Bale Mountain Trekfrom
We leave Addis Ababa, the world’s fourth highest capital, and head 400 km southeast to the Bale Mountains National Park, a protected area of approximately 2,200 km², part of the Ethiopian Highlands
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Vacation Style Holiday Type
Activity Level Ultimate
Our first stop is the National Park Headquarters at Dinsho at the entrance to the park. Accompanied by our guide and packhorses we trekthrough alpine grasslands to the Mararo campsite (3750m). Ethiopian wolves are often seen in this area.
From here we follow the Wasama valley, with views of Garba Guracha Lake, an old glacial valley and an excellent place to see birds of prey. We continue our trek through the highlands ascending Senate Plateau towards Batu Mountain, the highest peak (4,400m).
We stop to visit the Rift Valley Lakes on our return to Addis Ababa.
• Bale Mountains National Park
• Chance to spot the rare Ethiopian wolf
• Trek the highest plateau in Africa
• meet nomadic herders grazing their flocks on the plateau
Arrival and departure transfers are included, whether you book flights yourself, or we book them for you.
Accommodation as listed in the itinerary. Should we need to change hotels, but we will endeavour to keep the same standard. However, hotel standards may not be the same as you’re used to elsewhere.
You will be escorted throughout by an English speaking guide. You will also have local English speaking guides.
As listed within the itinerary (B-Breakfast, L-Lunch, D-Dinner).
All entrance fees
A bottle of mineral water every day
Guests are responsible for arranging their own visa. We would recommend that you obtain your visa in advance of your trip using the evisa service.
We don’t include international flights in the cost of our tours
It is important that you have insurance in place prior to arriving in country.
Guide and porterage tips, also local payments for photography
Day 1 - Addis Ababa L/D
On arrival at Bole International Airport, you will be met and transferred to your hotel. After lunch a city tour will take you to the National Archaeological Museum, to view the 3.6 million-year-old remains of “Lucy”, discovered in 1974, Ethnological Museum at Addis Ababa University and Holy Trinity Cathedral. Drive to the top of Mount Entoto, which rises to an altitude of 10,500 feet for a panoramic view of the metropolis before making your way back to your hotel. Overnight at Swiss Inn Nexus Hotel or similar.
The Ethiopian capital is situated on the southern slopes of central Ethiopia’s Entoto Hills and is the world’s fourth highest capital city with altitudes of 2,350m to more than 2,600m. The city was founded in the 19th century by Emperor Menelik II.
Addis Ababa ”new flower”) or Addis Abeba, also known as Finfinne (”natural spring”), is the capital and largest city of Ethiopia.
As a chartered city, Addis Ababa also serves as the capital city of Oromia. It is where the African Union is headquartered and where its predecessor the Organisation of African Unity (OAU) was based. It also hosts the headquarters of the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (ECA), as well as various other continental and international organizations. Addis Ababa is therefore often referred to as ”the political capital of Africa” for its historical, diplomatic and political significance for the continent. The city lies a few miles west of the East African Rift which splits Ethiopia into two, through the Nubian Plate and the Somali Plate. The city is populated by people from different regions of Ethiopia.
DAY 2 - Bale Mountains - Dinsho-Robe
After breakfast, we start a full day's drive to the Bale Mt. National Park, traveling thorough the southeast part of the capital, where fertile land is cultivated by the Oromo people. We arrive at Dinsho, Park head quarter, in the afternoon, in time for a walk around to see three of the endemic mammals: Menelik's Bushbuck, and Mountain Nyala
And birds Blue-winged goose, Spot-breasted lapwing, Abyssinian long claw, Wattled ibis, Black-headed siskin, Rouget’s rail, and of course other species, too. Wabeshebele Hotel or similar Hotels.
DAY 3 - Mararo
Accompanied by your guide and packhorses we trek 5-6 hrs through the lush highland vegetation to our first campsite, Mararo.
The air here is clean and crisp and the scenery utterly stunning. En route you will see a number of birds like Wattled ibis, Rouget’s rail, black-winged lovebird, thick-billed raven, white-collared pigeon, Abyssinian long claw, Abyssinian catbird, white-backed black tit, black-headed forest oriole, black kite, augur-buzzard and lammergeyer. Overnight Composite.
DAY 4 - Wasema Valley
After breakfast we resume trek that will last for about 7- 8 hrs. The trek offers the chance to see Ethiopia's endemic Abyssinian Wolf.
Around Worgona mineral spring, Giant Mole rat can easily be seen. Overnight camping at Wasema Valley
DAY 5 - Gebreguracha
Today you trek through the highlands ascending Senate Plateau and crossing Batu Mountain, 4200 meters. Here you have a great opportunity to see Ethiopian wolf.
You will also see a number of birds of pray such as Lammergeyer, Vereaux’s eagle and harrier hawk. Overnight camping at the base of the valley, viewing Lake GebreGuracha Overnight camping at Wasema Valley
DAY 6 - Little Batu
Today you trek towards little Batu Mountain, this trek is the day you face back to the head quarter of Bale Mountains.
The trek will take for about 6- 7 hrs. Overnight camping at the base of Little Batu Mountain. Overnight Composite.
Day 7 - Dinsho Lodge
After breakfast trek to Dinsho Loge.
This last trekking day will take for about 5 – 6 hrs. Overnight at Dinsho Lodge
DAY 8 - Addis Ababa And Departure B/L/D
Drive back to Addis Ababa with stops on the way at rift valley Lakes. Evening a fare well dinner party in one of the traditional Ethiopian restaurants with dances from different ethnic groups.
Then transfer to The Airport for your flight back home.