Itinerary

Three Days trek Simien CODE: (SP-TR-3D)

Day 1

Morning fly to Gonder then, give you transfer in from the airport of Gonder or picks you from your Hotel and then drive directly to the first campsite through Debark to Sankaber, on impressive landscape you will most certainly see encounter troops of endemic Gelada Baboons which is only found in Ethiopia, for the sack of altitude acclimatization is, the driver will drop you before the first camp so that you can have2-3 hrs walk, not only to get used to the altitude but also to enjoy both the view and the endemic wild animals of Gelada Baboons then overnight Camping/at first camp Sankaber.

Day 2
Sankaber-Geech Camp.

From Sankaber Camp the path to Geech Camp will stretch for approximately twelve kilometers. (5-6hrs) the initial stages of this path lead through extensive areas of highland grasslands and heather forests. This path offers some of the most impressive views of the escarpment. One of the best views is the Jinbar Wenz waterfall which plummets down the Geech Abyss.

After descending down to the Jinbar Wenz River a short ascent remains to Gich village. In this area, cultivation is done in a two-year cycle.One side of the valley is planted whilst the other side lies fallow. You will notice extensive soil erosion in this area as a result of the combination of such factors as slope steepness, cultivation, overgrazing, erosive rainfall and limited land resources. We pause in Geech village as we are invited into one of the local houses for a coffee ceremony. Here you will participate in this very important social tradition of Ethiopia as well as gain an insight into the traditional lifestyle.Just above the village is the Geech composite. The campsite has great views of the mountains and is characterized by giant Lobelia plants. These plants can grow up to 10 meters in height and may live for as long as twenty years, at which point they first flower before dying….

Day 3
Geech Immetgogo (3926masl)-Ambaras (3620masl)

The trek from Geech to Ambaras covers approximately 10 kilometres (4 to 5 hours ), following a path along the escarpment edge. Just before arriving into Ambaras you will encounter the ImetGogo peaks and viewpoint at 3926 meters – this viewpoint is actually a gap in the precipitous cliff – which reveals impressive views of the steep mountain faces to the west and the lowlands areas to the left. The tightly clustered houses (tukuls) that form the village of Dihwara, tucked below a cliff, are also visible from this viewpoint. As soon as when you arrive on Ambaras the Car picks you up and drives back to Gonder arrive in the late afternoon.

Four Days Trek Simien CODE: (SP-TR-4D)

Day 1

Morning gives you transfer in from the airport of Gonder or from your hotel and then drive directly to the first campsite through Debark to Sankaber, on impressive landscape you will most certainly see encounter troops of endemic Gelada Baboons which is only found in Ethiopia, for the sack of altitude acclimatization’s the driver will drops you before the first camp so that you can have 2-3 hrs walk, not only to get used to the altitude but also to enjoy both the view and the endemic wild animals of Gelada Baboons, We pause in Michiby village as we are invited into one of the local houses for a coffee ceremony. Here you will participate in this very important social tradition of Ethiopia as well as gain an insight into the traditional lifestyle. then overnight Camping/at the first camp Sankaber.

Day 2
Sankaber-Geech Camp

From Sankaber Camp the path to Geech Camp will stretch for approximately twelve kilometers. (5-6hrs) the initial stages of this path leads through extensive areas of highland grasslands and heather forests. This path offers some of the most impressive views of the escarpment. One of The best views is the Jinbar Wenz waterfall which plummets down the Geech Abyss. After descending down to the Jinbar Wenz River a short ascent remains to Gich village. In this area, cultivation is done in a two-year cycle. One side of the valley is planted whilst the other side lies fallow. You will notice extensive soil erosion in this area as a result of the combination of such factors as slope steepness, cultivation, overgrazing, erosive rainfall and limited land resources.Just above the village is the Geech campsite. The campsite has great views of the mountains and is characterized by giant Lobelia plants. These plants can grow up to 10 meters in height and may live for as long as twenty years, at which point they first flower before dying….over Night Camping at Gich.

Day 3
Geech Immetgogo (3926masl)-Chenek (3620masl)
The trek from Geech to Chenek covers approximately fifteen kilometers (six to seven hours), following a path along the escarpment edge. Just before arriving into Chenek you will encounter the Enatye peaks and viewpoint at 4070 meters – this viewpoint is actually a gap in the precipitous cliff – which reveals impressive views of the steep mountain faces to the west and the lowlands areas to the left. The tightly clustered houses (tukuls) that form the village of Dihwara, tucked below a cliff, are also visible from this viewpoint. Chenek campsite is spectacularly located in a beautiful valley at the foot of the Bwahit Peak. Strategically placed benches allow for the opportunity to take in the expansive views back toward Imet Gogo, especially beautiful in both the dawn and dusk light. A large troop of Gelada baboons, Abyssinian Wolf are common here and Walia Ibex are also often seen on the rocky escarpment edges overnight here camping.

DAY 4
Chenek (3620m) – Mount Buwahit (4430m)
Walking 5 hours / 830m elevation gain and descent / 10km distance covered after an early breakfast, you will head South East out of Chennek to climb Buwahit Peak at 4430m. The path follows a small stream for an hour or two up to Buwahit Pass. At the pass, the views open up to the North East towards Lori and Sona Villages. This is a fantastic place to spot the Endemic Wallia Ibex. From here it is another hour or two’s scramble up a rocky slope to Buwahit Peak. It is hard work at the altitude but the views from the top and the wildlife on the way are more than worth it, while back down to the Camp the car awaits you there and picked up drive back to Gonder arrive in the afternoon.

Five Days Trek Simien CODE: (SP-TR-5D)

Day 1

We will meet you in the morning at Gonder Airport or your hotel in Gonder. Drive to the first camp (Sankaber) via Debark (the small town) you will be rewarded with very impressive views of the low land areas to the north and west. You will most certainly encounter troops of the endemic gelada baboons. The gelada baboon, only found in Ethiopia, is often referred to as the bleeding heart baboon or the lion monkey because their coat is shaggy resembling a lion, whilst their chest has a marked red heart or patch. The gelada baboon can be found in good numbers is quite easy to approach. Sankaber camp is situated at an altitude of 3250 meters on an impressive viewpoint between the northern escarpment and the southern wazla. Before you arrive at the camp you have about 2-3hrs. walk. About 7-9 Kms.

Day 2

From Sankaber Camp the path to Geech Camp will stretch for approximately 13 kilometers.(5-6hrs). The initial stages of this path leads through extensive areas of highland grasslands and heather forests. This path offers some of the most impressive views of the escarpement of the Jinbar Wenz waterfall which plummets down the Geech Abyss. After descending down to the Jinbar Wenz River a short ascent remains to Geech village. In this area, cultivation is done in a two-year cycle. One side of the valley is planted whilst the other side lies fallow. You will notice extensive soil erosion in this area as a result of the combination of such factors as slope steepness, cultivation, overgrazing, erosive rainfall and limited land resources.  Just above Geech village is the campsite which will serve as your base for two nights. The campsite has great views of the mountains and is characterized by giant Lobelia plants. These plants can grow up to 10 meters in height and may live for as long as twenty years, at which point they first flower before dying.

Day 3

Geech Immetgogo (3926masl)-Chenek (3620masl)
The trek from Geech to Chenek covers approximately 17 kilometers (six to seven hours), following a path along the escarpment edge. Just before arriving into Chenek you will encounter the Enatye peaks and viewpoint at 4070 meters – this viewpoint is actually a gap in the precipitous cliff – which reveals impressive views of the steep mountain faces to the west and the lowlands areas to the left. The tightly clustered houses (tukuls) that form the village of ,Dihwara, tucked below a cliff, are also visible from this viewpoint.
Chenek campsite is spectacularly located in a beautiful valley at the foot of the Bwahit Peak. Strategically placed benches allow for the opportunity to take in the expansive views back toward Imet Gogo, especially beautiful in both the dawn and dusk light. A large troop of Gelada baboons are common here and Walia Ibex are also often seen on the rocky escarpment edges overnight here camping.

DAY 4

Chenek (3600m) – Mount Buahit (4430m) – Chenek (3600m)
Walking 5 hours / 830m elevation gain and descent / 10km distance covered after an early breakfast, you will head SE out of Chennek to climb Buahit Peak at 4430m. The path follows a small stream for an hour or two up to Buahit Pass. At the pass the views open up to the North East towards Lori and Sona Villages. This is a fantastic place to spot the
Wallia Ibex. From here it is another hour or two’s scramble up a rocky slope to Buahit Peak. It is hard work at the altitude but the views from the top and the wildlife on the way are more than worth it, while back down to the Camp overnight Camping.

Day 5

Cheneck to Gonder. This day morning after breakfast, you walk along the valley of Argin Village to visit the culture and lifestyles management of mountains villagers about 3hours while back for Lunch to the Camp, then car awaits you there and picked up drive back to Gonder arrive in the afternoon.

Seven Days Trek Simien CODE: (SP-TR-7D)

Day 1.
Depart early in the morning from Gondar, driving to Sankaber, stopping in Debark to handle National Park fees, etc.  You will start your trek around Buyit Ras for a 3-4 hour hike to Sankaber, which passes close to the escarpment edge.  Nearing Sankaber, you will have beautiful views on both sides of the escarpment ridge and where you will likely see the endemic Gelada baboons.  In Sankaber, you will be met with your supplies.  Overnight camping in Sankaber.

Day 2
From Sankaber, 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 3
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 4
From Chenek, continue east up a valley to Mt. Bwahit, 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 5
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.  After your successful arrival at the highest point in Ethiopia, you return to Ambikwa for overnight.  Total trekking time: 8-10 hours

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

Day 7
Today you will be transported out of the park, returning to Gondar.

This 7-day trek in the Simien Mountains brings you to the peak of Ras Dashen - the highest point in Ethiopia.
Nine Days Trek Simien CODE: (SP-TR-9D)

Including:
* 4WD transportation to and from Gonder
* guide
* scout, cook & cooking materials mule(s) & mule handler
* tent, sleeping bags & mattresses
* all park entrance fees
* plenty of food & bottled mineral water
Excluding:
* alcoholic drinks

Day 1

In the cool of the morning, we will make the 2 to 3-hour drive from Gondar to Debark. This is a small market town at an altitude of 2700 meters close to the boundary of the Simien Mountains National Park. Here, an armed scout-one of the park regulations join you. Then we drive towards Sankaber where you walk the last couple of 2 hours of the day to your camp for the night.

Day 2

Today we will meet the muleteers and the trekking equipment is loaded on to their mules. Starting out, you descend in the Michwahtis valley and begin the climb up the other side, 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.

Day 3

The route today takes us along the edge of the escarpment to the promontory and a small peak known as Imet gogo. From here you descend into an open, grassy valley filled with 3 and 4-meter tall giant Lobelias. TheChenek campsite offers superb views across to the opposite escarpment and the prominent peak of Imet gogo.

Day 4

To reach the village of Ambiquo at the foot of Ras Dashen, you must initially climb up above your camp towardsAmba Bhawit (4477m.), the second highest mountain in the range. At 4200m you pass through Bhauit pass. Here, you will also get your first sighting of the Ras Dashen (4620m), the highest point in a wall of cliffs and peaks on the skyline. Crossing the Mesheha River after more than 1000 meters of descent, you climb steeply to the village of Ambiquo, where we will camp for the night.

Day 5

Today’s climb to the highest point in Ethiopia, the summit of Ras Dashen, requires a dawn start. You climb slowly and steadily through giant Lobelia forests, passing the tiny, perched village of Mizma and gaining an area of open pasture where there are herds of cattle and goats with their attendant herdsmen. The triple-summited bulk of Ras Dashen looms above and it is far from obvious which of these is the highest. Finally, after 5 hours of ascent, you reach steeper, rocky ground and a short scramble to the cairned summit. We usually take an hours rest on top to enjoy the views that, in clear weather, extend to North of Ethiopia. A 3-hour descent takes you back to the campsite in Ambiquo.

Day 6

Rather than retracing your trek to Sankaber (which is the usual Simien Mountains trek), we have chosen to extend the itinerary and make the return towards Gondar through the lowlands, which will give you the chance to see a greater range of the Ethiopian countryside. Descending from your camp at Ambiquo for an hour, you then have an easy 3-hour stroll, heading back westwards to the camping place in Arkwaziye (3600m.).

Day 7

A day of descent, as you head for the village of Makarabia in the region known as Lamo. You are leaving behind the high plateau and your route crosses several major ridges before dropping 1000meters alongside Ansiya River to the rarely visited lowlands. It becomes progressively warmer as you descend to the camp at Loma (2000m).

Day 8

An easy day, contouring far below the escarpment on a trail, which passes through scrub and stands of palm trees. You have plenty of opportunities to interact with the local people and learn a little about their way of life. Set beneath towering rock pinnacles. The campsite faces across the valley to a circle of mountains with Amba Tsion in the center.

Day 9

A final short stroll of a little over 2-hours takes you to the market town of Adi Arkay (1700m). Here you say goodbye to your trek crew, have a look around the bazaar and then board the car for the drive back to Gonder.