simien mountain tour (8 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.
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.
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.
Geech to Imet Gogo to Siha Gorge to Keda Dit to Geech
After breakfast at Geech campsite you will hike through the Giant Lobelia plants. After 2 hours you will reach Imet Gogo which is an amazing 360 degree view of the Simien Mountains which is an altitude of 3,926m and you can view the amazing landscape. From here you can also see the canyon below, distant ridges, and view the seemingly never ending valleys. And later while you return to Geech, you will pass through Siha Gorge for a lunch break. After a short relaxation at Geech you will go for a sunset hike to Keda Dit. You will spend the night back at Geech.
Geech to Innatye to Chennek:
You will start your 7 hour hike in the morning to one of the most spectacular passing in the mountains. From the campsite you will walk towards Innatye where you will descend into a forest of Giant Hazel and through the ridgelines open grasslands. After climbing up to Innatye to view the vertical drop you will see why locals named it to mean mama mia. After the lunch you continue 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.
Chennek to Sona (2600m)
You start your hike to the highest point of the trek the Bawhit Pass (4200m) which is an hours hike up above Chennek camp towards Bwahit Mountain. There you will watch Ethiopian Wolf, large groups of Walia Ibex and Gelada Baboons feeding together. The largest male Ibex will likely be perched on a rocky outlook, watching over both the Walia and Geladas. Once through the pass, the trail winds down towards the village of Arkwaisye. Here you rest for some time while the locals prepare a traditional coffee ceremony which involves roasting and grinding the beans. It is Ethiopian custom to have three rounds of coffee and you will be full of energy and ready to finish the trek to Sona camp.
Sona to Mekareba
From Sona you will move to a valley called Incya Valley and go down into the lowlands. After lunch at the Incya River you can go for a swim before heading out for another hike along the banks of the river to Mekareba campsite where you will stay for the night.
Markerba to Mulet
When you walk from Markerba to Mulet along the river bed of the Incya River you get the opportunity to see numerous birds. Pin-tailed waders, village indigo paradise monarchs and tropical bobu can all be spotted here. Lunch break will be at Derkwenth pool where you can take a swim before climbing to the Awazza village. Here you can find the spectacular Awazza Table Mountain and then hike to the last campsite at Mulet.
Mulet to Gondar
After having breakfast from Mulet campsite you take a 3 hour walk to Adi Arkaye where a vehicle will meet you to bring you back to Gondar.