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In the middle of the 4th Century AD, Saint Frumentius brought Christianity to the Axumite Kingdom in what is now northern Ethiopia. A Syro-Phenician Greek, he was captured with his brother as a boy, becoming a slave to the King of Axum. Upon obtaining their freedom, the brothers educated the King’s heir in the teachings of Christianity, and Frumentius was later appointed as the first Bishop in Axum by the Coptic Orthodox Church of Alexandria, whose Pope then also oversaw the Christians of Syria. According to local tradition the churches in the Gheralta Mountains were constructed in the 4th Century by the first Christian kings of Ethiopia, Abraha and Atsbeha, although it is more likely that many are 6th Century constructions, from the time when monasticism was spreading throughout the region. Many of the hermitage caves were expanded to become the enormous edifices that can now be admired flickering in candlelight amid the murmurs of the cream-shawled faithful. The churches have been hewn directly out of the mountainsides by hand, only their slim rock pillars left in place to prevent collapse.
Drive from mekele about 100km towards the massive Gheralta mountains to drop you in the beginning of the trekking site after breakfast in the bottom of the mountain continue trekking 1:30 to reach the old church on the sky called youhans maqudi after visit this church continue trekking about 3 -4 hours to reach the colourful decorated church which is dated back to 7thc, AD called abune Abraham and continue down to the base camp about 2 hour. Accommodation at: camping in the village under the big tree.
After breakfast by our professional cook continue trekking admiring the wonderful view, wildlife and traditional Tigray house to reach Mariam papsite. After visiting that church continue trekking to the base camp about 4 hours. Accommodation at: camping in village called korkor.
After early breakfast start trekking to the highest point of the Gheralta which is 2700 above sea level to see view to wards the 4 corners of the remarkable Gheralta mountains & after lunch in the top the mountain continue trekking to visit the church of mariam korkor & Danile korkor. Accommodation at: “guh” Village
After breakfast continue trekking to visit one of the famous and best church of Gherlta area called abune yemata. Accommodation at: your choose Hotel in Hawzan or you can drive to Mekele or Axum.