Bale Mountains trek
Simien Mountain Tours - 4 days
- Bale Mountains trek
- 4 days / 3 nights
- Max. group: 10 Persons
- Difficulty: Easy
> Enjoy Lake Ziway and its birdlife
> See Giant Forest Hog and Vervet monkeys
> Visit a Coffee Farm
The amazing Bale mountains National Park is located in southeast side Ethiopia (Oromo region). It is a protected area of approximately 2200 km2 and can be found 400 km southeast of the capital (Addis Abeba). It covers the largest area higher than 3000 meter above sea level in Africa.
The highest pick is called Tillu Dimtu which is 4377 masl and the lowest place in Bale is Harana, which is 700masl. The park includes an afro alpine plateau over 3500 meter masl which is the largest area of afro alpine Habitats, where animals like Ethiopian wolves and the giant mole rat live.
Bale is the best place for trekking and birding. Afrer 6-8hrs drive from Addis Abeba to the National headquarter take your time to Enjoy this wonderful place.
What’s the plan?
Day 1: Drive to Dinsho(from Addis Ababa), Bale Mountains National Park Headquarter – Goba
Your trek starts in Addis Ababa. In the morning, you will drive to Dinsho, via Shashemene (410 Km from Addis). En route, you will make a stop on Awash River and Lake Ziway (best known for its birdlife) to visit aquatic birds. You will have lunch at Shashemene (250 Km from Addis). You will proceed driving and arrive in Dinsho in the afternoon. Upon arrival, you will do all the requirements for short easy trekking at the Bale Mountains National Park HQ. After a brief break, you will have time to make a short hike along the northern part of the park. Later late in the afternoon drive to Goba (40 Km from Dinsho) for overnight stay. On arrival, you will check into a hotel. In the evening, you will have dinner and stay the night at the hotel. Overnight stay in Wabe Shebelle Hotel, Goba.
Lake Ziway and its birdlife
Minilk Bush back
Day 2: Excursion/Day trip to Sanetti Plateau
In the morning, you will have breakfast and drive to the Sanetti Plateau (altitude of 4000 meter, with Afro-alpine Moorland, beautiful wild alpine scenery). Upon arrival in Goba, you will check into a hotel and rest. In the evening, you will have dinner and stay the night at the hotel. Overnight stay in Wabe Shebelle Hotel, Goba.
Day 3: Dola Mena: Rift Valley, Camels, Coffee
Around 40km or so to the south, the pristine Harenna forest drops into the dry, dusty Rift Valley. A trip south from the Lodge to the small town of Dola Mena takes about an hour. En route one has a chance to see Giant Forest Hog and Vervet monkeys along with myriad butterflies that flutter through the shadows and sunlight. Small temporary camps may be seen, springing up where wild coffee is harvested from the forest; coffee said to amongst the best in the world. At certain times in the year, post rains, the wild coffee can be seen drying at the side of the road. Dolo Mena is a small town, where one can savour the coffee and locally collected wild honey. A camel market is frequently held along with a local market for other traders. Few tourists venture here, and so it is still unspoilt in its daily activities. Approximately 20 km further on from Dola Mena are the Welman River Falls and caves – home to a hermit – which have religious significance. Those able bodied enough can crawl through the caves and pass behind the waterfall onto the river bank opposite. The Rift Valley also offers an opportunity to spot birds which are indigenous to the dry conditions. Overnight stay in Wabe Shebelle Hotel, Goba.
Day 4: Drive back to Addis Ababa via Bekoji, Asella & departure
After breakfast, you will be driving to Addis Ababa. You will stop for lunch at Asella. You will arrive in Addis Ababa late afternoon
√ Hotel pick up and drop off
We will pick you up at your hotel in Addis Ababa and we will take you back after the trek. If you need Airport transfers, that can be arranged too.
Your trek starts in Addis Ababa. Transport from and to Addis before and after the trek is included. You will be driven in a pivate Mini Van (4×4) with Air Conditioning.
During the trek you will be staying at the Wabe Shebelle Hotel in Goba, in shared rooms. You can have a single room for USD 45/EUR 40 extra.
You will be accompanied by a professional english-speaking guide at all times. A local guide will also join us when applicable.
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner are included in the price of the trek.
A porter will be arround (and so will the car) in case it is needed.
√ Taxes and Fees
All park entrance fees are included. All service Charge and Taxes are included as well.
Mineral water will be available during the trek.
The plane tickets are not included. Getting to Ethiopia is your responsibility.
× Accommodation before and after the trek
Before and after the trek you have to take care of your own accommodation.
Bare in mind that tips for guide, porter and drive are not included. Tipping is a very common practice in Ethiopia, be generous.
× 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.
Frequently Asked Questions
High rainfall and periods of damp cloudy weather are characteristic of the Bale Mountains, which is quite typical of high-altitude mountainous regions. Luckily, periods of sunny weather and blue skies are also part of this area’s climate.
The climatic year can be divided into three seasons -the dry, early wet and wet season. The dry season lasts from November to February. During these months it rains very little and temperatures on a clear sunny day may rise up to 30° C. Since you are going to be trekking, this is the best period to visit the National Park.
The early wet season lasts from March to June and the wet season from July to October. Although it will be wetter during these months, you can still enjoy the area with adequate warm and weatherproof clothing.
Although this trek is not a very demanding one, you will still be spending 4 days walking in the mountains.
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 Bale 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 staying at the Wabe Shebelle Hotel in Goba, in shared rooms. You can have a single room for USD 45/EUR 40 extra. The hotel is a basic one, but it will have everything necessary for you to have a good night sleep and recover for your next day in the mountains. Don’t expect too much luxury.
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 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 Tours
Simien Mountain Tours
Welcome to My Ethiopia, The Land the time forget
Experience the special touch with Simien Mountains Tours, run by Alebachew Abebe (Alex for short). With a decade of experience we are able to organise a host of travel excursions focused around culture, historic circuits and adventure in the Danakil Depression and the Simien Mountains.
The business was established in 2006 by the owner Alex Abebe providing guided treks in the Simien Mountains. Nur’s experience has been recognized his recommendation in 2013 edition lonely planet travel book page 89. The Simien Mountains tour offers tailor –made trips and treks throughout Ethiopia, we always provide you some of the best customer service available in Ethiopia. Ethiopia has so much to offers visitors.
Natural: Simien Mountains , Bale Mountains and Danakile Depression perhaps the best known.
Cultural: Omo Valley and Island Monasteries are the best examples.
Historical: Axum Monument , Rock Hewn Churches of Lalibella and Royal enclosure of Gondar .
The Simien Mountains tour has provide you special interest guides e.g Bird watching and Horse trekking . Thank for visiting our site.!
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.
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