Trekking in Bale Mountains National Park
Simien Mountain Trekking and Tours - 5 days
- Trekking in Bale Mountains National Park
- 5 days / 4 nights
- Max. group: 10 Persons
- Difficulty: Easy
> Discover the Habera Waterfall
> Get to see the local fauna like the Ethiopian Wolf
> Visit the Lake Gebre Gurracha or Black Lake
Bale Mountains National Park is an area of high altitude plateau that is broken by numerous spectacular volcanic plugs and peaks, beautiful alpine lakes and rushing mountain streams that descend into deep rocky gorges on their way to the lowlands below. As you ascend into the mountains you will experience changes in the vegetation with altitude, from juniper forests to heather moorlands and alpine meadows, which at various times of year exhibit an abundance of colourful wildflowers.
Bale Mountains National Park is the largest area of Afro-Alpine habitat in the whole of the continent. It gives the visitor opportunities for unsurpassed mountain walking, scenic driving and the chances to view many of Ethiopia’s endemic mammals, in particular the Mountain Nyala and Semien Fox, and birds, such as the Thick-billed Raven, and Wattled Ibis.
What’s the plan?
Day 01: Addis Ababa – Bale Mountains
Drive from Addis to the Bale Mountains National Park. Arrive at the park headquarters in the afternoon, in time for a leisurely afternoon hike, possibly spotting two endemic mammals that frequent the area: Menelik’s Bushbuck and the Mountain Nyala. Birds in this area include the Blue-Winged Goose, the Spot-Breasted Lapwing, the Abyssinian Long Claw, the Wattled Ibis, the Black-Headed Siskin, Rouget’s Rail, and numerous other species.
Overnight camping near park entrance.
Day 02: Trek to Sodota
Walk through Dinsho and enter the National Park. Around Dinsho, the Mountain Nyala and Menelik’s Bushbuck should be visible. While trekking through the park, there will be a chance to see Ethiopian Wolves. Stop by Habera Waterfall for a nice break. Hiking will take 6-7 hours.
Camping at Sodota.
Day 03: Trek to Wasama
Trek to Wasama through a beautiful landscape with stunning views.
Pass through Mararo Valley where the Lammergeyer and Verraux Eagles keep nests. There will also be a chance a seeing the Ethiopian Wolf and other species of birds. Around 5-6 hours of trekking.
Camping at Wasama.
Day 04: Trek to Gebre Gurracha
Start the day by hiking up Mt. Wasama (4200m) and then continue down into the Worgona Valley. Falcons, raptors, and possibly the Ethiopian wolf will be visible. End the day at Lake Gebre Gurracha, meaning “black lake” in the Oromic language. Trekking will take 6-7 hours.
Camping at Gebre Gurracha.
Day 05 Sanetti Plateau – Addis Ababa
Take a short trek from Gebre Gurracha up to the Sanneti Plateau to meet vehicles. Return to Addis Ababa.
We will drive you from Addis Ababa to the National Park and back when the trek ends. The transport will be in a latest model Toyota and/or a Land cruiser with an experienced English speaking driver. Fuel expense and drivers allowance are included in the price of the trek.
The accommodation will be in a community lodge or in camping tents. Camping equipment such as 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 all the meals.
√ Entrance Fees and Taxes
All park entrance fees are included in the total price. Government Taxes-VAT are also covered.
We will provide you with mineral water during the trek.
You have to make your way to Addis Ababa. 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 drivers 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
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 5 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 spending your nights in different campsites along the way, all within the Bale Mountains National Park. Camping equipment such as sleeping bags, tents and mattresses will be provided for, so that is one less thing you will have to worry about. We will also take care of all the meals during the trek, so that after a long day of trekking you can just sit, relax, and enjoy the view.
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 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 outmost 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. A scout will also join us during the trek for extra safety.
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