On foot through Ethiopia - A Biblical Journey

This woman is walking two hours every morning to be on time for the church service at Asheten Maryam Monastery 

Agriculture in the ethiopian highlands

The magnificent monolithic rock-cut churches in Lalibelaone of Ethiopia's holiest cities | A place of pilmigrage and devotion

A praying monk

Graves in the Geralta Sandstone Mountains

Ancient artifact - 600-year-old Bible on goatskin

This wooden hut is a shelter for the people and animals | Protects against hayenas and cold

Trees in Africa are enormous | Underneath them you can rest, work or make decisions

This man and two donkeys are leading the path to Lake Tana

Gelada Baboons at an altitute of 4200 meters, Simien Mountains

  A beautiful lady is resting after a long walk | She's selling the local beer "talla"


German photojournalist, modern-day explorer and part-time banker Mario Gerth trekked more than 350 miles by foot and donkey through the most isolated areas in northern Ethiopia. After 26 days he finished his epic journey and returned home with a collection of incredible, dramatic black and white shots.

Ethiopia, officially known as the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia, is a country with great antiquity, with a culture and traditions dating back more than 3,000 years. It is said to be one of the oldest locations of human life known to scientists and considered the region from which Homo sapiens first set out for the Middle East and points beyond. 

"Walking in the ancient Ethiopian highlands, seeing all these mysterious, spectacular places and spiritual people was like reading the Old Testament," said Mario Gerth. "A once-in-a-lifetime experience, one that I will never forget."

Can't get enough of these breathtaking photos? Mario has released a limited edition XL Postcard Set with seven beautiful A5 cards. Step Back in Time 'A biblical journey' comes with a holy cross, handmade in the heart of Lalibela and blessed in one of the 11 rock-cut churches. The set is signed, numbered and priced at €50. Limited edition: 500 pieces. Order by e-mail.

*Images courtesy of Mario Gerth*