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Ethiopia Highlands Trek2019-03-05T15:38:01+00:00

Africa Direct runs an annual two week trip to Ethiopia with a 7 day trek in the Wollo Highlands for an accompanied group of twelve. Flights are Dublin to Addis where we spend a day visiting the museum where Lucy the 3 million year old skeleton of the oldest human remains are displayed and to the Coptic Christian Church with Haille Salasie’s tomb. Then a spectacular bus trip to Bahir Dar on the shores of Lake Tana where we take a boat trip to visit ancient monasteries on the small islands.

The trek is for seven days staying with local communities in Tukals funded by Irish Aid to accommodate trekkers providing an income for these subsistence farmers. They cook dinner every evening, breakfast each morning and other communities along the way cook lunches. The communities survive in this remote region at 3000 meters growing tef and herding sheep, no villages or shops along the way, just small schools and tin churches. Trekking for about seven hours each day is only challenging with a good climb on one day. Scenery and views are spectacular, weather is sunny but not too hot. Lots more information available on enquiry.

Trek across the Wollo Highlands of Ethiopia

Stay with local villages on the top of mountains

and wake up to a mug of tea with an incredible view

1302, 2019

Ethiopian Highland Trek 2019

Email africadirect@gmail.com or Phone on 021 4806425 to register WHEN: 20th October- 3rd November (14 days) WHAT: -Trekking in the Wollo Highlands, -Visiting projects being supported by Africa Direct (partly co-funded by Irish Aid), -Staying in local communities (in good huts funded by Irish Aid through community tourism schemes), -Sharing tea/coffee ceremonies, -Watching and joining dances, -Sit down toilets with views over the valleys and a bucket shower. -Walking around ancient ground rock churches in Lalibella, sailing across lake Tana around 3 of it's islands full of old monasteries, and seeing the source of the Nile. FOR MORE [...]

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Cork Trekkers Fund Highlands Schools

Leading a trek in the Ethiopian Highlands in 2015, Passage West born Martin Coughlan visited a small local school. Built of mud walls on a wood frame, it was leaning over precariously. The children were squeezed three to a desk on rough earth floors. With too many children for the few classrooms they have two shifts morning and afternoon. Come June the rains will start and at over 3000 meters winds can be very high. Martin and his trekking companions took measurements. He planned to help. It all started in 2007 with Irish Aid funding each community along [...]

205, 2016

Ethiopian Highland Trek 2016

2016's trek has been set for 21st of October! 14days in Ethiopia: Trekking in the Wollo Highlands, staying in local communities (in good huts funded by Irish Aid through community tourism schemes), sharing tea/coffee ceremonies, watching and joining dances, sit down toilets with views over the valleys and a bucket shower. Walking around ancient ground rock churches in Lalibella, sailing across lake Tana around 3 of it's islands full of old monasteries, and seeing the source of the Nile. Visiting our partners projects in Addis Ababa and the highlands. 2016's Itinerary  

1405, 2015

Ethiopian Highland Trek 2015

 2015's Trek is set for November! With funding from Irish Aid, local highland communities have built good accommodation in traditional tukuls. Good meals with wholesome food are cooked for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Sit down toilets with views over the valleys and a bucket shower.   2015's Itinerary   Note: Prices and Itinerary may change   Contact Jack at 0872386130 if you wish to partake.   Read about 2014's trip to Ethiopia  

1203, 2015

Ethiopian Highland Trek 2014

In 2014 Africa Direct held its first trip to ETHIOPIA consisting of 10 days in total with 6 days trekking in the stunning Wollo Highlands. Our itinerary took us in and out via Addis Ababa where the oldest human remains are kept in the National Museum. We also visited the famous underground Christian Churches in Lallibella as well as boating on the Lake Tana the source of the Blue Nile near Bahir Dar. The trekking was organised with a local community based group who have constructed Ethiopian ‘Tukals’ or huts, funded by Irish Aid, where the group stayed each night during the trek. The [...]