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11-Days Trekking Simien Mountains

11-Days Trekking Simien Mountains

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Day 1: Drive to Bahir dar
Early in the morning, depart north to Bahir Dar via Debre Markos. On the way visit the Debre Libanos Monastery and the Portuguese bridge, which was the first bridge in Ethiopia. Afterwards, you will pass through the spectacular Blue Nile Gorge before stopping in Debre Markos for lunch. Overnight in Bahir Dar at hotel of your choice.

Day 2: City tour in Bahir dar
In the morning, take a boat trip on Lake Tana to visit the island monasteries, such as those on the Zege Peninsula and Kibran Gabriel (not allowed for women). In the afternoon, drive out to the Blue Nile Falls for a short hike. After returning back to Bahir Dar, take a short city tour, including visiting the old palace of Haile Selassie and the view point over the point where the Blue Nile and Lake Tana meet for the sunset. Overnight in Bahir Dar (hotel).

Day 3: Drive to Gondar
In the morning after breakfast, drive to Gondar, appreciating the landscape of the Amhara tribe on the way. Once in Gondar, visit the Castles of King Fasilides and the Debre Birhan Selassies church, with the most famous ceiling in Ethiopia. Overnight in Gondar at Roha Hotel

Day 4: Drive to Simien Mountains National Park
Depart early in the morning from Gondar (7am at the latest), driving to Sankober. We will stop along the way to handle park fees, etc. If you like, we can drop you in or 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. In Sankober, we will meet you with your supplies. Overnight camping in Sankober.

Day 5: Trekking in Simien
From Sankober, 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

Day 6: Trekking in Simien
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 Metia, a solid rock wall which opens up exposing beautiful views over the lowlands and the escarpment. This is also a good place for spotting lammergeiers. Overnight camping in Chenek. Total trekking time: 7 – 9 hours

Day 7: Trekking in Simien
From Chenek, continue east up a valley to Bwahit Peak, 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 camping in Ambikwa. Total trekking time: 6-8 hours

Day 8: Trekking in Simien
Starting early, you will continue up the valley to the village of Mizma, after 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. Afterwards, you return to Ambikwa for overnight. Total trekking time: 8-10 hours

Day 9: Trekking in Simien
Today you return back to Chenek for overnight camping. Total trekking time: 6-8 hours

Day 10: Half day trekking and drive to Gondar
Today will be transport out of the park, from Chenek to Debark or Drive to Axum.

Day 11: Flight back to Addis Ababa and departure.

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