6 days in the Simien Mountains
Simien Mountain Trekking and Tours - 6 days
- 6 days in the Simien Mountains
- 6 days / 5 nights
- Max. group: 10 Persons
- Difficulty: Easy
> Discover this World Heritage Site
> Encounter gelada baboon along the trek
> Climb to the peak of Ras Dejen
Ethiopians know it is as the roof of Africa, an awesome afro-alpine Plateau of grassy Meadows and ericaceous moorlands that rise to 4,533M at Ras Dejen. To biologists, it is the most important biodiversity hotspot in northern Ethiopia, populated by an alluring wealthy of endemic plants and animals, including the imperious Walia ibex, golden -maned gelada baboon and endearing Ethiopian wolf. Birders know it as the best place in the world to see the mighty lammergeyer, which is regularly seen soaring overhead, displaying its 2-meter wingspan.The 412 km2 Simien Mountains National Park is, no wonder, Ethiopia’s premier trekking and hiking destination.
What’s the plan?
Day 1: Sankaber (3250m), 3-4 hours
An early start from Gondar takes us along a good gravel road to the park headquarters in Debark (100km, 3 hours by 4×4), where we obtain permits and meet our knowledgeable local guide and scout. We drive (1hour by 4×4) into the National Park before starting our first day introductory walk. This is an easy hike along the northern edge of the escarpment with impressive views over the foothills and plains of northern Ethiopia. You will encounter gelada baboon along this hike, and will be welcomed to Sankaber campsite with tea and coffee, where your camp will be prepared in advance of your arrival.
Day 2: Gich (3600m), 5-6 hours
After a hearty breakfast we follow the northern escarpment eastward, before descending a little into the Kaba valley. We then climb to reach Gich Abyss and continue over a narrow ridge to a cliff, which reveals a spectacular view of the abyss and Simien foothills to the north. To the east we have striking views of a large waterfall, where the Jinbar River plunges 500m into the abyss. Two hours further on, we break for lunch on the banks of the Jinbar River. From the valley, we ascend through gelada baboon-filled fields of barley to reach the idyllic village of Gich. From Gich village it is a short walk to Gich camp, perched dramatically above the village and an excellent place to spot lammergeyer, black kite and thick-billed raven. After a relaxing afternoon (optionally punctuated by a coffee ceremony), we take a short hike to Kedadit (3760m) to enjoy the sunset and gorgeous shaded landscapes down the cliffs of the escarpment, before returning to camp for a freshly prepared dinner.
Day 3: Chennek (3600m), 7-8 hours
From Gich camp we pass endless fields of giant lobelia before the high pasture gives way to the towering cliffs of Imet-Gogo (3926m). (An optional extended route from Gich camp to Imet-Gogo meets the escarpment further north, at the gelada baboon-covered, 3785m-high viewpoint of Saha, before following the precipitous cliffs southwards up to Imet-Gogo.) Time spent at Imet-Gogo is rewarded by superb views over the mountain valleys below and the strikingly-shaped domes in the distance. We then descend into the Jinbar River Valley; the contrasting view of Imet-Gogo and the volcanic landscape from here gives the impression that vast chunks of the mountains have been blown-away. We climb from the valley to the summit of Inatye (4070m), a spectacularly scenic spot for lunch. After lunch we descend for about two hours along a steep trail to reach Chennek. We arrive at Chennek camp in plenty of time to appreciate the spectacular views in all directions, and to spot Walia ibex grazing close to the edge of the escarpment and sometimes skirting the edges of the campsite. The day concludes with a well-deserved dinner served in gratifyingly generous proportions!
Day 4: Chennek to Ambiko (3200m), 6-8 hours
We begin our trek towards the distant Ras Dejen range by ascending eastwards from Chennek camp, our climb of Buwahit pass (4200m) affording fine views of the verdant valley that we are leaving, of Buwahit peak to our right and ahead over the very different landscape of the Menesha River valley and its tributaries to Ras Dejen beyond.
From the viewpoint we descend steeply into the valley, passing through the village of Chiro-Leba, before joining walking alongside a tributary along a path that leads eventually to to the Menesha river.
We then branch away from the river to ascend to the camp at Ambiko, where we spend the night in preparation for our ascent of Ras Dejen early the following morning.
Day 5: Ambiko to Ras Dejen (4533m), round trip, 7-8hours
Our climb of more than 1000m to the peak of Ras Dejen begins with breakfast before dawn. We leave Ambiko by following the valley, passing the village of Misma (3500m) before reaching the crest of a ridge that gives excellent views of the sun rising over a larger valley below. We continue to follow the path eastwards in the direction of Ras Dejen’s rocky west face. With the sun’s rays beginning to reach over the peaks ahead of us, we follow a wide ridge to reach a corrie surrounded by three imposing summits. Following a gulley to the left, we climb up to the highest of them, Ras Dejen, to enjoy views into the distance in all directions, with the rocky features of the range’s east face highlighted by the morning sun.
After allowing plenty of time to rest and appreciate this unique place, we return to Ambiko by the same route. We spend the afternoon recuperating over a large lunch and a well-earned rest.
Day 6: Return to Cchiro leba drive back to Gondar (3600m), 3-5hrs
We return to chiro leba by re-tracing the path that we followed on Day 4. With the sun at our backs as we walk westwards, this trek provides an excellent opportunity to contrast the peak of Buwahit – ahead of us to the south-west for most of the walk – and the western escarpment of the National Park, with the Ras Dejen range that we walked towards on Day 4.then drive back to Gondar
We will drive you from Gondar to the park headquarters in Debark and back when the trek ends.
The accommodation will be in a community lodge or in camping tents. Sleeping bags, tents and mattress will be provided.
You will be accompanied by a professional and experienced guide and a scout at all times.
There will be plenty of food, you can be sure about that. We will take care of all the cooking materials and a professional cook will take care of prepearing the meals.
Mules and a mule handler will also be joining you on this trek. They will carry the food, camping equipment, and your backpack if you need them to.
√ Entrance Fees
All park entrance fees are included in the total price.
We will provide you with mineral water during the trek.
√ Camping fire every single night
Every evening we will set up a nice campfire. Make marshmallows and share all adventures of the last day.
You have to make your way to Gondar. The plane tickets are not included.
× Accommodation before and after the trek
Before and after the trek you have to take care of your own accommodation.
The tip is not included in the price of the trek. Tipping guides and mule handlers is a usual practice in Ethiopia. Try to be generous, they will appreciate it.
× Travel Insurance
Your international travel insurance is your own responsibility. Discuss your itinerary with the insurance company before you travel.
All personal expenses such as alcoholic drinks, and other similar expenses are for your own account.
× Personal equipment
Personal equipment such as trekking boots and warm clothes are not included. Bear in mind that the weather and temperatures can be very varied, even within the same day, so be ready.
Frequently Asked Questions
Fortunately for those trekkers thinking about trekking in the Simien Mountains, these treks can be enjoyed all year round. We do have a recommendation though. The rainy season in this area is during July and August, so if you can avoid those months, do so.
Do you make it to your destinations as planned? Often this depends on the unpredictable weather in the mountains. However, it can also depend on your own physical condition.
One sure way to get fit for trekking and hiking in Ethiopia is to, you could have guessed it: hike more. Do you like walking, have you done trekking at an altitude before and do you sport twice a week on average? With a little extra training, you’ll soon be ready for this beautiful trekking in the Simien Mountains.
Is this the first time that you are trekking at altitude? Make sure you are well prepared. This is important for your safety, but also for that of your team. Make sure you start six months in advance with an hour’s hike twice a week.
Tipping is more common in Ethiopia than in other East African countries. However, opinions on how much are divided. We advise to tip the guide around 7 or 8 USD per day of trek. Try to be generous, it will be appreciated.
During the trek you will be spending your nights in different campsites along the way, all within the Simien Mountains National Park.Camping equipment such as tents, sleeping bags and mattresses is included. We will be bringing our excellent chefs who will cook delicious meals everyday. Every evening we will set up a nice campfire and share all adventures of the day. Sleeping bags, tents and mattresses will be provided for, so that is one less thing you will have to worry about.
Everything is arranged for your trek in Ethiopia, the only thing left is to pack your bags and get going. Now, what do you need? Here we have some recommendations for you:
First and foremost: Layers. Layers are great for when you get up high or the sun feels too strong. Let’s not forget that you will be trekking in the mountains and temperatures can get quite low when the sun sets, so warm clothes are also a must. We also suggest:
– Windstopper jacket
– Waterproof coat – useful for the evenings and sporadic rain showers you may experience
– Well worn-in walking boots
– Walking socks
– Sandals or flip-flops (nothing like airing your feet at the end of the day!)
– Sun hat
– Sun cream
– Walking poles (if you find them useful)
– First aid kit (bandages, pills, band-aids, disinfectants)
Simien Mountain trekking and tou
Simien Mountain trekking and tours
We have been operating in the field since 2009 and have provided the best services to happy customers from all over the world thus far. Our Team is always driven towards providing the best experiences for our valued clients. Our passion and professionalism has made us the leading trekking agency in Ethiopia .Our team is always working towards making dream vacations of our customers into a pleasurable reality. In addition, our highly professional and well-trained guides and staff will always make sure that you have a problem-free holiday.
Likewise, our services range from the planning and preparation of tours to immaculate trip arrangements. You are guaranteed to get the best accommodations, transportation, food and guiding services. No matter if you are planning for trekking and historical, a cultural tour or peak climbing, we are the best to plan your trip in affordable price.
We aim to give our clients the most memorable experience through whatever facilities are available to us. We always try to provide accommodation that is both interesting and characterful, and transport – another important part of any tour – that is as varied and comfortable as possible. All our trips are led by our experienced tour leaders who are both knowledgeable and fun to travel with.
Our clients are our greatest asset. Travelling to remote regions is not for everyone, and as such we tend to attract open-minded travellers looking for genuine experiences, and a desire to reach those hard to get to places.
Safety is of the utmost importance to us. That is why this is an area in which we simply do not compromise when it comes to keeping the cost of our trekkings low. Our guides have been selected on the basis of their technical competence, proven safety performance, impeccable judgment, friendly attitude and ability to provide useful and expert instructions. They are also very professional and well trained in first aid and personal protection equipment. First aid kits are available on all treks. Furthermore, a park ranger of the Simien Mountains National Park will also be joining us during the trek, both for safety, and to share with us all the secrets of this magnificent area.
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