18 Day Omo Valley Trekking/Tribal Itinerary

Lungo Local Tour Ethiopia
Summary: Cultural, trekking tour to Omo Valley

Duration: 18 days 17 nights

Day 1

We will meet you at Bole international Airport and transfer you to your hotel. City tour in Addis Ababa depends on the guest’s arrival time, if the arrival time is in early hours, there will be a city tour. Otherwise, it will be at the end of the tour. Overnight hotel in Addis Ababa. 

Day 2

We drive to Jimma passing through Wolkite to observe the Gurage ethnic group and also see the Gelgel Gibe dam en route. Overnight hotel in Jimma. 

Day 3

Morning drive to Mizan Teferri, visiting the coffee plantation and the densely forested path. Here is the area where the Banchi people are found. Overnight hotel.

Day 4

Drive to Tulgit, passing through coffee and tea plantations. We also pass through the Dima village. Overnight camp at Tulgit.

Day 5

Drive to Kibish observing the Surma tribes. Overnight camp at Kibish.

Day 6

Today we start trekking. Our organized and efficient staff make your mules ready for the long trekking days ahead. Overnight camp.

Day 7

Trek to Magolagne where we can taste the powerful natural mineral water. Next we trek on to Kolu (the whole trip takes eight to nine hours). Overnight camp at Kolu.

Day 8

Trek to Yella which is situated on a hill top. From here the panoramic view of the Omo National Park can be seen. The trekking
duration on this day is eight to nine hours. Overnight camp.

Day 9

Today we trek to the Omo National Park head quarters (it takes three to four hours). We hope to observe a variety of animals here. Overnight camp.

Day 10

We drive to the Omo River, hopefully passing animals on the way. We cross the river by canoe. Once we leave the river, we will be met by our drivers. From there, we drive to the Mago National Camp to camp for the night

Day 11

We drive to Turmi passing through the Karo tribes and the Murulle village, We also visit the Hammer tribe. Overnight  camp.

Day 12

In the morning, we take a day trip to Omorate to visit the Dassenech
tribe.  Here you will cross the Omo River by local boat and enter a
Dassenech village.  Afterwards, return to Turmi (Monday is market day)
for a visit to a local Hamer village.  If there is a Jumping of the
Bulls traditional Hamer coming-of-age ceremony, that will be visited.
Overnight in Turmi. Overnight camping, basic hotel or lodge.

Day 13

After breakfast we will drive to Mago National Park to see the tribes of Mursi. Later, we will return to the town of Jinka and you will see the villages of the Ari tribes and also have a chance to see weaving and pottery. Overnight lodge or hotel in Ginka.

Day 14
After breakfast, depart from Ginka to Aribrei.  On the way you will pass through the village of Weyto (market day Saturday), which is home
to the Tsemai tribe.  Continue through the Weyto Valley to Erbore, where you will have a brief visit to a local Erbore village (market day is Saturday). Overnight camp.

Day 15
Early in the morning, we drive to Konso. We will have a breakfast and then visit the Konso people to see the amazing villages of those hard working tribes. We will see the landscapes and terracing, which is recognized by UNESCO. Later, we will visit the village of Konso and the New York land formation. Overnight in Konso.

Day 16

We drive to Arba Minch to take a boat ride on Lake Chamo
to see the crocodile markets, the hippos and a variety of lake birds. After lunch at Arba Minch, we then drive to Dorze village to see the amazing cultural houses of those tribes. You will have a chance to observe how the tribe makes it food from the so-called false banana tree. In the evening, the tribal people will be gathering in one place to show their cultural dance. You will have a dinner and stay the night in a  Dorze lodge or an Arba Minch hotel.

Day 17

 

After breakfast, we will drive to the lakeside town of Awasa. On the way, we will be stop at the Rastafarian village of Jamica. After lunch, we will continue our journey to Awassa. Overnight Awasa.

Day 18
We drive back to Addis Ababa. If we have time before your flight, we will shop and see the sights of the city. We will have a farewell dinner before we transfer you to the airport. 

Note.

The itinerary for the Omo Valley is highly flexible. Local markets are held on specific days. In order to attend the colourful markets, we will have to be there on those days. But there are no specific days for ceremonies or festivals. We have contacts in all of the Omo Valley villages. IF something IS to happen in one village, we will put our planned itinerary aside and drive to another village to be a part of the event.

 

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May 27, 2019