2 Days Itinerary in the Simien Mountains

2 Days Itinerary in the Simien Mountains

2 Days Itinerary

This extensive trek explores in depth one of Africans largest mountain ranges, studded with at least a dozen peaks over the 4,000m mark. These include Ras Dejen the highest point in Ethiopia, and the 4th highest peak in Africa. The area was designated a national park in 1966, and the entire range a UNESCO world heritage site in 1978.

THE TREK

Trek through the Simien Mountains, following an extensive network of trails. The quality of these trails, along with the fantastic scenery, unique flora, diverse wildlife and rich birdlife make this a rewarding and challenging trek. It is a paradise for natural history enthusiasts as well as for trekkers.

Day 1 - Sankaber (3250 m), 4-5 hours

Early morning we drive along a good gravel road from Gondar to the park headquarters in Debark, the 100 km journey will take around three hours. At the headquarters we will arrange our permits to the park and pick up our scout. After that we will drive for another hour before we will start our first day introductory walk. This first hike is an easy one along the northern edge of the escarpment with a nice view points over the foothills and plains of northern Ethiopia. You will encounter gelada baboon along this hike.

Day 2 - Jinbahir - Sankaber - Gondar, 3-4 hours

We follow the northern escarpment eastward, before we descend a little into the Kaba Valley. After that we climb up before we reach Gich Abyss and continue over a narrow ridge to a cliff where we have a spectacular view of the abyss towards the Simien foothills. We also find a large waterfall here, where the Jinbahir River plunges 500 m into the abyss. Having finished enjoying and taking pictures around the fall, we will walk back to Sankaber through the other way round enjoying with the great wazla River valley landscapes and villages towards to south direction of the path where I born and grow up. Then we will drive back to Gondar, if you still need to have more walk we can stop in between and possible to do it. Then drive back to Gondar.