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Trekking in the Semien Mountains

Semien Mountains

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Tour Program Name: Semien Mounatin Trekking

Tour Code: FTE-SMT 01
Transportation: Surface drive 4x4 and trekking
Tour starts: Addis Ababa
Tour ends: Addis Ababa

An unforgettable trek through the remote splendor of the magnificent Simien region. Often compared for its scenic beauty to the Grand Canyon, the Simien Mountains National Park is one of the major highlands of Africa. Its peaks include Ras Dashen, which at 4533m is thehighest peak in Ethiopia. The Park is a World Heritage Site, and is rich with wildlife totally unique to the region, including the scarlet-chested Gelada Baboon, the Alia Ibex and the Simien Fox. The mountains are also home to diverse plant-life and over fifty species of bird.

Day 01: Fly from Addis Ababa to Gonder

Fly from Addis to Gondar. Then you will check into a hotel and you will visit to the Royal Castles & the Bath of Emperor Fasiledes (the bath is filled with water for the important Timkat (epiphany) ceremony once a year. You will continue your visit to Debre Birhan Selassie Church (Trinity at the Mount of Light), the Castle of Empress Mintewab, and Kuskwam Complex which is a royal compound built by the Empress Mentewab. Early in the evening, you will visit ‘Azmari Bet’ at Traditional Music Houses after which you will have dinner at the hotel and stay there for the night.
Meals: Lunch and Diner
Transportation: 4x4
Accommodation: In a selected Hotel Gonder

 

Day 02:Gondar to Sankaber

You will depart early morning from Gondar to Debark. In debark you will arrange your visit with the park office and receive a scout and guide then drive into the park to arrive at Sankaber. You can either drive all the way in to Sankaber or have the car drop you off near Buyit Ras for a short hike. If you choose to hike in you will take in beautiful views of the landscape and the endless mountain ridges, and you likely see some gelada baboons. When you arrive in Sankaber you will be met with your supplies. Sankaber will be the first campsite on your trip.
Meals: Lunch /picnic/ and Diner
Transportation:
Accommodation: Camping at Sanakaber

 

Day 03:Trek from Sankaber to Geech

From Sankaber you will begin hiking following the ridge and look out over the foothills 800m down. From the ridge you will descend down into the valley and be able to view the Jinbar River plunging into the Geech Abyss. After some time at the waterfall you will continue on to Geech village where you will find your second campsite.
Meals: Lunch /picnic/ and Diner
Transportation:
Accommodation:Camping at Geech

 

Day 04:Geech to Imet Gogo to Siha Gorge to Kedadit to Geech

After breakfast at Geech campsite you will hike through the grass plateau that is home to the, appropriately titled, Giant Lobelia plants. After about 2 hours you will reach Imet Gogo which is an amazing 360 degree view of the Simien Mountains. Here you will have reached an altitude of 3,926m and be able to look out at the amazing landscape from 360 degrees. At this height and view point you can see the canyon below, distant ridges, and view the seemingly never ending valleys. From here you will return to Geech, but first you will pass through Siha Gorge for a lunch break. When you arrive back at Geech you will have time to relax from the hike. Before nightfall you will have the option of taking a short sunset hike to Kedadit. You will spend the night back at Geech.
Meals:Lunch /picnic/ and Diner
Transportation:
Accommodation: Camping at Geech

 

Day 05: Geech to Innatye to Chennek

After breakfast at Geech you start your 7 hour hike to one of the most spectacular passing in the mountains. From the campsite you will walk south east towards Innatye where you will descend into a forest of Giant Hazel and through the ridgelines open grasslands. After climbing up to Innatye to view the vertical drop you will see why locals named it to mean mama mia. Here you will have lunch and continue on towards Chennek where you will be able to view the wildlife like, Walia Ibex and Gelada baboons, and plant life. Chenek will be your campsite for the night.
Meals:Lunch /picnic/ and Diner
Transportation:
Accommodation: Camping at Chenek

 

Day 06: Chenek to Ambiko

After breakfast you will hike for 2 hours and summit the Buwahit pass (4,200m). From here you can look out towards your hike for tomorrow, Ras-Dashen. You will follow the path down towards Meseha valley and cross a river and back up again towards Ambiko where you will camp for the night.
Meals:Lunch /picnic/ and Diner
Transportation:
Accommodation: Camping at Ambiko

 

Day 07: Ambiko to Ras-Dashen to Ambiko

The big trek to the peak of Ras-Dashen will begin with an early morning walk through the main valley before sunrise. Then you will start ascending the mountain with a steep climb amidst the Giant Lobelia plants. The last part of the hike will likely be very challenging, but very rewarding when you are able to reach the highest point in Ethiopia. At 4,543m you will have amazing views of the immense landscape. After approximately 8-9 hours of hiking for the day you will arrive at Ambiko campsite for the night.
Meals:Lunch /picnic/ and Diner
Transportation:
Accommodation: Camping at Ambiko

 

Day 08: Ambiko to Sona

Today you will hike 9 hours form ambiko down into the Meseha river and up to the Arkwazye village. Here you will arrive at the Sona campsite and be able to take in the view of the first portion of the trek.
Meals:Lunch /picnic/ and Diner
Transportation:
Accommodation: Camping at Sona

 

Day 09: Sona to Mekarebia

From Sona you will reach a valley called Incya Valley and descend into the lowlands. After lunch at the Incya River you will have time for a swim before heading out for another hike along the banks of the river to Mekarbia campsite where you will stay for the night.
Meals:Lunch /picnic/ and Diner
Transportation:
Accommodation: Camping at Mekarebia

 

Day 10: Markerbia to Mulet

The walk from Markerbia to Mulet brings you along the riverbed of the Incya River and provides amazing opportunities to see numerous birds. Pin-tailed waders, village indigo paradise monarchs and tropical bamboo can all be spotted here. Lunch break will be at Derk-wenth pool where you can have another chance to take a swim before climbing to the Awazza village. Here you can find the spectacular Awazza Table Mountain and then hike to the last campsite at Mulet.
Meals:Lunch /picnic/ and Diner
Transportation:
Accommodation: Camping at Mulet

 

Day 11: Mulet to Gondar

At Mulet campsite you will have breakfast and take a 3 hour walk to Adi Arkaye where a vehicle will meet you to bring you back to Gondar.
Meals:Lunch /picnic/ and Diner
Transportation:
Accommodation: Camping at Sanakaber

 

Day 12: Fly to Addis Ababa /Optional/

On this day of tour, you will visit the capital city of Addis Ababa. We will visit the Institute of Ethiopian Studies Ethnological museum that houses a unique collection of artifacts from the 80+ tribes of Ethiopia. You will also have the opportunity to visit Trinity Cathedral and Merkato. Along our way we will have the chance to see avenues, squares, obelisks and many places of interests and shopping. Finally you will be taken to a farewell dinner depending on your scheduled flight; you will be transferred out to Bole International Airport for return flight back home.

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  • Package Duration: 12 Days and 11 Nights
  • Destination: Addis Ababa - Gondar - Sankaber - Geech -Imet gogo - Chenke - Ambiko - Ras-Dashen - Sona - Mekarebya - Mulet - Adi Arkai - Fly Back to Addis

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