Eglise creusŽe de Abba Daniel, massif montagneux de la GuŽralta, Tigrai oriental, nord de lÕEthiopie.

Discover Tigray


There are over 140 churches and archaeological sites in the surrounding area ranging from historic rock-carved churches through to hermitages, shrines and ancient Sabean and Axumite sites.

Most of the cave churches were carved between the 7th and the 14th century. Most of the shrines are oriented in an east-west axis with the main entrance located in the west and the “Holy of Holies” in the east.

Tours are facilitated by our knowledgeable guides who are familiar with the history of the shrines and the formalities required.

Excursions from the Lodge are done as either a half-day or full-day tour.

Half-day excursions from the Lodge can be made to:

  • Debre Maryam Korkor
  • Abba Daniel
  • Abreha & Atsbeha
  • Degum Selassie
  • Yohannes Meakudi
  • Abune Abraham (Debre Tsion)
  • Abune Yemata (Guh)
  • Maryam Berakit
  • Tekle Haymanot
  • Abune Mikaël (Koraro)
  • Nebelet
  • Maryam Wukro
  • Maryam Papaseyti

The most popular destinations are:


Abi Addi, Gabriel Wukien, Abba Yohanni, Workamba.

Tsaeda Imba

Mikaël Imba, Mikaël Barka, Mikaël Melhaizengi, Medhane Alem Addi Qesho, Petros & Paulos, Debre Selam Mikaël, Wukro Qirqos.


Yeha, Debre Damo Monastery (men only are authorized to make the final rope climb up to the monastery)

A typical morning excursion to Debre Maryam Korkor and Abba Daniel would take the following format:

07:30 Breakfast at the Lodge

08:00 Meet guides and drive to starting point

08:15 Start the walk and climb

10:00 Arrive at Maryam Korkor

10:30 Visit Abba Daniel

11:00 Start the descent

12:30 Return to the Lodge for lunch

The time taken may be shorter or longer based on your fitness level.

Full day excursions are made in a similar format as the half-day excursions. The tour leaves from the Lodge after breakfast with a packed lunch provided.