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.

Start
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Finish
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Countries
Ethiopia
Themes
Walking & Trekking
Code
YZXE
Physical rating
Cultural rating
Ages
Min 18
Group size
Min 5, Max 18
Carbon offset
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Highlights

  • 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

Itinerary

Take to the skies and be sure to grab a window seat on a spectacular flight to Gonder. Get a birds eye view of the Ethiopian plateau before touching down and taking a look at some of the impressive castles built by Ethiopia’s former kings.
Take to the skies and be sure to grab a window seat on a spectacular flight to Gonder. Get a birds eye view of the Ethiopian plateau before touching down and taking a look at some of the impressive castles built by Ethiopia’s former kings.
Hit the road bound for Debark, a tiny village that acts as a gateway to the Simien National Park. After preparing for the trek ahead, take a short walk to a spectacular overnight camping spot.
Walk near picturesque settlements and villages, passing Sankabar and a spectacular waterfall before arriving in our campsite in Geech.
Head for Imetgogo, where dramatic views of gorges and the Simien Mountain Range are bound to stun.
Walk towards the edge of an escarpment then follow it to the top of Inatye. Be awed by breathtaking views all the way to camp.
Limber up for a tough day's trekking to Ambiko. An abundance of birdlife inhabit Ethiopia's skies: this is the place to spot siskins, falcons and kestrel. In reaching a pass of 4,200m, there's the chance for those keen to keep pushing themselves to continue on to the summit of Bwuhit (4,430m). Then it's a steady descent down to 2,500m for two nights of camping.
At 4,550m, Ras Dashen is Ethiopia's highest mountain. It's a long day of trekking that takes us to the top, but the views are exceptional.
Today brings more hills to conquer but with the promise of sipping fresh coffee in a small village before arriving in Sona.
Trek down to the lowlands of the Ansiya Valley, relaxing over lunch before following a picturesque path to camp, which is located near the village of Mekarebya.
Enjoy a day of startling scenery on the trek to Mulit, which is also home to breathtaking views of the area.
Spend some of the morning walking to Adi Arkay, where we say goodbye to the spectacular Simien Mountains. Return to Gondar and enjoy the luxury of a hot shower and comfy beds.
Take a flight back to Addis Ababa, where the trip ends in the evening.
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Inclusions

Meals
12 breakfasts, 9 lunches, 9 dinners
Transport
4x4, Minibus, Plane
Accommodation
Camping (with basic facilities) (9 nights), Hotel (3 nights)
Included activities
  • Addis Ababa - Guided tour

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Important 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
6. On days 2 and 15 there are included internal flights between Addis and Gondar. The maximum check-in baggage allowance is 20kgs per person plus hand luggage.

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