We did a three day community trek in the mountains around Lalibela and a three day Simiens trek with Lalibela Eco Trekking Tours. Molla responded quickly to all email inquiries before our trip and via whatsapp when we were in Ethiopia. Both trips were organized perfectly and he also arranged us a very knowledgeable and enthusiastic guide for the Christmas celebrations in Lalibela. I especially recommend the community trek. It is quite a tough walk sometimes especially given the altitude, but an amazing and unique opportunity to experience life in the villages. Read More
I have been in Ethiopia many times during the past 10 years and I did a lot of hicking and trekking all over the country. In December 2017 I did (after 2015) the second time a trekking tour with Molla and his team. Already the first time,it was an outsanding and well organised trip. This time I hicked with 3 friends from Europe from Lalibela for 6 days in total 100 kilometers across the remote areas around Abuna Yosef mountain up to an altitude of 4300 meters above sea level. With the great help of the marvelous guide Abeje Mengesha and the well prepared organisation done by Molla Kassaw in advance, we were sleeping in farmers’ houses, vistited local schools and experienced even more interaction than expected. I can only highly recommend Molla and Abeje and the whole time. We stayed at the Lodge at the end of the trip for 2 nights and it was a pefect and relaxing end of the trip,enjoying the spectacular landscape and having a lot of fun and communication and interaction with the locals around, which have all very friendly and welcoming. Read More
Molla Kassaw and his guides and drivers are tireless, friendly, knowledgeable and reliable. We went on several tours with this company who had fair pricing. We started with a trek up Mount Zuqualla where Haymanot Yaregal and Gabriel accompanied us and assisted us late into the evening with every eventuality including being crutches! At Lalibela churches and Yimrhanne Kristos we had the pleasure of Girma Derbie Tarekegn’s sensitive company especially in taking us to a 5am mass. In the Simien Abel Biyayilgn accompanied us enthusiastically. In Gondar Dessie Yalew guided us expertly. Read More
My husband and I had to make a quick change in our travel plans and booked a trip to Ethiopia in 1 day. We emailed Molla, the owner of Lalibela Eco trekking tours, and he was very efficient in replying to our messages, and within hours offered us 2 different itineraries. We chose a week long trip, including a 4 day trekking experience north of Lalibela in local villages. We felt like we were living in a National Geographic special documentary the entire time. Ababech was our cook, Abe was a wonderful guide/translator/photographer, and Muskano was our porter. Each of these lovely people were kind, helpful, knowledgeable, and simply special. We made connections with nature, people, lifestyle, and were so welcomed. Molla has worked hard to make this a top notch company. Thank you so much! We are planning to return! Read More
After an unforgettable trek organized by Lalibela Eco Trekking tours in the mountains around Lalibela, we were so pleased with the Company that we decided to ask them to organize our trip to the Southern part of the country as well.
We went for a weeks roundtrip in September.
Molla sat down with us to plan the trip and gave us good advice about how to organize and what we could expect to see in one week. He also organised with the car and the driver.
Our friendly and service-minded driver Abebaw met us at the airport in Addis and took us back to our hotel when we returned after one week.
We started off with a long day in the car all the way to Arba Minch. From Arba Minch, Konso, Turmi and Jinka we visited many villages. Abebaw helped us to get guides in the villages, something that is a must. Except from in Jinka, visiting the market, all the guides were good. Abebaw has a lot of experience and knows what guides to ask for.
He also gave us good advice about when to visit the villages etc.
The villages are of course all different, and if you have to choose we stronlgy recommend Dorze and Konso. It seemed as if the Konso villages are less visited, but we do not understand why as this was a high-lite to us.
Abebaw helped us to find hotels and restaurants along the way. He did good choices for us and our budget. We highly recommend travelling with Lalibela Eco Trekking Tour because of the overall service and the impression we got of a Company you can rely on. We really hope to go back one day! Read More
My friends and I did a three-day long Eco Trekking Tour where we got to see the most authentic Ethiopian way of living in rural areas. The tour was life-changing because of the fantastic scenery and the experience of meeting so many people from the area. During our trip we stayed at the Degosach Eco Lodge; they are the nicest people in the world. After a long mountain track, getting to the lodge was like heaven. My friends and I were received with a delicious dinner, blankets, fireplaces, and utmost levels of hospitality. This is without mentioning the breath-taking view of an endless scenery of mountains, a movie-like sunset, and millions of stars like no city person has ever seen before. Our guide, Mesfin, is the man. He took care of us from beginning to end, responded to our needs and concerns, and has great English and keen knowledge on the are and tourism in general. This is an experience that must be lived. The only concern that comes to mind is that this is something that younger people in good physical conditions found challenging, so keep that in mind when thinking of who will be walking around 25 km per day in the mountains. Read More
We booked the 3 day Simien Trek tour as well as the 4 day Danakil Depression tour through Lalibella Eco Trekking.
Overall, I would say that we had a fantastic experience and that the tours were some of the highlights of our trip. Our favourite part of the trip was Erta Ale volcano where were were able to stand just meters away from a live lava lake!! Everyone involved in ‘making it happen’ was great, all very friendly and approachable and knowledgeable!! On the Danakil Depression tour, our guide Tusco, and our especially our skillful driver Sarat made the four days really enjoyable!
Our guide trekking in the Simien Mountains was Atrsaw and he was great as well, pointing out the wildlife we never would have seen on our own, and showing us the best sights along the way!
Molla Kassaw was our contact throughout the whole booking and planning process of the tours and he was great at responding promptly by email, and giving us information when we were deciding what to do! He made recommendations whenever we asked which was very helpful.
We’d definitely recommend Molla and his team if you are looking to book tours in Ethiopia. It’s been a fantastic trip we’ll never forget, and Ethiopia is a country that we would love to visit again! If you are wondering where to go in Ethiopia, you can’t miss the Danakil Depression! 🙂 Read More