Abuna Yosef

Overview-Page-abuneWith the third highest peak in Ethiopia, the Abuna Yosef (also called Abune Yoseph) massif offers visitors stunning views and wildlife viewing opportunities. During the 3-5 day treks in Abuna Yosef, visitors can see an impressive array of flora and fauna including giant lobelia, troops of gelada baboons, and the rare Ethiopia wolf. Located north of Lalibela, the afro-montane environment offers a perfect complement to the cultural and historical experience of the Lalibela rock hewn churches. Treks in Abuna Yosef bring visitors to over 4,000m and are not for the faint of heart. However, those that make the climb find the views and experience well worth it!

During the treks, visitors stay with local communities in community managed guests houses. Built out of native materials, the guest houses include comfortable beds, clean sheets, and blankets. Each site has a dining room, shower, and toilet. Due to the altitude in Abuna Yosef, most treks are rugged and visitors should be prepared. Read more about trekking options...

Tours in Abuna Yosef are offered by Tesfa Tours and the Frankfurt Zoological Society. Communities have been supported by these organizations to create professional trekking programs. The communities own and manage the community guest houses and proceeds from their business go to promote economic and social development. With ownership and responsibility in the hands of locals, significant strides have already been made to improve living conditions in the area.

To book a trek in Abuna Yosef  or get more information contact: Frankfurt Zoological Society at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call +251 (0) 333-360682 or contact Tesfa Tours at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , +251 (0) 11 810 0920, +251 (0) 11 124 5178, +251 0923 490 495

visit http://abuneyosephtourism.org/or www.tesfatours.com

Bookings must be made at least 7 days in advance and early booking is encouraged during the high season.

The nearest airport is in Lalibela.


Traveler's Testimonial

"A wild and beautiful place - only a few days here but really enjoyed it. Stunning scenery and wildlife."

Simone Cole - BBC

"Our visit with you was far & away the high point of the trip."

Erin Chapman - D.A.T.A., USA (experiencing community tourism in Ethiopia on a trip with Brad Pitt)

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