The spectacularly situated church of Asheten Maryam is built on the peak of a mountain with its namesake and overlooks Lalibela. The hike to the church takes about 1 and a half to 2 hours.
Special services are held on September 20th and 29th.
The freestanding wood and stone church of Yemmerha Kristos was built at the dramatic entry to a cave. Hiking to the church takes between 6 and 7 hours and requires a vehicular pick-up.
Special services are held on January 7th and 28th October.
A church built along a shallow cave in a dramatic setting. Waterfalls cascade from the cave’s ceiling and fill natural pools with holy water, widely used by locals for the curing of ailments. The hike down to the church takes 3 to 4 hours.
Special services are held on November 11th.
There are a number of short walks that can take place in the Abichagula reserve which is located on the northern side of the Hudad. The reserve is home to large numbers of endemic fauna and flora and is one of the few remaining examples of thick wild vegetation. In addition, the mysterious and as of yet unexplored buried church of Beta Gabriel is a two hour hike from the Lodge.
The villagers that manage the lodge are located in a number of hamlets scattered across the countryside. It is possible to visit their homes, and gain an understanding of local lives and livelihoods in this high altitude location. You will be offered local dishes and participate in a coffee ceremony whilst cooking and farming demonstration lessons are also on offer.
A short walk from the Lalibela Hudad is a community school built by the Australian NGO, friends of the Hudad. This currently has two classroom blocks but is part of a wider program bent on teaching sustainable farming skills and maintaining mountain families together.
Abune Yosef is the one of the highest peaks in Ethiopia, at 4300 meters above sea level. The hike to Abune Yosef is relatively difficult, but well worth the trip. To take 4 to 5 hours and requires an overnight stay at a local lodge. You will gain the chance to see the unique afro alpine habitat zone with its’ majestic giant lobelias. The highly endangered Ethiopian wolf is often spotted in the Abune Yosef conservation area.
Extraordinary vistas, sculptural geological features, exceptional wildlife spotting and more scattered villages can be explored with treks further into the mountain countryside. Longer week long itineraries are available for trekkers. Contact us for more details.