3 day trek

The SFEL 3 trek is your most basic whistle-stop intro to Konso’s people, cuture and landscape. It is a interactive tour designed to show visitors to Konso who only have a limited time here as much of the environment and culture of Konso as possible. It is a fun, interesting and challenging alternative to the usual short excursions.

Itinerary

DAY 1

08:00 – 9:00

SFEL to Dokattu

45mins gentle stroll uphill to one of the largest and oldest Konso villages that can be seen behind SFEL.
9:00 – 10:00

Lower Dokattu

Here you will be given an introduction to Konso culture, their relationship with the environment and Konso agriculture by Mr. Korra Garra, a renowned local author at his community project premises ‘Plants and their Products’.
10:00 – 11:00

Lower Dokattu

Make your own knife at Mr (the blacksmith’s) forge. This takes about 1 hour per blade, so for larger groups you can leave on ahead and your knives will catch up with you later when you are eating lunch.
11:00 – 12:00

Upper Dokattu

On market days (Mondays and Wednesdays) you can peruse the local market in Upper Docatu. You can also learn how the traditional Ethiopian Honey (tejj) wine is made, at the most renowned Tejj house for miles around.
12:00 – 13:00

Upper Dokattu

Walk up to Upper Dokattu where you can sample a selection of local Konso foods at Konso Foods, a local restaurant, probably the largest Tukul in Konso, run by Mr. Kussei who built it. If you are interested Mr.Korra is also available to further discuss Konso culture, agriculture and food. Mr. Kussei can explain and demonstrate the highly effective building process of a Konso House.
13:00 – 14:00

Upper Dokattu – Busso

30mins amble gently downhill to another significant village in the Konso core area along the route you will be told about the history and origins of Busso village.
14:00 – 15:00

Busso

Demonstration by the medicine man

15:00 – 16:00

A tour around Busso (home to the largest Pafta in Konso), explanations about the protective spirit that is believed to reside in the hill and explanations delving deeper into Konso society, its traditions and beliefs.
16:00 – 17:00

Busso

View demonstrations in the craft Waka statue making (these are the traditional Konso wooden memorial statues erected in honour of dead heroes and their families).
17:00 – 18:00

Busso

Settle down to spend the night in the Pafta with the young men of the village or with the family of Kalale Kowde Bayto, a local Busso man.

DAY 2

08:00 – 11:00 Busso  – Gera
First you will descend into the valley where you will be shown examples of ingenious Konso Irrigation systems. You then face a moderate uphill stretch out of the valley that gets steeper as you approach Gera.
11:00 – 12:00 Gera
In Gera and visit another black-smiths where you will have bone handles fitted to the knives you made the day before. You may also view demonstrations in making other items such as the cowbell.
12:00 – 12:30 Gera
Lunch.
12:30 – 13:30

Gera – Sawgumme

Following this you will face a short stretch (3km) to Sawgumme, a beautiful village known for its pottery with fantastic views of the great rift valley to the south and east.
13:30 – 16:00

Sawgumme

Upon arrival you will meet one of the best known local potters and go with her daughters to the cave from which they mine the raw clay by hand. This will then be taken home and you will whitness the the process of sorting, sieving, treating and grinding the clay. You will then get demonstrations in the pot making procedure and then try your own hands at making pots or whatever other items take your fancy. These can then be fired for you and brought for you to collect from the market in Karat the following Monday.
16:00 – 17:00 Relax and make camp
Camp on a hilltop field close to Sewgeme, nestled amongst the hills and dales with views over to the south and the badlands beyond Konso.

Day 3

08:00 – 09:00

Sawgumme – Gesergio

A 4km stretch to the village of Gesergio.
09:00 – 10:00

Gesergio

You will briefly look around the village and visit ‘New York’, the name given to the striking landscape in the vicinity characterised by mysteriously eroded sandstone pinnacles that resemble a metropolitan skyline. Here you will then pitch camp, cook dinner and bed down for the nigh.
10:00 – 11:00

Gesergio – Fasha

Walk to Fasha village.
11:00 – 13:00

Fasha

You will now take a rest and have some lunch in Fasha. On Saturdays you may visit the market also. (On market days – Saturdays – you can also find transport back to Karat by Isuzi which will be easier than hiking and allow more time for exploring Fasha itself).
13:00 – 16:00

Fasha – Karat

You will now face a long and relatively hard 3hr trek back to Karat an Strawberry fields. Upon return you will take an hour or two to relax and eat some good food before the evening’s celebration
17:00 – 19:00

Strawberry Fields

Konso cultural dancing! We will slaughter a sheep and invite the local villagers for a party at our place, an event for all to enjoy! The locals will dance and show the guests how it’s done while all make merry together!

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