Hamed Ela, stopping along the way to visit the historic Wukro Kirkos Church and enjoy lunch in the village.

You'll then overnight in Hamed Ela.


You'll have an early start today, as we'll be be descending to the lowest point in the Danakil Depression - Dallol.

With its uniquely colourful volcanic terrain and its ridiculously high temperatures, Dallol is known around the world as the 'hottest inhabited place on the planet'. After a little time here, we're sure you'll agree!

Your time in Dallol includes a visit to the grueling local salt mines and a chance to watch the camel caravans of the Afar people who live in this inhospitable place.

You'll return to the relative cool of Hamed Ela to overnight.


It's another day of volcanic adventures today, as you'll drive to Dodom at the foot of the Erta Ale (Smoking Mountain) volcano.

You'll ditch the car and begin the three hour trek up the volcano in the early hours so that you can appreciate its spectacular lava lake before the day is too hot.

In a real treat, you'll enjoy dinner and a night on the very rim of this volcano.


You'll have another early start today, as you'll descend back to Dodom village to meet your car and begin the drive to Wukro.

Along the way, you'll pay a visit to the famous rock-hewn churches of Tigray. While not as famous as the churches of Lalibela, the Tigray churches are nonetheless impressive specimens that you'll have time to explore.

You'll then overnight in the village of Wukro.


You'll make your way back to Mekele after breakfast for your flight back to Addis Ababa.

Upon arrival, you'll proceed for a city tour to local landmarks such as the Ba'ata Mariam and St. George's churches. You'll also have some time to do some souvenir shopping.


Itinerary in Brief

  • DAY 1: ADDIS ABABA City tour. (L,D)

  • DAY 2 - ADDIS ABABA - HAMED ELA Wukro Kirkos Church (B,L,D)

  • DAY 3 - HAMED ELA - DALLOL Danakil Depression tour (B,L,D)

  • DAY 4 - HAMED ELA - ERTA ALE Volcano hike. (B,L,D)

  • DAY 5 - ERTA ALE - WUKRO Tigray rock-hewn churches. (B,L,D)

  • DAY 6 - WUKRO - ADDIS ABABA Half-day city tour (B,L)

B - Breakfast; L - Lunch; D - Dinner


  • Explore the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa.

  • Visit the hottest place on earth, the Danakil Depression.

  • Hike Erta Ale volcano and overnight on the crater rim.

  • Visit the rock-hewn churches of Tigray.

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World Class Guides & Unlimited Game Driving

Our drivers are all fluent in English and all have at least a decade of safari experience. Our guides are chosen to be personable and knowledgeable, and with no limit on drive distance – you can game drive from dawn until dusk.
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