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North Ethiopia 6 Days

North Ethiopia 6 Days

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For most visitors to Ethiopia, it is about the northern Ethiopia or the Historic Route, which covers all the major historical sites. Unlike anywhere else on Earth, northern Ethiopia has the ability to wow you day after day after day. The historic route packed full of astounding and ancient history as well as some of the best scenery in Africa. There are over two millennia worth of ancient treasures scattered about, from the magnificent Blue Nile Falls, take a boat trip on the vast Lake Tana and explore isolated island monasteries, walk in some of the most dramatic mountains you’re ever likely to see; in Lalibela a mysterious ancient rock-hewn churches lies frozen in stone.


Highland Adventure through the Holy lands Combining a visit to the historic Lalibela rock-hewn churches with trekking in the highlands is the perfect way to experience Ethiopia's rich history as well as its natural beauty. Lalibela is usually billed as Ethiopia's number one tourist attraction not to mention holy shrine to which thousands of Orthodox pilgrims flock every year on January 7th. We believe the contrast of visiting the churches that attract people from all around the world with visiting a mountain that very few people visit gives the adventurer the best of both worlds.


Day 1: Addis Ababa – Bah Dar 500km

Early travel to Bahr Dar by public transport. On the road you will cross the Nile Gorge with an amazing scenery. In addition, starting at the exit of Addis Ababa, you can see the major Oromo ethnicity. The way they dress, how colorful they are, their village house structure … can be visible all the way. After around 150 km, the second major Amhara ethnic group takes over all the way till your final destination. Likewise, the difference with their hair-style, their dress, their house structure … The bus will give have a lunch break and you can enjoy the local cuisine for a 30 minute. Its better to bring some snacks in case time is limited resource. As a reminder, keep your belongings at eye-sight all cost. Do not take valuable stuff. In addition, it is recommended to prepare a snack, as always, for a long journey by car. Plus, no need to remind you about the expected toiletries won’t be 4 start when traveling for such journey.

Day 2: Bahr Dar

Take an early morning breakfast and prepare yourself for a boat ride to one of the religious islands in Bahr Dar. Some entrance fees might be charged at the island or may be included depending on the package. Inside the monasteries, you will be introduced to the historical background and see some relics dating few hundred years back. After you enjoy the boat ride, you can taste the city cuisine for lunch and have a small nap at your hotel. In the afternoon, it’s better to drive the rough 25 km rough pista road to the Nile falls. Once reached there, entrance and local guide fee will be charged at the gate. The local guide will take you for few hours hike which includes crossing the source of White Nile by a small local canoe. Normally, the river gives 75% of its water to an electric power source. Thus, making the waterfall not that much as it used to be. However, depending on the season your traveling, you can have a fascinating experience under it.

Day 3: Bahr Dar – Gondar 180km

After you take your breakfast at the hotel, driving to the historic city “Gondar” can be arranged either using local min-buses or in a private rented vehicle. On the roads don’t forget to distinguish the different Amhara ethnics based on their clothing and their dresses. The road serpents for about 180 km. On your way, you can see one historic Palace on a top of a hill at a distance, called Guzara Castle. For your appetite you can refer its history. After you settle at your hotel, have your lunch break, take a small rest. Once fit and ready to visit the city, you can visit the famous castles of emperor Fasilides, his swimming pool, where epiphany is celebrated and known for its beauty, and one of the oldest churches known as “Debre Birhane Selassie”.

Day 4: Gondar – Semien Mountains 170km

If you’re ready for a natural mystery, please be prepared at least pack some meals or so for the adventure world of the Semien mountains the night before your departure. Take early breakfast at your hotel and set off to one of the highest mountains of Ethiopia. Around 5 to 10 km, you will pass “The Falasha’s” village, once of the ethnic groups diminishing due to their travel to Israel. At Debark, your entry point to the park, you will be charged for local guide, entrance and maybe accommodation fee. You can choose the accommodation either public dorms of the park, or you can camp, or you can lodge at Semien Lodge. It’s better to efficiently use the local guide for that day because you have a long drive the next day to Lalibela. Don’t forget to see the abundant endemic Baboons, and other wild animals if lucky. The water tower for Ethiopia and the chain of mountains have an exquisite and memorably scenery. It is recommended to prepare a snack, as always, for a long journey by car. Plus, no need to remind you about the expected toiletries won’t be 4 start when traveling for such journey.

Day 5: Semien Mountain – Lalibela 330km

There is no direct connection from Semien Mountains to Lalibela. However, you can take the travel to Gondar airport, fly to Lalibela, then take the drive to city. Alternatively, you can drive for a day directly, having a experience of the scenery and adding on your visit list of another Amhara ethnic group called “The Lasta & Sekota” and “The Agaw”. At your destination, take a relaxing day off because you will have the whole next day for visit. It is recommended to prepare a snack, as always, for a long journey by car. Plus, no need to remind you about the expected toiletries won’t be 4 start when traveling for such journey.

Day 6: Lalibela

The sound of different church will wake you early morning. Lalibela, known for its monolithic churches will inspire you on how technology was advanced during the reign of “King Lalibela. For further details, please don’t hesitate to ask the local guide you will be forced to hire at one of the main entrances of the church. You can ask for an extra package to visit another church 1.5 hours’ drive away from the city, “Yemrehana Kirstos”. You can arrange with the local guide how to visit them as per your interest.

Day 7: Lalibela – Addis Abeba (Flight) 701 Km

This is the end of you travel journey. The airport is located 25km away from the city, thus, you can plan ahead for shopping and or personal visits into the city until your flight time.

END OF YOUR TOUR “Ethiopia – the best place to be…” explore it with ETHIODER TOUR AND TRAVEL.

Trip Facts

Accommodation Tented Camp
Transportation 4 wheel / bus
Group size Min 4 – Max 20
Altitude Max 3,555 m.a.s.l
Fitness level Intermediate& above
Tour Destination Addis Ababa, Harenna Forest, Sof Omar, Langano
Tour Activity Mountain tour
Tour type Adventure
Package Exclusive
Meals Camping meal
Language You select
Total Distance Estimate 1000 km
Other Hiking, Horseback Ride, Caving


  • Some places are Not accessible for wheelchair,
  • Not recommended for heart problems or other serious medical conditions,
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers,
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problem,
  • Travelers should have an intermediate or above physical fitness level,
  • This travel requires good physical weather. If its cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
  • This travel requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

When to Go

Travelling in the North is possible at any time of year, but each season will bring with it a different experience. Many tourists choose to go between September and November when the landscape is alive with green after the rainy season. December through April is also fine hiking weather, as the sun is often out and temperatures are higher, but views tend to be a little hazy, and the landscape turns from vivid green to yellow and dry. The least popular hiking months are June, July and August when rain falls daily. Temperatures during the day tend to be comfortably warm in all seasons but can fall below zero at night, so pack warms clothes and a good sleeping bag.

Keep In Mind

To make sure that your environmental impact is minimal, whenever you travel, don’t forget to take the following steps:
  • Do not collect or damage any vegetation and do not disturb or feed wild animals;
  • Remember to take all of your litter with you;
  • Camp only in designated areas;
  • Always use latrines where provided, or bury waste at least 100 meters away from water;
  • Do not use soaps in natural waterways.

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