Tour to the Danakil Depression
Trip at a Glance
Adventure, Volcano Tour
Departure Day(s) and Time(s)
- Be adventurous and sleep under the stars on top of a volcano!
- Visit the lowest point on Earth not covered in water with the world's highest temperatures.
- See and learn the traditions of the Afar people as they live in harsh conditions and harvest salt.
Have you ever wanted to walk on one of the lowest points on Earth not covered by water? Join Magma-Flow Tours on a four-day journey to a spot where the highest average temperatures on the planet have been recorded. Imagine experiencing 34 degrees celsius each day of the year with the warmest temperature being 55 degrees celsius in the summer! Certified tour guide Israel will lead you on a four day trek to The Danakil Depression. Be amazed by seeing the areas that are 100 metres below sea level! Yellow hot sulfur sits among bright white salt beds and green crystal pools in this basin near the Red Sea.
The first day is a 260 km trek through villages in the Afar Region to Hamadella where base camp is set up. You can unwind in local Afar beds under the stars or in a wooden cottage after our professional cook prepares supper. Day two brings us 105 km by sand dunes, rivers and the salt desert to the volcano Erta Ale. We will rest for a few hours and leave in the evening when the sun is not at it’s hottest to trek up to the top of the volcano. Our gear and replenishments will be carried by camels. We will camp in cottages near the lava lakes at the top. Enjoy the lava and fountains jumping overnight and explore the overflow from years gone by in the morning. Day three, we descend the volcano for a ride back to Hamadella where you can visit the locals and see their way of life. The next day we travel through Dallol Depression where we will visit various salt lakes, sulfur, potash and other mineral spots as well as a cave. We will also stop and see how the Afar people harvest salt before making our way back to Mekelle.
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