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
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.
Morning Fly to Gondar. Up on arrival you will have sightseeing of Gondar. Founded in 17th C by Emperor Fassiladas Gondar was once capital city of Ethiopia. During those times Gondar was center and source for art, music and literature of Ethiopia. Your visit in 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 acclimatize 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 view point you can see the canyon below, distant ridges, and view the seemingly never ending valleys.
After breakfast you will trek from Chenek to Ambiko via ‘Buahit’ the second peak of the park with an altitude of 4437masl. This route is the spectacular place to see the endemic Walya Ibex more closely. If you are lucky you may see the rare endemic Ethiopian wolf.
Early in the morning you will trek to Ras Dashen, the highest point in the country with an altitude of 4620masl and not difficult to climb then trek back to Ambiko. SMNP is considered as the roof of Africa for the reason of having many summits above 4000masl.
After early breakfast trek back from Ambiko to Chenek for your overnight.
After breakfast drive back from Chenek to Gondar. On your arrival at Gondar the day will be at leisure. You can enjoy the day on your own pace.
Morning Fly to the Holly city of Lalibela on your arrival a brief check in to your Hotel and head to visit the mystical rock hewn churches of Lalibela . The small town of Lalibela in Ethiopia is home to one of the world’s most astounding sacred sites: eleven rock-hewn churches, each carved entirely out of a single block of granite with its roof at ground level.
After breakfast we drive to Yimrhane Kirstos through the small village of Bilbala. The built-up cave church of Yimrhane Kirstos itself predates the rock-hewn churches of Lalibela. This is one of the most beautiful and colorful cave churches, built from marble, wood and beautifully decorated from inside and outside with remarkable architectural skill. In the other side of the cave, you will also see many mummified bodies of pilgrims from centuries ago. The rest of the day is at leisure.
Fly back to Addis and late in the afternoon have a farewell dinner at one of the best traditional restaurant in Addis Ababa before departure.
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