Three Day Tour at Danakil Depression

Description

Description

Discover the otherworldly beauty of the Danakil Depression in Ethiopia, a mesmerizing destination that promises a journey into the heart of extreme landscapes. Known as one of the hottest and lowest places on Earth, the Danakil Depression captivates with its surreal terrain featuring bubbling lava lakes, vibrant sulfur springs, and kaleidoscopic mineral deposits. Trekking across the vast salt flats, visitors are immersed in an ethereal panorama that feels like stepping onto another planet. The kaleidoscope of colors created by mineral-laden hot springs and the stark contrast of the expansive salt flats against the backdrop of active volcanoes make the Danakil Depression a photographer’s dream. This otherworldly destination offers intrepid travelers a rare and unforgettable experience, where the raw beauty of the Earth takes center stage in an awe-inspiring display of nature’s power.

 

Highlights

Day 1 – Erta Ale

Embark on an extraordinary adventure as we journey to Erta Ale, meaning “smoky mountain” in the Afar language. Renowned as one of Ethiopia’s most captivating and physically demanding natural wonders, Erta Ale is a shield volcano boasting a 30 km base diameter and a 1 km square caldera at its summit. What sets it apart is the world’s sole permanent lava lake, situated at an elevation of 613 meters. This unique geological marvel, one of only five of its kind globally, has sustained its lava lake since the early 20th century. Though its activity may have diminished, Erta Ale remains a remarkable spectacle. Commencing our day at 9:00 AM, we navigate the challenging journey to Dodom, positioned at the volcano’s base. The 80 km expedition unfolds on one of the world’s roughest roads, traversing a dynamic landscape of solidified lava, rock, sand, and intermittent palm-lined oases. After a six-hour drive, passing through desolate hamlets, we reach the Dodom camping site, approximately 17 km from Erta Ale. Dinner is served at 17:00, followed by a brief respite before embarking on a trek to Erta Ale at 20:00. Camels transport camping essentials and some food, including sleeping materials and water, to the volcano’s rim. Here, atop the mountain, we spend the night, immersed in the mesmerizing spectacle of the boiling lava.

 

Day 2 –  Dallol 

Witness the enchanting spectacle of the early morning sunrise over the northern pit crater, a focal point that beckons a mere 5-minute walk to explore the southern and central pits. The southern and central pits, possibly remnants of an ancient pit or simple collapse structures, add a layer of mystery to this extraordinary landscape. The primary pit-crater, an impressive three-storied formation, boasts a sub-circular design, measuring 200 meters in depth and 350 meters in width. In contrast, the smaller southern pit spans 65 meters in width and plunges approximately 100 meters into the earth. Commencing the descent from Erta Ale around 9 am, we return to Dodom after an early breakfast, aiming for a departure by 07:00 o’clock and an arrival at the camp by 10:30 o’clock. Following a well-deserved relaxation period, we embark on an optional journey, conditions permitting, to the mythical Lake Giulietti (or Lake Afrera), a saltwater lake situated over 100 meters below sea level within one of the planet’s deepest depressions. The landscape unfolds into picturesque salt flats, where the Afar people extract salt through the evaporation of lake water. Our adventure continues with a drive to Erbiti, progressing towards Abaala/Hamed ela.

 

Day 3 – Sunrise at salt lake

In the morning, tour will embark on a drive to Ragad (Asebo), a locale where locals engage in salt mining. Observe the industrious activity of workers extracting salt from the earth, skillfully cutting it into rectangular pieces, and loading it onto camels. Continuing our journey, we proceed to Dallol, encountering a diverse landscape shaped by volcanic activity. Explore Dallol, situated 116 meters below sea level, making it one of the world’s lowest points. Marvel at the vibrant salt mining operations, visit Lake Assal, and, if visiting between July and early September, witness camel caravans traversing the terrain. Immerse yourself in the unique experience of walking alongside the Afar people. Concluding our adventure, we drive back to Semera and then fly back to Addis, marking the end of the captivating Danakil tour.

 

Additional Information

Trip to Erta Ale

  • Ticket Included
  • Accommodation: Overnight camping at the volcano
  • Meals: Lunch and Dinner

Day 2 – Dallol

  • Ticket Included
  • Accommodation: Overnight camping at Hamed ela
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

Day 3 – Sunrise at salt lake

  • Ticket Included
  • Accommodation: Not included
  • Meals: Breakfast and Lunch

Please Note

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking 
  • Not wheelchair accessible 
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions 
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level 
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 10 travelers

Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time. Cancellation Policy You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund. For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time. If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.

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