Trekking in the Simien Mountains National Park

Program : Trekking in the Simien mountains national park

Code: LTT 025

Program: Simien Mountains trekking

Transport: air and surface

Duration : 9 days and 8 nights

Day 01 Arrival at Bole International Airport. Reception by your guide and transfer to hotel for check-in. after a short break you will have City tour of Addis Ababa overnight stay in Addis Ababa

Day 02: Fly Addis to Gondar continue driving from Gondar to Sankober then you will start your trek around Buyit Ras for a 3-4 hour hike to Sankober, which passes close to the escarpment edge. Nearing Sankober, you will have beautiful views on both sides of the escarpment ridge and where you will likely see the endemic Gelada baboons. Overnight stay camping

Day 03: After an early breakfast, depart From Sankober, to Geech depart into a valley, through which the Wazla (or Koba) River runs. (This river is often dry). Coming out of the valley you will have views of the Jinbar River waterfalls falling into the Geech Abyss. Continuing along, you will cross the Jinbar River and ascend into the village of Geech. Total trekking time: 4-5 hours overnight stay camping

Day 04: After an early breakfast depart from Geech to the peak of Imet Gogo at 3926m. Here you’ll have spectacular views over the lowlands – one of the highlights of the trip. As you continue to Chenek you will pass Korbete Meda, a solid rock wall which opens up exposing beautiful views over the lowlands and the escarpment. This is also a good place for spotting lammergeyers. Overnight camping in Chenek. Total trekking time: 7 – 9 hours

Day 05: After an early breakfast, depart from Chenek continue east up a valley to Mt. Bwahit, overlooking the camp from where you just came. After crossing the Bwahit Pass you come to a viewpoint offering wonderful views of the Mesheha River Valley as well your first glimpse of Ras Dashen. From here, the path descends passes through the village of Chiro Leba and finally leads to the Mesheha River. Across the river you climb back up the valley to the village of Ambikwa. Overnight stay camping in Ambikwa. Total trekking time: 6-8 hours.

Day 06: After an early breakfast Starting early you will continue up the valley to the village of Mizma which you will have a steep ascent to a ridge crest overlooking a large valley. The path then follows along the side of the valley straight at Ras Dashen. You will eventually reach a point where you will see three distinct buttresses. The buttress on the left is the summit of Ras Dashen. A pile of rocks at the top of the buttress marks the summit. After your successful arrival at the highest point in Ethiopia you return to Ambikwa for overnight. Total trekking time: 8-10 hours

Day 07: Today you return back to Chenek for overnight camping. Total trekking time: 6-8 hours

Day 08: Today you will be transported out of the park, returning to Gondar. Overnight stay in Gonder

Day 09: In the morning you will explore the royal enclosure which contains several stone-built castles of different emperors. The most impressive building is Fasilidas castle. He was the emperor who established Gonder as a powerful cultural and religious center at 16th century.

After visit take a flight from Gondar to Addis Ababa. Evening you will have a farewell dinner at one of the best traditional restaurants of Addis where you can taste the variety of Ethiopian meals, and see the folkloric dances of the Ethiopians. Then, be transferred to the airport for your departure End Tour