Erta Ale volcano
Mekele – villages of Agula, Tsebat, Desea, Shahigube – village of Berhale (lunch) – Hamadela (Hamade Ela) village and Lake Assal.
Distance and time taken.
160km and 6hrs with regular stops.
Route breakdown and details.
• Kawa Trail Bridge is 16km from Mekele on the south side of the tarred road towards Adigrat.
• Agula village, 42kms from Mekele.
• At Agula turn east on tar, heading towards Danakil Depression and Lake Assal. This is the newish tar road built for mining the Danakil.
To recap some of the details involved in joining one of these expeditions, I would firstly strongly suggest going with ETT Travel Agency. They are highly professional and have well equipped vehicles with an experienced team. There are reports of disastrous trips with some of the less experienced tour companies. One can travel in one of their vehicles for US$400pp, or if they are happy with yours, self-drive with them at US$300pp if they cater for food and water. If you want to cater for yourselves then the fee is US$250pp.