Twenty kilometers north-east of Gondar, the Simien Mountains National Park covers 179 square kilometers of highland area.
Twenty kilometers north-east of Gondar, the Simien Mountains National Park covers 179 square kilometers of highland area at an average elevation of 3,300 meters. Ras Dashen, at 4,620 meters the highest peak in Ethiopia, stands adjacent to the park. The Simien escarpments, which are often compared to the Grand Canyon in the United States of America, have been adopted by Unesco as a World Heritage Site.Visit spectacular scenery in the \”Grand Canyon of Africa\”,Endemic wildlife: Walia Ibex, Ethiopian wolf, Gelada baboon, Many species of birds, Chance to trek the highest peak of Ethiopian mountains.
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Day 1 - Arrive In Addis Ababa And Transfer To Hotel And Visit The City's Highlights
Founded in 1886 by Menelik II, Addis Ababa is located 2,500m above sea level in the Entoto mountain chain, where it enjoys an excellent year-round climate, with an average temperature of 25°C. It is a vibrant, developing city that is a pleasure to explore on foot, with wide avenues of jacaranda trees, interesting museums and one of the largest open-air markets in Africa.
Depending on the time of your arrival, it may be possible to fit in an afternoon guided tour of the city, taking in the Holy Trinity Cathedral, the National Museum, and the market. Overnight Swiss Inn Nexus hotel
Day 2 - Fly To Gondar Visit The Castles And Palaces
Gondar city tour
Early Morning fly Gondar ‐ Gondar was the first capital city of the Ethiopian empire, which began in 1632 with the reign of King Fasilledes. In Gondar there are dozens of castles built by various emperors over the course of 236 years.
Gondar visit includes the palaces, residences and open air baths of King Fasilledes; (World Heritage Site by UNESCO), the monasteries of Qusquom, the church of Debre Berhan Sellassie (Light of the Trinity) with its 16th century paintings and frescoes, which is located at the summit of a hill and surrounded by fortified walls. Overnight Goha Hotel
Day 3 - Drive To The Semien Mountains National Park Via Debark To Reach To Sankaber 3230m
Gondar - Sankaber
Drive to the Semien Mountains National Park via Debark the gateway to the park and continue driving to reach to Sankaber 3230masl through a beautiful scenery and Ahmara people and villages, the base for hiking in the Simien Mountains. The range lies north of Gondar and many of the peaks rise above 4,000m with the highest being Mount Ras Dashen at 4,543m. The mountains are criss-crossed with tracks made by the local people travelling from village to village or moving their animals to fresh pastures.
The combination of these tracks and the spectacular scenery make for excellent walking. We start our trek with a walk to our first camp Sankaber. The campsite is a great spot for sunset, there is a toilet block. Today's five-and-a-half kilometre walk is expected to take around two-and-a-half hours with 100 metres of ascent and 30 metres of descent. The Semien Mountains National Park is a World Heritage Site by UNESCO and we will visit its exceptional natural beauty which includes superb scenery, endemic fauna and flora. Among other endemics it is here that the Gelada Baboon (bleeding heart Baboon) is found. Overnight Camping
Day 4 - Trek Sankaber - Geech
We trek today to Geech camp via Sankaber, with the possibility of seeing baboons and red-hot poker plants en route. The gelada baboon is endemic to Ethiopia and has adapted to living on the nearly vertical cliff faces. We may also see the Jinbar river waterfalls today that plummet into Geech Abyss. The Abyss is a vast canyon cut into the main wall of the escarpment. Overnight Camping
Day 5 - Hike To The Viewpoint Of Imet Gogo 3926m
Imet Gogo 3926m
Today hike to the viewpoint of Imet Gogo (3,926m). From the viewpoint there are spectacular views of the lowlands and across the Simien range with rock spires and mesas prominent . Keep a close look out for the elusive simien fox. It's misnamed as it is not really a fox but a member of the dog family restricted to Ethiopia. Today's optional 10 kilometre circular walk is expected to take around four hours. Overnight Camping
Day 6 -Trek To Chenek Camp Via Inatye 4,070m
Chenek 3600m - Inatye 4,070m
Trek to Chenek camp on a good trail via Inatye (4,070m) and along the escarpment. This exciting walk traverses the Jinbar river and provides us with fantastic views. You may like to take the opportunity to freshen-up in the nearby stream south of camp. The campsite set among Giant Lobelia is basic with toilets and cold water showers avaialble. Today's 13 kilometre walk is expected to take around eight hours with 810 metres of ascent and 770 metres of descent. Overnight Camping
Day 7 - Trek To Ambikwa Via Bwahit 4200m
Chenek - Ambikwa
Today we trek to Ambikwa and plan to stop at a spectacular viewpoint (4,200m) north of Bwahit where, on clear days, we can see across the Mesheha river to Ras Dashen peak. We then descend steeply and pass through the village of Chiro Leba to follow a stream bed until we reach the large Mesheha River.
We'll cross the river and follow a path up the east side of the valley to Ambikwa village, (3,200m) where our r camp sits in a little meadow next to a small church, it is basic with a stream nearby for washing in. Today's 17 kilometre walk is expected to take around 10 to 12 hours with 1,000 metres of ascent and 1,400 metres of descent. Overnight Camping
Day 8 - Climb Ras Dashen To A Fine Viewpoint At 4,543m
Ambikwa - Ras Dashen
Starting before sunrise we follow the main valley up and climb steeply via Mizma village houses to reach a ridge crest and open grassy slopes (3,700m) on our invigorating ascent of Ethiopia's highest mountain. Next we traverse around ridges and climb more steeply to a broad col at 4250m. Keep an eye open for giant lobelia, by far the most spectacular plant of this region with flower stalks up to 8m high. Eventually we enter a huge semicircular basin of rocky peaks and buttresses - Ras Dashen. The last section involves some steep scrambling and climbing to a fine viewpoint at 4,543m. We'll spend the rest of the day hiking back to our camp. Today's 21 kilometre walk is expected to take around 10 to 12 hours with 1,300 metres of ascent and descent. Overnight Camping
Day 9 - Cross The Mesheha River To Arkwasiye Campsite 3,700m
Ambikwa - Arkwasiye
Today we recross the Mesheha River as we make our way to Arkwasiye and our campsite there (3,700m). Today trek has a different feel to it as we walk through the fields and meet local farmers cultivating their land. We will have the opportunity to visit the local school and meet the children. Arkwasiye is a basic remote campsite with fantastic views but no toilet facilities.Today's 15 kilometre walk is expected to take around six hours. Overnight Camping
Day 10 - Climb Ras Dashen To A Fine Viewpoint At 4,543m
Arkwasiye - Gondar
This morning we walk from Arkwasiye to the roadhead where our vehicle will be waiting. From there drive to Gondar passing by Chenek (3,620 m). We have an early start this morning for our trek . Today's four kilometre walk is expected to take around two hours. Overnight Goha hotel
Day 11 - In The Morning Transfer To Airport To Fly To Addis
On arrival in Addis, check into your hotel. This will either be on day room basis or overnight depending on your international flight times.This evening, we will arrange for a farewell dinner in a restaurant with Ethiopian music and dance, or in a good city centre restaurant.