simien mountain tour (5 days)

About simien mountain

Simien Mountains allows you to witness amazing views of the landscape, and potentially the opportunity to view the endemic Gelada Baboons or the “bleeding heart baboon”.

The dramatic skyline of peaks and jagged volcanic plugs which tower over the highland plateaux of the Simien Mountains compete with rugged gorges and deep gullies to form what is one of the most awe-inspiring landscapes in Africa. As we trek through this distant mountain range we pass small hamlets  where villagers eke out an existence from the limited arable land. We may come across large troops of Gelada Baboons foraging on the escarpment; and, with luck, spot Walia Ibex and Ethiopian wolves.

Trip Itinerary

Day 1

Gondar to Sankaber

You start early morning from Gondar to Debark. In Debark you will contact 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 in to Sankaber or have the car drop you off near Buyit Ras for a short hike. If you choose to hike in you can enjoy beautiful views of the landscape and the endless mountain ridges, and you will 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.

Day 2

Sankaber to Geech Camp

From Sankaber you will begin hiking following the ridge and extend upto 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.

Day 3

Geech to Imet Gogo to Siha Gorge Keda Dit to Geech:

After breakfast from Geech campsite you spend some time through the grass plateau that is home to the Giant Lobelia plants. After that you will reach Imet Gogo in 2 hours, which is an amazing 360 degree view  the Simien Mountains. Imet Gogo has an altitude of 3,926m and you can view  the amazing landscape from 360 degrees. From the top you can see the canyon below, distant ridges, and view the seemingly never ending valleys. After that 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.

Day 4

Geech to Innatye to Chennek:

After breakfast at Geech you start your 7 hour hike to one of the most spectacular passing in the mountains. From the forest campsite you will walk towards Innatye where you will descend into a  of Giant Hazel and through the ridgelines open grasslands. Later you will climb Innatye to view the vertical drop you will see why locals named it mean “mama mia”. Here you will have lunch and continue on towards Chennek where you will be able to view the wildlife like, Walia Ibex and Gelada Baboons, and plant life. Chennek will be your campsite for the night.

Day 5

Chennek to Gondar

After a breakfast from the campsite you will start a 2 hour hike up to the Buwahit peak, the second highest peak in the Simien Mountains Ethiopian (4,430m). Here you may see endemic animals like the Walia Ibex and  Red Fox. After spending time at the peak you will hike back down to Chennek for lunch and transportation back to Debark/Gondar.

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