With 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.
The nearest airport is in Lalibela.