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

Return to main Ethiopia 2012 webpage | Go to pages: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8

 

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

map-small

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

19

20 Amusit

21.

22. Tekeze river

23. Chinamba

24. Archwa

25.

26. Salamiyi

27 Dorona

28.

29.

30. Debark

 

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

ethio-2012 933

ethio-2012 932

ethio-2012 935

 

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.)

ethio-2012 939

 

ethio-2012 940

 

ethio-2012 943

 

ethio-2012 944

 

ethio-2012 954

 

ethio-2012 955

 

ethio-2012 957

 

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.

ethio-2012 961

 

ethio-2012 963

 

ethio-2012 965

 

ethio-2012 966

 

ethio-2012 967

 

ethio-2012 968

 

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

ethio-2012 970

 

Baobabs near WP #21.

ethio-2012 972

 

Sunset at our camp at WP #21.

ethio-2012 978

 

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

ethio-2012 989

 

ethio-2012 995

 

ethio-2012 998

 

ethio-2012 999

 

ethio-2012 1000

 

ethio-2012 1001

 

ethio-2012 1004

 

ethio-2012 1005

 

ethio-2012 1011

 

ethio-2012 1012

 

ethio-2012 1015

 

ethio-2012 1016

 

ethio-2012 1019

 

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

ethio-2012 1020

ethio-2012 1022

 

Views of Debize.

ethio-2012 1050

 

ethio-2012 1051

 

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

ethio-2012 1026

 

ethio-2012 1030

 

ethio-2012 1032

 

ethio-2012 1031

ethio-2012 1048

ethio-2012 1046

 

A nice woman prepared coffee for us.

ethio-2012 1034

 

ethio-2012 1037

 

ethio-2012 1038

 

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.

ethio-2012 1053

 

Reaching the Tekeze river.

ethio-2012 1061

 

ethio-2012 1060

 

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.

ethio-2012 1069

 

Sunrise seen from our camp at WP #22.

ethio-2012 1065

 

ethio-2012 1066

 

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

ethio-2012 1073

 

ethio-2012 1074

 

Light play of clouds and sun over the Tekeze river.

ethio-2012 1075

 

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).

ethio-2012 1078

 

ethio-2012 1084

 

In the side-canyon.

ethio-2012 1086

 

ethio-2012 1087

 

ethio-2012 1094

 

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

ethio-2012 1085

ethio-2012 987

 

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.

ethio-2012 1089

 

ethio-2012 1090

 

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

ethio-2012 1098

 

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

ethio-2012 1096

 

Reaching the plateau.

ethio-2012 1101

 

Village of Chinamba (WP #23).

ethio-2012 1106

 

ethio-2012 1103

 

ethio-2012 1102

 

Orthodox monk in Chinamba.

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

ethio-2012 1111

ethio-2012 1108

ethio-2012 1112

 

Sunset at Chinamba.

ethio-2012 1118

 

Sunrise at Chinamba.

ethio-2012 1120

 

Early morning scenes in Chinamba.

ethio-2012 1127

 

ethio-2012 1129

 

ethio-2012 1130

 

Village of Archwa (WP #24).

ethio-2012 1136

 

ethio-2012 1135

 

Sunrise seen from Archwa.

ethio-2012 1138

 

Woman looking at the sunrise.

ethio-2012 1148

 


Return to main Ethiopia 2012 webpage | Go to pages: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8