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Trekking in the Simien Mountains National Park

Package Duration
12 Days / 11 Nights
Destination Covered
Addis Ababa

  • Day 1 : On arrival in Addis Ababa

    Description :

    you will be met and transferred to your hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure. Please note that this is an arrival day, so you may arrive at any time. If you arrive early, an optional visit to the Highlights city tour of Addis Ababa can be arranged that will include the National Museum, Merkato (Africa's largest open air market), Ethnographic Museum or The Holy Trinity Cathedral. A pre-departure meeting is held at a convenient time in the hotel.

    Day 2 : Gondar

    Description :

    This morning we will be transferred to the Airport for a flight to Gondar. Whilst in Gondar, we will take an excursion to visit the Castles of Gondar and Fasilladas Bath. In 1632 Emporer Fasiladas made Gondar his capital and it remained Ethiopia’s capital for over 200 years. With its many castles and churches, Gondar is often referred to as Ethiopia’s Camelot and has always been of major importance on the historical trading routes. We explore the Royal Enclosure (a World Heritage Site) - a 70,000 square meter compound containing palaces, banquet halls, a chancellery and library, stables, lion cages and even Turkish steam baths! The nearby Fasiladas Bath is a large sunken pool that is still used for important religious festivals today such as Timkat, where priests bless the masses in a re-enactment of Christ’s baptism in the River Jordan. Debre Birehan Silassie Church is famous for its stunning religious paintings. Hotel.

    Day 3 : Sankaber

    Description :

    Leaving Gondar, we take a three-hour drive north to Debark, the base town for all excursions into the Simien Mountains. This park combines endemic wildlife species, superb scenery and traditional village life. After registering into the park, we drive the short distance to Buyit Ras and the official park gates. We enter the national park and begin our trek as we make our way to our first campsite within the park - Sankaber. The path from Buyit Ras to the national park runs along the northern escarpment and covers approximately 6 kilometres (two to three hours). We will most certainly encounter troops of endemic gelada baboons in the mountains. These baboons, only found in Ethiopia, are often referred to as the 'bleeding heart baboon' or the 'lion monkey'. Their shaggy coat gives them a lion-like appearance, whilst their chest has a marking similar to a red heart or patch. The gelada baboon does not have natural enemies and hence can be found in good numbers and are also quite easy to approach. The highly endangered Ethiopian wolf (currently numbering only about 40 members) is the baboon's only predator. Sankaber Camp is situated at an altitude of 3240 meters on an impressive spur between the northern escarpment and the Southern Wazla ravine. Camping at Sankaber.

    Day 4 : Gech

    Description :

    The path from Sankaber to Geech stretches approximately 10 kilometers (six to seven hours walking). The initial stages of this path lead through extensive areas of highland grasslands and heather forests. Along the way we enjoy impressive views of the escarpment with one of the best scenes being Jinbar Wenz Waterfall, which plummets down the Geech Abyss. After descending down to the Jinbar Wenz River, a short ascent takes us up to Geech Village. Stopping at Geech Village, you will be invited into one of the local houses for a typical Ethiopian traditional coffee ceremony. The nearby campsite has great views of the mountains and is surrounded by giant lobelia plants. Camping at Geech.

    Day 5 : Gech

    Description :

    Today, we will have a morning walk from Geech to the viewpoint at Imet Gogo and the summits of Saha and Kedadit. On this walk, we enjoy unforgettable views of the most impressive parts of the escarpment, as well as look out for various types of birds. The walia ibex can sometimes be seen on the slopes of the ravine, from vantage points near the peaks. The Imet Gogo summit (3926ms) is the best known observation point in the Simien Mountains, as it offers spectacular views in all directions. Kedadit summit (3760ms) and Saha summit (3785ms) also offer incredible views, with Saha offering a particularly good view of the deep gorge that leads down through the escarpment. Camping at Geech.

  • Other Benefits (On Arrival)
    Description :
    The Simien Mountain National Park is an ideal absorbing landscape for adventurous trekking enthusiasts. Majestic chain of rugged mountains, impressive escarpments, numerous terraces and a unique afro alpine plant and beautiful animal community characterize the Simien Mountains National Park in Ethiopia. The three endemic mammals - Walia ibex, Ethiopian wolf and the Gelada baboon as well as the Bearded Vulture and the Giant Lobelia from plants can be considered as flagship species of the park.

    The natural beauty of the park is even enhanced by the high biodiversity due to different attitudinal belts. A characteristic feature of mountain regions is the high variability of different habitats. The mountain ecosystem in Simien are found between 1,500 and 4,500 meters above sea level and the pronounced topography with gorges, crests, precipices, rocks and plains results in a rich mosaic patter of different habitats.
    Package Excludes :
    • Alcoholic Drinks
    • Laundry
    • Tips
    • Portages





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