Trekking to abune yosef
For those visitors who are inexperience in walking up and down on hills and who have little time to experience the high mountains
of Majestic High Lands and Ethiopian culture they can choose these short and easy hiking trips. We have compiled a list of opportunities for short easy hiking trip and walking tours around Lalibela. Here is not much difference between Hiking and Trekking in Ethiopia. Hiking is an initial part of trekking and relatively easier that still involve up and down on rural hilly areas below 2600 meters but offers glimpse of High Mountains views,
while trekking takes you through the low land village to high Mountain pass up to almost 3300 meters.
Contact us for some hiking trips that we have not described in this page, but all are suited for all age people especially for the family groups and novices.
With this trip you will have experience of the local culture and living style. Mount Abune yousef 4300m (3rd Highest Peak in Ethiopia) The third highest peak in Ethiopia, the AbuneYosef Massif offers visitors stunning views and wildlife viewing opportunities. During the treks and around AbuneYosef, visitors can see an impressive array of flora and fauna including giant lobelia, troops of Gelada baboons, and the rare Ethiopian wolf. Located north of Lalibela, the afro-montane environment offers a perfect complement to the cultural and historical experience of the Lalibela rock hewn churches. However, those that make the climb find the views and experience well worth it. Visit our itinerary section to arrange how many days to spend at mount abuneyousef
Flora: While the high plain has been converted into farmland over the past 50 years the slopes of the mountain ranges are still covered by natural forest, changing composition with altitude, the unique Afro montane vegetation formations are the main attraction of the area. The AbuneYoseph area home to diversied vegetation types including bush land, woodlands, mountain dray forests, and afroalpine grassland.
Mammals:There are a numberof known species of mammals on the Abuneyoseph massif. Of the 32 species of Abyssinian endemic mammals (endemic to Ethiopia and Eritrea). Seven can be found in AbuneYoseph. The most spectacular of these are the Ethiopian wolf and the Gelada baboon. Other species to look out for include the golden jakel, hayna, caracal, leopard, rock hyrax, duiker, klipspringer and starck hare. Birds:abune youse is habitat a number of bird species found in Ethiopia. The AbuneYoseph area is one of the most important bird areas in the country. The AbuneYoseph mountains also attract few pairs of Golden eagles..
This is tentative trekking program to abune yosef,this program can be modified according to the guests desire, it can be extended to over 7 days or reduced to 3days with different trekking route but this is the convetional trekking route to abune yosef.
Day1-Drive from lalibela to Genetemariam , which is 32km drive from lalibela,at genetmariam
a stop to see lalibela-style rock-hewen church then trekking to Emekina medhanalem and
Emekina Lideta mariam overnight trekking to tadios amba.
Day2-From Tadios Amba via Telfetit ,over night ber metebekia ,but this will be tough day .this stop is rewarding ,the landscape is wonderful and the inhbitant there live in traditional huts, and the vilage is captivating for its authenticity.
Day3-From Tadios Amba, trekking to abune yosef mountain chain ,including to the summit of the mountain(which is 4280m above sea level),the 3rd highest mountain in ethiopia. overnight their at abune yosef. Day4-From Abune yosef via Dekusa-hamusit market to chiraro ber overnight chirarober.
Day5-Late in the morning ,after breakfast trekking from chirarober walk down to visit yemerhane kirstos church then drive back to Lalibela besides the trekking experience and breath-taking landscape,we will have a chance to see ethiopian red jackle and a flock of gelada baboon.