Trekking in Bale mountains

Three Days Bale Mountains Trekking CODE: (SP-BMT-3D)

Day 1

Drive to Dinsho, Bale mountains national park HQ – Goba:
In the morning after breakfast, you will drive to Dinsho via Shashemenne (4000km from Addis). Enroute you will make a stop on Lake Ziway (best known for its birdlife to visit aquatic birds. Up on arrival we will do all the requirements for short easy hike at the Bale mountains national park, Headquarter along the woodland part to see antelope families. Later late in the afternoon drive to Goba 45km from Dinsho for overnight stay. In the evening you will have dinner and stay the night at the hotel.
Overnight Goba Wabeshebelle hotel (Robe town selected Hotel ) Camping at Dinsho.

Day 2

Drive to sanetti plateau and Harenna forest:
In the morning, you will have breakfast and drive to the sanetti plateau (altitude of the 4000metre the largest afro alpine area in Africa and the place to see rare and endangered Ethiopian Wolf) and the scenery then proceed to Harenna forest via Tullu Deemtu (4377m) the second highest point in Ethiopia. Overnight Goba Wabeshebelle hotel:
(Robe town selected Hotel ) Camping at Dinsho.

Day 3

Drive to Addis Ababa via Asella for departure:
After breakfast, you will driving to Addis Ababa and you will stop for lunch at Asella. We will arrive in Addis Ababa late afternoon where you will do some shopping for souvenirs. Finally you will be taken to farewell dinner depending on your schedule flight.

Four Days Bale Mountains Trekking CODE: (SP-BMT-4D)

DAY 1

TREK DINSHO TO SODOTA.
You will have a bale mountain trekking for 5-6 hours to sodota through the finch Habera waterfall and where the Web and wolla rivers join. This area is an outstanding bird watching spot,particularly for
raptors and chance to see the rare and endangered Ethiopian Wolf.Set up for overnight in
Sodota campsite.
Elevation:3100-3500M
Distance :20km(5-6hrs).
Overnight:Sodota camp(3500m asl).

DAY 2

SODOTA TO WASEMA CAMP.
Today you will make your way through meraro valley for 5-6 hours until you reach wassema wilderness campsite.The trails is covered predominantly in Erica vegetation, which in turn leads into afro alpine habitats.Arrive at the campsite ,located at the base
of wassema mountain (4200 metres) and if the time permits,you can also make short
1 hour trek to the summit which offers superb panoramic views.
Elevation:3500-4000m
Distance :18km(5-6hrs).
Overnight:Wassema camp(4000m asl).

DAY 3

TREK WASSEMA TO SANETTE CAMP.
Leaving the wassema hills behind ,you will head towards Sannette for 6-7hours,following worgona valley.Here the scenery changes dramatically as you pass the magnificent sheer
cliff of Arch’aah. From here heading to sannete pass via the craggy plug of Batu (4307m)
and camp overnight in Sanette camp.
Elevation:4000-4100m
Distance:22km(6-7hrs)
Overnight:Sanette camp.

DAY 4: CAR WILL BE PICK UP FROM THE CAMP AND DROP OF IN GOBA/ROBE
Today after leisurely breakfast you will pack up your tents as soon as met with car drive to the highest point of Ethiopia Tullu Demtu 4377 ” Red mountain”in local language) ;chance to see more Ethiopian wolves and you will get back to Robe.

…………………..End of Bale mountain Trekking……………….

Five Days Bale Mountains Trekking CODE: (SP-BMT-5D)

Day 1

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.Overnight Camping.

Day 2

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 3 

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 4 

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 5  Sanetti Plateau – Addis Ababa.

Take a short trek from Gebre Gurracha up to the Sennati Plateau to meet vehicles. Return to Addis Ababa.

Six Days Bale Mountains Trekking CODE: (SP-BMT-6D)

Day 1   Addis Ababa - Bale Mountains National Park
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. 
Overnight Camping  (B, L, D)

Day 2   Trekking Bale Mountains National Park
Starting from Dinsho, trek to Adelay via the Geysay Valley and the Web River, viewing the Web waterfall along the way. During the hike, there will be wonderful chances to see the Mountain Nyala, Menelik’s Bushbuck, Bohor Reedbuck, and possibly Colobus Monkeys.  Trekking will take 4-5 hours
Overnight Camping  (B, L, D)

Day 3   Trekking Bale Mountains National Park
Trek from Adelay to Sodota. Most of the hiking will be accross the Kotera Plains, from which there are good chances to see the rare and endemic Ethiopian Wolf. Also pass by the Habera Waterfall.  Trekking will take 5-6 hours
Overnight Camping  (B, L, D)

Day 4   Trekking Bale Mountains National Park
Trek to Keyransa through the Wolla Valley. There will be opportunities to see birds endemic to Ethiopia, including spot raptors and verraux and lammergeyer eagles.  Trekking will take 6-7 hours
Overnight Camping  (B, L, D)

Day 5   Trekking Bale Mountains National Park
Take a very scenic hike through the Rafu Valley. There will again be chances to see different species of raptors, falcons, and eagles.  Trekking will take 4-5 hours
Overnight Camping  (B, L, D)

Day 6   Bale Mountains National Park - Addis Ababa
Take a short trek from Gebre Gurracha up to the Sennati Plateau to meet vehicles. Return to Addis Ababa.  Enjoy dinner at a traditional Ethiopian restaurant featuring dancers and musicians representing some of the country's many ethnic groups.  Transfer to airport for late night departure or additional hotel night booked upon request.
(B, L, D)

End of Tour

Seven Days Bale Mountains Trekking CODE: (SP-BMT-7D)

Day 1   Addis Ababa - Bale Mountains National Park
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  (B, L, D)

Day 2   Trekking Bale Mountains National Park
Starting from Dinsho, trek to Adelay via the Geysay Valley and the Web River, viewing the Web waterfall along the way. During the hike, there will be wonderful chances to see the Mountain Nyala, Menelik’s Bushbuck, Bohor Reedbuck, and possibly Colobus Monkeys.  Trekking will take 4 - 5 hours.
Overnight Camping  (B, L, D)

Day 3   Trekking Bale Mountains National Park
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 7 - 8 hours of trekking.
Overnight Camping  (B, L, D)

Day 4   Trekking Bale Mountains National Park
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 7-8 hours.
Overnight Camping  (B, L, D)

Day 5   Sanetti Plateau
Take a short trek from Gebre Gurracha up to the Sanetti Plateau to meet vehicles. Explore the Sanetti Plateau by car. This is the best place in Ethiopia to view the Ethiopian wolf. 
Overnight Hotel  (B, L, D)

Day 6   Harenna Forest
Drive to the Harenna Forest. This is in the southern end of the park and holds a unique variety of vegetation. The Harenna Escarpment towers 2000m above the edge of the forest and provides stunning views. Return to Goba for the night.
Overnight Hotel  (B, L, D)

Day 7   Bale Mountains National Park - Addis Ababa
Drive back to Addis Ababa with stops on the way at Rift Valley Lakes. Enjoy dinner at a traditional Ethiopian restaurant featuring dancers and musicians representing some of the country's many ethnic groups. Transfer to airport for late night departure or additonal hotel nights booked upon request.
(B, L, D)

End of Tour

Nine Days Bale Mountains Trekking CODE: (SP-BMT-9D)

Attractions: History, Religion, Scenery & Wildlife 
Duration: 9 Days & 8 Nights
Transportation: Surface drive, & trekking 

Day 1: Arrival at Addis Ababa Bole International Airport
Meet and greet you Simien Park Ethiopia Tours representative at exit of luggage claim and transfer you to the hotel. Overnight stay in Radissun Blu Hotel, Addis Ababa.

Day 2: Addis Ababa City Tour 
You will have an early breakfast and your first visit in Addis Ababa will be the National Museum. (houses numerous antiquarian relics and archaeological artifacts including 3.5 million year old skeleton of Lucy). Then you will continue to visit Mount Entoto (3,200 above sea level, the Church of St Mary (1885), & museum and Emperor Menelik II Palace. Lunch at Lucy Restaurant. 
After lunch you will visit Trinity Cathedral. It was constructed by Emperor Haile Selassie in 1947 (ornamented with carvings and mosaic and other artistic works such as paintings of saints and the apostles on the stained glass) and visit Merkato, the largest open market in Africa. In the evening, you will have dinner at the hotel and you will rest.
In the evening, we will host you at one of the best traditional restaurants of Addis where you can see the folk dances of the Ethiopian people and taste Ethiopian variety of meals. Overnight stay in Radissun Blu Hotel, Addis Ababa.

Day 3: Drive to Dinsho, Bale Mountains National Park Head Quarter 
In the morning after breakfast, you will drive to Dinsho, via Shashmene (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 Shashmene (250 Km from Addis). You will proceed driving and arrive in Dinsho late afternoon. Upon arrival, you will check into a guest house and do all the requirements for trekking at the Bale Mountains National Park HQ. Later, you will prepare the necessary logistics for your trekking. After a brief break, you will have time to make a short hike along the northern part of the park. In the evening, you will have dinner and stay the night at the guest house. Overnight stay in Dinsho guest house.

Day 4: Trek Dinsho to Fincha Habera or Sodota 
You will have an early breakfast and start trekking in the Bale Mountains National Park (the largest area of Afro-Alpine habitat in the whole of the continent, giving visitors opportunities for unsurpassed mountain walking, horse trekking, scenic driving, fishing and view many endemic mammals: the Mountain Nyala, Menelik Bush Buck, Warthog & Ethiopian Wolf; birds: the thick-billed Raven, Wattled Ibis, Blue-winged Goose, and Rouget's Rail). You will trek from Dinsho to Sodota (appx. 20 Km from Dinsho). In the evening, you will spend the night at Fincha Habera or Sodota Camp site. Overnight stay night camping at Fincha Habera or Sodota.

Day 5: Trek Fincha Habera or Sodota to Keyrensa 
Early in the morning after an easy breakfast, you will do trekking to Keyrensa (or even to Morobawa). You will have packed lunch in the bush. In the evening, you will spend the night at the camp site. Overnight stay night camping at Keyrensa.

Day 6: Trek Keyrensa to Rafu 
After breakfast, you will continue trekking full day to Rafu. You will have packed lunch in the bush. In the evening, you will spend the night at camp site. Overnight stay night camping at Rafu.

Day 7: Trek Rafu to Garba Guracha 
In the morning after breakfast, you will trek to Garba Guracha to climb Mount Batu (4203 meter above sea level, with a new terrain of Afro- Alpine meadows, incredible endemic plants: Giant lobelia and other plants of high land altitudes). In the evening, you will have dinner and stay camping at Garba Guracha. Overnight stay night camping at Garba Guracha.

Day 8: Trek Garba Guracha to Sanetti Plateau & drive to Goba 
In the morning after breakfast, you will trek to Sanetti Plateau (an altitude of 4000 meter, covered by Afro-alpine Moor land with beautiful wild alpine scenery). Then, your vehicle will be waiting for you and you will drive to Goba. Upon arrival in Goba, you will check into a hotel, take a hot shower of the last five days. In the evening, you will rest, have dinner and stay the night in the hotel. Overnight stay in Wabe Shebelle Hotel, Goba.

Day 9: Drive back to Addis Ababa via Bekoji – Assela & departure 
After breakfast, you will be driving to Addis Ababa. You will stop for lunch at Assela. You will arrive in Addis Ababa late afternoon where you will do some shopping for souvenirs. Finally you will be taken to a farewell dinner depending on your scheduled flight; you will be transferred out to Bole International Airport for return flight back home.