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Hiking in the Simien Mountains- Roof of Africa
Offered by Company : ID 3351
Country : Ethiopia
Destinations : addis ababa (Addis Abeba)
Duration : 12 day(s)
Minimum Price : $2280 USD ( Per Person)
Maximum Price : $3380 USD ( Per Person)
Type : Private,Group,Customized
Group Size : 4 - 20 People(s)
Season : All Year Round
Trip Categories : National Park, Trekking Tour
 
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‘Simien’ means ‘North’ in Amharic. Six hundred million years ago, the mountains were an enormous volcanic mass; rain and ice have carved deep fissures into them and rivers have continued the work of erosion, creating an incredible landscape: peaks and deep gorges. In the steep slopes may be seen the Walia Ibex of the Simien Mountains. Apart from the wildlife experience, the Simien Mountains provide some of the most breath taking scenery in the world. That is probably the reason why UNESCO considers it a world heritage site. It is easily accessible from the historic towns of Gondar and Axum. The park extends over the entire mountain mass of the Simien, the highest peak of which is Ras Dejen at 4430 m, the fourth highest mountain in Africa. Beside the Walia, other protected species found in the park such as, the rare Abyssinian fox and the Gelada baboon.

Detail Information
Day 1: Arrival

Upon arrival you will be welcomed by your guide and drive about 15 minutes to your hotel. Overnight at Hotel (4*) (BB)

Day 2: Sanka Ber (3,200m)

Fly from Addis to Gondar and drive 136 km north to Sanka Ber via Debark, the headquarters of Simien Mountains National Park. Around Sankaber, make short walks to visit the incredible Simien Mountains and one of the endemic mammals of Ethiopia.
Overnight: First class camping gear with private cook and necessary camping gears (B, L, D)

Day 3: Sankaber – Geech (3,550m)

Trekking time: 5 – 6 hrs

Activities: Trek from Sanka Ber to Geech visiting the Jinbar Falls and with stops to visit the other views of the Simien Mountains.
Overnight: Camping (B, L, D)

Day 4: Geech - Emietgogo (3,986m) – Geech

Trekking time: 6 hrs

Activities: Make excursion to Emet Gogo to have one of the best views of in the Simien Mountains National Park.

Overnight: First class camping gear with private cook and necessary camping gears (B, L, D)

Day 5: Geech - Chenek (3,600m)

Trekking time: ~ 7 hrs

Activities: Trek from Geech to Chenek. Today you will have a chance to visit the other endemic not only to Ethiopia but only to the Simien Mountains – the Walia Ibex.

Over night: First class camping gear with private cook and necessary camping gears (B, L, D)

Day 6: Chenek-Ambiquo

Trekking time: 6 – 8 hrs

Activities: Trek from Chenek to Ambiquo climbing Buhit Mountain the 2nd highest peak next to Ras Dashen in Simien Mountain ranges.

Overnight: First class camping gear with private cook and necessary camping gears. (B, L, D)

Day 7: Ambiquo – Ras Dashen (4,620m) - Ambiquo

Trekking time: 7 – 9 hrs

Activities: Trek from Ambiquo climbs to the Ras Dashen the highest peak in Ethiopia (4620 m) and return to Ambiquo
Overnight: First class camping gear with private cook and necessary camping gears (B, L, D)

Day 8: Ambiquo – Chenek

Trekking time: 6 – 8 hrs

Activities: Trek back to cheek. En route you may see some Simien Fox or the Ethiopian Wolf.

Overnight: First class camping gear with private cook and necessary camping gears. (B, L, D)

Day 9: Chenek- Gondar

Driving time: almost 5 hours

Activities: Drive back to Gondar, and make sight seeing tour to Gondar Overnight: Hotel/ lodge (3* Hotel) (B, L, D)

Day10: Gondar – Lalibela

After breakfast, transfer in to airport for your flight to Lalibela that is home to the 12th century handy carved rock churches of King Lalibela (1181 - 1221) whom the town is named after.

After lunch in your hotel, visit the first group churches of Lalibela (UNESCO World Heritage Site) which are found northeast of a stream named ‘River Jordan’.

Overnight: Lal /Tukul Village or similar Hotel (3* hotel) (B, L, D)

Day 11: Lalibela

In the morning, make a mule back ride to the hill top semi monolithic church of Asheten Mariam (13th Century AD). The peak of the hill offers a wonderful viewpoint to have bird eye view of the surrounding area including the town of Lalibela. In the afternoon, visit the second and the third group of churches of Lalibela.

Overnight: Lal /Tukul Village or similar Hotel (3* hotel) (B, L, D)

Day 12: Fly Lalibela – Addis

Fly back to Addis and make sight seeing tour of Addis Ababa that includes visiting the National Archaeological Museum, Mercato (the largest open air market in East Africa). We will also have time for shopping.

In the evening, you will be guest of Bega Tours Ethiopia at one of the famous traditional restaurants of Addis where you enjoy watching the folkloric dances of the Ethiopian people, and taste Ethiopian meals.

Departure

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Notes
Price Includes:

• Accommodation on a twin room sharing basis
• All meals out of Addis, and only breakfast in Addis
• All entrance fees
• Transfer in and out service
• Domestic airfare, subject to change
• Mule rent
• First class camping gears
• Cook and camping staffs with their assistance for the camping days.
• All ground transportation
• Professional English speaking guide
• Portage fees
• All local guides
• Scouts

Price Excludes:

• Lunch and dinner in Addis Ababa
• Any alcoholic drinks
• Personal expense like souvenirs, laundry, etc
• Tips
• Any expense which is not stated in the ‘Included List’ above.
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