During treks in East Tigray, visitors can explore the ancient culture of the region, discovering rock hewn churches, Aksumite ruins, and cave paintings. Pairing these fascinating cultural experiences with stunning vistas and wildlife viewing, Tesfa offers visitors a once-in-a-lifetime experience.
Treks between sites generally take about 4 to 5 hours and give visitors a chance to explore the heritage and culture of the surrounding villages. Special excursions can be arranged for those interested in spending more time with the communities. Depending on the itinerary, visitors can stay overnight in one or more the following community run guest houses.
- Shimbrety: Close to the Mariam Buzuhan rock church, the Shimbrety guest house sits on the western ridge of the Agame Mountains. Nearby there is an interesting rock tunnel that was carved through the ridge to give villages on the western side access to the church.
- Gohgot: Tucked under the cliff, the Gohgot guest house provides views over the valleys and villages. The Gohgot Eyesus rock church is a short hike away.
- Enaf: At 3,000m, the Enaf guest house has stunning views across the whole Agame massif and valleys. The Debre Giyorgis church, found between Gohgot and Enaf, is built with an ancient layering technique and well worth the challenging climb to see it.
- Erar: Constructed in an isolated section of the escarpment, the Erar guest house has wonderful views of the Adwa Mountains and the Nebulet pillars. With gelada baboons, birds of prey, natural springs, and the famous Mariam Kiat rock church, the Erar guest house offers something for everyone.
- Mugulat: Further north along on a spur running off the ridge is a new community guest house just perched above the village of Mugulet. Here visitors can hear the sounds of village life while resting and taking in the wonderful landscape.
Prices include food, accommodation, guide, and pack animal but exclude bottled drinks, transport and church entry. Bookings must be made at least 7 days in advance and early bookings are encouraged during the high season.