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SIMIEN MOUNTAIN TREKKING for 10 DAYS

SIMIEN MOUNTAIN TREKKING for 10 DAYS


SIMIEN MOUNTAIN TREKKING ◐ TOUR CODE: YET-010 ☀ DURATION: 10 DAYS ◐ TRANSPORTATION: LAND & AIR ☀ DESTINATION: JOURNEY TO THE SIMIEN MOUNTAIN TREKKING OF ETHIOPIA

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DAY 01 : FLY TO GONDAR THEN DRIVE SANKABER. OVERNIGHT CAMP IN SANKABER

Catch morning flight to Gondar, Established by king Fasiladas in 1636. The town was capital of Ethiopia17thC. Upon arrival at Gondar Airport, departure for Debark town (100 Kms from Gondar), where the head quarter of Semien Mountains National Park is found. Here we pay the entrance fees and a scout and a local guide will accompany us. Then we continue driving to Sankaber (31 Kms) the first campsite of the National Park. On this drive you will gain your first impression of the scale and beauty of this highland region, the extraordinary scenery, enjoying the endemic Gelada Baboons and the bone breaker giant bird Lammergeyer roaring around


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DAY 02: SANKABER TO GEECH CAMP SITE 5 – 6HRS

This day is the day that we arrange all the trekking staff including mules and Muleteers for packing and transport of camping gears and all foodstuffs for the trek. It is this day that we start trekking in the national park. We walk from Sankaber to Geech, which will take between 5 – 6 hours. After about 1 and half hours walk we see the Jinnbar River and falls, we will cross the river later in the day. After crossing the river, we ascend for about two hours to Geech, which is full of Giant Lobelias. The scenery is wonderful, and heard of the endemic Gelada Baboon can be seen on our way.


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DAY 03 : GEECH – IMETEGOGO – GEECH

This day also we will be waking to the best viewpoints in the National park. First we walk to Imetgogo, the view here enables one to look 360 to all directions this is one of the best view in the national park. After a short stay here continue walk to Seha, the other terrific viewpoint in the National park. We will have our picnic lunch and we continue to the last viewpoint, Quedadit. After some stay we walk back to Geech camp site. The walk this day is not hard; it takes about 4 – 5 hours. It is the day that we will be walking in the best part of the national park. If we are lucky we might have the chance to see mammals like the Simien wolf, Walia Ibex and Klipspringers.


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DAY 04 : CHENEK. OVERNIGHT CAMPING

We trek to Chenek, we will be walking through the Giant lobelia trees and under these trees, and African field Rats are common. After picnic lunch we walk on the edge of Elate escarpments (4000m. above sea level), which is another breathtaking view in the national park; finally we descend to Chenek. Chenek is the best place to see the endemic Walia Ibex and more Gelada Baboon. It takes 6-7 hours walk.


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DAY 05 : CHENEK- BWAHIT RAS- AMBIQUO 8 HRS TREK

Today is the longest trekking day so far, taking up to about 10 hours. From Chenek at 3650 meters, the path to Ambiquo campsite crosses over the Bwahit Ras. Leaving Chenek we are faced with a two-hour ascent to the top of the pass at 4200 meters, where we enjoy views that open up to the east over Mesheha Valley to the Dashen mountain range. Looking back we find ourselves under the cover of the impressive rock formations of Imet Gogo. From Bwahit Ras the path leads steeply down and across the Mesheha Valley. Here we notice an increase in temperature as we descend down to the Mesheha River at 2800 meters, before climbing slightly to reach Ambiquo campsite at an altitude of 3100 meters.


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DAY 06 : CHENEK. OVERNIGHT CAMPING

Today is a summit day involving a trek of 16 kilometers (ten to eleven hours)! So we leave our campsite around 4:ooAM morning the path winds its way over eight kilometers and ascends up 1400 meters to Ras Dashen. It begins by climbing steeply through barley fields and fallow land before clearing the vegetation zone and reaching the mountain steppe, at around 3700 meters. From there it flattens out, as it traverses ridges in the shadow of Ras Dashen. Simien Mountain Trekking is one for the books.


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DAY 07 : ARKWAZIYE TREK FOR 7-8 HRS

From Ambiquo the path takes us back down to the Mesheha River (2800 metres). Our destination tonight is Arkwaziye, which is situated at an altitude of 3600 metres and located on the northern reach of the Mesheha (Went) River. A great day to take in more incredible views of the Simien Mountains this campsite is one of the most beautiful located campsites in the national park.


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DAY 08 : ARKWAZIYE TO LAMO

In SIMIEN MOUNTAIN TREKKING We have to leave the higher plateau and village of Arkwaziye (11800ft. /3600m), cross several substantial ridges and valleys, and then climb down the near-vertical Devil’s staircase with a 3000ft. /900m. Descent. There ward for this effort is Lamo, one of the most beautiful locations in the Simians. Our overall height loss will be around 5200ft/1600m. Alt at Lamo approx 2000m. Trek time 10 hours.


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DAY 09 : MEKAREBIA TO MULIT

We set from our campsite for Mekarebia. Look north-east across the valley to the circle of mountains around Amba Ton and you will see the view illustrated on Ethiopian Airlines tickets. Today you should allow around eight hours for a day of ridge and valley treks through some spectacularly beautiful scenery to Mulit, where we camp at much the same altitude as Lamo. Trekking time about8 hours. Altitude undulating approx 1900m.


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DAY 10 : MULET TO ADI ARKAY – GONDAR

Walk down to the market town of Adi Arkay. From Hawaza located at around 6500ft/2000m. With wonderful views to Amba Ton and the high escarpments of the Simiens Plateau, walk to Adi Arkay 1600m. Trekking time approx 2/3 hours. Altitude dropping to Adi Arkay1600m from 1900m. After a celebratory drink in a cafe, say goodbye to your muleteers and camp staff, and meet the vehicles for the five-hour drive to Gondar again we stop at Debark to say Goodbye to our park guide and Scout, proceed to Gondar. and fly back to Addis.


This itinerary is flexible, and will likely change depending on your choice and schedule.


Included

Accommodation as per the program based on twin or double room

All transfer in and transfer out services

Ground transportation

Local guides and Scout If needed

All entrance fees as per the program

Internal flight tickets

Breakfast, lunch & Dinner

Excluded

Any alcoholic drinks

Any videography or camera fees if needed

Any personal expenses like internet, telephone, fax

Services that are not mentioned in the included section