Trekking to Simien Mountains National Park

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Highlights: The Simien Mountains are the best destination for trekking in Ethiopia and any type of trek can be organized, ranging from a 1 day trip to a 16 day trek through the Simien Mountains to the Rock-hewn churches in Lalibela. This tour itinerary is just an example of one of our popular treks in the Simiens mountains, we can customise the trek itinerary to match your interests and preferences.

Trekking to Simien Mountains National Park

Day 1: Arrive in Addis Ababa and city tour

Day 2: Day 2: fly Addis- Gondar and city tour

Day 3: Gondar- Sankaber

Day 4: Sankaber- Geech

Day 5: Geech- Chenek

Day 6: Chenek- Ambikwa

Day 7: Ambikwa- Maje

Day 8: Maje- Arkwasiye

Day 9: Arkwasiye- Ansiya

Day 10: Ansiye- Hawaza

Day 11: Hawaza-Adi-Arkay-Axum

Day 12: Axum, City Sights

Day 13: Axum- Addis- Departure

Detail

Day 1: Arrive in Addis Ababa and city tour

Up on arrival at Bole international airport and met by the company representatives and transfer to hotel. After check in to hotel, you will have a city tour of Addis. It includes; National Museum, the home of the famous complete hominid fossil remain of Lucy dates 3.2 million years back, Mount Entoto, panoramic view point at the highest peak in Addis with an altitude of 3200 meter above sea level, Trinity Cathedral, a beautiful church with a baroque style of European architecture unique to both Ethiopia and Africa, Ethnographic Museum and Merkato (the largest open air market in Africa). Overnight in Addis Ababa

Day 2: fly Addis- Gondar and city tour

Morning, transfer in to airport to fly to Gondar, which was one of the hidden cities of the foreign trade area in the 17th century AD. Gondar is the site of ancient castle building palaces of different emperors constructed in the European middle age architectural style. After check-in to hotel visit the curious symbiosis of Ethiopian and Portuguese architectural representation of the Royal Enclosure which is also known as” the Camelot of Africa”, the iconic church of Debre-Birehan-Selassie, bath of king Fasilledes which still in use for the colorful celebration of Ethiopian epiphany (Timket). Overnight inGonder

Day 3: Gondar- Sankaber

Morning drive to Sankaber and continue your first trek about 3to 4hours through cultivated areas. Overnight stay will be camping around Senkaber

Day 4: Sankaber- Geech

Trek about 6 to 7 hours to Geech through meadows and forests and some cultivated areas. Here you may meet your first trop of Gelada Baboons around Sankaber. Walk to the edge of the abuse to see Walia Ibex. At Geech there is a toilet and a convenient nearby water fall for washing. Overnight stay will be camping

Day 5: Geech- Chenek

Trek about 5 to 6 hours. Here you will pass a spot known as KibranMetia, just before arrival to Chenek; it provides stunning views of the lowlands below and the escarpment edge to the west. There is a fast running stream about five minutes’ walk south of Chenek camp. Lammergeyers are often seen here. Chenek is probably the best spot in the Simien Mountains for wild life. Overnight stay will be camping

Day 6: Chenek- Ambikwa

Trek about 7 to 8 hours from Chenek to Ambikwa following a track that leads you to the south east of Chenek. Here you will have a good viewpoint on the eastern escarpment near the Ambikwa camping spot. Overnight stay will be camping

Day 7: Ambikwa- Maje

Trek for about 7 to 8 hours from Ambikwa to RasDashen and returning back to Maje. Here you will have a stream river near the Maje camping spot. Overnight stay will be camping

Day 8: Maje- Arkwasiye

Trek for about 7to 8 hours from Maje to Arkwasiye via Mentaber. Overnight stay will be camping

Day 9: Arkwasiye- Ansiya

Trek about 7 to 8 hours from Arkwasiye to Ansiya riverside via Sona, a spot where you meet after 3hours trek. Overnight stay will be camping

Day 10: Ansiye- Hawaza

Trek about 7 to 8 hours from Ansiya to Hawaza. Overnight stay will be camping at Hawaza

Day 11: Hawaza-Adi-Arkay-Axum

Trek about 3to 4 hours from Hawaza to Adi-Arkay. After taking a break in Adi-Arkay, drive to Axum showcases the immensely beautiful Simien Mountain massifs and the peoples who eke out an existence in this unforgiving countryside. The drive continues through the Tekeze valley, crossing the Tekeze River, and then to Axum In the far north. Overnight in Axum

Day 12: Axum, City Sights

The ancient city of Axum is found close to Ethiopia’s northern border. It marks the location of the heart of ancient Ethiopia, when the Kingdom of Axum was the most powerful state between the Eastern Roman Empire and Persia. The archaeological and historical attractions in Axum include: the archaeological museum, monolithic steles, the tombs of King Kaleb and King GebreMeskal, and the legendary Bath of the Queen of Sheba, and the ruins of ancient palace of Queen Sheba. You also visit the new and the old Cathedral of St Mary of Zion and the sanctuary that houses the original Arc of the covenant. The 16th Century Cathedral of St Mary of Zion was probably built on an earlier 4th century church, and is the holiest church in Ethiopia. In its sanctuary is said to rest the original Ark of the Covenant. Overnight in Axum

Day 13: Axum- Addis- Departure

Morning, transfer in to airport to fly back to Addis Ababa. In the afternoon, you will have leisure and shopping time. In the evening, farewell traditional dinner in one of the best restaurant in Addis followed by folkloric dance of different Ethiopian nations. Then transfer to airport to fly back to home.