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Hiking in the Simien Mountains in Ethiopia

 

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Hiking Simien Mountains to Lalibela
12 - 13 Day Trekking and Travel 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

Day 1 - Gondar to Sankaber
Depart early in the morning from Gondar, driving to Sankober, stopping in Debark to handle National Park fees, etc. You will start your trek around Buyit Ras for a 3 - 4 hour hike to Sankober, which passes close to the escarpment edge. Nearing Sankober, you will have beautiful views on both sides of the escarpment ridge and where you will likely see the endemic Gelada Baboons. In Sankober, you will be met with your supplies. Overnight camping in Sankober.
Day 2 - Sankober to Geech
From Sankober, depart into a valley, through which the Wazla (or Koba) River runs. (This river is often dry). Coming out of the valley you will have views of the Jinbar River waterfalls falling into the Geech Abyss. Continuing along, you will cross the Jinbar River and ascend into the village of Geech. Total trekking time: 4 - 5 hours
Day 3 - Geech to Chenek
After an early breakfast, depart from Geech to the peak of Imet Gogo at 3926m. Here you will have spectacular views over the lowlands - one of the highlights of the trip. As you continue to Chenek, you will pass Korbete Metia, a solid rock wall which opens up exposing beautiful views over the lowlands and the escarpment. This is also a good place for spotting lammergeiers. Overnight camping in Chenek. Total trekking time: 7 - 9 hours
Day 4 - Chenek to Ambikwa
From Chenek, continue east up a valley to Mt. Bwahit, overlooking the camp from where you just came. After crossing the Bwahit Pass, you come to a viewpoint offering wonderful views of the Mesheha River Valley as well your first glimpse of Ras Dashen. From here, the path descends, passes through the village of Chiro Leba, and finally leads to the Mesheha River. Across the river, you climb back up the valley to the village of Ambikwa. Overnight camping in Ambikwa. Total trekking time: 6 - 8 hours
Day 5 - Ambikwa to Dilibiza
Starting early, you will continue up the valley to the village of Mizma, after which you will have a steep ascent to a ridge crest overlooking a large valley. The path then follows along the side of the valley, straight at Ras Dashen. You will eventually reach a point where you will see three distinct buttresses. The buttress on the left is the summit of Ras Dashen. A pile of rocks at the top of the buttress marks the summit. After your successful arrival at the highest point in Ethiopia, then continue to Dilibza for overnight.
Day 6 - Dilibiza
After an erealy breakfast, depart From Dilibiza to shenanigans River. This area is an outstanding place to view birds, particularly raptors. Many interesting species can be seen here, among which are the tawny eagle, lammergeyer and augur buzzard. Total Trekking time is 8 - 9 hours and approx. 23 km distances.
Day 7 - Shekina River and Meshehu River
Today descends into the lowlands as passing several of the beautiful spots which we had seen from above on the trek yesterday.and One of the most scenic and spectacular trails in the park, this route takes you to a viewpoint that rewards you with views of the remarkable shape of the landscape and canyon which are the result of geological upheaval between 60 - 70 million years ago. Total Trekking time is 8 hours and approx. 20 km distances.
Day 08 - Meshehu River to Tiska
after breakfast , continue to Tiska. The 8 - 10 hours trek will take you through rural villages, offering wonderful insight into the Ageew culture. Total trekking time is 10 hours and approx. 25 km distance. Transport where relevant
Day 9 - Tiska to Sekota
Iin the morning, continu to Sekota, overlooking the camp from where you just came and the most beautiful views over the lowlands and the escarpment. This is also a good place for spotting lammergeiers. Total trekking time is 9 hours and approx. 23 km distances. Transport where relevant
Day 10 - Sekota to Ketema
On this day, after having breakfast you will trek through the beautiful and the last vieww of your trip. Total Trekking time is 9 - 10 hours and approx. 24 km distances. Transport where relevant
Day 11 - Ketema to Bilibela
After an early breakfast, depart from Ketema to Bilibela. Here you will have spectacular views over the lowland. Total Trekking time is 6 - 7 hours and Approximately 11 km distances. Transport where relevant
Day 12 - Bilibela to Lalibela
Today you will trek/drive to Lalibela. Here you will pass through several small villages, with typicals and stone homes of the Ageew people as well as through this rural area for the stunning approach to the home of Ethiopia's mostprized destination Lalibela. Total trekking time is 6 - 7 hours and approx. 11 km distances. Transport where relevant
 
 


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