Ethiopia Genna Festival

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Ethiopian Christmas ‘Genna’ (7th January 2019) is the most important religious festival, in the second country in the world to become Christian. This adventure provides the unique opportunity to experience the elaborate and highly stylised rituals and parades. Taking place alongside the thousands of Ethiopian pilgrims who flock to the 13th Century rock-hewn churches in Lalibela. After this amazing celebration travel up to the Gheralta mountains for hiking in stunning rural surroundings.

Itinerary:

  1. Journey begins in Addis Ababa.
  2. Addis Ababa to Lalibela.
  3. Genna Festival.
  4. Lalibela to Gheralta mountains.
  5. Begin rock church mountain trek.
  6. Sycamore tree to Agoza camp.
  7. Agoza to Koraro camp.
  8. Journey ends in Addis Ababa.
  9. Fly out from Addis Ababa.

Overview:

  1. Eight nights based on twin sharing is included in the package price.
  2. Eight breakfasts, lunches and dinners are included in package price.
  3. All transfers, guides and porters are included.
  4. Visa fees are excluded in package price.
  5. Airport taxes, tips, souvenirs are excluded in package price.
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DAY 1 – Journey begins in Addis Ababa:

Begin your adventure with a tour of this lively city including its Cathedral, National Museum and Merkato. In the evening, watch traditional musicians and dancers performing different tribal dances in a culture house before dinner at a restaurant and a jazz club or two for any interested parties.

NOTE: Lunch and dinner is included. Alongside an overnight stay at the hotel.

DAY 2 – Addis Ababa to Lalibela:

Hop on a short national flight to the historic town of Lalibela where your guided tour of the ancient 13th Century rock-hewn churches begins. This is easily the most famous of all monuments across this enormous country. Professional local guides will lead you through the intricate system of underground passages that link the incredibly beautiful eleven churches in the UNESCO World Heritage Site.

NOTE: Breakfast lunch and dinner is included. Alongside an overnight stay at the hotel.

DAY 3 – Genna festival:

Spend the day and evening walking around the churches and surrounding area to witness the colourful parades and rituals with music, feasting and dancing! Share food with the local people and perhaps even partake in some of their delicious honey wine ‘tej’ which is traditionally drank throughout the festival.

NOTE: Breakfast lunch and dinner is included. Alongside an overnight stay at the hotel.

DAY 4 – Lalibela to Gheralta Mountains:

It is a full day’s drive from Lalibela to the Gheralta Mountains but the views along the way are incredible and make the whole journey worthwhile. When you reach the mountains your first night will be spent in a lodge with fantastic vistas of its formations! Explore the surrounding area and town before settling in to a fantastic dinner prepared by the lodge.

NOTE: Breakfast, lunch and dinner is included. Alongside a joy-ride and overnight stay at the lodge.

DAY 5 – Begin rock church mountain trek:

Hike up to view inside the delightful Abuna Abraham rock church, which requires a good climb in order to reach it; the views both inside and out are simply breathtaking. Tonight, camp under the biggest sycamore tree in the region, a wonderful spot where many of the local exotic birds flock to nest in its branches and you can meet local people from the surrounding villages.

NOTE: Breakfast, lunch and dinner is included. Alongside hiking and overnight camping.

DAY 6 – Sycamore tree to Agoza camp:

On the way you can climb Mt. Kemmer, the highest mountain in the Gheralta range affording 360° views of the surrounding mountains and desert plateau of Tigray. Pass by a tiny rock hermitage carved into the mountainside before reaching our camp in Agoza village, where you will camp in the grounds of the local school, chatting with the villagers that often congregate there.

NOTE: Breakfast, lunch and dinner is included. Alongside hiking and overnight camping.

DAY 7 – Agoza to Koraro camp:

This hike takes you up to beautiful Abuna Gebre Michael rock church carved deep into the mountainside and adorned with magnificent frescos. Follow the priest down a narrow natural defile cut through the rock of the mountain which leads to your campsite. This is situated in the lee of an enormous natural cave with a sandy floor for your tents. Celebrate with a barbecue of fresh meat and beer brought up from the nearest village, a campfire and dancing.

NOTE: Breakfast, lunch and dinner is included. Alongside hiking and overnight camping.

DAY 8 – Journey ends in Addis Ababa:

Drive from Koraro to visit either the world-renowned Abuna Yemata or the beautiful Mariam Koko rock churches. Depending on your preferences as the climb to Abuna Yemata is rather steep, requiring simple ropes and a harness for one particular spot as you ascend the giant stalagmite. For those who brave the climb it is one of the most incredible things you will ever see! Continue on a drive to Mekele Airport for your flight back to Addis Ababa for your final group dinner at one of the best restaurants in town.

NOTE: Breakfast, lunch and dinner is included. Alongside hiking and overnight stay at the hotel.

DAY 9 – Fly out from Addis Ababa:

After breakfast, you will be escorted to the airport for your departure back home.

NOTE: Breakfast is included.

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Ethiopia Genna festival

From: £1,400.00

International and national flights are not included in the adventure price. Clients will need to purchase two national flights for this adventure; Addis Ababa to Lalibela & Makale to Addis Ababa costing approximately GBP£263*

Up to a 50% discount is available if clients’ international carrier is Ethiopian Airline.

Insurance is not included yet is mandatory for this excursion.

Beginner – intermediate max. 5 hours hiking in a day.

Available between Sat 5th – Sun 13th January 2019.

Optional extras: Single accommodation.

8 Nights / 9 Days

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