Fit your backpack on your back and discover the unsuspected world of Ethiopia and the Simien Mountains
This African country is also in possession of wonderful nature. Ras Dashen is 4620 m high and it’s going to be yours, only after a few days of trekking through deep gorges, majestic peaks, exotic animals and high-mountain villages. The trek through the Simien Mountains is with no doubt among the most picturesque routes, which every tourist could dream about!
♦ Simien National Park – the mountain is not only the highest one in Ethiopia, but also one of the highest mountains in Africa. But the geological beauties are just a part of the charm of this mountain. Its flora and fauna are no less interesting;
♦ Ras Dashen 4620 m. is the fourth highest mountain peak on the continent;
♦ Gondar (Only start / end piont of the tour. Sightseeing not incl.) - the capital city of the old Ethiopian Empire, was founded in 1635 by emperor Fasilides. While the city centre is influenced by the later Italian occupation, the real sights here are the old royal buildings.
Please note this tour starts from the city of Gondar. International flight to Addis Abeba and a adomestic flight from Addis to Gondar is not included. We can send an offer of you can book flights on your own.
Day 1. We depart early from the historical town of Gondar and drive around 2.5 hours on a tarred, comfortable road to Debark where we get permission to enter Simien National Park at the park head office. We then drive 22km further to the Simien Lodge, within the national park. From here we walk about 2 or 3 hours, stopping often to admire the amazing views of the escarpment, take photos and see the friendly gelada baboons. We will also see a variety of plants and flowers. Overnight at Sankabar camp (3250m).
Day 2. The hike from Sankaber to Geech camp takes about 5 to 6 hours passing through ever more spectacular scenery and varying flowers and trees . There the possibility to see a klipspringer and minlikbushbuk as well as a leopard (if we are very lucky!). The entertaining gelada baboons are always around. Along the way we pass the 500m high Jinbar waterfall and stop for lunch on the banks of the Jinbar river. We pass through Geech village where we can have coffee with a local family in their traditional tukul hut which they share with their animals. This is a great way to glimpse the day to day life of the mountain people. Overnight at Geech camp (3600m).
Day 3. From Geech to Chennek camp takes about 7 to 8 hours it is the best trekking route in the Simien mountains. On the way we visit Imet Gogo, the single most spectacular spot in the whole of the Simien mountains. Imet Gogo, at 3926m, has incomparable 360 degree views of canyons, cliffs and valleys that look as if they go on forever. Overnight Chennek camp (3600m).
Day 4. From Chennek to Ambiko via 4200m Buwhit Pass. We have the chance to see the magnificent walia ibex and possibly the endemic, but rare, Simien wolf. Lovely views along the way as we descend to the Mesha river at 2750m before climbing again to Ambiko. Overnight Ambiko camp (2750m)
Day 5. Today we head for the 4533m Ras Dejen. It’s a full day with the 1343m of ascent taking around 5 hours before we stand on the summit of one of Africa’s highest mountains and the highest point in Ethiopia. Descent back to camp taks around 3-4 hours and the day can be said to be challenging not very hard. Overnight Ambiko camp (2750m)
Day 6. Make our way from Ambiko to Chennek (day 4 in reverse). Overnight Chennek camp (3600m).
Day 7. Drive from Chennek camp to Gondar. Transfer to Axum possible at a minor surcharge.
Luggage transportation: During the trek your main luggage will be transported by mules to the next camping place. You only need a small rucksack to cover your needs for the day;
Included in the price: ► Accommodation in tent camps ► Full board during the trekking: breakfast, lunch pack and dinner included ► guide ► cook ► mules with attendants ► all the necessary camping gears and utensils► sleeping bags and mattrasses.
Not included: ► International flight to Addis Abeba (prices from approx 500 EUR) and domestic flights Addis - Gondar (prices from 300 EUR). Usually if your International flight is by Ethiopian Airways your domestic flight by the same company is cheaper ►Tips ►Insurance ►additional tours, extra nights
Price of extra services: ►supplement for 3 persons travelling together: 120 EUR per person ►supplement for 2 persons travelling together: 270 EUR per person
Visa: Citizens of most European countries can be obtain visa upon arrival at the airport (about 50 USD). Please, check with your own Consulate.
Vaccination: You will need an International Certificate of Vaccination against Yellow Fever. Please, check with your doctor if you need additional vaccinations;
Practical information: All nationalities require a full passport that must be valid for 6 months after the intended length of stay. The following web site http://whatplug.info/, provides information about plugs and electricity in the country. January and February are the hottest and driest months. The places we will visit are high and despite the powerful sun, temperatures are pleasant.