4 Days Dankil Depression Tours


What do you need?

  • Light ( for walking at night)
  • Small backpack for the trek to the top of the volcano
  • Closed, comfortable shoes (trekking shoes)
  • Sunglasses
  • Sun protection like sun cream, hat
  • Jacket for the night on the volcano
  • Sleeping bag, pillow or blanket (It can be provided by our company )
Price Includes
4WD transportation to and from.
domestic flights and hotel bookings
profesional guide and scout
cook & cooking materials
camel (s) & camel handler
tent, sleeping bags & mattresses
all park entrance fees
plenty of food & bottled mineral water

Travel Styles

Nature & Adventure
Festival & Events
Special Interest

We drive from Mekele to – Dodom. We start early and drive to Dodom (at the base of Erta Ale). Leave after an early breakfast, possibly at 07:30. This is may be one of the worst roads in the world. The 70 km distance may take about 5 hrs passing through changing landscape of solidified lava, rock, sand, and occasional palm-lined oasis. After you pass several small hamlets scattered here and there in this desert land, Dodom is about 9.5km from Erta Ale and it takes about 3 hrs trekking. Early dinner around 17:00 and trek up to Ertale at 20:00 hours. Camels transport all the camping materials and some food (sleeping materials like light mattresses and mats and water) to the rim of the volcano, where we spend the night watching the dramatic action of the boiling lava. Erta Ale ranks as one of the most alluring and physically challenging natural attractions anywhere in Ethiopia. It is a shield volcano with a base diameter of 30 km and a 1km square caldera at its summit. Erta Ale contains the world’s only permanent lava lake. Overnight on the top of the mountain. Erta Ale is 613 meters, with a lava lake, one of only five in the world, at the summit. It is notable for being the longest existing lava lake, present since the early years of the twentieth century. O/n camping on the mountain

Descend from Erta Ale around 9 am Dodom – Hamd Ela. Leave back to Dodom after an early breakfast, if possible at 07:00. You will reach the latest at 10:30 am at the camp, time to relax. After driving to reach Hamad Ela, a better village with a total population of about 500 people. O/n Hamedela( camping)

Morning tour Drive to Ragad (Acebo), the place where the localities are mining salt. Look at the activity of breaking the salt from the ground, cutting it into rectangular pieces, and loading it on camels. You drive ahead to Dallol and visit the different landscapes formed by volcanic activity, Dallol + Lake Assal + camel caravans. Excursion to Dallol (116 meters below sea level, one of the lowest places in the world) colorful salt mining, visit Lake Assal, follow up camel caravans, and walk with the Afar people. Drive back to Hamedela and proceed to Mekele.

This day you will be transferred to the airport for your flight to Addis. In the evening attend a folkloric dinner where you will have a chance to taste several national dishes and watch dances of the various ethnic groups of Ethiopia. The traditional coffee ceremony will also be served. Later you will be transferred to the airport for your departure.



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