Trek Ethiopia: The Simien Mountains

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  • No booking fees
  • duration 10 days
  • tour type Group
  • age requirement 15+ years old
  • guiding method Live Guide/Instructor
  • Starts Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
  • Ends Gondar, Ethiopia
Tour with Flexible Booking Policy
  • Change dates It is free to change your tour start date within 30 days of departure.
  • Choose a different tour Select a new tour run by the same tour operator within 30 days of departure.
HIGHLIGHTS Download trip notes
  • 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.
Trek Ethiopia: The Simien Mountains tour starts in Addis Ababa and ends in Gondar. Trek Ethiopia: The Simien Mountains is an explorer tour that takes 10 days taking you from Addis Ababa to Gondar and through other destinations in Ethiopia.

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.
4.5 - Excellent
Based on 100 reviews
Lone's review for another Intrepid Travel tour
5 - Excellent
  • Lone
  • From Denmark
  • On Dec 11 2019
“This is my first group trip. I am a woman and I travel alone. The tour offered culture and nature. I am interested in arts and crafts, so I saw some relevant museums. The social unity of the group was good. The hotels were fine. The trip is recommended.”
Siow's review for another Intrepid Travel tour
5 - Excellent
  • Siow
  • From Malaysia
  • On Nov 02 2019
“Exciting,well planned itenary with adequate free time.Tour guide has good leadership personality attending to all in needs”
Janice's review for another Intrepid Travel tour
4 - Very Good
  • Janice
  • From USA
  • On Jun 27 2019
“Our trip was very good for the money. The accommodations were adequate, our guide handled a lot of the details and we had time to explore on our own. Best for people traveling solo or as a couple.”
  • 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
  • Camping with no facilities (6 nights), Hotel (3 nights)
  • 9 Breakfast, 7 Lunch, 6 Dinner
  • Private vehicle , Plane
Included Activities
  • Gondar - Fasil Gimb Castles Compound
  • Gondar - Church of Debre Berhan Selassie
  • Ambiko - Coffee ceremony
  • 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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No additional cancellation fees apply for this Trek Ethiopia: The Simien Mountains tour. You can cancel the tour up to 24 days prior departure and avoid paying the full amount, but your deposit paid is non-refundable. No refund applies for cancellations within 23 days of departure.


A deposit of 400 USD is required to confirm this tour. The remaining balance will be charged 23 days before departure. For any departures within 21 October 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.


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.

Is this trip right for you:
  • A good level of fitness is required to join this tour. The effects of altitude will make it much harder than the usual trek over the same distances.
  • To allow for your body to adjust to the altitude the going will be slow. The speed of the hiking may be much slower than you are use too. However, we have found that this slow speed allows your body’s reserve levels to remain higher plus also allows for your body to adjust to the altitude as you walk.
  • Tried and tested all-purpose hiking equipment is required. Night-time temperatures can get very cold above 3000m so warm clothing and sleeping bag is essential.
  • Be prepared for dusty and therefore dirty conditions. It can be tough going hiking for continuous days without a shower. A dust mask, wet wipes and face washer may become your best friends.
If you have any question about this tour or need help with planning a trip, please do not hesitate to get in touch with us. We're ready to help.
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