Bale Mountains Trekking

The Bale Mountains (also known as the Urgoma Mountains), in the Oromia Region of southeast Ethiopia, south of the Awash River, are part of the Ethiopian Highlands. They include Tullu Demtu, the second-highest mountain in Ethiopia (4377 meters), and Mount Batu (4307 meters). The Weyib River, a tributary of the Jubba River, rises in these mountains east of Goba. The Bale Mountains National Park covers 2,200 square kilometers of these mountains. The main attractions of the park are the wild alpine scenery, and the relative ease with which visitors can see unique birds and mammals.

6 days





Day 1

Arrival at Bole International Airport

Meet and greeting the representative of Bale Mountains Tours and transfer to your hotel; make city tour in Addis Ababa. Overnight Addis Ababa.

Day 2

Trekking from Dinsho to Sodota

You will trek for 5 -6 hours to Sodota through the Web valley and then to Finch Habera waterfall where the Web and Wolla rivers join. This area is an outstanding bird watching spot, particularly for raptors.

Set up camp for the night close to the falls Or Sodota campsite. Elevation: 3100 m – 3500 m. Distance: 20 km (5-6 hrs). Overnight at Sodota camp.

Day 3

Trekking to Wasema

Today you will make your way through the Meraro valley for 5-6hours until you reach the Wassema wilderness campsite. The trail is covered predominantly in Erica vegetation, wich in turn leads into Afro alpine habitats.

Arrive at the campsite, located at the base of the Wassema Mountain (4200metres) and, if time permits you can also make the short 1hour trek to the summit wich offers superb panoramic views. Elevation: 3500 m – 4200m. Distance: 14 km (5 -6 hours). Overnight at Wassema camp (Approx. 4200 m).

Day 4

Trekking to Danka

Leaving the Wassema hills behind, you will head toward to Batu Tiko for approximately 6-7hours, following Worgona valley. Here the scenery changes dramatically as you pass the magnificent sheer cliffs of Arch’aah.

From here there will be a fairly steep ascent across one of the Karra Worgona passes and down into the beautiful Danka valley, giving you a wild picture of the volcanic activity that shaped the skeleton of this incredible landscape.

Pass the craggy plug of Batu Tiko (“Little Batu” in the local language) and camp overnight beneath the strange ‘balancing’ rocks at the Danka campsite. Elevation: 4200 m – 3580 m. Distance – 17 km (6 -7 hours). Overnight at Danka Campsite.

Day 5

Trekking from Danka to Dinsho

After leisurely breakfast you will pack up your tents and make your way down through the Danka valley for approximately 4 –5 hours, until you arrive back at the Dinsho Lodge campsite.

Here you can take shower, rest and make preparation for your departure tomorrow. Elevation: 3580 m –3100 m. Distance: 14 km (4-5 hours). Overnight at Dinsho Lodge.

Day 6

Drive to Addis Ababa for departure

Drive Addis Ababa with a stop in Asella for Lunch. In Addis Ababa we will have fare well dinner at one of the traditional restaurant, then transfer to Airport for flying back home.
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