Tigray trekking tour in Ethiopia

“Tailor made trekking tour staying in village guesthouses and exploring between the farmers' fields and sandstone carved churches of Ethiopia's Agame Mountains.”


Kiat Mariam | Erar at sunset | Shimbrety | Mariam Buzuhan rock church | Gohgot | Debre Giyorgis church | Chehat | Adigrat | Optional domestic flights and lodge accommodation |

Description of Tigray trekking tour in Ethiopia

This four day trekking tour can be tailor made to meet your wishes with a series of unique community treks set around the city of Adigrat in the Tigray region adding to the excitement and cultural enlightenment of experiencing Ethiopia from within the Agame Mountains.

As the Agame are predominantly sandstone they have long featured carvings and dwellings within the rock and we can tailor a trekking tour to take travellers to see some of the lesser-known sandstone carved churches.

Villages within the Agame Mountains provide simple guesthouse accommodation that has been built by the local community and is locally owned. Your stay will directly benefit the villagers that you'll be staying with. Guesthouses are designed for six occupants in three double rooms with a shared eco-toilet and washing facilities as well as a terraced area on the roof. The villagers prepare and cook simple, yet tasty, local dishes to enjoy with a hot tea or coffee. There is also a small range of bottled water, beer and soft drinks available.

Local guides from Adigrat are also employed on this Tigray trekking tour with luggage transfer by donkey helping travellers negotiate the mountain foothills with the least impact possible.

Trekking in eastern Tigray will take you into the countryside across sandstone ridges where agricultural fields provide ample opportunities to learn more about local life and farming techniques as well as experiencing some of Ethiopia’s quintessential mountain landscapes.

Wildlife is not uncommon within the mountains and Gelada monkeys often sneak into fields to steal the freshly grown produce whilst hyrax and jackals can also be seen close by whilst sunbirds and finches flit back and forth as vultures and eagles wheel overhead.

Evenings in Ethiopia often evolve organically and you might find yourself chatting to local farmers, playing with the kids or maybe joining in an impromptu tribal dance, although most evenings are very peaceful and pretty low key.

Our trekking itineraries can be tailored to meet your preference with easy going trails or more challenging routes providing travellers with a good range of options as well as the chance to extend overnight stays in villages from two nights to a whole week.

Tigray is best accessed via a domestic flight from Addis Ababa to Mekele or Axum which can also be linked to from Gondar and Lalibela.

Although village guesthouses are one of the most authentic forms of accommodation we can also organise overnight stays in more comfortable lodges as well as tailoring tours to take you further afield in order to see more of the rock carved churches or to visit places like Axum, Lalibela, Gondar or the Danakil depression.

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Departure information

This trip can be tailor made throughout the year to suit your requirements

Responsible tourism

As the pioneers of responsible tourism, we screen every trip so you can travel knowing your holiday will help support conservation and local people.

The sites are part of wholly community-owned enterprises, run for and by the local community in which they are situated. Environmental considerations are an integral part of the enterprises.

Ecotourism is a fundamental part of the work we do in each area we operate. For each site we limit the amount of tourists that can visit at any one time to a maximum of 8, to reduce pressure on resources of the area, the environment and the communities that also live there. We use eco-toilets (dry composting urine separating toilet), which reduces water use and avoids creating septic tank issues which can seriously harm the environment. The water that is made available to tourists is a limited resource, and we therefore remind our guests to treat it as such. Showers using jerrycans heated by the sun is available, and the runoff water is diverted to promote tree growth.
We plant indigenous trees around the guesthouse, and this is supported by the local communities. We also encourage the local community to see the flora and fauna of the area as a resource, and therefore to protect it for the future.

We have been supporting this community tourism initiative and are helping the communities realise how important it is to conserve and improve their environment and are planting indigenous trees and the like.

The Impacts of this Trip

These community tourism guest houses are owned and run by the communities themselves, with our support.

The tourism generates incomes for some community members and the profit goes in to a fund for the whole community. Their fund will be held by the community to be used as they decide. The communities have received training on management and running of a business as part of the setting up process. They also gain confidence from running the community tourism to work together for joint benefit.

The communities are your hosts. Fifty-five percent of your payment goes directly to them(48% to the hosting communities and 7% for the provision of lunch which is mostly from the community), twenty five percent goes to the guides and their business (which supports the community run trekking sites) and twenty percent goes to cover marketing costs and coordinate the bookings.

In addition every drink you have puts more money into the local communities, and as much of the produce as possible is sourced by the communities from themselves and their neighbours. We encourage guests to buy local souvenirs to provide a unique gift, and to help the local economy.


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