- Written by Keb
Tour Code: FET - CBT 04 Tour Program East Tigray Higlands Ethiopia
Attractions: History, Religion, Scenery & Wildlife
Duration: 12 Days & 11Nights
Transportation: Surface drive & flight
Day 1: Arrival at Addis Ababa Bole International Air port
Meet and greet you FANOS Ethiopia Tour and Travel representative at exit of luggage claim and transfer you to the hotel. Overnight stay Bole Ambassador hotel Addis Ababa.
Day 2: City tour in Addis Ababa
You will have an early breakfast and your first visit in Addis Ababa will be the National Museum (pre historic, cultural, archaeological attractions), Ethnographic Museum of Addis Ababa University (culture, dressing style, traditional practices of over 80 ethnic groups, and collection of traditional musical instruments). Lunch at Lucy Restaurant.
Your visit also comprises tourist attraction sites like Emperor Minelik’s Palace, St. Raguel’s Church (after a drive to Entoto Mountain - 3000 meter above sea level), Merkato, (the largest open market in Africa).In the evening, we will host you at one of the best traditional restaurants of Addis where you can see the folk dances of the Ethiopian people and taste Ethiopian variety of meals. Overnight stay Bole Ambassador hotel Addis Ababa.
Day 3: Drive to Dessie
After breakfast, you will drive to Dessie (400 Km from Addis). On the way, you will visit a very magnetic natural force of a cliff, known as “Gemsa Gedele” literally means ‘Bisected Cliff’. Then you will arrive in Dessie (late afternoon). You will check into a hotel. You will have dinner, rest & spend the night there. Overnight stay in Local Hotel.
Day 4: Drive to Meklle
You will have breakfast & drive to Meklle (380km from Dessie) through the spectacular and scenic landscape. You will check into a hotel. You will have dinner, rest & spend the night there. Overnight stay in Axum Hotel.
Day 5: Drive to Gohgot, East Tigray Highland
Right after breakfast, you will drive to East Tigray Highland. It is here that you would travel to start your trekking to Gohgot. Tucked under the cliff, the Gohgot guest house provides views over the valleys and villages. The Gohgot Eyesus rock church is a short hike away. In the evening, you will have dinner and stay the night at the Community Tukul. Overnight stay night at Gohgot Community guest house.
Day 6: Trek Gohgot to Shimbrety
You will have an early breakfast and trek from Gohgot to Shimbrety. Close to the Mariam Buzuhan rock church, the Shimbrety guest house sits on the western ridge of the Agame Mountains. Nearby there is an interesting rock tunnel that was carved through the ridge to give villages on the western side access to the church. In the evening, you will have dinner and stay the night at the Community Tukul. Overnight stay night at Shimbrety Community guest house.
Day 7: Trek Shimbrety to Erar
Right after breakfast, an early morning trek to Erar campsite. Constructed in an isolated section of the escarpment, the Erar guest house has wonderful views of the Adwa Mountains and the Nebulet pillars. With gelada baboons, birds of prey, natural springs, and the famous Mariam Kiat rock church, the Erar guest house offers something for everyone. In the evening, you will have dinner and stay the night at the Community Tukul. Overnight stay night at Erar Community guest house.
Day 8: Trek Erar to Enaf
After breakfast, you will trek to Enaf. At 3,000m, the Enaf guest house has stunning views across the whole Agame massif and valleys. The Debre Giyorgis church, found between Gohgot and Enaf, is built with an ancient layering technique and well worth the challenging climb to see it. In the evening, you will have dinner and stay the night at the Community Tukul. Overnight stay night at Erar Community guest house.
Day 9: Trek Enaf to Mugulat
Right after breakfast, an early morning trek to Mugulat campsite. Further north along on a spur running off the ridge is a new community guest house just perched above the village of Mugulet. Here visitors can hear the sounds of village life while resting and taking in the wonderful landscape. In the evening, you will have dinner and stay the night at the Community Tukul. Overnight stay night at Mugulat Community guest house.
Day 10: Trek and drive to Axum
Right after breakfast, you trek a short walk to meet a vehicle to take you to Axum. You will arrive in Axum late in the afternoon. You will check into a hotel and take a break. Dinner will be at the hotel. Overnight stay in Consular or Berhana hotel.
Day 11: City Tour in Axum
You will have breakfast and will visit all day to the Steale of Axum, the Inscription of Ezana, Queen Sheba’s Palace, the famous St. Mary of Zion Church, ruins of ancient palaces (built until 4th century A.D.), with lunch break in between then outside Axum you can visit also the tombs of Kings Kaleb & Gebre Meskel dating to 6th century. In the evening, you will get back to the hotel and spend the night there. Overnight stay in Consular or Berhana hotel.
Day 12: Flight back to Addis Ababa and departure back to home
After a relaxed breakfast, a short flight will bring you back to Addis Ababa. You will arrive in Addis Ababa midday/early afternoon where you will do some shopping for souvenirs.
Finally you will be taken to a farewell dinner depending on your scheduled flight; you will be transferred out to Bole International Airport for return flight back home.