Trek Ethiopia: The Simien Mountains

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  • Booking Type Instant Booking
  • duration 10 days
  • tour type Group
  • age requirement 15+ years old
  • guiding method Live Guide/Instructor
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  • Starts Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
  • Ends Gondar , Ethiopia
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HIGHLIGHTS
  • Trek the majestic series of undulating amethyst peaks that make up the Simien Mountains on this hiking adventure through some of the world’s most unique and remote landscapes.
  • Explore the medieval architecture of Gondar, including the elaborate Royal Enclosure – a World Heritage site home to dramatic Emperorbuilt castles unlike any other in Africa.
  • Camp within the escarpment of the Simien Mountains and experience true African wilderness as you begin and end your trekking days with incredible sunrises and sunsets.
  • Keep your eyes peeled for troops of redhearted gelada playing along the slopes as you traverse through the mountains – a distinctive breed of baboon, endemic to Ethiopia.
The tour Trek Ethiopia: The Simien Mountains starts in Addis Ababa and ends in Gondar. It is an explorer tour that takes 10 days taking you through Chenek, Addis Ababa, Simien Mountains National Park and 5 other destinations in Ethiopia. Trek Ethiopia: The Simien Mountains is a guided small group tour that includes accommodation, transport, meals and others.

Experience the geological beauty of Ethiopia on a trekking adventure through one of the most dramatic landscapes in Africa. Observe the remnants of a once prosperous civilisation on a visit to Gondar before tackling the challenging terrain of the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Simien Mountains National Park. As you traverse the rugged peaks and valleys of this ever-changing trail, witness how millions of years of erosion has created an elaborate network of gorges, canyons and escarpments, flourishing with endemic wildlife and traditional civilisations. Keep an eye out for the endangered walia ibex jousting along the rocky ledges, learn about village life and agricultural rituals in Geech camp and sit among groups of gelada monkeys while you watch the sun set in Chenek. Stop by key lookouts en route to soak up scenery that will leave you speechless and have your breath (literally) taken away by unbeatable views at the summit of Ras Dashen – Ethiopia’s highest peak.
CUSTOMER REVIEWS ABOUT INTREPID TRAVEL
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Review for another Intrepid Travel tour
4 - Very Good
  • Anonymous
  • From Australia
  • On Jan 25 2018
“Great for first timer to India - it covers a range of places with different vibes starting from the hustle bustle capital to very small local villages, safaris, and 'touristy' cities (trust me it's actually nice to be able to have a proper coffee and/or go (window) shopping after 10 days of indulging in local culture.) And touristy places in India are far less busy like what you see in other countries.

Our tour guide was very well-organised and very helpful for those who required extra assistance - like losing baggage / passport / remembering wrong flight times / having gold fish memory (yes... this all happened in the trip..). You would't need to worry if you're clumsy or forgetful as Intrepid tour guides will have you covered.

The itinerary is skewed towards a leisure one hence why the average age of our group is 50+ ranging from late 20's to 70's. If you're simply looking for a cultural experience I'd say this is the perfect choice. But if you're a bit more active and adventurous like me then you may feel too protected and bored somtimes.

Lastly some tips for shopping - save your money until you get to Udaipur as there's many more options and prices are a lot better. That way you don't need to lug around extra weight early in the trip too. Remember to bargain at expensive & bigger shops (those are the wealthy ones and they rip you off by a big margin) and not so much at the smaller shops (they aren't as rich!). Tour guides would sometimes hush you into particular shops unfortunately.. but don't feel pressured to make a purchase (easier said than done though) as those shop keepers are good at pitching.”
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4 - Very Good
  • Anonymous
  • From USA
  • On Mar 02 2019
“This trip took us to see parts of Thailand less frequented by tourists. It was well organized, offered good food and a good mix of activities and private time. Our guide Damrong Thepkong, was very professional and kept everything moving”
Gillian's review for another Intrepid Travel tour
4 - Very Good
  • Gillian
  • From Australia
  • On Jul 26 2019
“Very Good”
ITINERARY Expand All
  • Day 1: Addis Ababa
  • Day 2: Gondar
  • Day 3: Sankaber (3250m / 10660 ft)
  • Day 4: Geech (3600 m / 11810 ft)
  • Day 5: Chenek (3650 m / 11975 ft)
  • Day 6: Ambiko (3200 m / 10500 ft)
  • Day 7: Abiko (Ras Dashen summit 4543 m / 14904 ft )
  • Day 8: Chenek (3650 m / 11975 ft)
  • Day 9: Gondar
  • Day 10: Gondar
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Accommodation
  • Camping with no facilities (6 nights), Hotel (3 nights)
Meals
  • 9 Breakfast, 7 Lunch, 6 Dinner
Transport
  • Private vehicle , Plane
Included Activities
  • Gondar - Fasil Gimb Castles Compound
  • Gondar - Church of Debre Berhan Selassie
  • Ambiko - Coffee ceremony
WHAT'S EXCLUDED
  • Any international flights to Addis Ababa and from Gondar are not included in this price. We always recommend that you arrive 1 day prior to your tour starting date.
  • Travel insurance is not included in this Trek Ethiopia: The Simien Mountains tour. Travel insurance is mandatory to buy. We recommend purchasing it from World Nomads.
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CANCELLATION

No additional cancellation fees apply for this Trek Ethiopia: The Simien Mountains tour. You can cancel the tour up to 58 days prior departure and avoid paying the full amount, but your deposit paid is non-refundable. No refund applies for cancellations within 57 days of departure.

Payment

A deposit of 400 USD is required to confirm this tour. The remaining balance will be charged 57 days before departure. For any departures within 16 April 2020 full payment is required.

Travel Insurance

Trek Ethiopia: The Simien Mountains 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 Trek Ethiopia: The Simien Mountains 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.

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