What to Expect

Hudad Lalibela Eco-Lodge & Retreat

The Lalibela Hudad plateau is at 3,300M above sea level, making it the highest lodge in Ethiopia.

From the town of Lalibela, it is possible for a vehicle to take visitors part of the way with the ride taking approximately 25 minutes from center of town. Once visitors arrive at the designated midpoint of the mountain, the final stretch must be attempted on foot or by Mule.

The steep hike up requires a lot of energy and some preparation. It takes between 1 and 130 hours from the vehicle drop off point, or alternatively, 230 to 3 hours from center of town.

At 3,300m the lodge is above the threshold of altitude sickness and travelers should be prepared to take precautionary measures.
Drink frequent sips of water, hike slowly, remember to eat a high carb meal before and after the hike and consult your doctor before your trip, in case it may be necessary for you to take medication. Alcohol consumption is also not recommended.

At this altitude, temperatures can drop and warm clothes are necessary both during the day and especially at night. Extra jumpers and local clothing are available at the lodge in case you need it. Also take note that mountain weather can be variable, with the possibility of rain even in the dry season.

Facilities at the Lodge are basic, there is no running water but staff is available to provide buckets of hot water as necessary. Toilets are of the dry composting type.

What Our Customers Say

  • The location is unbeatable spectacular, staff super friendly, food is also good! all in all an incredible experience that is so worth it even if you just do it in a day-trip from Lalibela, but I do recommend spending the night!
  • A great lodge for a true getaway. The scenery is simply spectacular throughout the entire property, given it sits very high on a small plateau. Baboons abound and make for quite the experience when having a morning coffee or evening tea.
  • I spent 3 nights in Hudad Lodge and feel like a new man! This is the most tranquil and beautiful place I have ever stayed... Truly breathtaking. You can see baboons whenever you want and get really close to them... The views are incredible... The people are lovely...
  • My hike up to hudad via asheten maryam church took around 4 hours. I had an excellent guide, thomas, who let me walk at my own pace and gave interesting facts. At hudad we were rewarded with breathtaking 360 views and a delicious lunch - and coffee of course.
  • Not an easy way to get there - travel light although the guides will help with your backpack if needed. But if you get there - it is unique! We were the night alone in the whole compound with our guide, cook and the guards. And the monkeys :-)