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Title: Simien Mountains NP Trekking - Trekking the “Roof of Africa”   ethiop_simien 

Tour code: VET300

Tour Duration: 9Days/8Nights

Transportation: Surface

Type of Vehicle:  2009/10 Nissan Patrol or 2009/10 Toyota Land cruiser

Tour Customizable: Yes

Tour highlights: Cultural Tours, Game Viewing, Hiking, Historical Tours, Mountain Climbing, Wildlife Viewing...

The Semen is arguably the most beautiful mountain range in Africa. Vast and unique, the highland
ethiop_simien_main 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 4620m, and the fourth highest in Africa. A haven to many endemic species of wildlife and flora, including the Gelada Baboon and Walia Ibex, the Semen National Park has been declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.

There are various campsites and tracks to follow and it is best to take the advice of the guides. The photography of this park will remain in the mind forever. Climbing up from Debark on mules, through extensive farmland, the visitor is unaware of the dramatic scenery about to unfold. The land forms various small plateaus, and the edge of these plunge dramatically to the lowlands to the north and east. >>Inquire/Book This Tour

Day-to-day programsimien-mountains_02

Day 1.On arrival in Addis Ababa our representatives will meet you at Bole International Airport and transfers you to Hotel. An overview of the program and itineraries will be given. The rest of the day
 visit historical sites in Addis Ababa including the National Archaeological Museum, where we will view the 3.6 million year old remains of “Lucy”, whose skeletal remains when discovered in 1974. You will also visit the Ethnological Museum at Addis Ababa University, Holy Trinity Cathedrals and Mount Entoto which rises up to an altitude of 3200 meters and offers the panoramic view of the metropolis. 

Day 2: Addis Ababa - Gondar - Senkaber
Transfer to the airport to fly to Gondar. afternoon will be spend at leisure exploring the 17th centurycastles and churches that make Gondar famous. The night will be spent in hotel on a hill withcommanding views over this medieval city.

Overnight in camping at Senkaber

Day 3: Senkaber - Geech
Starting early in the morning from Gondar you will be driven through the mountainous country. You stop for an early lunch in the market town of Debark. Then head off to Sankaber where you will pick up the mules and then start the trek. Leaving the camp you descend into the Michotis Valley and climb the other side where on your left you will see the Jin Bahir River plummeting into the Geech Abyss. A couple of kilometers later you descend to cross the Jin Bah cliff and after a steep climb to the other side you reach Geech camp where you will stay overnight.(Approx. 5 hour trek, including breaks).

Overnight in camping at Geechsimien-mountains_05

Day 4: Geech - Chenek
With an early start the mules will be packed and depart for Chenek whilst you will head with daypacks to the escarpment edge at Saha and Imetgogo(3,926m) for staggering views over the lowlands characterized by its rocky spires. Clinging to the escarpment edge you then trek via undulating terrain towards your camp at Chenek. On the way you will see many examples of the impressive Giant Lobelia and stand a good chance of seeing some Gelada baboons. At the end of today’s trek you descend to the road that leads to camp with it inspiring sunset view of the lowlands. (Approx. 8-9 hour trek).

Overnight in camping at Chenek

Day 5: Chenek - Ambikowa
The mules will head directly to camp and you have the choice of walking with them or of trekking to the summit of the Simien's second highest peak, Bwahit (4,430m). After refreshments at the summit you will descend steeply towards the village of Chiro Leba where you will have lunch around the local school. Afterwards you continue the descent to the Mesheha River valley (2850m) and up the other side to Ambikwa camp at 3,200m. (Approx. 8-9 hour trek including breaks).

Overnight in camping at Ambikowa


Day 6: Ambikowa - summit of Ras Dashen -Ambikowa
This is the most challenging day of the trek up to the summit of Ras Dashen. You will trek up to the head of the valley and the village of Mizma where you will get your first view of your imposing goal. To reach it you will contour round a number of steep gullies ascending all the time until you find yourself on a rocky plateau which is dominated by the tree peaks the middle one being the tallest. It is then a relatively easy scramble to the top of one of Africa's highest mountains. After refreshments at the top you will descend by the same route to Ambikwa camp. (Approx. 10-12 hour trek including breaks).

Overnight in camping at AmbikowA

Day 7: Ambikowa - Chenek
You retrace your steps to Chenek where you will spend your last night under canvas. Time to reset and reflect on your on your achievement. (Approx. 8-9 hour trek).

Overnight in camping at Chenek

Day8: Chenek - Gondar
Drive back either to Gondar or Debark The transport will arrive early to take you back to Debark or Gondar and a well earned hot shower and relaxing afternoon which can be spend sightseeing or shopping in the local market or just sleeping!

Overnight in hotel at Gondar

Day 9: Gondar - Addis Ababa
Transfer to the airport to fly back to Addis where you will be picked up and taken to your hotel. A farewell dinner will be provided at one of the famous restaurant/hotel where you can taste traditional Ethiopian food and drinks as well as seeing traditional dancing.  Then Departure

End of tour!

• Activities for the first and last days will depend on visitors’ times of arrivals and departures and airline used.
• Upon request the above tour program can be, modified, differently rearranged, combined with other programs, or extended to suit the clients’      interest, time, and budget.

.This program can also be arranged for all surface transportation, all air and combination

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