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Trekking to Simien Mountains National Park

JN4

HomeTrekking to Simien Mountains National Park

Tour Code: JN4

Tour Title: Trekking to Simien Mountains National Park

Focus: Trekking, Site Seeing, Nature, Landscape, Scenic, Wildlife, Culture

Duration 10 Days/ 9 Nights

Mode of transport: Surface/Flight/Trekking

Itinerary

Day 1- Arrival Addis Ababa- City Tour

Up on arrival at Bole international airport and met by our guide/representatives and transfer to hotel. After check in to hotel, city tour of Addis. Which includes; National Museum, the home of the famous complete hominid fossil remains of Lucy dates 3.2 million years back, Mount Entoto, panoramic view point at the highest peak in Addis with an altitude of 3200 meter above sea level, Trinity Cathedral, a beautiful church with a baroque style of European architecture unique to both Ethiopia and Africa, Ethnographic Museum and Merkato (the largest open-air market in Africa). Overnight in hotel

Day 2: Flight to Gondar – Royal Castles – DebreBirhanSelassie Church

Flight to Gondar (0730-0830 or 0810-0915).  Welcome by our guide and minivan for airport transfer. Check into a hotel (if rooms are ready). Visit to the Royal Castles (built in the 17th Century A.D.), the Bath of Emperor Fasiledes, the Historic DebreBirhanSelassie Church, the Castle of Empress Mintewab, and KuskwamMariam Church (the bones of the Empress and princes rests in a glass coffin). Lunch break.Time at leisure.Dinner.Overnight in a hotel.

Day 3: Gondar- Debark- Simien Mountains- Chequanit- Sankaber

Trekking time: 3- 4 hours

Morning drive to Simien Mountains. Stop over at Debark at the head quarter for entrance permit and to pick up scouts. Then keep drive to Chequanit via the main gate of Simien Mountains National Park. Lunch break. Then start your first trekking from Chequanit to Sankaber(Walk up and down ward on little sloppy field) through cultivated areas. Overnight stay in camping.

Day 4: Sankaber- Geech

Trekking hours: 6- 7 hours

Trekking for about 6 to 7 hours to Geech through meadows and forests and some cultivated areas. Here you may meet your first troop of Gelada Baboons around Sankaber. Walk to the edge of the abuse to see Walia Ibex. At Geech there is a toilet and a convenient nearby water fall for washing. Overnight camping

Day 5: Geech- Chenek

Trekking hours: 5- 6 hours

Hike downward and then walk upward and walk through up and down fields. The trek takes about 5 to 6 hours. Here you will pass a spot known as KibranMetia, just before arrival to Chenek; it provides stunning views of the lowlands below and the escarpment edge to the west. There is a fast running stream about five minutes’ walk south of Chenek camp. Lammergeyers and Ethiopian Wolves are often seen here in this area. Chenek is probably the best spot in the Simien Mountains for wild life. Overnight camping

Day 6: Chenek- Ambiko

Trekking hours: 7- 8 hours

Hike steeply upwards to the summit and then walk little escarp areafor about 9 to 10 hours from Chenek to Ambiko following a track that leads you to the south east of Chenek. Here you will have a good viewpoint on the eastern escarpment near the Ambiko camping spot. Overnight camping

Day 7: Ambiko- RasDashen- Ambiko

Trekking hours: 8 to 9 hours

Today we will ascend the peak of RasDashen (4533m). We start out before sunrise with a hike through the main valley. Closer to the mountain the way becomes steeper and steeper climbing up amidst Giant Lobelia plants. Here, you will enjoy amazing views of an impressive landscape. Then trek back to Ambiko. Overnight camping

Day 8: Ambiko- Chenek

Trekking hours: 8- 9 hours

This day you will trek back to chenek via the escarpment of Bwahit Pass and local villages. Overnight camping

Day 9: Chenek- Gondar

Drive back to Gondar. Check in to hotel. Time at leisure. Overnight in hotel

Day 10: Flight to Addis- Departure

After breakfast, transfer to airport to fly back to Addis Ababa. Arrival Addis Ababa and transfer to hotel for day use and refreshment. Leisure and shopping time. Evening we will have a fare well dinner in one of the Ethiopian restaurants for cultural dinner and dances from the different ethnic groups. Then transfer to airport to fly back to home, where your tour ends.

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