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Colourful Miracles

8 days expedition to Erta Ale, Dallol, salt lakes (Danakil depression, Ethiopia) and Wukro

"...Few holidays will be more memorable than a week like this in Ethiopia..." (Simeon B, UK - June 2018)
Strong nighttime glow of the active lava lake as seen from the caldera rim (bluish lights to the right are observers at Erta Ale camp site) (Dec 2010; image: Tom Pfeiffer)
Strong nighttime glow of the active lava lake as seen from the caldera rim (bluish lights to the right are observers at Erta Ale camp site) (Dec 2010; image: Tom Pfeiffer)
Photographing the abundant green acid ponds amidst the white-yellow-orange salt deposits (Dec 2010; image: Tom Pfeiffer)
Photographing the abundant green acid ponds amidst the white-yellow-orange salt deposits (Dec 2010; image: Tom Pfeiffer)
Aerial view of the north and south active craters in Erta Ale's summit caldera (Jan 2018; image: Stefan Tommasini)
Aerial view of the north and south active craters in Erta Ale's summit caldera (Jan 2018; image: Stefan Tommasini)
A large lava bubble explodes at the surface of the full lava lake (Dec 2010; image: Tom Pfeiffer)
A large lava bubble explodes at the surface of the full lava lake (Dec 2010; image: Tom Pfeiffer)
The Dallol salt dome with a foreground of dark green acid ponds with yellow ´salt cakes´ (Dec 2010; image: Tom Pfeiffer)
The Dallol salt dome with a foreground of dark green acid ponds with yellow ´salt cakes´ (Dec 2010; image: Tom Pfeiffer)
Long camel caravans transporting the salt from lake Assale pass through the village of Hamed Elah around sunset (Dec 2010; image: Tom Pfeiffer)
Long camel caravans transporting the salt from lake Assale pass through the village of Hamed Elah around sunset (Dec 2010; image: Tom Pfeiffer)
Bubbling yellow water in a hydrothermal acid pond near Dallol (Jan 2018; image: Stefan Tommasini)
Bubbling yellow water in a hydrothermal acid pond near Dallol (Jan 2018; image: Stefan Tommasini)
Nighttime impression of lava flow and spattering from the overflowing lava lake (Dec 2010; image: Tom Pfeiffer)
Nighttime impression of lava flow and spattering from the overflowing lava lake (Dec 2010; image: Tom Pfeiffer)
Bizarre miniature geysers or salt springs at Dallol (dec 2010; image: Tom Pfeiffer)
Bizarre miniature geysers or salt springs at Dallol (dec 2010; image: Tom Pfeiffer)
The thin crust of the lava lake at the new fissure eruption site is being overflown and consumed by red hot liquid lava (Jan 2018; image: Stefan Tommasini)
The thin crust of the lava lake at the new fissure eruption site is being overflown and consumed by red hot liquid lava (Jan 2018; image: Stefan Tommasini)
Dallol´s hydrothermal system creates an ever changeing alien landscape of colourful salt deposits, acid ponds and miniatyre geysirs (dec 2010; image: Tom Pfeiffer)
Dallol´s hydrothermal system creates an ever changeing alien landscape of colourful salt deposits, acid ponds and miniatyre geysirs (dec 2010; image: Tom Pfeiffer)
8 days expedition, starting and ending in Mekele, going straight to the heart of the Danakil desert to explore the Erta Ale shield volcano and Dallol hydrothermal fields! After climbing to the volcanoes summit in the morning you meet a beautiful sunrise at the rim of the crater. Spending 2 days allo you to study the volcanoes craters and the new fissure eruption site on the volcano's flank. After descending the volcano you travel onward to the Danakil Depression, where you spend about 2 days exploring the colorful hydrothermal deposits of Dallol, acid lakes, salt formations and camel caravans. At the end you will stay in the city of Wukro and visit ancient churches with beautiful paintings.
  • Visit famous craters of Erta Ale volcano
  • Exploration of fascinating Dallol,
  • Sunset at Assale salt lake
  • Watching camel caravans
  • Visit ancient churches in Wukro
  • Experienced Ethiopian volcanologist as main guide
  • Small international group
  • Dedicated supply vehicle with excellent camping cook
  • Competent and friendly team and drivers
  • Interaction with Afar people, introduction into local customs

8 days itinerary

Hinweis:
8 days expedition to the heart of the Danakil desert to explore the volcano Erta Ale and the fascinating alien landscape of the hydrothermal deposits at Dallol, Assale salt lake and the camel caravans, the city of Wukro with its ancient churches.
Tag 1: Ankunft in Mekele
Ankunft in Mekele, Abholung am Flughafen und Transfer zum Hotel, Gruppentreffen beim Willkommensessen
Tag 2: Mekele - Erta Ale
Morgen Start der 4X4 Fahrt in den Danakil zum Basislager von Erta Ale, zuerst auf einer asphaltierten Straße, aber letzten Teil der Straße über alte Lavaströme.
Tag 3: Ascent to Erta Ale's summit
Early morning ascend to Erta Ale´s summit (ca. 1,5-2 h, 10 km, 500 m height), breakfast on the rim and morning group tour around Erta Ale´s caldera. After lunch, free to relax and explore the summit caldera.
Tag 4: Descend from Erta Ale to basecamp, drive to Hamed Ela
Early morning descend from Erta Ale back down to basecamp, breakfast, 4X4 drive to return to the main road and continue our journey to the Afar village of Hamed Ela.
Tag 5: Full day to explore Dallol and surroundings
From our base in Hamed Ela we undertake a number of morning and afternoon expeditions to explore the colourful hydrothermal system of Dallol, the vast salt deposits and saline Lake Assale, the traditional way of salt cutting and transport by camel caravans.
Tag 6: Trasfer from Dallol to Wukro
After breakfast break up the camp in Hamed Ela, drive to Wukro and visit a Wukro Archaelogical Museum and church in Wukro. Night in the Wukro Lodge.
Tag 7: Return to Mekele
Visit Abreha and Atsbeha church in Wukro and drive to Mekele. Night in Mekele.
Tag 8: Morning flight Mekele - Addis Ababa
Our service ends with your transfer to the airport of Mekele from where you fly back to Addis Ababa.
Reiseart: Vulkanexpedition: aktive Vulkane - Fotografie - Abenteuer
Schwierigkeitsgrad: Mittel
Gruppengröße:4-10
Dauer: 6 - 8 days

Reisetermine:

Individuelle Termine möglich
27. Dez 20 - 3. Jan 2021
17.-24. Jan 2021
14.-21. Feb 2021

Preis (pro Person): $ 2650 €£¥

Im Preis enthalten:

  • Accommodation in double rooms / tents
  • Full board from dinner on the first day until breakfast after last hotel night
  • Drinking water, up to 8 liters per person per day from day 2 to 6
  • Professional Ethiopian guide who is an English-speaking geologist
  • Private transport in 4WD vehicles
  • Guaranteed window seat in 4WD jeeps
  • Experienced 4WD drivers and cook
  • Full camping equipment
  • Camels, camel drivers and porters to and from Erta Ale´s summit
  • Armed Afar guards and guides on Erta Ale and in Dallol
  • All fees for transits, entries etc.
  • Tips for local staff (porters, camel drivers, guards, local guides, ...)

Reiseleitung:

Enku Mulugeta ist unser Hauptreiseleiter bei allen Expeditionen in die Danakilsenke. Nach einem Diplom in Touristik und des Abschlusses seines BSc in Geologie an der Universität von Addis Abeba arbeitete er 10 Jahre als Geologe /Prospektor für seltene Erze für verschiedene Öl- und Goldminenunternehmen und daneben auch als freiberuflicher Reiseführer in ganz Äthiopien.
Seit 2006 spezialisiert er sich auf geologische und vulkanologische Reisen in der Danakilwüste. Er hat viel Erfahrung und Kompetenz bei der Organisation von Expeditionen zum Erta Ale und Dallol Vulkan gesammelt und teilt sein umfangreiches Wissen über die Geologie des Danakil gerne. Enku wird Ihnen alle Fragen beantworten, die Sie bezüglich Äthiopiens Fauna und Flora, Kultur, Geschichte, Essen oder Traditionen haben könnten!
Unser exzellenter Reiseleiter & Geologe bei den Reisen in die Danakil Wüste und zu den Vulkanen Erta Ale & Dallol.
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