Trekking Simien Mountain/Bale Mountain/Tigray

Day trek to Simien Mountain

ETT - 1001 Day trip from Gondar to Gondar

We offer 3 kinds of itineraries for one day trip.
Option1: Gondar to Buit Ras (3,260m) by car/ trekking from Buit Ras toChilkuwanit
Option2: Gondar to Sankaber camp (3,250m) by car/ trekking from Sankaber camp to Jinba waterfall
Option3: Gondar to Chenneck camp (3,620m) by car/ making round trek

Included:

  • Car to and from Gondar
  • Guide
  • Scout
  • Park entrance fee
  • Bottled mineral water

Option1: Gondar to Buit Ras (3,260m) via Debark by car/ trekking from Buit Ras to Chilkuwanit

We will meet you in the morning at Gondar Airport or your hotel in Gondar. Drive from Gondar to Debark, which is the headquarter town for the national park. We will stop here to get a permission to enter the park and meet the scout. We will have tea and coffee break and visit the local market if we have time. The local market is open every day, and every Wednesday and Saturday is the big market day. From Debark town, we will drive to the park gate, which is about 16km from the town. Then, we are heading about 6km to Buit Ras, the first area of the national park. From Buit Ras, we will trek for about 3, 4 hours to Chilkuwanit which is one of the most beautiful viewpoints. This area offers stunning views over the escarpment dropping vertically. You will most certainly encounter troops of the endemic Gelada Baboons and see them up-close. You may also see common jackal, klipspringer and more. There are a lot of birds such as Thick-billed Raven, Augar Buzard, Black Kites, Lammergeyer and different plant species such as Abyssinian Rose, Erica Arboria tree, Euphorbia Species, St. Johns Worttree(Hypercumrevoltum) and so on. Our car will pick you up at Chilkuwanit and drive to Gondar or Axsum.

Option 2: Gondar to Sankaber camp (3,250m) via Debark/trekking from Sankaber camp to Jinba waterfall

We will meet you in the morning at Gondar Airport or your hotel in Gondar. Drive from Gondar to Debark, which is the headquarter town for the national park. We will stop here to get a permission to enter to the park and meet the scout. We will have tea and coffee break and visit the local market if we have time. The local market is open every day, and every  Wednesday and Saturday is the big market day. From Debark town, we will drive to the park gate, which is about 16km  from the town. Then, we are heading about 10km  to Sankaber camp, which is the first camping site in the national park. From Sankaber camp, we will trek for about 3 hours. You will trek along the edge with stunning views over the foothills 800m below. The trail passes most vegetated area in the park through a low bush of Giant Heather, Abyssinian Rose, Oliveria, and Globe Thistle. You will most certainly encounter troops of the endemic gelada baboons and see them up-close. You may also see Klipspringer, bushbuck, rock hyrax in the steep rocky and wooded slopes. Leopards live around here and you may have a chance to spot a leopard. The highlight of the trek is Jinba waterfalls, an incredible 500m sheer drop, the longest fall in Ethiopia. From the viewpoint opposite, you will see the different voltures such as Griffen Volture, Hooded Volture, Whitebacked Volture, Lappet-faced vulture and Lammergeyer along the cliff. Lammergeyer is one of the biggest bird prey in the world and feeds bone marrow. This area is the best place for lammergeyer to break the bone. This area is also good to see different small birds such as one of the Ethiopian endemic bird- Abyssinian Catbird. After the sightseeing, we get back to the main road (the place called  Kavamesk) where the car stops to drive us to Gondar or Axsum.

Option 3: Gondar to Chenneck camp (3,620m) by car/ making a round trek

We will meet you in the morning at Gondar Airport or your hotel in Gondar. Drive from Gondar to Debark, which is the headquarter town for the national park. We will stop here to get a permission to enter to the park and meet the scout. We will have tea and coffee break and visit the local market if we have time. The local market is open every day, and every  Wednesday and Saturday is the big market day. From Debark town, we will drive to the park gate, which is about 16km  from the town. Then, we will head to Chenneck camp, which is located 58km  from Debark town and is located in a beautiful valley at the foot of the Mt. Bwahit (4,430m). Along the way, we will drive pass Buit Ras and Sankaber camp, and stop to see Jinba waterfall, an incredible 500m sheer drop, the longest fall in Ethiopia. From the viewpoint opposite, you will see the different voltures such as Griffen Volture, Hooded Volture, Whitebacked Volture, Lapped-faced vulture and Lammergeyer along the cliff. Lammergeyer is one of the biggest bird prey in the world and feeds bone marrow. This area is the best place for lammergeyer to break the bone. This area is also good to see different small birds such as one of the Ethiopian endemic bird- Abyssinian Catbird. After we arrive at Chenneck camp, we will make a round trek. The path follows through the escarpment and you will enjoy the view of Mt. Emet Gogo. As long as time allows, we will climb up around the altitude of 4,000m. On the way, you may see Walia Ibex and Ethiopian wolf. You will also see many different birds such as vultures and small birds, and different plant species such as evergreen and high elevation plant Lobelia that grow above 3,600masl, everlasting flower,  Erica Arboria tree, St. Johns Worttree (Hypercumrevoltum) and Festuca grass.

Price: starting from $150

The price includes:
– 4WD transportation to and from Gonder/Axum
– guide
– scout
– cook & cooking materials
– all park entrance fees
– bottled mineral water

Simien Mountain two days 

Simien Mountains- 2 Days Trek

ETT 1002  2 DAYS Package for the Simien Mountains Trekking

Day 1 - Sankaber (3250 m), 4-5 hours

Early morning we drive along a good paved road from Gondar to the park headquarters in Debark, the 100 km journey will take around two to  three hours. At the headquarters we will arrange our permits to the park and pick up our scout. After that we will drive for another hour before we will start our first day introductory walk. This first hike is an easy one along the northern edge of the escarpment with a nice view points over the foothills and plains of northern Ethiopia. You will encounter gelada baboon along this hike.

Day 2 - Jinbahir - Sankaber - Gondar, 3-4 hours

We follow the northern escarpment eastward, before we descend a little into the Kaba Valley. After that we climb up before we reach Gich Abyss and continue over a narrow ridge to a cliff where we have a spectacular view of the abyss towards the Simien foothills. We also find a large waterfall here, where the Jinbahir River plunges 500 m into the abyss. Having finished enjoying and taking pictures around the fall, we will walk back to Sankaber through the other way round enjoying with the great wazla River valley landscapes and villages towards to south direction of the path where I born and grow up. Then we will drive back to Gondar, if you still need to have more walk we can stop in between and possible to do it. Then drive back to Gondar. Or Axum

Cost - $200 USD

 

Simien Mountains- 3 Days Trek

ETT 1003 3 DAYS Package for the Simien Mountains Trekking

Day 1 Gondar to Sankobar (Axum can be a starting point as well)
Drive from Gondar to Debark. Here we obtain a permit from the Park headquarters and collect our obligatory scout before continuing to Sankabar (3250m ASL) for the first overnight camp. An early start is needed as the drive from Gondar takes a 2-3 hours. The trek begins at Buytras (Simien Lodge), taking about 3 – 4 hours to walk to the Sankabar campsite is usually possible. During the walk there’s a good chance of seeing your first Gelada baboons.

Day 2 Sankabar to Geech
In the morning of day 2, we will walk to Geech via the spectacular Jinbar waterfall. The trek will take approximately 5 – 7 hours. After descending down to the Jinbar Wenz (which feeds the waterfall) a short ascent remains to Geech village. A short distance beyond Geech village is the camp site. The camp site has great views of the mountains and is characterized by giant lobelia plants. The nearby Kedadit summit provides one of the best places to see the sun set. The camp site is situated at 3600m ASL.

Day 3 Geech to Ambaras to Gondar
we trek from Geech to the Imet Gogo promontory, for one of the most spectacular views in the whole mountain range. This is a great day for seeing the magnificent Lammergeier vultures. From Imet Gogo we trek back to the road near a village called Ambaras and meet the car for the drive back to Gondar. The trek will last approximately 4-5 hours.

Or end in Axum as well. 

Cost
$300 per person.

The price includes:
– 4WD transportation to and from Gonder
– guide
– scout
– cook & cooking materials
– mule(s) & mule handler
– tent or cost of night in community houses
– sleeping bags & mattresses
– all park entrance fees
– plenty of food
– bottled mineral water

 

 

Simien Mountains – 4 Days Itinerary

ETT 1004 – Simien Mountains – 4 Days Itinerary

 

This extensive trek explores in depth one of Africans largest mountain ranges, studded with at least a dozen peaks over the 4,000m mark. These include Ras Dejen the highest point in Ethiopia, and the 4th highest peak in Africa. The area was designated a national park in 1966, and the entire range a UNESCO world heritage site in 1978.
THE TREK
Trek through the Simien Mountains, following an extensive network of trails. The quality of these trails, along with the fantastic scenery, unique flora, diverse wildlife and rich bird life make this a rewarding and challenging trek. It is a paradise for natural history enthusiasts as well as for trekkers.


Day 1: Gondar-Sankaber (3250 m), 3-4 hours (STARTING POINT CAN BE AXUM AS WELL)
Pick you at Gondar Airport or your hotel, drive along a good paved road from Gondar to the park headquarters in Debark. The 100 km journey will take around two hours. At the headquarters we will arrange our permits to the park and pick up our scout. After that we will drive for another hour before we start our first day introductory walk. This first hike is an easy one along the northern edge of the escarpment with a nice view points over the foothills and plains of northern Ethiopia. You will encounter gelada baboon along this hike and over nigh at Sankaber.


Day 2: Sankaber – Gich (3600 m), 5-6 hrs
We follow the northern escarpment eastward, before we descend a little into the Kaba Valley. After that we climb up before we reach Gich Abyss and continue over a narrow ridge to a cliff where we have a spectacular view of the abyss towards the Simien foothills. We also find a large waterfall here, where the Jinbar River plunges 500 m into the abyss. We proceed for about two hours and have lunch at the Jinbar River. After lunch we walk through fields of barley before we arrive at the idyllic village of Gich. Here we can enjoy a traditional coffee ceremony in one of the huts and learn more about local farm life. From Gich village it is a short walk to Gich camp which is a good area to look for lammergeyer and thick billed raven. After a relaxing afternoon, we will take a short hike up to Kedadit to enjoy sunset plus the gorgeous shaded landscapes down to the cliff side towards to the eastern direction and return to the camp for dinner.


Day 3: Gich – Chennek (3600 m), 7-8 hrs
From Gich camp we stroll through endless fields of Giant Lobelia before we reach the towering cliffs of Imet-Gogo (3926 m). Here we will spend some time to absorb the superb views over the mountain valleys below and strange shaped domes in the distance, which we will see from up close at the end of the trip. After that we descend into the Jinbahir River Valley. In this way we get a very different perspective of Imet-Gogo and the volcanic landscape, where it looks like big chunks of mountains have been blown away. The trail follows the edge of the escarpment, which is completely vertical here for several hundred meters. We climb to a summit of 4070 m where we will have lunch. After lunch we descend to Chennek for about two hours along a steep trail. From Chennek camp there are spectacular views in all directions. Sit down on a bench at the escarpment and try to spot Walia Ibex in late afternoon or early morning. Sometimes Walia Ibex visit the edges of the campsite.


Day 4: Chenek – Buwahit, 5-6 Hrs
Climb the second highest peak in the Simien mountains Buwahit (4430m) rewarding with one of the endemic wild animals in Ethiopia particularly in the Simien mountains called Walia Ibex (a goat family), in addition to the scenic views of surroundings including the chance to see the highest mountain peak in Ethiopia Ras-Dejen (4543m) and back down to chenek camp where the car waiting us to pick and drive back to Gondar for about 4 hrs.
Services to be Provided $350 USD
♦ Transportation in and out
♦ Food and Mineral water
♦ Cook (a person in charge of preparing fresh food every day)
♦ Guide (English speaking)
♦ Park ranger which is compulsory
♦ Park entrance fees
♦ Camping equipment such as Tent, Mattress and Sleeping bags.
♦ Mule and muleteers for loading and unloading stuff and luggage from one camp to another.