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In Addis Ababa Demera (the bonfire) is constructed on Meskerem 16 (September 26) and lit in late afternoon on the same day. In Addis, the capital city’s square, named after the same festival, is where the colorful celebration begin in the early afternoon of Meskerem 16. A crowd of people gather at the square, holding flaming Chibo (torches). Members of the clergy carry processional crosses and musical instruments from the Orthodox churches. They perform a religious Meskal song, whose meaning is directly related to the story of Queen Elleni (also known as Hellena); mother of King Constantine the Great of the Eastern Roman Empire. They celebrate it by playing music on instruments such as the Kabaro (the drum), Mequamia (the staff), Tsenatsil (the sistra) and so on.

At the celebration a chariot is dragged to commemorate the chariot by which Queen Elleni went to the site of the cross. As night starts to fall, attendants bearing their lighted Chibo walk around the Demera anti-clockwise direction at least three times, singing the traditional Meskal song. The Patriarch then lights the fire, and the laity in attendance wait until the central pole of the bonfire falls.

The Debre Damo Monastery is built on the flat- topped mountain of Debre Damo. The monastery, which dates back to early Axumite times, is said to possess the oldest existing intact church in Ethiopia.

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Legend has it that Abune Aregawi, one of the Nine Saints who came from Syria in the 6th century, judged that the plateau land above him was a suitable place on which to live a solitary life. God, hearing his wish, commanded a snake living on the mountain- top to stretch down and lift up the holy man, who made Debre Damo his abode. The monastery is only accessible by climbing a rope which hangs down from a perpendicular rock, an adventure in itself!!

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Debre Damo Monastery, Ethiopia

Day 1: Drive to Hamed Ela
After having a breakfast you will drive to Hamed Ela (180 Km from Mekelle). On arrival at Berehaile, you will pick up mandatory police, scouts, road guides, and permits for the Afar region. On your way you will notice striking changes in scenery as you drop from 2,220 elevation to below sea level, the Dankile depression begins here. It is one of the most inhospitable regions of the world, but is nonetheless spectacular, full of eye-catching colors, as in the sulphur springs. The desert has several points lying more than 100 meters (328 ft) below sea level.

En route you will see many long caravans going to the salt mines and others coming out of the Danakil with their salt loaded camels.Overnight stay camping at Hamed Ela.

 

Day 2: Excursion to Ragad (Asebo) and Dallol Depression, 25 km from Hamed Ela
Early in the morning after having a breakfast you will have a day trip to Ragad (Asebo), the place where the salts are mined. Observe the breaking of the salt from the ground, cutting into rectangular pieces and loading on camels.
Then you drive ahead to Dallol(116 meter below sea level, one of the lowest places in the world) and visit the difference landscape formed by volcanic activity, Dallol includes the Sulfur lake , Salt mountain, colourfull hot spring water, and Camel Caravan.

Later back to Hamed Ela. Then drive back to Mekelle. End of the tour.

Cost:
$350 per person

Duration:
2 days from Mekele to Mekele.

Group Size: 1- 5 Pax

Contact us:  info@fanosethiopiatours.com  or kebmathews@yahoo.com

Price Includes:
• vehicle latest model Toyota with Experienced English speaking driver throughout the Tour.
• All Entrance fees and licenses as per the program.
• Accommodation and all meals throughout the tour.
• Non-Alcoholic Beverages with meals as per the program and plenty 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.
• Experienced cook throughout of the tour as per the program.
• Government Taxes-VAT.
• For the duration of the trip we are responsible for all meals, waters entrance fees, accommodation, security, and transportation. Duration – two days from Mekele to Mekele.

Security
Danakil Depression (Dallol & Earta ale) security is a safe area. Mobile coverage is now available in the camping site of Hamed Ela village, Dallol area and on the road between Hamed Ela to Erta ale volcano. Tours travel in convoy and it is prerequisite to have security (Soldiers, & local Militants) when visiting the Danakil.

Day 1: Drive to Erta ale(200 Km asphalt & 45km sand road, total 245km from Mekele)
After having an early breakfast (possible at 06:30) you will drive to Erta ale, (195Km from Abala).
Up on arrival at Dodom take rest, relax & fill your energy for trek to Erta ale (17Km from Dodom) that takes approximately 3 hrs trekking.
Early dinner around 17:00 then as the sun sets, you leave behind the cars, use Camel to transport all the camping materials and some food (sleeping materials like light mattresses, mat and water) to the rim of the volcano,where you spend the night watching the dramatic action of the boiling lava. Erta ale ranks one of the most alluring and physically challenging natural attractions anywhere in Ethiopia. It is a shield volcano with a base diameter of 30 km and 1km square caldera at its summit. Erta Ale contains the world’s only permanent lava lake.Overnight at the rim of the Volcano.

Day 2: Drive to Mekele via Abala (245 KMS)
Early the next morning, you will descend from Mount Erta ale, returning to the base camp Dodom for a well-earned breakfast.
After having a breakfast & brief break you will drive to Mekele (240 Km from Erta ale) via the small towns of Aabala and Erepti.

Cost:
$450 for option two (Erta Ale/Volcano)

Duration:
4 days tour start at Mekele & finish at Mekele.

Group Size:  1-5 Pax

Contact us:  info@fanosethiopiatours.com  or kebmathews@yahoo.com

Price Includes:
• vehicle latest model Toyota with Experienced English speaking driver throughout the Tour.
• All Entrance fees and licenses as per the program.
• Accommodation and all meals throughout the tour.
• Non-Alcoholic Beverages with meals as per the program and plenty 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.
• Experienced cook throughout of the tour as per the program.
• Government Taxes-VAT.
• For the duration of the trip we are responsible for all meals, waters entrance fees, accommodation, security, and transportation. Duration – two days from Mekele to Mekele.
Security
Danakil Deperssion (Dallol & Earta ale) security is a safe area. Mobile coverage is now available in the camping site of Hamed Ela village, Dallol area and on the road between Hamed Ela to Erta ale volcano. Tours travel in convoy and it is prerequisite to have security (Soldiers, & local Militants) when visiting the Danakil.

Day 1: Drive to Hamed Ela
After having a breakfast you will drive to Hamed Ela (180 Km from Mekelle). On arrival at Berehaile, you will pick up mandatory police, scouts, road guides, and permits for the Afar region. On your way you will notice striking changes in scenery as you drop from 2,220 elevation to below sea level, the Dankile depression begins here. It is one of the most inhospitable regions of the world, but is nonetheless spectacular, full of eye-catching colors, as in the sulphur springs. The desert has several points lying more than 100 meters (328 ft) below sea level.

En route you will see many long caravans going to the salt mines and others coming out of the Danakil with their salt loaded camels.Overnight stay camping at Hamed Ela.

Day 2: Excursion to Ragad (Asebo) and Dallol Depression, 25 km from Hamed Ela
Early in the morning after having a breakfast you will have a day trip to Ragad (Asebo), the place where the salts are mined. Observe the breaking of the salt from the ground, cutting into rectangular pieces and loading on camels.
Then you drive ahead to Dallol(116 meter below sea level, one of the lowest places in the world) and visit the difference landscape formed by volcanic activity, Dallol includes the Sulfur lake , Salt mountain, colorful hot spring water, and Camel Caravan. Later back to Hamed Ela for lunch.

After lunch & brief break you will drive to Abala (150Km asphalt road 3hrs). Abala is small settlement & with moderate temperature, and basic accommodation with shower. Upon arrival check in local hotel. Rest, relax, and dinner. Overnight stay local hotel Hamed Ela.

Day 3: Drive to Erta ale(150 Km asphalt & 45km sand road, total 195km from Hamed Ela)
After having an early breakfast (possible at 06:30) you will drive to Erta ale, (195Km from Abala).
Up on arrival at Dodom take rest, relax & fill your energy for trek to Erta ale (17Km from Dodom) that takes approximately 3 hrs trekking.
Early dinner around 17:00 then as the sun sets, you leave behind the cars, use Camel to transport all the camping materials and some food (sleeping materials like light mattresses, mat and water) to the rim of the volcano,where you spend the night watching the dramatic action of the boiling lava. Erta ale ranks one of the most alluring and physically challenging natural attractions anywhere in Ethiopia. It is a shield volcano with a base diameter of 30 km and 1km square caldera at its summit. Erta Ale contains the world’s only permanent lava lake.Overnight at the rim of the Volcano.

Day 4: Drive to Mekele (240 KMS)
Early the next morning, you will descend from Mount Erta ale, returning to the base camp Dodom for a well-earned breakfast.
After having a breakfast & brief break you will drive to Mekele (240 Km from Erta ale) via the small towns of Habala and Erepti.

                                     ==== End of the Tour ====

Extensions:

Option 1:You can extend your visit to rock hewn churches of Tigray,Axum, Simien Park, Gonder, Bahir dar & Lalibela for historic route

Option 2: Flight back to Addis Ababa, drive to to South Ethiopia&Tribes of Omo Vally

Cost:
$600 per person

Duration:
4 days tour start at Mekele & finish at Mekele.

Group Size:  1-5 Pax

Contact us:  info@fanosethiopiatours.com  or kebmathews@yahoo.com

The price Includes

  • Transport latest model Toyota with Experienced English speaking driver throughout the Tour.
  • All Entrance fees and licenses as per the program.
  • Accommodation and all meals throughout the tour.
  • Non-Alcoholic Beverages with meals as per the program and plenty 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.
  • Experienced cook throughout of the tour as per the program.
  • Minimum of 2 cars per trip with local security.
  • For the duration of the trip we are responsible for all meals, water, entrance fees, accommodation, security and transportation.

Security

Danakil Depression (Dallol & Earta ale) security is a safe area. Mobile coverage is now available in the camping site of Hamed Ela village, Dallol area and on the road between Hamed Ela to Erta ale volcano. Tours travel in convoy and it is prerequisite to have security (Soldiers, & local Militants) when visiting the Danakil.

This small island monastery, separated from teh eastern shore by a narrow marshy corridor, is dominate be by as stirking spin of rock perhaps 30m high, and fringed by riparian forest supporting several paris of fish eagle. It has acquired something approaching cultu status sine the publication of Grahm Hancock’s book ‘The Sign and the Seal’, in which it is claimed that the islands monks have an ancient tradition that the Ark of the Covenant was kept here for 800 years before it was removed to Axum in the 4th century AD by King Ezana. Traditions has it that the Christian monastery was founded during the 6the Century reign of Gebre Meskel by Saint Yared and Abune Aregawi. The church building, though reasonably old, is architecturally undistinguished and rather ramshackle, with no paintings that appear to be more than a decade old.

Far more interesting than the monastery itself is a trio of hollowed out sacrificial pillars alongside it, testifying to the island’s importance as a Judaic religious shrine in per-Christian times. Given the Ethiopian predilection for mythologising – a ‘footprint’ on one of the isldand’s rock is claimed to be that of none other than Jesus Christ – it is stretching a point to conclude, as Hancock does, that these pillars provide circumstantial support for the Ark having onec resided on the island.

Tana Chirkos lies some three hours from Bahir Dar by boat; the walk from the jetty to the monastery takes no more than five minutes. On the way to the island (coming back), it is possible to look a two further monastires, both on small forested island about 30 minutes from Tana Chirkos. These are Rema Medhane Alem, a recently rebuilt church in which are stored a few interesting old paintings, and Misele Fasiliads, founded during the rule of teh Empreor after how it is named and architecturally undistinguished – though the surrounding forest is rich in birdlife.