Once the seat of the mighty Aksumite Dynasty, the Tigray Region now boasts numerous ruins and churches as well as a few current mysteries. Aksum is home to the Maraym Tsion Church, notably the most important church in Ethiopia where the Ark of the Covenant is thought to be safeguarded by Ethiopian Orthodox priests. In addition to this renowned church, a number of smaller and lesser known rock hewn and built churches are scattered throughout the region. Once inaccessible to the average tourists, visitors can now explore these churches and traditional Tigrayan village life through 2-8 day treks with Tesfa.
During the treks, visitors stay with local communities in community managed guest houses. The houses are in traditional Hedemo, rectangular farmhouse compounds built with stone. The guest houses can accommodate six with comfortable beds, clean sheets, and blankets. Each site has a dining room, washing facility, and an eco-toilet. Upon arrival at each camp, visitors are greeted by community hosts with tasty snacks and coffee. Community cooks prepare three substantial meals each day inspired by local cuisine.
Tours in Tigray are offer by Tesfa Tours in partnership wtih an emerging local guide association, The communities own and manage the community guest houses and proceeds from their business go to promote economic and social development.
Visitors can book a 2-8 day trek through Tesfa Tours that fits their fitness and adventure needs. Treks range from short, mostly flat hikes to full rugged, mountain treks. Read more about trekking options...