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Simien Mountains Trekking

In the main season (October-April) we're offering Trekking Tours in the Simien Mountains with fixed departure dates. In this way people will join other hikers and can share the costs with more people.

The Simien Mountains lie in northern Ethiopia, North-East of Gondar. They are a World Heritage Site and include the Simien Mountains National Park. The mountains consist of plateaux separated by deep valleys and rising to pinnacles. 

Because of their geological origins the mountains are almost unique, with only South Africa's Drakensberg having been formed in the same manner and thus appearing similar. Notable animals in the mountains include the Walia Ibex, Gelada Baboon and the Ethiopian wolf.

The National Park offers exceptional trekking opportunities and this one here includes the most green and beautiful part in the area between the famous campsites Sankaber, Gich and Chenek.

These tours are leaving from Gondar twice in a week, every Wednesday and every Saturday morning at 7:30 AM, for 4 days / 3 nights. So the return to Gondar is on Saturday and Tuesday respectively, at about 5 PM.

Day 1: GONDAR - DEBARK - SANKABER (3,250m)

  • The bus takes us 100 km north on the Ethiopian highland to Debark, a small city of about 30,000 inhabitants at the border to the famous Simien National Park.

    After a quick stop for the formalities at the head quarter offices and for collecting cook and scouts we will drive out on a rough road to Sankaber from where we will take a short walk of 2-3 hours, depending on our available time, to assist the acclimatization process. We will get a first impressive view over the dramatic mountains range. First night in the tents at the Sankaber camp.

Day 2: SANKABER (3,250m) - GICH (3,600m)

  • 13 km, 5-6 hours. At Sankaber we will pack up our gear and meet our mulemen before commencing the trek to Gich. We will traverse along the escarpment before dropping down to get impressive views, for example of a beautiful waterfall. From here we will ascend through terraced farmland to the village of Gich and walk through to our camp at 3,600m. In the evening we will have the possibility to walk up to the mountain Kedadit and to assist to an unforgettable sunset.

Day 3: GICH (3,600m) - CHENEK (3,620m)

  • 17 km, 7 hours. We will walk for about 2 hours to the summit of Imet Gogo (3,926m), which is one of the most beautiful view points. Then we will trek along the whole escarpment with some ups and downs, climb the peak Inatye (4,070m) and reach our camp Chenek in the afternoon (3,650m).

Day 4: CHENEK (3,620m) - BWAHIT (4,430m) - CHENEK - GONDAR

  • 13 km, 4-5 hours. In the early morning we leave from our camp Chenek and first climb up about 700m to the Pass Bwahit (4,200m). If the physical condition allows it we will continue our climb up to the peak of Ras Bwahit (4,430m), one of the highest in the area. Then we will descend to Chenek and the car brings us back first to Debark and then to Gondar.

What's included

  • Transfer from your hotel in Gondar to Debark and the Simien Mountains on the first day and back from the mountains to Gondar on the last day
  • Accommodation in tents for 2 persons
  • Full board, including drinks
  • Entrance and camping fees for the Simien National Park
  • Scouts and park rangers
  • Mules and mulemen for the transportation of the heavy material
  • Cook and cooking assistant who will prepare all the meals
  • Cooking and camping equipment (tents, sleeping mattress)
  • Experienced local tour guide (fluently English & Amharic speaking). 

What's not included

  • Alcoholic drinks
  • Tipping
  • Sleeping bag (it's recommended to bring your own).

From EUR 244 per person

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  • Offer type: Shared
  • Fitness level: Medium

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Full refund is guaranteed if the cancellation is made 48 hours prior the offer's start date. We don't apply any refund if the cancellation is made less than 48 hours before offer start date.

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