Alien Danakil depression tour – 6 Days

  • 3 Days
  • Max Guests : 30
  • Difficulty : 8/10
  • Solitude Lv : 8/10


The Danakil Depression, located in Ethiopia, is known for its otherworldly landscapes and extreme conditions. It’s important to note that tour details, availability, and conditions can change, so it’s recommended to check with local tour operators or agencies for the most up-to-date information.

What to Expect

Extreme Conditions:

  • Temperature: Prepare for extremely high temperatures, often exceeding 40°C (104°F) during the day. Sun protection, including hats and sunscreen, is crucial.
  • Hydration: Carry sufficient water to stay hydrated. The tour operator should provide guidelines on the recommended amount of water per day.

Unique Landscapes:

  • Witness the surreal landscapes of Dallol Volcano with its vibrant and otherworldly hot springs. Expect to see colors ranging from bright yellow to green and red due to mineral deposits.
  • Explore the ancient lava flows and bizarre rock formations that make the Danakil Depression a geological wonder.

Cultural Interaction:

  • Visit the Afar Village to experience the traditional way of life of the Afar people. Respect local customs and seek permission before taking photographs.

Trek to Erta Ale Volcano:

  • Embark on a trek to the summit of Erta Ale, an active volcano with a continuously active lava lake


Day 1: Arrival in Addis Ababa

  • Arrive in Addis Ababa, the capital of Ethiopia.
  • Transfer to your hotel and have an orientation meeting with your tour guide.

Day 2: Fly to Mekele - Hamed Ela

  • Take a domestic flight to Mekele.
  • Drive to Hamed Ela, the base for exploring the Danakil Depression.
  • Overnight camping in Hamed Ela.

Day 3: Dallol and Salt Flats

  • Visit Dallol, known for its colorful hydrothermal deposits and unique landscapes.
  • Explore the salt flats and witness the traditional salt mining methods.
  • Return to Hamed Ela for the night.

Day 4: Erta Ale Volcano

  • Drive to Erta Ale, an active volcano with a lava lake.
  • Begin the trek to the summit to witness the volcanic activity.
  • Camping near the volcano.

Day 5: Erta Ale - Afar Region

  • Descend from Erta Ale and return to Hamed Ela.
  • Explore the Afar region and interact with local communities.
  • Overnight stay in Hamed Ela.

Day 6: Fly back to Addis Ababa

  • Drive back to Mekele and take a domestic flight back to Addis Ababa.
  • Optional city tour or free time in Addis Ababa.
  • Departure or additional overnight stay in Addis Ababa, depending on your schedule.

Keep in mind that the Danakil Depression can be challenging due to its extreme temperatures and remote location, so it’s essential to be prepared and travel with a reputable tour operator. Ensure that you have the necessary permits and follow safety guidelines provided by your tour guide. Additionally, check for any travel restrictions or updates before planning your trip.

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