The surrounding area of Lalibela offers superb hiking. The recently opened Hudad Lodge is a great place to stay and to use as a base to explore the area. It is a true ecolodge. Build in traditional style with local materials, completely solar powered and all waste products are recycled. There is no road accessible by cars leading to the lodge. And this itinerary includes, the rock-hewn cherchs of Lalibela, ABUNE Yosed Mountain, third highest pick in Ethiopia and some less known cave cherchs, which takes in beautiful mountain and farm scenery as we follow Lasta mountains ranges.
Be welcomed by your guide on arrival at Addis Ababa Bole international airport and transfer in to your hotel.
Fly to Lalibela and take the airport shuttle transfers to the town (25minute) and visit the rock hewn churches of Lalibela. Lalibela is most famous for its churches. Visit the 12-13th century rock hewn churches called the Eighth wonder of the world, which are still active places of worship and host many major religious ceremonies. The churches are carved out of solid rock, and each has unique architectural features. Take a wander through the tunnels and stairways linking the churches together. Over night top 12 hotel or similar.
Early morning we start our walk to Hudad lodge via Asheten Maryam, is ruggedly carved out of a cleft on the clifs of Asheten. The monastery is between the historic Ethiopian town Lalibela and the Hudad Eco-Lodge. Built in the 11th century, King Lalibela’s original plan was to build the rock hewn churches in Asheten Maryam. The setting of the monastery is particularly riveting with 360 degree views of the valley and town below, 4 hours walking. Over night at Hudad lodge.
Today we can take it easy and explore the area around the lodge or we embark on a strenuous hike up to the Abuna Yosef Mountain (4260 m). The latter option is a full day hike (at least 9 hours) which should not be underestimated. But it is a great hike and you will be rewarded with extraordinary views and might be lucky to see the endangered Ethiopian wolf. You will have coffee in the local tukuls house and enjoy the social life’s of the farmers. Overnight at Hudad lodge.
Early morning we will hike to Yimrehane Kristos church in about 6 hours. This is a beautiful decorated church and called 'build up' church, which differs from the rock-hewn churches from Lalibela town. After visiting the church, our car will wait us there and takes us in about 2 hours to Lalibela. Overnight Top 12 hotel or similar
Fly back to Addis and have a sightseeing of Addis Ababa.