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

Hotel

Camping

Trekking

Program

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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FAQ

Most frequent questions and answers

Yes, absolutely. Adimasu Travel is committed to making travel widely accessible, regardless of ability or disability. We ask that you carefully consider whether you are physically and mentally able to complete the itinerary you have chosen, recognising that on many trips you will be required to carry your bags and use public transport.

Where we can we will make reasonable adjustments to the operation of our trips to facilitate the requirements of disabled travellers – such as booking ground floor accommodation, or having our leaders communicate important directions in writing as well as verbally.

Many travellers with disabilities have been able to enjoy our trips by travelling with a friend or companion who can assist with specific needs. If joining a group trip is not practical we may be able to provide you with a private departure. Please contact our team for further information on any of our itineraries.

We will try our very hardest to accommodate all dietary requirements but in some out-of-the-way places it can be very difficult to guarantee. We will let you know if there are places on your itinerary where this is the case.

Please let us know at the time of booking of any food requirements or allergies and we’ll pass the information onto your leader. It is also a great idea to bring a card with your dietary requirements written in the local language for those times you are eating away from the group.

Our camping sites have all the creature comforts to bush camping. We provide the tent and sleeping mats, but you will need to bring your sleeping bag.

What you need to bring will vary according to your style… Generally speaking, we recommend you pack as lightly as possible and make sure that you can carry and lift your luggage, and walk with it for short distances.

Most travellers carry their luggage in a backpack, although an overnight bag with a shoulder strap would suffice if you travel lightly. Smaller bags or backpacks with wheels are convenient although we recommend your bag has carry straps. You’ll also need a day pack/bag to carry water and a camera etc for day trips.

Below are some ideas and helpful tips on what you specifically need for this trip.

Closed in shoes. As this trip includes camping and some bush walking we highly recommend that you take a pair of comfortable, closed-in walking shoes. Closed-in shoes will help to protect your feet from cuts and scratches when walking through bush/grass-lands, and will also act as a barrier protection in rare cases against bites or stings from dangerous animals in this environment.

Lightweight clothing. You will need to bring a mixture of lightweight clothing, some warm items for the evenings, and long shirts and pants for protection against mosquitoes in the malaria areas. Ex-military or military style clothing and equipment is not recommended.

Waterproof/windproof jacket is a good idea for wet days, and early morning or evening game activities when it can be cool.

Sun protection: hat, sunscreen, sunglasses.

This tour outlines our commitment to preserving the environment, supporting local communities, protecting the vulnerable and giving back to the places we travel. All our trip leaders, suppliers and staff are trained on these principles and are core to us delivering sustainable, experience-rich travel.
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