Simien Mountains "Trekking on the Roof of Africa" 10 days (minimum 4 persons)
- Tour Type: Nature and Hiking
- Limited To: 4-8 guests only
- Duration: 10 Days
- Price: From USD: 1.840,-
The Simien Mountains present the most dramatic mountain scenery in Africa: Great volcanic plugs, formed some 40 million years ago and eroded over the aeons into fantastic crags, pinnacles and flat topped mountains, " the chess pieces of the Gods" as one writer described them, tower over precipitous gorges, river valleys and plains stretching all the way to Eritrea. There are many peaks over 4000 meters, and above.
This trek leads through landscapes covered by deep gorges, jagged plugs and striking rock towers. On route we climb some of Africa's highest peaks: Ras Dashen (4620m), Buyit Ras (3250m), Bwahit (4430m). This park is a haven to many endemic species of wildlife and flora, including the Gelada baboon, Walia Ibex, and many bird specious. The Park has been declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.
You can book this tour on any date as an individual journey!
- Be amazed by the stunning landscape of the "Roof of Africa"
- mingle with the endemic Gelada Baboon
- Discover the fairytale castles of Gondar
- Visit the vibrant city of Addis Ababa, Africa’s Capital
- Test varied Ethiopian food and attend Ethiopian Coffee Ceremony
Grand Holidays Ethiopia provides you excellent camping equipment. Just bring a good sleeping bag. Please be aware that you are at high altitude and nights can be very cold! In Gondar you will stay in Hotel Goha.
This tour will be lea by our experienced A rated friendly cultural tour and hiking guides who have lead many tours in Ethiopia and who know well about the history, culture, as well as of nature & wildlife.
Our drivers are well trained and well-travelled to the area. They know all the terrains and the valleys you will be traveling to. They always make sure you are comfortable and safe. They have been rated excellent by many…many travelers who have been on the road with them for long.
On this tour you will be traveling in a modern 4 x 4 or mini bus. All our vehicles have an A.C and seat belts.
*Note: On this trip there will be a domestic flight from Addis Ababa to Gondar and return. The domestic flight has to be arranged separately.
Day 1: Arrival in Addis Ababa
Upon arrival you will be welcomed by your guide and drive about 10 minutes to your hotel. City tour in the afternoon: the National Museum which houses Lucy, Ethnographic Museum and Merkato, the largest open air market in Africa.
Overnight: Jupiter Hotel (4*)
Day 2: Addis - Sanka Ber (3,200m) (B-L-D)
Fly from Addis to Gondar and drive 136 km north to Sankaber 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: camping at Sankaber
Day 3: Sankaber – Geech (3,550m) (B-L-D)
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.
Day 4: Geech - Imetgogo (3,986m) – Geech (B-L-D)
Trekking time: ~ 6 hrs
Activities: Make excursion to Imetgogo to have one of the best views of in the Simien Mountains National Park.
Overnight: camping at Geech
Day 5: Geech - Chenek (3,600m) (B, L, D)
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.
Overnight: camping at Chenek
Day 6: Chenek – Ambiqo (B-L-D)
Trekking time: 6 – 8 hrs
Activities: Trek from Chenek to Ambiqo climbing Buhit Mountain the 2nd highest peak next to Ras Dashen in Simien Mountain ranges.
Overnight: camping at Ambiko.
Day 7: Ambiqo – Ras Dashen (4,620m) - Ambiqo (B, L, D)
Trekking time: 7 – 9 hrs
Activities: Trek from Ambiqo climbs to the Ras Dashen the highest peak in Ethiopia (4620 m) and return to Ambiqo
Overnight: camping at Ambiko.
Day 8: Ambiqo – Cheneck (B, L, D)
Trekking time: 6 – 8 hrs
Activities: Trek back to cheneck. En route you may see some Simien Fox or the Ethiopian Wolf.
Overnight: camping at Cheneck
Day 9: Chenek- Gondar (B,L,D)
Driving time: 5 hours
Activities: Drive back to Gondar, and make sightseeing tour of Gondar.
Overnight: Goha Hotel (3* Hotel)
Day 10: Gondar-Addis Ababa (B-D)
After breakfast, transfer to Gondar airport for the flight to Addis Ababa. The rest of the day city tour of Addis Ababa if not taken on the day of arrival.
In the evening, there will be Grand Holidays’ complimentary farewell dinner party with traditional special buffet. There will also be cultural dance show of the different ethnic groups living in the country. There will not be any better way of ending a trip.
At the end of the Farwell dinner, transfer to Addis Ababa airport for the flight back. End of tour!
B = breakfast. L = lunch, D = Dinner
Rates are per person in USD
Confirmed - This tour is guaranteed to operate
Available - This date is available and open for bookings. Go for it!
Rate per person: 1.840-
Single suppl.: 330,_
Group size: 4-8
Extra night in Addis
Double: Comfort 110,-
Single: Comfort 90,-
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- roundtrip as per program
- transport in modern 4 x 4 or mini bus with AC
- all necessary transfers
- 2 nights accommodation in good hotels (4-star in Addis Abeba) in double rooms
- 7 nights camping
- all meals as stated in the program
- all entrance fees and park fees
- English speaking, qualified national tour and trekking guide
- cook during hiking
- local scout during hiking
- farewell-dinner (flight schedule permitting)
- visa fees
- meals not stated in the program
- all expenses of personal nature (drinks, laundry, phone calls etc.)
- domestic flights
The tour duration shown above is in the idea of the tour beginning and ending in Addis Ababa. Please be aware that the flight inclusive duration of the holiday may be longer.