The Simien Mountains Trek Overview

Embark on a challenging but spectacular trek through Ethiopia's Simien Mountains. Stay in remote villages, conquer the country's highest peak and spot its endemic species of wildlife.

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      USD $3,230
      CAD $3,230
      AUD $3,230
      EUR €2,295
      GBP £1,699
      NZD $3,735
      ZAR R30,580
      CHF FR2,750
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  • 2015-01-01 - 2017-12-31

Challenge yourself on an unforgettable trek through Ethiopia's Simien Mountain range.

The Simien is arguably the most beautiful mountain range in Africa. Vast and unique, the highland plateau is capped by a dramatic skyline of jagged volcanic plugs and split by deep gorges and gullies. The views across this landscape are breathtaking: the striking towers and formations having been described as 'the chess pieces of the Gods'. Our trek takes us to both the highland and rural lowland areas, with an ascent of Ras Dashen, the highest peak in Ethiopia at 4543m, and the fourth highest in Africa. A haven to many endemic species of wildlife and flora, including the Gelada Baboon and Walia Ibex, the Simien National Park has been declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.

  • Check out the famed castles of Gonder
  • Camp by the escarpment of Buyit Ras
  • Peer down on sheer gorges and gullies from Imetgogo
  • See rare grass-grazing Gelada primates
  • Scan the skies of Ambiko for falcons and kestrels
  • Clamber up to the summit of Ras Dashen – Ethiopia's highest peak

What's included in this trip

  • Start:

    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
  • Finish:

    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
  • Group size:

    Min 5 , Max 18
  • Ages:

    Min 18
  • Meals:

    12 breakfasts, 9 lunches, 9 dinners
  • Accommodation:

    Camping (with basic facilities) (9 nts), Hotel (3 nts)
  • Transport:

    4x4, Minibus, Plane
  • Included activities:

    Addis Ababa - Guided tour

  • Notes:

    1. A single supplement is available on this trip 2. An airport arrival transfer is included for clients arriving on the same flight as the group flight only (Arriving into ADD at 8.00am) 3. An airport departure transfer is included for clients departing on the same flight as the group flight only (Departing ADD on Day 14 at 12.55am) 4. This trip is run by our experienced sister company Exodus. 5. Passenger Self Assessment Form required for this trip

  • Total price from

    USD $3,230
    CAD $3,230
    AUD $3,230
    EUR €2,295
    GBP £1,699
    NZD $3,735
    ZAR R30,580
    CHF FR2,750
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  • Per day from:

    USD $248
    CAD $248
    AUD $248
    EUR €176
    GBP £130
    NZD $287
    ZAR R2,352
    CHF FR211
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The Simien Mountains Trek Summary

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Day 1 Addis Ababa

Group flight arrives in the morning. In the afternoon we go on a sightseeing tour that takes us to the Ethnographic Museum and the Church of the Trinity where Haile Selassies' remains now lie.

Day 2 Fly to Gondar

Historic Gonder is known as the city of castles and palaces. This was once the capital of Ethiopia during the reign of King Fasilidas, who built the first castle.

Day 3 Debark

Standing at the gateway to the Simien Mountains is the town of Debark. Many people pass through here to experience the wonders that these mountains have to offer. With this beauty in its landscape, Debark has some of the most amazing scenery in Ethiopia.

Day 4 Trek to Geech via Jinbar Waterfall.

Walking near small settlements and villages we have fine views across the lowlands and the Simien plateau. We pass Sankabar before continuing to Geech (3,600m). En route we see a stunning waterfall; cascading through a hole in the rock, it falls 500 metres to the bottom of the gorge and is particularly impressive after the rainy season (by Christmas the waterfall may not be visible). The last 2 hours of the day involve a steep climb up to our campsite, where we stay for two nights.

Day 5 Day walk to Imetgogo.

A spectacular day - in the morning we walk to Imetgogo (3,926m). Situated at the end of a long ridge, which disappears on either side to the lowlands below, there are outstanding views of the gorge and mountain range and it is easy to understand why the striking formations have been described as 'the chess pieces of the Gods'. We should get our first glimpse of Ras Dashen from here and we can see clearly our route for the coming days. If we haven't already encountered them, there is a good chance of seeing the indigenous Gelada, also known as the 'bleeding heart' baboon or Lion monkey. The Gelada is in fact neither baboon or monkey but the last remaining species of a branch of high altitude, grass eating primates that have all but vanished. We return to the same camp and enjoy an afternoon at rest.

Day 6 Trek to Chennek via Enatyie Escarpment.

Awesome scenery lines the trail to our camp at Chennek, which is spectacularly located in a beautiful valley at the foot of Bwahit Peak.

Day 7 Trek to Ambiko with ascent of Bwuhit.

A memorable but hard day's trekking of ascents and descents as we make our way from Chenek to Ambiko. We should see birds like the Crowned Scraper Thrush, Siskins, Falcons and Kestrel. Today is also our best chance of seeing the rare and endangered Walia Ibex, a species that can only be found in the Simien National Park. From Chenek we climb to a pass at 4,200m and from here the fit and energetic may like to continue on a further hour up to the summit of Bwuhit at 4,430m. Otherwise from the pass we have a big drop down to the Meshah River at 2850m, via the village of Chiro Leba, where we may be able to visit the school and small clinic (if open). From the river we ascend 350m to our camp, where we spend 2 nights at Ambiko.

Day 8 Ascent of Ras Dashen.

We ascend Ras Dashen before returning to Ambiko. This day is the longest day of the trek. It may take up to twelve hours climbing 1350m to the summit. Ras Dashen has 3 peaks and we climb to the middle highest peak - the roof of Ethiopia. Our efforts are rewarded with views from the summit which are out of this world.

Day 9 Trek to Sona via Arkwasiye.

With breathtaking panoramas across the escarpment, our superbly positioned camp at Sona is one of the most dramatic locations on the whole trek.

Day 10 Descend to Ansiya Wenz River and on to Lamo Camp.

Spot birds and enjoy picturesque views on the path to our camp near the remote village of Mekarebya.

Day 11 Continue to Mulit Camp.

Our campsite at Mulit offers a fascinating opportunity to interact with the local people and learn about their unique way of life.

Day 12 Short walk to Adi Arkay; drive to Gondar.

Successive kings added their own stone castles and palaces to Gonder's fascinating royal complex - earning the city its lofty nickname: the Camelot of Africa.

Day 13 Fly to Addis

Addis has an interesting array of sights to explore, including the Ethnological Museum, a stunning fossil collection at the National Museum and the chaotic bustle of the city market.
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    • Total price tool tip
      USD $3,230
      CAD $3,230
      AUD $3,230
      EUR €2,295
      GBP £1,699
      NZD $3,735
      ZAR R30,580
      CHF FR2,750
      *
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