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Dallol Depression Trip Introduction

Danakil Desert Ethiopia Tour 6 Nights/ 7 days

A friendly welcome, a dynamic landscape of earthquakes, active volcano lake and hydrothermal fields, geology and local mythology – Travel the Danakil Depression climb Mount Ertale with Afar Tribe porters accompanied with camels and spend a night under the stars visiting the dramatic activity of the volcano.

This exciting inclusive Danakil desert Ethiopia tour package covers one of the earth’s driest deserts and the all year round active volcano of Ertale. The tour package traverses through the land of the hominid Lucy and the Afar tribe known for sharpening their tooth and nomadic way of life.

In northeastern Ethiopia one of the earth’s driest deserts, the Danakil Depression is making way for a new ocean. This region of the African continent, known to geologists as the Afar Depression, is pulling apart in two directions—a process that is gradually thinning the earth’s rocky outer skin. The continental crust under Afar-Danakil Depression is a mere 20 kilometres from top to bottom, less than half its original thickness, and parts of the area are over 100 meters below sea level. Low hills to the east are all that stops the Red Sea from encroaching.

Such proximity to the planet’s scorching interior has transformed the Danakil Depression into a dynamic landscape of earthquakes, volcanoes and hydrothermal fields—making Afar Depression a veritable paradise for people who are eager to understand those processes. Daytime temperatures soar to 48 degrees Celsius (118 degrees Fahrenheit) in the summer, and no rain falls for much of the year. This adventure takes you on this amazing place and to the Tigray people mining the salt along with their camel caravan.

Important Note :

Your safety is of paramount concern while traveling with Escapade Ethiopia Tours and Travel. Please note that your leader has the authority to amend or cancel any part of the itinerary if it is deemed necessary due to safety concerns. Every effort will be made to keep to the tour itinerary; however, since this adventure entails travelling through the remote Danakil Depression Ethiopia, we cannot guarantee that we will not deviate from it. Weather conditions, health condition of a group member, unexpected natural disasters, etc., can all contribute to changes in the Tour itinerary. The leader will try to ensure that the trip runs according to plan, but please be prepared to be flexible if required.

Travel Destinations: Ethiopia Danakil Depression -Addis Ababa-Mekele-Dallol Depression, Volcano of Ertale-Mekele-Fly back to Addis Ababa

Tour Duration: six Nights Tour

Tour Itinerary: Customizable

Day to Day Danakil Tour Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive in Addis Ababa International Airport (BOLE) to be greeted by our Ethiopian representative who will assist with luggage and transfer to your hotel. After check-in you will be given a time to meet your Danakil Tour guide for a briefing and last minute equipment check. This is an opportunity to ask questions

(lunch or dinner included)

Day 2: Mekele-HamedEla

On our first day, we will drive from Mekele to HamedEla via Berehale, where we will pick up police scouts, road guides, and permits for the Afar region. Sights and highlights for the day include striking changes in scenery as we drop from 2220 elevation to below sea level, camel caravans, and camping beneath the star-filled sky.

Meals: breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 3: HamedEla – Dallol – HamedEla

The morning will be spent crossing salt flats by car and by foot, visiting the rust red, turquois, and sulphurous yellow acid ponds of Dallol. And the salt rock formation

Back to camp for the afternoon to rest, relax, and discover the surrounding village of HamedEla.

Meals: breakfast, lunch, and dinner

Day 4: HamedEla – Kursawad – Ertale

Break camp at HamedEla and race across the desert, spotting herds of camels and traditional Afar homes, to Kursawad to make final arrangement for our evening hike, lunch, and possibly even tea with the village elder. A slow, but spectacular drive through hardened magma fields brings us to the base of Mount Ertale where we pause to rest and wait out the heat before our trek. As the sun sets, we leave behind the jeeps and set out for a three hour hike, accompanied by a camel caravan carrying gear and water, to the edge of Mount Ertale. We camp here for a night lit by the stars and glow of the nearby volcano.

Meals: breakfast, lunch, and dinner

Day 5: Ertale – Lake Afdera

Early the next morning, we descend Mount Ertale, returning to the base camp for a well-earned breakfast. We return to the jeeps and carry on to Lake Afdera, a perfect place to stock up on cold beer before setting up camp by the lake. It will be hard to get excited about indoor Jacuzzis after you have relaxed in this oasis of hot springs. Cool off by floating in the salt-dense lake—just don’t stub your toe on a rock! We sleep on the beach.

Meals: breakfast, lunch, and dinner

Day 6: Lake Afdera – Mekele

On our final day Around 11:00 start the half day drive 240 Kms to Mekele via the small towns of Habala and Ertale.

(Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner)

Day 7: Fly Mekele-Adds

AM transfer to the airport for your flight back to Addis. Upon Arrival be meet at the airport and take a city tour of Addis. The visit includes the National museum, The Ethnological museum and the biggest open market of Merkato.

After having a fare well dinner at one of the cultural restaurant, betransfer to the airport for the international flght back home.

(Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner)

Price for our service oriented tour package in USD per person will be as follows







The following services are INCLUDED in our packages:

•All Domestic flights

•All airport transfers

•All accommodation in twin room basis with breakfast, Lunch and Dinner (Subject to confirmation of the hotels specified in the itinerary, or similar)

•All entry fees to sights of interest as per itinerary

•All Payments to scouts, road leader, security guards, police, cook and cooking assistant and camel men

•6 litters of water to drink and for basic wash purpose per day per person for the Volcano tour

•Incidental meals and snacks in the Danakil

•Ground transportation in tourist standard 2011 model coaster bus with AC for the transfers and city turs

•2011 model Toyota Land Cruiser with a working AC four guests per vehicle and another Toyota Land Cruiser as a back up and for the accompanying stuffs

•Camping gears: mattresses, sleeping bags; dining chairs and tables, cooking utensils,

•Guide services by our English-speaking guides at each place

•Government taxes

For the trip

Medical kits

well maintained vehicles 2011 Toyota Land Cruisers

A dedicated, hygiene-conscious cook

Multiple use mask with filters for the Dallol trip and Mount Ertale

We are committed to reducing the environmental impact of our tour by carrying out what we carry in. We encourage you to bring reusable water bottles to fill up each day. Empty bottles and containers will be collected and returned to Addis for recycling and reuse.

The following services are NOT INCLUDED in our packages but can be arranged

•International flight

•Alcoholic drinks

•Tips and items of personal nature like laundry, souvenirs, etc

•All items not shown as included

Equipment lists for your Danakil Tour

•T-shirts and shorts (of decent leg length) for the lower levels

•Comfortable hiking boots which give good support

•Trainers or slip-ons to wear around the camp site or hut

•Sleeping bag (4 season)

•Walking poles

•water bottle

•Scarf, sun hat


•First aid items e.g. plasters, petroleum jelly (between the toes), antiseptic, sun cream, after-sun, lip salve, knee supports (helpful when descending), mosquito repellent (for the lower levels). The guide will also be carrying a small first-aid kit

•Personal toiletry items, preferably biodegradable (forget the ‘beauty’ products and concentrate on the essentials), toilet tissue paper, ear plugs (noisy neighbours), small towel, handkerchief

•Paracetamol/Asprin, anti-malarials and any prescription medications you may be taking

•Contact lenses and/or prescription spectacles

•Antiseptic gel or wet wipes for hand washing

•Head torch spare bulb and batteries

•Camera and spare batteries. Bring your own chargers if needed. Fully charge before starting the tour

•Small plastic bags for rubbish and to separate smelly/wet items from clean/dry. No rubbish to be left on the mountain, so give your bags to the porters at the end of the day

•Cash in US$, Pound or Euro for tips, to be distributed by the guide on the morning of the last tour day

•Money belt

•Mobile phone – On spots where there are connections. Bring a charger with you and fully charge before starting the tour

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