Erta Ale Volcano Tour in Ethiopia a spectacular trek to active lava lake which comprises of two active volcano craters within a larger oval-shaped caldera. The two caldera exhibit periodic fountaining of lava causing Lava Lake overflows; this creates spectacular incandescence as the pahoehoe lava flows into the larger caldera around the craters and occasionally beyond. Lava flows in the S crater overflowed its rim in November 2010 (BGVN 36:06).
Erta Ale Volcano Tour Program
Day 1: Mekele to Hamed ela
In the morning transfer to the airport for your schedule flight to Mekele. From Makele drive to Hamedela via Berhale (639 meters above sea level). Pass across the Danakil Depression which is full of eye-catching colors due to the presence of sulphur springs. Some points of the depression lying about 100 meters below sea level. Proceed with the journey to small town of Berhale where the camel caravans stop before they proceed to the northern highlands. En route you see many long caravans going to the salt mines and others coming out of the Danakil with their salt loaded camels. (3-4 hrs drive) Camp at Hamedela.
Day 2: Hamd Ela – Dodom (150 meters)
Early breakfast then at 0630 hrs departs to Askoma (150 meters) which is located at the base of new Erta Ale. The distance between Hamd Ela to Askoma is about 80 km and it is the journey of about 6 hrs passing through changing landscape of solidified lava, rock, sand and the occasional palm lined oasis. The route is also pass through several small hamlets scattered here and there in this desert land. Trek 9 km for about 3 hrs from Askoma to the new Erta Ale. Early dinner and trek up to the new Erta Ale reach the peak at 20:00. The Camels carry all the camping materials and some food, sleeping materials, mattresses and water, to the rim of the volcano. Spend a night at the rim watching the dramatic action of the boiling lava. New Erta Ale is a shield volcano with a base diameter of 30 km and 1km square caldera at its summit which ranks one of the most alluring and physically challenging natural attractions anywhere in Ethiopia. The magma flow moved 3.5 kms south from old Erta Ale to the New eruption point.
Day 3: Explore the Volcano
Proceed with the Erta Ale Volcano Tour by enjoying the sunrise at the volcano and Lake Afdera (102 meters) then walk around the craters. The main crater is 613 meters above sea level with and the depth of 200 m and width of 350 m. The smaller southern pit is 65 m wide and about 100 m deep. At 7:00 hrs leave to Askoma where you will arrive at at 10:30 am. During winter you may visit Lake Afdera which is the deepest depression on the planet. Lake Afdera is Located about 100 m below the sea level. Proceed to Hamed Ela for overnight at the campsite.
Day 4: Hamed Ela – Mekele
Today you will visit Dallol and Lake Assal which are 130 m below the sea level. This place is famous for salt mining. Observe the locals cutting salts block ready to carry by camels. Later drive back to Hamedela and proceed to Mekele where you will take a schedule flight back to Addis Ababa. Overnight in the hotel. On the next day you will be provided with transfer to the airport for your onward flight back home.
Erta Ale Volcano Tour Price: Inquire
The price Includes
All Entrance fees and licenses as per the program.
Accommodation and all meals throughout the tour.
Bottles of water for the trip.
Surface Transport expense with four wheel drive Land-cruiser including fuel expense and drivers allowance
Local guide service for the afar region as per the program.
Cooking, camping equipment,
Scout and police service in Afar Region as per the program.
Camel and camel tires in Afar Region as per the program.
Minimum of 2 cars per trip with local security.
Meals, water, entrance fees, accommodation and security during the trip