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Danakil Depression 3 Days  Itinerary
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Day1: Mekelle – Volcano

We drive from Mekelle to  artale (volcano). Leave after breakfast possibly at 09:00am drive to artale. This is may be one of the roughest roads in the world. The 247 km distance may take about 5 hrs passing through changing landscape of solidified lava rock and sand After passing several small hamlets scattered here and there in this deserted land, you will arrive to Erta Ale camping site,. After a short break and,  before the sunset we will trek for about 20 minutes to Ertale , where we spend few hours watching the dramatic action of the boiling lava. Erta Ale contains the world’s only permanent lava lake with 613 meters above sea level, one of only five in the world; it is notable for being the longest existing lava lake present since the early years of the 20th century. And you will trek back to basic camp basement to spend the night, have a dinner and sleeping under the stars.


Day 2   ErtaAle-Hamad -Ela

in this day we will Wake up early for sunrise and visit north crater, Descend from ErtaAle around 7:00am ErtaAle -Dodom Leave back to Dodom you will reach latest at 09:300 am at the camp , after breakfast time to relax. At 10:30 drive to HamadEla 100km, picnic lunch on the way on shed of palm tree, reach HamadEla 04:30, better village with a total population about 500 people. You will see lots of camel caravans and you will have the sun set look from the very shallow salt lake Assale.  Overnight camping at HamadEla or abala.


Day 3 HamadEla- Dallol- Mekelle
Morning  Drive to Ragad (Asebo), the place where the
localities are mining salt. 1,200 km2 (460 sq mi) the Afar Depression is covered by salt, and you will Look the activity of breaking the salt from the ground, local people are cutting in to rectangular pieces and loading on camels. You drive ahead to Dallol and visit the difference landscape formed by volcanic activity; Dallol + Lake Assale + salt canon, camel caravans, follow up camel caravans and Drive back to HamadEla for lunch and  proceed to Mekele.


 Price includes:

  • Transport with a latest model Toyota 4WD land cruisers with an Air conditioning  , an experienced English speaking driver/guide throughout the whole tour

  • All fuel expenses and drivers allowances

  • All needed Entrance fees and licenses

  • Accommodation and all meals throughout the tour

  • Non-Alcoholic Beverages with meals and plenty bottles of water

  • Local guide service for the Afar region -

  • Cooking, camping equipment

  • Experienced cook throughout the whole tour

  • scout and police 

  • camel

price doesn't include 

  • Tips for guides & drivers 

  • Souvenirs from the Afar people

  • Personal insurance

What do you need?

  • Light (walking in the night)

  • Small backpack for the trek to the top of the volcano

  • Closed, comfortable shoes (trekking shoes)

  • Sun protection like sun cream, hat

  • Jacket for the night on the volcano

  • swimming suits 

  • Sleeping bag, pillow or blanket (can also be provided by the agency for free

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