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Code: PET443- Northern Ethiopia- Simien Mountains Trekking
Duration: 12 days/ 11 nights
Transport: Air, Surface

Highlight: Simien Mountains National Park- commonly known as the “Roof of Africa”, the mountains high lands constitute on of the major mountain massif in Africa. The region includes many summits above 4000 meters and culminates in the highest point in Ethiopia, Ras Dashen, at 4543 meters, the fourth highest mountain in Africa. Its dramatic topography is the result of the erosion of basalt lavas, which have been calculated to be nearly 3000 meters thick. The park is interesting because of the uniqueness of its endemic animals, the beauty of its flora, and the majesty of its impressive landscape. In the park, we can find three of the most colorful endemic mammals in Ethiopia: the Walia Ibex, the Gelada Baboon, and the Ethiopian Wolf (Red Fox) and there are also more than 50 different bird species have been identified, among them a great many scavengers and birds of prey.


Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive at Bale International Airport (Addis Ababa) where you will be met by Passion Ethiopia Tours representative and transfer to hotel. O/N - Hotel
Day 2: Fly to Gondar and drive to Sankaber (3200 m) - O/n camping.
Day 3: Trek to Geech. (3600 m)- O/N - Camping
Day 4: Trek to Imetgogo (3900 m)- and back to Geech (3600 m)- O/n Camping
Day 5: Trek to Chenek (3600 m)- O/n Camping
Day 6: Trek to Ambiquo (3200 m)- climbing Buhit Mountain (4430 m), the 2nd highest peak next to Ras Dashen in Simien Mountain ranges. O/N - Camping.
Day 7: Trek and climbs to the Ras Dashen the highest peak in Ethiopia (4543 m) and return to Ambiquo. O/N - Camping.
Day 8:Trek to Sona (2800 m)-O/N – Camping.
Day 9: Trek to Makarebia. (2000m).O/N - Camping.
Day 10: Trek to Mullit. (1800m). O/N - Camping.
Day 11: Trek to Adi Arkai and drive back to Gondar. (2100m). O/n Hotel
Day 12: Fly back to Addis and sightseeing tour and then departure.

Code: PET443-1: Northern Ethiopia- Simien Mountains Trekking
Duration: 12 days/ 11 nights
Transport: Air, Surface

 

Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive at Bale International Airport (Addis Ababa) where you will be met by Passion Ethiopia Tours representative and transfer to hotel. O/N - Hotel
Day 2: Fly to Gondar and visit the 17th & 18th century castles, the Bath of Emperor Fasilades, the monastery of Qusquam and the icon-rich church of Debre Birhan Sillassie.  O/N - Hotel.

Day 3: Excursion to Debarq, 100km gravel road to visit the Simien Mountains National Park.
You will have breakfast & drive to Debark (100 Km from Gonder) finish formalities at the Head Quarter of the park at Debarq and continue to drive another 20km then make a short walk/trek and spend the day visiting the Simien Mountains National Park (registered by UNESCO as a world heritage site, with endemic  mammals, birds, natural vegetation, & wonderful landscape. Late in the afternoon  you may make a short walk around Sankaber (3200m).  Overnight Camping

Day 4: Trek Sankaber to Geech 
In the morning, you will have breakfast and start trekking to Geech through the Wazla (or Koba) River runs, making a short diversion to see one of the most impressive sights in the Simien Mountains, where the Jinbar River plummets into the Geech Abyss. Continuing along, you will cross the Jinbar River and ascend into the village of Geech where you will do camping. Overnight Camping

Day 5: Trek Geech to Chenek 
Right after breakfast, an early morning trek will take you to the peak of ImetGogo (3,926 meter above sea level). From here you descend into Chenek through an open, grassy valley filled with 3 and 4 meter tall Giant Lobelias. The Chenek camp site offers superb views across to the opposite escarpment and the prominent peak of ImetGogo. Overnight Camping.

Day 6: Trek Chenek to Ambikwa 
After breakfast, you will trek to Ambikwa at the foot of RasDashen. You will continue east to Bwahit peak (4,330 meter above sea level) though a valley where after crossing Bwahit, you will come to an incredible spot offering wonderful views of the Meshesha River Valley as well as your first glimpse of RasDashen Mountain (from where, the path descends, passing through the village of ChiroLeba, leading finally to the Mesheha River). Then across the river, you will climb up the valley, back to the village of Ambikwa where you will be camping. Overnight Camping

Day 7: Excursion to Summit of RasDashen, 4620m above sea leavel 
Right after breakfast, an early morning trekking will take you to the summit of RasDashen (4,543 meter above sea level) through the valley to the village of Mizma, after which you will have a steep ascent to a ridge crest overlooking a large valley. You will eventually reach a point where you will see triple-summited bulk of RasDashen looms above and it is far from obvious which of these is the highest. A pile of rocks at the top of the buttress marks the summit. Take a rest on the top of the summit and enjoy the views. Then after descent back to Ambikwa for overnight stay. Camping at Ambikwa.  

Day 8: Trek Ambikwa to Arkwasiye 
In the morning after breakfast, descending from your camp Ambikwa back westwards, you will trek to Arkwasiye (3,600 meter above sea level). You will have lunch in the bush. In the evening, you will have dinner and stay the night camping. Overnight Camping.

Day 9: Trek Ambikwa to Lamo
After breakfast, you will trek to Lamo (2,000 meter above sea level) where you will descent to more than 1,000 meters above sea level alongside Ansiya River to visit the extraordinary lowlands where as you descent, the temperature progressively gets warmer. You will be camping at Lamo. In the evening, you will have dinner and stay the night at the camping site. Overnight Camping.

Day 10: Trek Lamo to AmbaTsion
Right after breakfast, an early morning trekking will take you to AmbaTsion, an easy day, contouring far below the escarpment on a trail, which passes through scrub and stands of palm trees. You will have an opportunity to interact with the local people and learn a little about their life style. You will have lunch in the bush. In the evening you will camp at a site that faces across the valley to a circle of mountains with AmbaTsion in the center. You will have dinner and stay the night camping. Overnight Camping.

Day 11: Trek to AdiArkay and drive back to Gonder 
In the morning after breakfast, you will trek to AdiArkay (1,700 meter above sea level). A short stroll of a little over 2-hour will take you to the market town of AdiArkay. Here you say goodbye to your trekking crew, and then board the vehicle to drive back to Gondar.

Day 12: Flight back to Addis Ababa and departure 
 Fly back to Addis, city tour of Addis, Evening farewell dinner and departure

Code: PET443-2: Northern Ethiopia- Simien Mountains Trekking
Duration: 9 days/81 nights
Transport: Air, Surface

 

Itinerary
Day 1: Arrival in Addis Ababa. O/N - Hotel.
Day 2: Fly to Gondar and drive to Sankaber (3200 m) - O/n camping.
Day 3: Trek to Geech. (3600 m)- O/N - Camping
Day 4: Trek to Imetgogo (3900 m) and then to Chenek (3600 m)- O/n Camping
Day 5: Trek to Ambiquo (3200 m)- climbing Buhit Mountain (4430 m), the 2nd highest peak next to Ras Dashen in Simien Mountain ranges. O/N - Camping.
Day 6: Trek and climbs to the Ras Dashen the highest peak in Ethiopia (4543 m) and return to Ambiquo. O/N - Camping.
Day 7: Trek back to Chenek (3600m). O/N-Camping
Day 8: Drive back to Gondar. O/n Hotel
Day 9: Fly back to Addis, sightseeing tour and departure

Code: PET443- 3- Simien Mountains Trekking/travel with expert/
Duration: 11 days/ 10 nights
Transport: Air, Surface

 

Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival in Addis Ababa. O/N - Hotel.
Day 2: Fly to Gondar and drive to Sankaber (3200 m) - O/n camping.
Day 3: Trek from Sankaber to Geech (3600 m) 5hrs- O/n Camping
Day 4: Trek from Geech to Imitgoto/3900m/ and continue to Enateye/4070m/ and trek to Chenek/3600m/-7hrs. O/n Camping
Day 5: Trek from Chenke to Buhit Ras/4200m-4430m/- Ambiqua/3200m/. 9-10hrs. O/n Camping
Day 6: Trek from Ambiqu and Cross Mesha River to Mateba/3800m/-6hrs. O/n Camping
Day 7: Trek from Mateba to Ras Dashen/highest peak 4543m/ and proceed to Loware/3700m/, see Ethiopian Wolf and villages. 7-8hrs-O/n Camping (will have new staff for the next days)
Day 8: Trek from Leware to Telba Mider with view of Mount Tekeze/ 3400m/-8hrs. O/n Camping
Day 9: Trek from Telba Mider through Gorge to Abara River/2200m/-10hrs. O/n Camping
Day 10: (depart very early- 4:30-5:00AM) Trek from Abara River to Tekeze Haydro Power and meet the vehicle and drive to Geraltha or Mekele. O/n Hotel.
Day 11: Fly back to Addis, sightseeing tour and departure


Notes.
The above trekking itineraries are based on what are essentially popular routes for people who love trekking. It can be shortened or extended.
All the date of itineraries includes arrival and departure dates.
All trips are available year round, but prices may be adjusted around special holidays.
Fitness:
The tour does not require a high level of fitness but participants should be in good general health. Should you have any physical limitations please contact us. Please note we will be traveling in high altitudes (above 1800 m- 4543 m) part of the tour. 
 




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