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Attractions and Activities

Activities

Our guests come here to relax and discover new experiences so we have developed interesting ways to help them during their stay. The average stay at Hudad is 3 to 5 days and we have special offers for longer stays. We have a mix of activities with a range of physical intensity.  From doing nothing to discovering the hidden wonders in the Lalibela Hudad Ecolodge and surrounding, to interacting with the welcoming community or heading out on adventure filled treks. We outline some major activities and destinations in the Lalibela Hudad Ecolodge itinerary. Feel free to contact us with questions. We are always developing tailored packages based on our guests interests.

 

ASHETEN MARYAM MONASTERY

Asheten Maryam is ruggedly carved out of a cleft on the clifs of Asheten.  The monastery is between the historic Ethiopian town Lalibela and the Hudad Eco-Lodge.  Built in the 11th century, King Lalibela’s original plan was to build the rock hewn churches in Asheten Maryam. The setting of the monastery is particularly riveting with 360 degree views of the valley and town below. This Monastery makes an ideal morning or afternoon walk from the Lalibela Hudad, with two or three hour rewarding treck.

NAKUTA LA’AB

A steep hike to the bottom of the mountain brings you to Nakuta La’ab, a church built along a shallow cave by the ruling nephew of King Lalibela. Waterfalls cascade from the cave’s ceiling and fill natural pools with holy water. The revered water source is widely used by locals as it is believed to have curative powers. Beautiful, and singular artifacts and artwork can be found in the church including Salaxarian books and crosses. A 4×4 can pick you up from Nakuta La’ab and take you back to our mule escort.

Many natives strongly believe that King Lalibela undertook the building of the rock-hewn church complex situated in Lalibela Town with the help of angels.  The churches are a center of spiritual life in Ethiopia and is highly integral in the lives of the local Orthodox Christians. The church complex is includes a subterranean maze of trenches, tunnels and courtyards.

The individual and perfectly crafted churches are the site of worship of thousands of pilgrims and hundreds of hermits lead an ascetic lives in cells within the rock, never set foot outside of the complex.

The churches of Lalibela are UNESCO World Heritage Sites.  We strongly recommend visiting them during your visit.

ABUNA YOSEF

The monumental peak of Abuna Yosef is Ethiopia’s third tallest mountain and is about a day’s hike from the Hudad. Our guides are ready to accompany you across the mountain passes. and visitors can shelter overnight in a local lodge or return back to the Hudad by the end of the day. The hike offers some of the most spectacular views of the AfroAlpine environment which host a diverse set of landscapes and habitats. A large number of species can be seen on the mountain, including a large number of mammals with 24 species of carnivores alone. Many species are under threat of extinction with current efforts being made to conserve habitats. We will provide you with all the necessary provisions for your trek and you can extend your stay by taking part in the community owned Tesfa Trekking.

The Abune Yosef Massif Birds and Animals of a Hidden Jewel of Ethiopia” An indepth 131 page study of Abune Yosef’s  bird conservation and mammal life, vegetation habits and more check out this pdf document: “The Abune Yosef Massif Birds and Animals of a Hidden Jewel of Ethiopia”

 

YEMREHANNA KRISTOS

The 11th century Yemrehanna Kristos stone church is found on the west side Abuna Yosef.  Famous its amazing wooden and stone ceiling design, the edifices are built in an enormous volcanic cave formerly housing an underground lake. The buildings are formed of preserved timber and granite and are examples of a highly refined late-Axumite architecture with byzantine and Romanesque influences. The church is adorned with spectacular wooden carvings and frescoes which make this church a must see for any visitor. The cemetery holds the semi decomposed bodies of pilgrims whilst the tomb of Yemrehanna is the site of pilgrimage during the Eid. Surrounding the complex is the sacred forest of Yemrehanna which has been protected in pristine and mature conditions. Hiking to the church provides scope for visiting the grounds and wildlife spotting.

Should you chose to hike to Yemrehanna Kristos, a 4×4 can collect you from this location and drive you back.

SACRED RITUALS

The churches surrounding Lalibela are each celebrated on sacred days. Ceremonies involve pilgrims arriving to the church in the evening, where hermits chant, preach and offer benediction through the night. In the following morning, a replica of the arc of the covenant is taken out into the open for a few brief hours for the sacrament of the pilgrims. The affair is very is a brilliant display of colour, as the white robes of pilgrims are mixed with the multi-coloured umbrellas of priests.