The Simien is perhaps the most beautiful mountain range in Africa. Vast and unique, the highland plateau is capped by a dramatic skyline of jagged volcanic plugs and split by deep gorges and ravines. The views across this landscape are breathtaking: the striking towers and formations having been described as ‘the chess pieces of the Gods’. Our trek takes us to both the highland and rural lowland areas, with an ascent of Ras Dashen, the highest peak in Ethiopia at 4623m, and the fourth highest in Africa.
A haven for many endemic species of wildlife and flora one can visit the Gelada Baboon, Walia Ibex, and Ethiopian wolf while trekking through. The Simien National Park has been declared the only Natural World Heritage Site registered by UNESCO in Ethiopia.
Ethiopian Great Run is a 10KM mass run through the beautiful African capital city Addis Ababa. Ethiopians are known for the long distance running in the world especially when they compete with their East African counterparts. The great run was introduced by the famous and great athlete Haile Gebresilase. More than 50000 people participate in the Ethiopian great run including professional athletes from all over the world.
Arrival in Addis Ababa, you will be welcomed and transferred to your hotel by Pagumen tour and travel representative. Depending on your arrival time City tour of Addis Ababa will be arranged:
Being home for United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) and African Union (AU) Addis Ababa is referred as the capital of Africa. Addis is also the center of the country’s Economy, social and political activity.
City tour of Addis Ababa includes National museum: home for the oldest and famous hominid fossil of ‘Lucy’, Ethnographic museum: treasured with cultural and historical artifacts from all over Ethiopia, Mount Entoto for the scenic view of Addis Ababa, Trinity cathedral church its unique architecture and iconic window paintings painted by the famous Ethiopian painter Afwerk Tekle and Merkato: the biggest open air market in East Africa.
Ethiopian Great Run is a 10KM mass run through the beautiful African capital city Addis Ababa. Ethiopians are known for the long distance running in the world especially when they compete with their East African counterparts. The great run was introduced by the famous and great athlete Haile Gebresilase. More than 50000 people participate in the Ethiopian great run including professional athletes from all over the world. Overnight in Addis.
NOV 18/DAY 3: ADDIS ABABA Rest after the big day
Most people prefer to rest on the aftermath of the run so it is on your own pace. Overnight in Addis.
Morning Fly to Gondar. Upon arrival, you will have sightseeing of Gondar. Founded in 17th C by Emperor Fassiladas Gondar was once the capital city of Ethiopia. During those times Gondar was center and source for art, music, and literature of Ethiopia. Your visit to Gondar will include the Royal enclosure, King Fasil’s bath and the fascinating Debrebirhan Selassie church which is well known for its fascinating ceiling paintings.
Afternoon you will drive to Debark where the Simien Mountains National Park Headquarters is located. After finalizing the formalities drive to the first camp site ‘Sankaber’
You will be dropped 2 hours walking distance from the first camp site where you will start trekking through the dramatic landscapes and spectacular scenery of the national park. Spending the night at Sankaber camp site is advisable for acclimatizing the Altitude.
After breakfast, you will trek from Sankaber to Geech enjoying the breathtaking scenery of the Simen Mountain which will take from 6-7 hours. After crossing the valley you will have the views of Jinbar Waterfall. While trekking to Geech you will see the most spectacular landscape of the Simen Mountains, troops of Gelada, lammergeyer, and different types of vegetation.
After having breakfast at Geech campsite, you will have another wonderful trek through the grass plateau of Chenek with vegetation of the Giant Lobelia plants. On this trek Kedadit Gorge, Imet Gogo and Enatiye are the most remarkable viewpoints you will enjoy most on this day. You will extremely appreciate the fabulous Simien Mountains landscape viewing 360 degrees. At this summit and viewpoint, you can see the canyon below, distant ridges, and view the seemingly never-ending valleys.
After breakfast drive back from Chenek to Gondar. On your arrival at Gondar, the day will be at leisure. You can enjoy the day at your own pace.
Fly back to Addis and late in the afternoon have a farewell dinner at one of the best traditional restaurants in Addis Ababa before departure.
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