Trek through the Simien Mountains, following widespread network of trails used by the local people to travel between the villages on the lower slopes or to reach the high pastures for feeding their animals. The superiority of these trails, along with the fantastic scenery, unique flora and fauna make this a gratifying and challenging trek. It is a paradise for natural history fanatics as well as for trekkers.
Initially the route will take through small villages and terraced fields in the lower valleys, before reaching a series of dramatic cliffs and escarpments. Beyond these escarpments we reach the beautiful high-altitude fields and the rugged wilderness of the high peak areas.
There will be an opportunity to ascend many of the 4,000m peaks, including Ras Dashen 4543m, before descending into the lowland valleys, and returning by a completely different route, which will give us a rare opportunity to view the ridges and peaks from a different viewpoint.
Gondar - 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 into 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.
Sankaber - 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.
Geech Camp - Imet Gogo - Siha Gorge - Keda Dit - Geech Camp
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.
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All necessary transfers (bus, taxi, private transport, etc.) as described in the itinerary are included.
Accommodation in tents
During your trek, you will stay in tents. The crew will take care of setting up all camping equipment.
This trek includes breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
During your trek, you will at all times be accompanied by an English speaking guide.
The cost of permits to enter the national park during your trek is included in the price.
Enough drinking water will be provided during the trip.
A muleteer will be there to assist with transporting all the necessary equipment, luggage, food, etc.
Traveling to and from
This trip does not include costs for transportation (flights, bus travel, etc.) to your destination.
Gratuities for the guide are not covered by the trek's price. The amount to tip is at your discretion, yet if you've received excellent service from your guide, considering a generous tip is appreciated.
Your international travel insurance is your own responsibility. It is important that your travel insurance also covers adventures at a high altitude. Discuss your itinerary with the insurance company before your trek.
Accommodation before and after the trek
Before and after the trek you have to take care of your own accommodation.
Personal expenses such as souvenirs, drinks at the bar and other similar expenses are your own responsibility.