Ethiopia Simien Mountains and Beyond

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  • duration 17 days
  • tour type Group
  • age requirement 18+ years old
  • max group size 12
  • guiding method Live Guide/Instructor
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  • Starts Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
  • Ends Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
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HIGHLIGHTS Download trip notes
  • Trek the spectacular Simien Mountain escarpments
  • Spot unique wildlife such as the Walia Ibex and Gelada Baboon
  • Soak up the views from the summit of Ras Dashen (4533m)
  • Discover the medieval castles in the Royal Enclosure in Gondar
Starting and ending in Addis Ababa, the trip "Ethiopia Simien Mountains And Beyond" is a guided trekking trip that takes 17 days. You will travel through Addis Ababa, Gondar, Bahir Dar and 9 other destinations in Ethiopia. "Ethiopia Simien Mountains And Beyond" is a small group trip which includes accommodation, transport, meals and others.

Combined with the rich culture and history of Ethiopia, trekking in the Simien Mountains will take your breath away with its stunning scenery and dramatic escarpments. Ethiopia has a fascinating history and is home to many unknown treasures and dramatic landscapes. The Simien Mountains of Ethiopia offer superb wilderness trekking with stunning scenery, enormous cliffs and escarpments and the chance to spot unique wildlife such as the Walia Ibex and Gelada Baboon. On our specially designed itinerary we steadily ascend the escarpment trails to the upper flanks of the Simien Mountains. Establishing our campsites on the volcanic plateau our sense of isolation is complete. The thin cool air is punctuated with the calls of rare wildlife, while below the forested gorges merge with the undulating farming lands that stretch across the vast catchment of the Blue Nile. We combine this exceptional trek with a journey across a land dotted with rock-hewn churches, medieval castles and ancient obelisks reflecting a culture dating back more than 3000 years.
CUSTOMER REVIEWS
5 - Excellent
Based on 4 reviews
  • Anonymous
  • On Feb 18 2020
5 - Excellent
Excellent
“If you after a trip that has a lot of diversity, then this is the trip for you. In the Simien Mountains we watched the Geladas playing, eating grass and jumping into the Giant Lobelias in anger to protect their harem from other males trying to challenge them. They are very vocal and fun to observe. We were also fortunate to see Ibex, Bearded Vultures and two lucky people saw the Simien Fox. We climbed Ras Dashen, Ethiopia's highest mountain. There were some long hard days of trekking, but worth it, because you get to see the locals going about their daily lives along the way and amazing views. One particular night our guides were singing and dancing for us by the camp fire and the local children joined in, they held our hands and we danced with them. It was a special night. When you look through the itinerary you will see we went on Lake Tana to visit a 14th century monastery and on the way back saw hippos. We also visited ancient rock-hewn churches that will make you wonder how it was possible for them to be built from one huge rock - Lalibela was a highlight! Our local guide looked after us so well and was very knowledgeable about the history, religion and culture of his country. We also had a World Expeditions leader join us, mainly to look after us if we needed medical help with altitude sickness. None of the group required this, but it was great to have the World Expeditions leader trek with us. The food was very good, there was always plenty of coffee available and the accommodation improved along the way from tents to a brand new resort. This is only a small part of what we experienced in Ethiopia. We really enjoyed our adventure, it was wonderful.”
  • Anonymous
  • On Jan 14 2020
4 - Very Good
Very Good
“I had wanted to visit the Simien mountains for a long time and would highly recommend this trip. There is a good balance between cultural activities (in Addis Ababa, Axum and Lalibella) and trekking. Do not under-estimate the trekking. It proved far more tiring than I expected. However, we were constantly rewarded with the views. The mountains are unlike anything I've seen before - think Grand Canyon and Monument Valley all rolled in to one big range, but greener.”
  • Anonymous
  • On Dec 06 2019
5 - Excellent
Excellent
“Ethiopia is truly unique, and I use that word sparingly - a multi-layered mix of achingly beautiful landscapes and ancient churches hewn from the rock, reminiscent of Biblical times. The culture, dance, music is different from anything youll experience in Africa, and yet it is Africa, with its vast skies and baboons and Ibex and Abyssinian wolf. Ill be back, soon I hope.”
  • Anonymous
  • On Oct 22 2019
5 - Excellent
Excellent
“This was a challenging and rewarding trek. The grandeur and beauty of the landscape is almost overwhelming at times. We were lucky to sight not only numerous Gelada baboons but also a family of Walia Ibex and a lone Abyssinian wolf. The cultural element balanced on either side of the trek was also very interesting and eye opening.”
ITINERARY Expand All
  • Day 1 : Join Addis Ababa (2400m)
  • Day 2 : In Addis Ababa, city tour
  • Day 3 : Fly to Bahir Dar (1830m), visit Lake Tana monastery and Blue Nile Falls
  • Day 4 : Drive to Gondar (2120m)
  • Day 5 : Drive to Debark, commence trek to Sankabar camp (3200m)
  • Day 6 : Trek to Geech camp (3640m, approx. 6-8 hr, 13 km; ascent 928m/descent 429m)
  • Day 7 : Optional summit of Imet Gogo (3926m, approx. 5-7 hr, 10 km)
  • Day 8 : To Chenek (3620m, approx. 6-7 hr, 14.5 km; ascent 849m/descent 824m)
  • Day 9 : To Ambiko (3170m, approx. 8-10 hr, 20 km; ascent 969m/descent 1466m)
  • Day 10 : Summit Ras Dashen (4533m, 10-12 hr, 26 km, ascent 1355m/descent 1355m)
  • Day 11 : To Sona (3400m, approx 8-10 hr, 23 km; ascent 1136m/descent 1158m)
  • Day 12 : To Makarabia (2000m, approx 5-6 hr, 12 km; ascent 326m/descent 1800m)
  • Day 13 : To Mulit (1800m, approx 6-7 hr, 19km; ascent 690m/descent 592m)
  • Day 14 : Complete trek (approx 2-3 hr, 10km; ascent 78m/descent 485m), drive to Axum
  • Day 15 : In Axum
  • Day 16 : Fly to Lalibela in the morning or early afternoon, afternoon visit monolithic churches
  • Day 17 : Fly to Addis Ababa where trip concludes
WHAT'S INCLUDED
Accommodation
  • 1 night in 3 star hotel in Addis and 6 nights in best available hotels elsewhere on a twinshare basis
Meals
  • 16 breakfasts, 15 lunches and 16 dinners
Transport
  • Private road transport
Guide
  • Local guides for each section
  • Western escort to assist local guides
Others
  • 9 nights fully supported camping on a twinshare tent basis
  • Group camping equipment including tent, mattress and pillow (sleeping bag not included)
  • Cook, camp assistants, mules and muleteers on trek
  • Boat trip on Lake Tana
  • Site entrance and national park fees
WHAT'S EXCLUDED
  • International flights
  • Arrival and departure transfers in Addis Ababa (days 1 & 17).
  • NOTE - The Addis Ababa group hotel (Jupiter Hotel) offers a free airport to hotel shuttle service upon arrival or departure. This shuttle must be pre-booked prior to your arrival or departure – please refer to your reservations consultant for more details.
  • Internal flights (Addis Ababa to Bahir Dar, Axum to Lalibela, Lalibela to Addis Ababa)
  • Bottled water, aerated and alcoholic drinks (drinking water provided during trek only)
  • Kit bag and sleeping bag
  • Items of a personal nature such as phone calls, laundry, etc.
  • Travel Insurance
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CANCELLATION

No additional cancellation fees apply for this Ethiopia Simien Mountains and Beyond tour. You can cancel the tour up to 70 days prior departure and avoid paying the full amount, but your deposit paid is non-refundable. No refund applies for cancellations within 69 days of departure.

Payment

For any tour departures within 03 January 2022, full payment is required. For tours that depart later than 03 January 2022, a deposit of 1500 USD is required to confirm the tour, and the remaining balance will be charged 69 days before trip departure.

Travel Insurance

Ethiopia Simien Mountains and Beyond tour requires that you have adequate and valid travel insurance covering medical and personal accidents, including repatriation costs and emergency evacuation. We recommend using World Nomads' travel insurance.

Visa

For this Ethiopia Simien Mountains and Beyond tour getting the required visa(s) is the responsibility for each individual traveller, as visa requirements vary depending on your nationality. We recommend to check with your local embassies representing the countries that you are travelling to, as part of this itinerary.

COVID-19 Safety Measures

This trip incorporates the following COVID-19 measures:

  • Smaller group sizes have been implemented on this tour to protect against COVID-19 and to ensure that the tour complies with local authorities’ guidelines.
  • Wearing a mask, hand washing and sanitizing has been implemented on this trip. Frequently touched surfaces are regularly disinfected. Hygiene safety measures and distancing will furthermore be followed in transportation, accommodation and meal venues.
  • A multitude of COVID-19 distancing measures have been implemented on this package tour to keep travellers safe.
  • This tour has obtained a COVID-19 CLEAN accreditation from Quality Tourism Australia.
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