*Asheten Maryam, the Hudad and its’ Community, Abune Yosef, Yemmerah Kristos. Day 1) You will be driven part way to Asheten Maryam where…
*Asheten Maryam, the Hudad and its’ Community, Abune Yosef, Yemmerah Kristos.
Day 1) You will be driven part way to Asheten Maryam where you will hike the last 30 minute stretch up to this spectacularly situated church. Following a visit of its’ grounds, you will hike across the mountain up to the lodge via the Abuchagula nature reserve takes between 1 hour and a half and 2 hours. Upon arrival, you will be served a freshly cooked lunch and invited to explore the Hudad plateau.
Local villagers take turn in hosting guests, and at some stage during your visit you will be invited to visit a local home and learn more about local lifestyles and traditions and take part in a coffee ceremony.
Accommodation will be in one of our rustic stone huts.
Day 2) Today you will have an early start. Your first stop will be across over to the nearby plateau at the Hudad Community School, built by local villagers and an Australian NGO to support the many families scattered in the countryside who are too far from Lalibela to send the children there.
Following this, you will start the ascent towards Abune Yosef. It will take around 3:30 hours to cross the upper plateau to the vehicular pickup point. Along the way, you will experience the rolling farmland that typifies the local highlands.
Here you will say goodbye to your mules and the vehicle will drive you up towards the peak, with stops along the way to take in views, and a picnic lunch. Weather permitting, the top of Abune Yosef offers dramatic views across the whole region.
In the early afternoon, the vehicle will commence its’ descent towards Lalibela, You will be given the choice to to hike the final 1:30 hour stretch towards Yemmerah Kristos chuch wwhich can be approached via an attractive mountain pass. After your visit, a vehicle will pick you up and drive you back to Lalibela in time for sunset.
All Inclusive (includes vehicular transport, mule and muleteer, guide, food and accommodation, church entries and community home visit):
1 or 2 people: $629.99
3 to 5 People: $349.99
If you want to ride a mule directly from Lalibela, and prefer not to have a vehicular pick-up and drop off, this will add 3 to 4 hours each way to your trip:
1 or 2 people: $589.99
3 to 5 People: $309.99
1) Prices are per person.
2) Larger Groups should contact us directly to obtain further discounts.
3) Prices based on sharing accommodation with other members of your party.