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Hiking in the Simien Mountains in Ethiopia

 

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Simien Mountains - 8 Days Trekking & Hiking tour

The dramatic skyline of peaks and jagged volcanic plugs which tower over the highland plateaux of the Simien Mountains compete with rugged gorges and deep gullies to form what is, arguably, the most awe-inspiring landscape in Africa. As we trek through this distant mountain range we pass small hamlets where villagers eke out an existence from the limited arable land. We may come across large troops of Gelada Baboons foraging on the escarpment; and, with luck, spot Walia ibex and Ethiopian wolves.

Day-by-Day Itinerary

 

Day1 - Gondar to Sankaber:
You will depart early morning from Gondar to Debark. In Debark you will arrange your visit with the park office and receive a scout and guide then drive into the park to arrive at Sankaber. You can either drive all the way in to Sankaber or have the car drop you off near Buyit Ras for a short hike. If you choose to hike in you will take in beautiful views of the landscape and the endless mountain ridges, and you likely see some Gelada Baboons. When you arrive in Sankaber you will be met with your supplies. Sankaber will be the first campsite on your trip.
Day 2 - Sankaber to Geech Camp:
From Sankaber you will begin hiking following the ridge and look out over the foothills 800m down. From the ridge you will descend down into the valley and be able to view the Jinbar River plunging into the Geech Abyss. After some time at the waterfall you will continue on to Geech village where you will find your second campsite.
Day3 - Geech to Imet Gogo to Siha Gorge to Keda Dit to Geech:
After breakfast at Geech campsite you will hike through the grass plateau that are home to the, appropriately titled, Giant Lobelia plants. After about 2 hours you will reach Imet Gogo which is an amazing 360 degree view of the Simien Mountains. Here you will have reached an altitude of 3,926m and be able to look out at the amazing landscape from 360 degrees. At this height and view point you can see the canyon below, distant ridges, and view the seemingly never ending valleys. From here you will return to Geech, but first you will pass through Siha Gorge for a lunch break. When you arrive back at Geech you will have time to relax from the hike. Before nightfall you will have the option of taking a short sunset hike to Keda Dit. You will spend the night back at Geech.
Day 4 - Geech to Innatye to Chennek:
After breakfast at Geech you start your 7 hour hike to one of the most spectacular passing in the mountains. From the campsite you will walk towards Innatye where you will descend into a forest of Giant Hazel and through the ridgelines open grasslands. After climbing up to Innatye to view the vertical drop you will see why locals named it to mean mama mia. Here you will have lunch and continue on towards Chennek where you will be able to view the wildlife like, Walia Ibex and Gelada Baboons, and plant life. Chennek will be your campsite for the night.
Day5 - Chennek to Sona (2600m):
In order to get through the escarpment and into the lowlands, you will have to hike to the highest point of the trek the Bawhit Pass (4200m). The pass is an hours hike up above Chennek camp towards Bwahit Mountain. This is one of your best chances on the entire trek to see the Ethiopian Wolf. More common in this area are large groups of Walia Ibex and Gelada Baboons feeding together. The largest male Ibex will likely be perched on a rocky outlook, watching over both the Walia and Geladas. Once through the pass, the trail winds down towards the village of Arkwaisye. Here you will take a much needed restwhile the locals prepare a traditional coffee ceremony which involves roasting and grinding the beans. It is Ethiopian custom to have three rounds of coffee and by the end youwill be re-energized and ready to finish the trek to Sonacamp.
Day6 - Sona to Mekareba:
From Sona you will reach a valley called Incya Vally and descend into the lowlands. After lunch at the Incya River you will have time for a swim before heading out for another hike along the banks of the river to Mekarbe campsite where you will stay for the night.
Day 7 - Markerba to Mulet:
The walk from Markerba to Mulet brings you along the riverbed of the Incya River and provides amazing opportunities to see numerous birds. Pin-tailed waders, village indigo paradise monarchs and tropical bobu can all be spotted here. Lunch break will be at Derkwenth pool where you can take a swim before climbing to the Awazza village. Here you can find the spectacular Awazza Table Mountain and then hike to the last campsite at Mulet.
Day 8 Mulet to Gondar:
At Mulet campsite you will have breakfast and take a 3 hour walk to Adi Arkaye where a vehicle will meet you to bring you back to Gondar.
 
 


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