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6-Day Erta Ale Hike & Danakil Depression Tour From Addis Ababa
  • Tour Category

    Group Tour

  • Tour Types

    Nature, Camping, Volcano

  • Duration

    6 Days

  • Activity Level


  • Language



Take a trip to Danakil Depression and marvel at the fantastical landscapes created by volcanic activity. Hike up Erta Ale and camp near the crater rim of a bubbling lava lake. This is one camping trip like no other! Admire the stunning, eye-catching colours of the sulfur springs, visit the various landscapes formed by volcanic activity, and more in this 6-day tour to the hottest place on Earth! 

  • Watch the dramatic action of the boiling lava
  • Enjoy hiking to the Erta Ale Volcanic hills 
  • Drive to Hamed Ela and visit Camel Caravan

  • Day 1: Addis Ababa expand_more
    • Arrive at Addis Ababa and transfer to your hotel. 

    • Depending on your arrival time, go on a sightseeing tour in Addis. 

    • Visit the National Museum (where you can see the Lucy, the fossilised skeleton), the Ethnological Museum, Trinity Cathedral Church, Entoto hills and Merkato.

    Hotel: Adotina hotel 

    Meals: Breakfast

  • Day 2: Mekele to Hamed Ela expand_more
    • Early in the morning, after breakfast, transfer to the airport and fly to Mekele. Meet your guide on arrival.

    • Take a short break at coffee bars in Mekele. 

    • Continue driving to Hamed Ela.

    • Enjoy picnic lunch at Berhale and also finalize the permits and police escort. 

    • Around late afternoon, reach Hamd Ela, where you will be camping for two nights.

    • On the way, also see local Tigre and Afar tribal villages and camel caravans carrying salt bars to the nearest local town.

    Overnight camping in Hamed Ela.

  • Day 3: Hamed Ela to Dodome to Erta Ale expand_more
    • In the morning, drive to Dodome. 

    • Here, arrange camels to transport your luggage and water.

    • Start hiking to the Erta Ale Volcanic hills (613 meters above sea level), which is 15 km, one way.

    • Walk to see the spectacular volcanic eruption.

    • At night, camp near the rim of the crater above the active lava lake.

    Overnight camping in Erta Ale.

  • Day 4: Dodome to Hamed Ela expand_more
    • Climb up to the rim for sunrise.

    • Drive to Hamed Ela.

    • Visit Camel Caravan in the late afternoon.

    Overnight camping in Hamed Ela.

  • Day 5: Danakil Depression to Mekele expand_more
    • After an early breakfast, drive to the salty Lake Asale and visit the salt workers and the merchants.

    • Head to Dallol/Danakil Depression, which straddles the Eritrean border to the east of the Tigrian Highlands and is officially listed as the hottest and active place on earth's surface with an average temperature of 40 – 50 degrees Celsius. Most of this vast and unpopulated region lies below sea level at 116 Meters. 

    • Drive back to Mekele.

    Hotel: Axum Hotel 

    Meals: Breakfast

  • Day 6: Fly to Addis expand_more
    • In the morning, after breakfast, transfer to the airport for a flight back to Addis Ababa.

What's Included
  • Air and ground transport for all destinations
  • One good condition 4WD vehicle with fuel and driver
  • Flight ticket for ADD-MQX-ADD
  • Hotel in BB (Bed & breakfast base) with TWN rooms
  • Full board during the camping days in Danakil depression
  • Permits and excursion cost in the Danakil depression
  • Entrance fee to the churches and national parks
  • English-speaking Ethiopia guide 
  • Government tax
What's Excluded
  • Tips & gratuities
  • Personal expenses
Meeting Point

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Cancellation Policy

For cancellations upto 2 days before the tour -

Refund of 80% of the tour price.
Price Details
1 To 1 USD 350 Per Person

This is a group tour

Tour Reviews
  • neil.hampton

    We used the guys to show us around Lalibela and the surrounding countryside. It was a jaw dropping beautiful experience. The sights, and sites here are incredible. LCEETT were very professional and courteous and went out of their way to make sure we had an amazing experience.

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USD 350 / person

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