- Trek to the summit of Erte Ale
- Camp out on the rim of an active volcano
- Experience sunrise over the spectacular lava lake
- Witness traditional camel caravans
- Capture a magical sunset over Lake Assal
- See traditional salt mining in action
- Be amazed by out-of-this-world sulphur formations
The Danakil (or Dallol) Depression has an average temperature of 34-35 degrees C and drops to 116m below sea sea level at its lowest point near Lake Asale. This vast and practically unpopulated region is tectonically active and has strange lunar landscapes, active volcanoes, pungent sulphur hot-springs, solidified black lava flows and huge salt-encrusted basins.
Day 1: Mekelle to Erte Ale
Leaving Mekelle at around 10am, you'll then make an excursion to Dodom via Abala, The Gate of Danakil Depression. This journey takes around 3 hours by 4x4. Along the way, you'll stop to admire the eye-catching views and out-of-this world scenery. In the afternoon/early evening, you'll make the trek from Dodom to Erta Ale Volcano. The trek is about 10 miles and takes 3-4 hours, depending on your fitness. Erta Ale is one of the most active volcanoes in Africa and has a spectacular permanent lava lake. We'll set up camp near the rim of the volcano (camping equipment and food is carried up by camels) and you can enjoy spectacular views over the lava lake.
Day 2: Erte Ale to Lake Assal
Wake up early to experience sunrise in this stunning location. You'll then make the trek back from Erte Ale to Dodom. After breakfast, you'll then drive from Dodom to Hamd Ela and witness the traditional camel caravans making the long journey to transport salt from the mines to markets in town. In the evening, we'll set up camp near Lake Assal and there'll be chance to capture a magical sunset over the lake.
Day 3: Lake Assal to Mekelle
From Lake Assal, you'll drive to Ragad, where you'll see salt mining in action. Here, workers from the local Afar tribe carve salt from the ground and shape it into slabs, before loading it onto camels for transportation to market. You'll then continue your journey on to Dallol, where the multi-coloured vibrant landscape again looks as though it belongs to another planet. From Dallol, you'll drive back to Mekelle, via Hamd Ela.
An experienced professional English-speaking guide
All meals from lunch on day 1 to lunch on day 3
All land transport involved in the itinerary
2 nights accommodation in campsites
Entrance fees and local guides for all excursions described
Services Not Included
- International or internal flights
Tips for staff
Miscellaneous expenses – alcoholic drinks, souvenirs etc.
Upcoming group tour dates:
If you are interested in this tour, we can arrange dates to suit you so please contact us.
The cost of this tour is 12,652 ETB (450 USD / 393 EUR / 353 GBP) to 16,867 ETB (600 USD / 524 EUR / 470 GBP) per person, depending on group size
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