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From Afdera to Dallol

Crossing the Danakil depression
Bianca Cremonesi and Alberto Vascon, March 2003
 
 
1995 - An Italian expedition in the Danakil desert is kidnapped by the Afars
 
 
 
1995 - Clive Hoppenheimer expedition to Erta Ale is stopped by armed Afars
 

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2001 - A French expedition tried to reach the Erta Ale volcano, but its guides were killed.

Immediatly after, an American expedition was forced to abandon

 
In march 2003 we tried to cross
the Danakil depression
 
Last time crossed in 1974
 
 
Checking the Toyota in Afdera before departure
We have the escort of three afar policemen
 
We pass west of the Maraa ash ring
 
Ale Bogu volcano
 
A premonitory sign
 
Overnight at Abdallali
 
Preparing the camels for the Erta Ale
 
25 km camel trek
 
Break from 11.00 to 15.00 hr.
 
 
Camping at dusk one hour from the top
 
Proceding to Erta Ale before dawn

On the caldera ridge

 
The volcano pit
 
 
 
Driver and guides
 
Inside the caldera
 
After Erta Ale we try the crossing to Dallol
 
We take two more passengers on the back seat of the Toyota
 
We try to avoid the sand dunes
 
At noon we reach Waideddo
 
Four hours rest
 
At 4 pm we proceed to Hamed Ela
 
We are lost in the oasis
 
We take a sixth passenger on the back seat
 
 
Soon we are stuck in the sand
 
In sight of Assale
 
At sunset we reach Hamed Ela
 
We have recorded the volcanoes names
 
Hamed Ela Sheraton
 
In the Salt Plain
 
 
 
 
Dallol
 
 
 
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We cross the Sabba river and climb up to the highlands
 
In Macalle with our driver Girma
 
 

The first crossing with one single car

March 2003

 

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