Chukala (Zuqualla) Mountain

Markos Trip and Tour Aug 17, 2021

Chukala (Zuqualla) Mountain is an extinct volcano located in the Oromia region of Ethiopia. The Mountain located at a distance of 27 kilometers to the south-west of Bishoftu town. It rises up to an elevation of 2989 meters and there are several other peaks that are located around it that you can explore when you get to the Oromia region.This elevation has made it a watch tower of the Central Rift Valley region with cold climate on the top. It is covered with a thick, high land forest wherein the beautiful Colobus Monkeys and various bird species inhabit. You will get a lot of things to offer as you trek around it.

The mountain is accessible to the top for mountain climbers on foot or by a 4 wheel drive through a nine kilometers distance road.

The mountain provides the following considerable attractions:

=> Excellent panoramic view of the surrounding area;

=> Church of Abo, an old monastery of over 500 years old, which has a repository of old manuscripts of religious significance written on well prepared goat hides known as 'birana';

=> Annual Abo festival held on the 14th of November every year, giving the best opportunity to see religious as well as Oromo traditional ceremony held by pilgrims;

=> Traditional dance and the folk culture on the eventful ceremony,

=> The clear and supposedly holy-water of the crater lake on its top, and

=> Diverse vegetation that covers about 197 hectares of a natural forest around the crater lake and others

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