Ethiopia (April-May 2012): Mekele-to-Lalibela-to-Debark trek (page 7 of 8)

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Map. (Click here to access the waypoints in Google Earth. Click on the map to get a better-resolution picture of it.)








1. Mekele

2. Melber

3. Adigueba

4. Samre

5. Finaroa

6. Sara

7. Chakra

8. Samara

9. Mailomi

10. Sekota

11. Wouala

12 Hass

13. Hava

14 Bilbela

15. Lalibela

16 Daria Johanes

17 Mari

18 Azila


20 Amusit


22. Tekeze river

23. Chinamba

24. Archwa


26. Salamiyi

27 Dorona



30. Debark


Women encountered along the way after leaving the village of Amusit (WP #20).


Further on between WP #20 and WP #21 the landscape gets increasingly dryer.

″One wonders how people can live here. Why are they here? At noon ground temperature must reach that of melting metal, it must burn the feet, transform everything to ashes. Who ordered these people to be banished so close to the sun? Why? For which sins? Their existence is ignored by all.″ (Adapted from ″Ebony″, by Ryszard Kapuscinski.)








At a well dug into the bed of a dried river. A boy was collecting water from the bottom of the well. In a well-organized manner, several groups of skinny oxen, sheep, and goats, each under the control of its herder, were taking turns to drink water. Other people were filling jerrycans to carry them back to their settlements.







Women carrying filled jerrycans back to their settlements. Most jerrycans have a capacity of 40 liters.


Baobabs near WP #21.


Sunset at our camp at WP #21.


Between WP #21 and the village of Debize, located on the plateau above WP #22 (Tekeze river).














Left: reaching the village of Debize. Right: Grain storage in Debize.


Views of Debize.



People in Debize. They look interested and doubtful, trying to make sense of our presence.





A nice woman prepared coffee for us.




Debize lies on the edge of a plateau. View from this edge toward the Tekeze river visible at the bottom of the valley in the middle of the photo.


Reaching the Tekeze river.



The Tekeze river at WP #22 where we put one of our camps. There was a nice source of clear water close to our camp slightly above the river.


Sunrise seen from our camp at WP #22.



Fording Tekeze river in the early morning. Nile crocodiles inhabit the river. Local herders helped us to cross safely.



Light play of clouds and sun over the Tekeze river.


More views of the Tekeze river. We followed the river upstream for a couple of kilometers before climbing into a side-canyon (second photo below).



In the side-canyon.




Thorny trees. Long thorns are the best defense against goats.


Donkeys carrying water from the Tekeze river. Villages located several hundred meters above the Tekeze river have no water during the dry season. Every morning a group of donkeys and people go down to a small source near the Tekeze river, filled the jerrycans, and return to their villages. They bring about 40 liters per family.



Taking a rest in the meager shade of a tree. But a meager shade is better than none.


View over the side-canyon we just climbed, before reaching the plateau.


Reaching the plateau.


Village of Chinamba (WP #23).




Orthodox monk in Chinamba.

″It is easy to become a monk in one's old age.″ (Ethiopian proverb.)


Sunset at Chinamba.


Sunrise at Chinamba.


Early morning scenes in Chinamba.




Village of Archwa (WP #24).



Sunrise seen from Archwa.


Woman looking at the sunrise.


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