simien mountain tour (7 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 Chennek

Today’s hike will be a 7 – 8 hour hike of the best views you will see in the Simien Mountains. From here you will pass through Imet Gogo at an altitude of 3,926m and you will 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. After Imet Gogo you will hike to the view point at Innateye valley at an altitude of 4,070m. Lunch will be here and then you will descend to Chennek (3,600m) for your third campsite.

Day 4

Chennek to Ambiko

After breakfast you will reach summit of the Buwahit pass (4,200m) in two hours hike. From here you will plan for your hike for tomorrow, Ras Dashen. You will touch the areas of Meseha valley and cross a river and back up again towards Ambiko where you will camp for the night.

Day 5

Ras Dashen

Trekking to the peak of Ras Dashen starts from early morning walk through the main valley. There you will climb the mountain alongside the Giant Lobelia plants. You will be highly excited  when you are able to reach the highest point(4,543m) in Ethiopia as  you can enjoy amazing views of the stunning landscape. After a period of  8- 9 hours of hiking for the day you will arrive at Ambiko campsite for the night.

Day 6

Ambiko to Chennek

Walking 7 – 8 hours from Ambiko takes you to the Meseha River at 2,750m, and you  ascend again to the small village of Chiroloba to have lunch, then start again to climb the Buwahit pass (4430) and then walk an hour down to Chennek camp site stay overnight in Chennek / drive back to Gondar for overnight .

Day 7

Chennek to Gonder

About five hours driving takes you from Chennek to Gonder via Debark

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