The Lalibela Hudad plateau is at 3,300M above sea level, making it the highest lodge in Ethiopia.
From the town of Lalibela, it is possible for a vehicle to take visitors part of the way with the ride taking approximately 25 minutes from center of town. Once visitors arrive at the designated midpoint of the mountain, the final stretch must be attempted on foot or by Mule.
The steep hike up requires a lot of energy and some preparation. It takes between 1 and 130 hours from the vehicle drop off point, or alternatively, 230 to 3 hours from center of town.
At 3,300m the lodge is above the threshold of altitude sickness and travelers should be prepared to take precautionary measures.
Drink frequent sips of water, hike slowly, remember to eat a high carb meal before and after the hike and consult your doctor before your trip, in case it may be necessary for you to take medication. Alcohol consumption is also not recommended.
At this altitude, temperatures can drop and warm clothes are necessary both during the day and especially at night. Extra jumpers and local clothing are available at the lodge in case you need it. Also take note that mountain weather can be variable, with the possibility of rain even in the dry season.
Facilities at the Lodge are basic, there is no running water but staff is available to provide buckets of hot water as necessary. Toilets are of the dry composting type.