Trekking

Bale Mountains National Park Trekking

The Bale Mountains National Park is located about 400 km southeast of Addis Ababa in Oromia National Regional State in south-eastern Ethiopia. It was established in 1970; this park covers about 2,200 square kilometers of the Bale Mountains to the west and southwest of Goba in the Bale Zone It belongs to the Bale-Arsi massif, which forms the western section of the south - eastern Ethiopian highlands. And it is the largest area of Afro-alpine habitat in the whole of the continent. It is a home for various flora and fauna species. The park which comprises reverie plains, woodlands and bush land, a home for several endemic species like Mountain Nyala and Ethiopian wolf, where the park is believed to be established to protect these two animals.
It is home to high mountains. The park area is encompassed within geographical coordinates of 6º29' – 7º10'N and 39º28' – 39º57'E and covers the largest area above 3000 m A.S.L in Africa. Tullu Dimtuu, with an altitude of 4377m A.S.L, is the highest peak in the park and the second highest peak in Ethiopia. The park includes a major Afro alpine plateau over 3500 m A.S.L. as well the slopes to the south that include low land tropical moist forest down to 1500 m A.S.L. The mountains are the highest part of Bale region and the park lies in the North West corner of the region. The rest of the Bale region falls off quickly in altitude to the hot, dry low lands bordering Somalia to the south –east and south. Generally the park is home of the big five mammals and many endemic fauna and flora species with the largest ecosystem in Africa.

Day 1: Arrival Addis Ababa

Up on arrival at Bole international airport and met by your travel representative and transfer to hotel. After check in to hotel, city tour of Addis; includes National Museum, Entoto palace (the first palace in Addis established by Emperor Menelik II), Trinity Cathedral that is unique for both Ethiopia and Africa for its European architecture, Ethnographic Museum and Merkato (the largest open air market in Africa). Overnight in your hotel.

Day 2: Addis-Ethiopian Rift Valley – Dinsho

After breakfast drive through Ethiopian Great Rift Valley en-route enjoying the beautiful Rift Valley Lakes and the spectacular mountain scenery. The rest of the day, walk around the Juniper forest around the park headquarter and explore the area where high concentration of the Bale Mountains Nyala, Minilik Bush Buck and other mammals are found. Overnight camping /Lodge

Day3: Dinsho - Geysay Valley – Dinsho

Trekking time: 5-6 hrs. Trek to Geysay Valley, to the northerly extension of the park. Here, while trekking in the indigenous forest, it's possible to spot the endemic Minilik Bush Buck and Mountain Nyala and other mammals including the endemic Ethiopian Wolf. Overnight camping/Lodge

Day 4: Dinsho – Weib Valleys-Fincha Abera

Trekking time:-6 hrs. Trek and pass through the stunning Weiba Valley and the finally reach at the beautiful waterfall of Fincha Abera. Overnight camping

Day 5: Fincha ábera-Merero-Wasmea

Trekking time: 8 hrs. Trek beneath the peaks of Merero; see and taste the strange mineral springs before making the steep ascent out of the head of the valley onto the Sanette Plateau.
Overnight camping

Day 6: Wasama Valley - Batu - Garba Guracha

Trekking time: 9 hrs. Climb Batu (4203 m), and then trek on across the arms of the Batu horseshoe, to camp beside lovely Garba Guracha Lake-set beneath towering cliffs in the head of the Tegona Valley.
Overnight camping

Day 7: Garba Guracha - Sanetti Plateau- Goba

We trek for 5 hrs to the highest peak in the Bale Mountains, Tullu Deemtu (4377m, 14357ft) which is part of the Sanetti Plateau. The vistas are simply unbelievable and so photogenic. Here you will find small alpine lakes and typical afro-alpine vegetation that includes the Giant Lobelia and shrubs such as 'Everlasting'. Vistas reach out to the strange pinnacles of Chorchora Peak and across the sheer-sided Tegona River Gorge. There are views to the steep-sided volcanic plug of Konteh Tullu and the long, craggy ridges of Mount Batu. The car will meet us here and drive us down to Goba town and overnight in hotel/lodge

Day 8: Goba- Harena-Goba

Morning, drive to Harena. The Harenna Forest is one of the few remaining natural forests in the country. The Harenna Forest is known for its mammals, amphibians and birds, including many endemic species. The Harenna Forest was once habitat to packs of the endangered Painted Hunting Dog, Lycaon pictus. Overnight in your hotel/lodge

Day 9: Harena- Langano

Morning, drive to Langano. Lake Langano is one the rift valley lakes in Ethiopia and safe to swim with a maximum depth of 46 meters. After check in to hotel relax on the lake side beach and visit the other rift valley lake park of Abjata and Shala with a maximum depth of 250 meters, this makes it the deepest lake in Ethiopia and in Africa north of the equator and has an elevation of 1,567 meters. Overnight in your hotel/lodge

Day 10: Langano- Addis- Departure

After breakfast drive back to Addis, on the way visit the rift valley Lake of Zuway with its diverse species of aquatic birds like great pelican, Marabou stork, hammer kop and different kind of geese, Evening farewell traditional dinner in one of the best restaurant in Addis followed by folkloric dance of different Ethiopian nations. Then transfer in to airport to fly back home, where your tour ends.