Trip Type: Nature Trekking

Tour Code: NEWS-

Private Journey

10 Days

The Simien Mountains present the most dramatic mountain scenery in Africa: Great volcanic plugs, formed some 40 million years ago and eroded over the aeons into fantastic crags, pinnacles, and flat-topped mountains.

The Semien mountain national park is one of the main national park in Ethiopia which had been registered as a world heritage site by UNESCO in 1978 and the boundary of the park starts about 35km from the towns of Gondar. The park and its vicinity have spectacular natural scenery where a series of craggy peaks and ruggedly carved steeples, mountain summits and plateaus along with the amazing landscapes and steep slopes together create an intriguing combination.  In the park we can find three of the most colorful endemic mammals in Ethiopia among the 31 mammalian species of wildlife and from the 16 Ethiopian endemic bird species, 6 are found only in the park. Walia Ibex, Red fox, and Gelada baboon are the endemic mammals found in the park and nowhere else in the world.

This tour takes you to the Simien Mountains, some of the most dramatic mountain scenery in Africa: Great volcanic plugs, formed some 40 million years ago and eroded over the aeons into fantastic crags, pinnacles, and flat-topped mountains. “The chess pieces of the Gods”, as one writer described them, tower over precipitous gorges, river valleys, and plains stretching all the way to Eritrea. There are many peaks over 4000 meters.

This trek leads through landscapes covered by deep gorges, jagged plugs, and striking rock towers. Enroute, we climb some of Africa’s highest peaks: Ras Dashen (4620m), Buyit Ras (3250m), and Bwahit (4430m). This park is a haven to many endemic species of wildlife and flora, including the Gelada Baboon, Walia Ibex, and many bird species. The park has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

This trip is a perfect combination of Ethiopia’s incredible diversity of history and ancient civilization, culture, and nature. On this trekking adventure, you will also have the chance to interact with the local host community and witness the lifestyle and culture of the people living isolated in the mountains with a unique and ancient farming style.

ITINERARY

Day 1: Addis Ababa

Arrive in Addis Ababa and transfer to the hotel. If you arrive in the morning, we can arrange an optional city tour.

Overnight: Hotel

Day 2: Addis Ababa, Gondar, Sankaber (3,200m)

Today we fly from Addis Ababa to Gondar and drive 136 km north to Sankaber.

Overnight: Camping

Day 3: Sankaber, Geech (3,550m)

Trek for 5–6 hours from Sankaber to Geech enroute enjoying the stunning views.

Overnight: Camping

Day 4: Geech, Imetgogo (3,986m), Geech

Trek 6 hours to Imetgogo to enjoy some of the best views in Simien Mountains National Park.

Overnight: Camping

Day 5: Geech, Chenek (3,600m)

Trek for approximately 7 hours from Geech to Chenek to spot some of the endemic mammals including the Walia Ibex.

Overnight: Camping

Day 6: Chenek, Ambiqo

Trek 6–8 hours from Chenek to Ambiqo climbing Buhit Mountain, the second-highest peak after Ras Dashen, in the Simien Mountain range.

Overnight: Camping

Day 7: Ambiqo, Ras Dashen (4,620m), Ambiqo

Trek 7–9 hours from Ambiqo climbing Ras Dashen, the highest peak in Ethiopia (4620 m), and return to Ambiqo.

Overnight: Camping

Day 8: Ambiqo, Cheneck

Trek 6–8 hours back to Cheneck. Enroute you may see the Simien Fox and/or the Ethiopian Wolf.

Overnight: Camping

Day 9: Chenek, Gondar

Drive back to Gondar. For the rest of the day, you will have a sightseeing tour of Gondar.

Overnight: Hotel

Day 10: Gondar, Addis Ababa

In the morning, fly back to Addis Ababa. Depending on your departure, we will take an optional city tour. In the evening, there will be farewell dinner party with a live traditional music show (flight schedule permitting). At the end of the farewell dinner, transfer to Addis Ababa airport for the flight back. End of tour.