8 Days Itinerary in the Simien Mountains

8 Days Itinerary in the Simien Mountains

8 Days Itinerary

  • Trek through stunning scenery, remote villages and abundant wildlife in the Simien Mountains National Park
  • Summit Ethiopia’s highest mountain with excellent acclimatization and a well pace itinerary to maximize your chance of success;
  • Visit the rock-hewn churches of Lalibela and ‘Africa’s Camelot’ at Gondar;
  • Enjoy the best service, guiding, equipment and accommodation throughout;

THE TREK

Day 1 - Addis - Gondar

A short morning flight takes you to Gondar and A warm welcome to the old mountain capital of Gondar, and transfer to your hotel. Gondar has a rich history with its beautiful and strategic mountain setting, the 17th-century capital was once the crossroads of several major caravan routes, and was also occupied by the Italians during World War II. The Art Deco buildings surrounding the Royal Enclosure with its medieval castles and churches are a reminder of this heritage. This afternoon, explore Gondar’s castles and the Church of Debre Berhan Selassie with its iconic ceiling of painted angel.

Day 2 - Gondar - Sankaber (3250 m)

Drive from Gondar early in the morning to Debark the place where the park head quarter is situated where we need to spend about one hour to do entrance fees and pick the scout plus to have tea and coffee before leaving to the mountain, then keep on driving to the place where called Michibiny and start the introductory walk to the first camp site Sankaber for about 3-4 hours along the plateau of the mountain far from the edge of the mountain and over night at Sankaber. You will encounter gelada baboon along this hike.

Day 3 - Sankaber-Gich (3600 m), 5-6 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 Jinbar River plunges 500 m into the abyss. We proceed for about two hours and have lunch at the Jinbar River. After lunch we walk through fields of barley before we arrive at the idyllic village of Gich. Here we can enjoy a traditional coffee ceremony in one of the huts and learn more about local farm life. From Gich village it is a short walk to Gich camp which is a good area to look for lammergeyer and thick billed raven. After a relaxing afternoon, we will take a short hike up to Kedadit to enjoy sunset plus the gorgeous shaded landscapes down to the cliff side towards to the eastern direction and return to the camp for dinner.

Day 4 - Gich - Chennek (3600 m), 7-8 hrs

Walk From Gich camp we stroll through endless fields of Giant Lobelia before we reach the towering cliffs of Imet-Gogo (3926 m). Here we will spend some time to absorb the superb views over the mountain valleys below and strange shaped domes in the distance, which we will see from up close at the end of the trip. After that we descend into the Jinbahir River Valley. In this way we get a very different perspective of Imet-Gogo and the volcanic landscape, where it looks like big chunks of mountains have been blown away. The trail follows the edge of the escarpment, which is completely vertical here for several hundred meters. We climb to a summit of 4070 m where we will have lunch. After lunch we descend to Chennek for about two hours along a steep trail. From Chennek camp there are spectacular views in all directions. Sit down on a bench at the escarpment and try to spot Walia Ibex in late afternoon or early morning. Sometimes Walia Ibex visit the edges of the camp site.

Day 5 - Chennek - Buwahit - Chennek, 5-6 hrs

On this day the character of the trek is more uphill and downhill. It is a bit tough while climbing up and easier while descend back but it is totally far from sheer cliffs. On this trip, from the top of Mt. Buwahit (4430m), we will have the opportunities to see the highest mountain peak in the entire country called Ras-Dejen (4543m) as well as the decent views of Mt. Buwahit itself. It takes an approximate time of 5-6 hrs to cover both ways and drive back to Gondar for about 5 hrs.

Day 6 - Gondar - Lalibela

Fly to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Lalibela – the Jerusalem of Ethiopia, and Africa’s own ‘Petra’. In a fitting finale to your Ethiopian adventure, explore the monolithic red-hued churches incredibly carved into the rock. Your guide will lead you through the network of crevices and tunnels linking each of the churches. The churches are still in use today.

Day 7 - Lalibela

Today your guide takes you to the eastern group of rock hewn churches: smaller in size, these are no less impressive, with intricate carvings and many dark tunnels to explore! Travel further afield to the Nakutelab rock-hewn church, built into the side of a hill in a natural cave. The afternoon culminates in a visit to a private home to participate in an Ethiopian coffee ceremony.

Day 8 - Lalibela - Addis

The end of the visit will be flight back to our capital town Addis.

Day 14 - Gerehalta - Mekele