Gheralta Churches

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Gheralta Churches of the 13th,14th and 15th century. These are one of the best kept secrets of Tigray. Not as imposing architecturally as the Rock hewn Churches of Lalibela. Their positions, often hugging the tops of mountainous outcrops, towering nearly 2500metres above the plains more than make up for this. In the main, the more remote examples are little visited by comparison with those at Lalibela and have an aura of their own, a wonderful solitude where one can easily forget the frantic pace of life. For those wishing to visit the Gheralta area of Tigray.

Mekele is the best centre from which to visit the rock hewn churches of Tigray. Any fairly active traveller will be able to visit the more remote churches, but still may stay in hotels in Wukro, Adigrat or Mekele. However those able to camp and walk further afield will be amply rewarded by the choice of churches open to them to visit.

A 9ay Visit to the Gheralta Trekking up to different churches from different camp sites.

Day 1 Arrival

Day 2 Fly Mekele

explore the town including a visit to the museum to see the wonderful Triptyches. o/n Hotel

Day 3 Drive to Dugem

.En route, visit Dugem Selassie church and Abreha we Atsbeha The latter famous for its architectural features o/n Camping in Dugem

Day 4 Trek to Abuna Abraham in the morning.

Lunch in Dugem. Afternoon walk to Yohannes Maequdi. o/n Dugem

Day 5 Trek 2 hours or drive to the Megab area about 10k away.

Morning visit to Maryam Korkhor and the nearby smaller church of Daniel Korkor. A picnic lunch after a steep climb up. Time to enjoy the wonderful view across the Gheralta Plains. In the afternoon a gentle return to camp. Visit local village,a local grinding mill or maybe join in coffee ceremony. o/n Camping

Day 6 Trek to Abune Yemata perhaps one of the most difficult churches to access.

A real climb (see right!), at times across a sheer rock face not for the fainthearted but worth it for the view even if you do not make it to the very top. Relaxing picnic lunch before descending back to camp.

Day 7 Drive to Sinkata on the Wukro Adigrat road.

Visit a selection of churches from a choice of several, including Arbuta Insesa in Adi Chewa, Medhane Alem Adi Kasho, Petros and Paulos and Mikael Melehayzenghi. O/n camping or local hotel

Day 8 Return to Mekele.

Fly Addis Ababa.

Day 9 Fly Home

Those not wishing to trek far may choose to drive as near as possible and will still manage to see a nice selection of churches. If no camping is desired it is possible to overnight in Wukro and Adigrat or Mekele

 

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Gheralta Churches of the 13th,14th and 15th century. These are one of the best kept secrets of Tigray. Not as imposing architecturally as the Rock hewn Churches of Lalibela. Their positions, often hugging the tops of mountainous outcrops, towering nearly 2500metres above the plains more than make up for this. In the main, the more remote examples are little visited by comparison with those at Lalibela and have an aura of their own, a wonderful solitude where one can easily forget the frantic pace of life. For those wishing to visit the Gheralta area of Tigray.

Mekele is the best centre from which to visit the rock hewn churches of Tigray. Any fairly active traveller will be able to visit the more remote churches, but still may stay in hotels in Wukro, Adigrat or Mekele. However those able to camp and walk further afield will be amply rewarded by the choice of churches open to them to visit.

A 9ay Visit to the Gheralta Trekking up to different churches from different camp sites.

Day 1 Arrival

Day 2 Fly Mekele

explore the town including a visit to the museum to see the wonderful Triptyches. o/n Hotel

Day 3 Drive to Dugem

.En route, visit Dugem Selassie church and Abreha we Atsbeha The latter famous for its architectural features o/n Camping in Dugem

Day 4 Trek to Abuna Abraham in the morning.

Lunch in Dugem. Afternoon walk to Yohannes Maequdi. o/n Dugem

Day 5 Trek 2 hours or drive to the Megab area about 10k away.

Morning visit to Maryam Korkhor and the nearby smaller church of Daniel Korkor. A picnic lunch after a steep climb up. Time to enjoy the wonderful view across the Gheralta Plains. In the afternoon a gentle return to camp. Visit local village,a local grinding mill or maybe join in coffee ceremony. o/n Camping

Day 6 Trek to Abune Yemata perhaps one of the most difficult churches to access.

A real climb (see right!), at times across a sheer rock face not for the fainthearted but worth it for the view even if you do not make it to the very top. Relaxing picnic lunch before descending back to camp.

Day 7 Drive to Sinkata on the Wukro Adigrat road.

Visit a selection of churches from a choice of several, including Arbuta Insesa in Adi Chewa, Medhane Alem Adi Kasho, Petros and Paulos and Mikael Melehayzenghi. O/n camping or local hotel

Day 8 Return to Mekele.

Fly Addis Ababa.

Day 9 Fly Home

Those not wishing to trek far may choose to drive as near as possible and will still manage to see a nice selection of churches. If no camping is desired it is possible to overnight in Wukro and Adigrat or Mekele