Simien Mountain Trek

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You will trek through the rarely visited Simien Mountains National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site, and wonderland of nature.Its breath-taking landscapes and wildflowers, and rare wildlife; Gelada Baboons, Walia Ibex and Ethiopian Wolves make it a unique trek.

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All about the Simien Mountain Trek.

We will be treated to magnificent views of the famous Simien escarpment as we trek towards Ras Deshen, the tallest peak in the Simien Mountains, reaching above 4,500 meters.

Highlights

  • Simien Mountain National Park
  • Walk amongst the gelada baboons
The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance
What is included in this tour?Items that are included in the cost of tour price.

Airport transfer

Arrival and departure transfers are included, whether you book flights yourself, or we book them for you.

Accommodation

Accommodation as listed in the itinerary. Should we need to change hotels, but we will endeavour to keep the same standard. However, hotel standards may not be the same as you’re used to elsewhere.

Guides

You will be escorted throughout by an English-speaking guide. You will also have local English-speaking guides.

Meals

As listed within the itinerary (B-Breakfast, L-Lunch, D-Dinner).

Entrance Fees

All entrance fees

Water

A bottle of mineral water every day

What is not included in this tour?Items that are not included in the cost of tour price.

 Visa’s

Guests are responsible for arranging their own visa. We would recommend that you obtain your visa in advance of your trip using the evisa service.

International flights

We don’t include international flights in the cost of our tours

Insurance

It is important that you have insurance in place prior to arriving in country.

Tips

Guide and porterage tips, also local payments for photography

  1. Day 1 - Addis Ababa L/D On arrival at Bole International Airport, you will be met and transferred to your hotel. After lunch a city tour will take you to the National Archaeological Museum, to view the 3.6 million-year-old remains of “Lucy”, discovered in 1974, Ethnological Museum at Addis Ababa University and Holy Trinity Cathedral. Drive to the top of Mount Entoto, which rises to an altitude of 10,500 feet for a panoramic view of the metropolis before making your way back to your hotel. Overnight at Swiss Inn Nexus Hotel or similar.

    Addis Ababa
    The Ethiopian capital is situated on the southern slopes of central Ethiopia’s Entoto Hills and is the world’s fourth highest capital city with altitudes of 2,350m to more than 2,600m. The city was founded in the 19th century by Emperor Menelik II.
    Addis Ababa ”new flower”) or Addis Abeba, also known as Finfinne (”natural spring”), is the capital and largest city of Ethiopia.
    As a chartered city, Addis Ababa also serves as the capital city of Oromia. It is where the African Union is headquartered and where its predecessor the Organisation of African Unity (OAU) was based. It also hosts the headquarters of the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (ECA), as well as various other continental and international organizations. Addis Ababa is therefore often referred to as ”the political capital of Africa” for its historical, diplomatic and political significance for the continent. The city lies a few miles west of the East African Rift which splits Ethiopia into two, through the Nubian Plate and the Somali Plate. The city is populated by people from different regions of Ethiopia.

  2. Day 2 - Addis-Gondar- Sankaber Morning, transfer to airport to fly to Gondar. Up on arrival, drive from Gondar to Semien mountains National Park.

    Semien Mountain Park, a UNESCO World Heritage siteand one of the major mountain massifs in Africa. The region includes many summits 4000 meter above sea level and culminates at the highest peak in Ethiopia, Ras Dashen, 4620 meter above sea level, the 4th peak in African continent. Overnight camping at Sankaber

  3. Day 3 - Sankaber- Geech (13 km) After breakfast, trek from Sankaber to Geech enjoying the breathtaking scenery of Semen Mountain.

    The highlight of today’s trek is Genbar Falls, an incredible 500m sheer drop. From the viewpoint opposite the falls, you might catch sight of falcons, augur buzzard and lammergeier bearded vulture as they soar on the thermals below, and troops of Gelada Baboons roam the dusty fields for roots. You may also have a chance to see colobus monkey in the lowland forest. Overnight camping

  4. Day 4 - Geech- Chenek (15 km) After breakfast trek through fields of giant lobelia from Geech to Chenek- the only place in the park you can see rock hyrax.

    We then descend into the Jinbar River Valley before we climb from the valley to the summit of Inatye (4070m), a spectacularly scenic spot for lunch. After lunch we descend for about two hours along a steep trail to reach Chennek. You may be lucky to spot Walia ibex grazing close to the edge of the escarpment and sometimes skirting the edges of the campsite. Overnight camping

  5. Day 5 - Chenek- Ambiko (20 km) After breakfast you will trek from Chenek to Ambiko to see the endemic Waiya Ibex more closely and to mount at the second peak of the park with an altitude of 4437masl, Buahit.

    We ascend eastwards from Chennek camp, to Buwahit pass (4200m) with fine views of the valley we are leaving, and Buwahit peak to our right and ahead over the very different landscape of the Menesha River valley Overnight camping

  6. Day 6 - Ambiko- Ras Dashen- Ambiko (21km) An early start this morning for your trek to Ras Dashen, the highest point in the country with an altitude of 4620m.

    We will contour around the hillside where you are likely to encounter villagers tending their herd of goats or walking beside their donkeys loaded up with produce to trade. Then retrace your steps back to Ambiko for overnight camping.

  7. Day 7 - Ambiko- Chenek (19km) In the morning, trek back to Chenek.

    Overnight camping

  8. Day 8 - Chenek- Gondar After breakfast, drive from Chenek to Gondar. After check-in to hotel and a short rest, we will visit the curious symbiosis of Ethiopian and Portuguese architectural representation of the Royal Enclosure which is also known as

    Overnight Goha Hotel or similar

  9. Day 9 - Gondar- Addis-Departure After breakfast, transfer to the airport for our flight back to Addis. This evening you will have farewell traditional dinner in one of best restaurant in Addis followed by folkloric dance of different Ethiopian nations

    Then transfer to the airport for your return flight.