9 Days Trekking to Bale Mountains National Park
Focus: Trekking, Nature, Scenery, Wildlife, Culture
Destination: Bale Mountain National Park
Mode of transport: Surface + Trekking
9 Days 8 Nights
After breakfast, drive through Ethiopian Great Rift Valley by enjoying the beautiful Rift Valley Lakes and the spectacular mountain scenery. On arrival in Dinsho, Hike around the Juniper forest and explore the area where high concentration of the Bale Mountains Nayal, Minilik Bush Buck and other mammals are found. Overnight camping
Trek to Geysay Valley, to the northerly extension of the park. Here, while trekking in the indigenous forest, it's possible to spot the endemic Minilik Bush Buck and Mountain Nyala and other mammals including the endemic Ethiopian Wolf. Overnight camping
Trek and pass through the stunning Weib Valley and the finally reach at the beautiful waterfall of FinchaAbera. Overnight camping
Trek beneath the peaks of Merero; see and taste the strange mineral springs before making the steep ascent out of the head of the valley onto the Sanette Plateau. Overnight camping
Climb Batu (4203 m), and then trek on across the arms of the Batu horseshoe, to camp beside lovely Garba Guracha lake-set beneath towering cliffs in the head of the Tegona Valley. Overnight camping
Trek to the highest peak in the Bale Mountains, Tullu Dimtu (4377m, 14357ft) which is part of the Sanetti Plateau. The vistas are simply unbelievable and so photogenic. Here you will find small alpine lakes and typical afro-alpine vegetation that includes the Giant Lobelia and shrubs such as 'Everlasting'. Vistas reach out to the strange pinnacles of Chorchora Peak and across the sheer-sided Tegona River Gorge. There are views to the steep-sided volcanic plug of Konteh Tullu and the long, craggy ridges of Mount Batu. The car will meet us here and drive to Rira. Overnight camping / local guest house in Rira.
After breakfast, hiking through bamboo and waterfall trail inside Harena Forest, one of the few remaining natural forests in the country, known for its mammals, amphibians and birds, including many endemic species. The Harenna Forest was once habitat to packs of the endangered Painted Hunting Dog and Lycaonpictus. Overnight camping / local guest house in Rira.
In the morning, drive to Langano. Lunch Break.Arrival at Langano. Afternoon, game drive and a short walk inside Abyata-Shala National Park, famous for wildlife & birds. Overnight in Lodge
Morning, leisure time; relax, swim and walk on the shore of Lake Langano. Then, drive back to Addis Ababa. If time allows, leisure and shopping time. Evening we will have a fare well dinner in one of the Ethiopian restaurants for cultural dinner and dances from the different ethnic groups. Then transfer to your destination. End of the destination.
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