Bale Mountains

The Bale Mountains (also known as the Urgoma Mountains) are a range of mountains in the Oromia Region of southeast Ethiopia, south of the Awash River. They include Tullu Demtu, the second-highest mountain in Ethiopia (4377 meters), and Mount Batu (4307 meters). The Weyib River, a tributary of the Jubba River, rises in these mountains east of Goba. The Bale Mountains National Park covers 2,200 square kilometres of these mountains.

Day-by-day Itinerary

   

Day 01: Addis Ababa - Bale Mountainsbale

Drive from Addis to the Bale Mountains National Park. Arrive at the park headquarters in the afternoon, in time for a leisurely afternoon hike, possibly spotting two endemic mammals that frequent the area: Menelik's Bushbuck and the Mountain Nyala. Birds in this area include the Blue-Winged Goose, the Spot-Breasted Lapwing, and the Abyssinian Long Claw, the Wattled Ibis, the Black-Headed Siskin and numerous other species.

Overnight camping near park entrance.


Day 02: Trek to Sodota

Walk through Dinsho and enter the National Park. Around Dinsho, the Mountain Nyala and Menelik’s Bushbuck should be visible. While trekking through the park, there will be a chance to see Ethiopian Wolves. Stop by Habera Waterfall for a nice break. WaterfallDodolaBaleMT

Hiking will take 6-7 hours. Camping at Sodota.


Day 03: Trek to Wasama

Trek to Wasama through a beautiful landscape with stunning views. Pass through Mararo Valley where the Lammergeyer and Verraux Eagles keep nests. There will also be a chance a seeing the Ethiopian Wolf and other species of birds.

Around 5-6 hours of trekking. Camping at Wasama.


Day 04: Trek to Gebre Gurracha

Start the day by hiking up Mt. Wasama (4200m) and then continue down into the Worgona Valley. Falcons, raptors, and possibly the Ethiopian wolf will be visible. End the day at Lake Gebre Gurracha, meaning “black lake” in the Oromic language.

Trekking will take 6-7 hours. Camping at Gebre Gurracha.


Day 05: Sanetti Plateau - Addis Ababa

Take a short trek from Gebre Gurracha up to the Sanetti Plateau to meet vehicles. Return to Addis Ababa. Enjoy dinner at a traditional Ethiopian restaurant featuring dancers and musicians representing some of the country's many ethnic groups.