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Trekking tour to Semien Mountain National Park & Gondar

Trekking tour to Semien mountain national park& Gondar
Transport: Air, drive & on foot
Duration: 8 days



Addis-Gondar-Geech-Chenek-Ras Dashen-Gondar-Addis
Day 01: Fly to Gondar; visit the castle, baths of Fassilides and the Debre Birhan Selassie Church famous for its "winged angels" that adorn the ceiling, visit the Felasha Village. O/n Goha Hotel.
Day 02: Drive to Sankaber, boundary of the Semein Mts. National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site famous for its dramatic highland scenery, it is also world renowned for its endemic Walia Ibex, Ethiopian Wolf and the Gelada Baboon live in the Park. Start Trekking to Geech (5-6hrs) Geech camping
Day 03: Continue trekking to the peaks of Imet Go and Saha to (7-8 hrs trekking) see the dramatic view of the Semien Mountain National Park. Trek back to Geech after picnic Lunch. O/N Geech Camping
Day 04: Trek to Chenek (8-9 hrs) expect to see the endemic Walia Ibex. O/N Chenek Camping
Day 05: Trek to Ambiqo, over the hills of Buhait (7-8 Hrs trekking). O/N camping at Ambiqo
Day 06: Trek to Ras Dashen which is at 4620mt a.s.l. is the highest peak in the country have picnic lunch and trek back to Ambiqo. O/N Ambiqo Camping
Day 07: Trek back to Chenek. O/n Camping
Day 08: Drive back to Gondar after noon at leisure. O/N Goha Hotel



Program: Semien Mountains – Trekking
Duration: 9Nights (10 Days)
Transportation: Drive, trekking & Flight


Day 1: Arrival/ Addis Ababa. Overnight – hotel - Addis
Day 2: Fly from Addis to Gondar and drive from Gondar to Debark. Start Trekking from Debark to Sanka Ber. Overnight – Tented Camp – Sankaber
Day 3: Start trekking to Geech. Overnight – Tented camp – Geech
Day 4: Trek to mount Imetgogo and Kedadit. Overnight – Tented camp –Geech
Day 5: Trek to Chennek. Overnight – Tented camp –Chennek
Day 6: Trek to Ambiko via Buayt Mountain. Overnight – Tented camp –Ambiko
Day 7: Climb to Ras Dejen (Dashen) Summit. Overnight – Tented camp –Ambiko
Day 8: Trek back to Chennek. Overnight – Tented camp –Chennek
Day 9: Drive back to Gondar. Overnight – hotel – Gondar
Day 10: Fly from Gondar to Addis Ababa and departure

Program: Semien Mountains – Trekking
Duration: (10 Days)
Transportation: Drive, trekking & Flight


Day 1: Fly to Gondar from Addis
Fly from Addis to Gondar and drive to Simien Mountain National Park via Debark. Here, you trek the surrounding escarpment and viewpoints of Sankaber thereby acclimatization yourselves to the coming trekking. Overnight: Camping at Sankaber

Day 02: Trek from Sankaber via Jinbar Falls
Trek from Sankaber via Jinbar Falls and Geech village to Geech. The endemic Galada Baboon (the bleeding heart baboon) is abundant both in Sankaber as well as Geech. Overnight: Camping at Geech

Day 03: Trek from Geech via Kedadit
Trek from Geech via Kedadit, Saha Gorge, the spectacular viewpoints of Imet gogo (3926m) and Inatiye to Chenek. In this area you will be able to visit unique flora which includes, the Giant Lobelia (Lobelia rynchopatelum), St. John’s Wort (Hypericum revolutum), Giant heath (Erica arborea), Red-hot pokers or torch lilies (the Kniphofia), Everlasting flowers (Helichrysum), Sodom’s Apple (Solannum indicum), the ivory colored Abyssinian Wild Rose (Rosa Abyssinica), Koso (Hagenia abyssinica), geranium, alchemilla etc. Overnight: Camping at Chenek

Day 04: Trek half way to Bwahit
In the morning, trek half way to Bwahit (4430m) to visit the elegant endemic Walia Ibex in the abysses and craggy ledges of the Simien Mountains. Then, drive back to Gondar. En route, you visit Falasha village (Black Jews) near Gondar. Optional enjoy the morning exploring the camp site and the surrounding. Chenek is the best spot in order to observe the endemic Walia Ibex. Then, drive back for Gondar around lunch time, on the way visit the Ethiopian Jewish village known as Felasha village. Overnight: in Gondar

Day 05: Sightseeing of the Gondar
Explore the sites of Gondar, including a visit to the Royal Enclosure, with six castles and several other buildings. Additionally, visit Fasilidas’s Pool, still used for Timket celebrations today, Debre Birhan Selassie church, with the most famous ceiling in Ethiopia. Transfer to Gondar Airport for the flight back to Addis Ababa. End of Tour!


Simien Mountains Trek
Summary:  This 7-day trek in the Simien Mountains brings you to the peak of Ras Dashen - the highest point in Ethiopia.

Day 1: Depart early in the morning from Gondar, driving to Sankaber, stopping in Debark to handle National Park fees, etc. You will start your trek around Buyit Ras for a 3-4 hour hike to Sankober, which passes close to the escarpment edge. Nearing Sankober, you will have beautiful views on both sides of the escarpment ridge and where you will likely see the endemic Gelada baboons. In Sankober, you will be met with your supplies. Overnight camping in Sankober.
Day 2: From Sankober, depart into a valley, through which the Wazla (or Koba) River runs. (This river is often dry). Coming out of the valley you will have views of the Jinbar River waterfalls falling into the Geech Abyss. Continuing along, you will cross the Jinbar River and ascend into the village of Geech. Total trekking time: 4-5 hours
Day 3: After an early breakfast, depart from Geech to the peak of Imet Gogo at 3926m. Here you’ll have spectacular views over the lowlands – one of the highlights of the trip. As you continue to Chenek, you will pass Korbete Metia, a solid rock wall which opens up exposing beautiful views over the lowlands and the escarpment. This is also a good place for spotting lammergeiers. Overnight camping in Chenek. Total trekking time: 7 – 9 hours
Day 4: From Chenek, continue east up a valley to Mt. Bwahit, overlooking the camp from where you just came. After crossing the Bwahit Pass, you come to a viewpoint offering wonderful views of the Mesheha River Valley as well your first glimpse of Ras Dashen. From here, the path descends, passes through the village of Chiro Leba, and finally leads to the Mesheha River. Across the river, you climb back up the valley to the village of Ambikwa. Overnight camping in Ambikwa. Total trekking time: 6-8 hours
Day 5 : Starting early, you will continue up the valley to the village of Mizma, after which you will have a steep ascent to a ridge crest overlooking a large valley. The path then follows along the side of the valley, straight at Ras Dashen. You will eventually reach a point where you will see three distinct buttresses. The buttress on the left is the summit of Ras Dashen. A pile of rocks at the top of the buttress marks the summit. After your successful arrival at the highest point in Ethiopia, you return to Ambikwa for overnight. Total trekking time: 8-10 hours
Day 6: Today you return back to Chenek for overnight camping. Total trekking time: 6-8 hours
Day 7: Today you will be transported out of the park, returning to Gondar.

Simien Mountains Trek
Summary: This 4-day trek in the Simien Mountains takes you to the highlights of the Simien Mountains National Park.

Day 1: Depart early in the morning from Gondar (7am at the latest), driving to Sankober. We will stop along the way to handle park fees, etc. If you like, we can drop you in or around Buyit Ras for a 3-4 hour hike to Sankober, which passes close to the escarpment edge. Nearing Sankober, you will have beautiful views on both sides of the escarpment ridge and where you will likely see the endemic Gelada baboons. In Sankober, you will be met with your supplies. Overnight camping in Sankober.
Day 2: From Sankober, depart into a valley, through which the Wazla (or Koba) River runs. (This river is often dry). Coming out of the valley you will have views of the Jinbar River waterfalls falling into the Geech Abyss. Continuing along, you will cross the Jinbar River and ascend into the village of Geech. Total trekking time: 4-5 hours
Day 3: After an early breakfast, depart from Geech to the peak of Imet Gogo at 3926m. Here you’ll have spectacular views over the lowlands – one of the highlights of the trip. As you continue to Chenek, you will pass Korbete Metia, a solid rock wall which opens up exposing beautiful views over the lowlands and the escarpment. This is also a good place for spotting lammergeiers. Overnight camping in Chenek. Total trekking time: 7 – 9 hours
Day 4: From Chenek, continue east up a valley to Bwahit Peak, overlooking the camp from where you just came. After the visit, return to Gondar for overnight.


Trekking to Simien Mountains National Park & Bale Mountain National Park
Title- Trekking to Simien Mountains National Park & Bale Mountain National Park
Mode of transportation- Flight/ Drive
Duration-14 Days and 13 Nights

Attractions highlight- Addis Ababa ,Gonder, Goba, Great Rift Valley, lakes castles, Ethiopian Jews, endemic wild life, Walia Ibex, Ethiopian Wolf, the Gelada Baboon, People, alpine lake ,vegetation, birds of prays, Nature ,National Park, UNSCO site, stunning scenery, breathtaking mountains and much more.

Day 1:  Arrivals at Addis Ababa airport meet by our staff transfer to hotel, overnight hotel.

Day 2:  Fly to Gondar; visit the castle compound of Gonder, Baths of Fasildes and the Debre Berhan Selassie Church famous for its "winged angels" that adorn the ceiling, overnight hotel.

Day 3: Drive to Sankaber, boundary of the Simien Mts. National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site famous for its dramatic highland scenery, it is also world renowned for its endemic wild life of Walia Ibex, Ethiopian Wolf and the Gelada Baboon, overnight Sankaber.

Day 4:  Trek Sankaber to Geech (5-6hrs) en route view and admire the endemic gelada baboon , overnight Geech camping.

Day 5: Continue trekking the peaks of Imet GoGo and Saha, to see the dramatic view of the Simien Mountain National Park. Then Trek back, overnight Geech camping.

Day 6: Trek Geech- Chenek (8-9 hrs) on the way observing the endemic Walia Ibex, overnight Chenek Camping.

Day 7: Trek Chenek- Bwahit Ras the second highest pick in the park (4430m) then trek back meet the car at Chenek base camp drive back to Gonder on the way visit the Felasha Village (Ethiopia Jews) overnight hotel.

Day 8: Fly back to Addis Afternoon city tour and shopping, overnight hotel.

Day 9:  Drive Addis Ababa- Dinsho head quarter of Bale Mountain National park, Arrival late afternoon trek around the compound to see the endemic Mountain Nyala, Menilk Bush back and other endemic birds, overnight camping/guest house.

Day 10:  Trek from Dinsho to Kotera which is about (3200 masl) and about 5 hrs trekking arrival Fuji Bara Waterfalls, overnight camping.

Day 11: Trek from Kotare to Wassama (4000masl) and takes 5-8 hrs walk, overnight camping.

Day 12: Continue trekking from Wassama to Gebreguracha an alpine lake on the top of the mountain (takes 8 hrs) passing by Batu Mount possibly observe Ethiopian wolf, overnight camping.

Day 13:  Trek from Gebreguracha to Sanete (about 4 hrs trekking) to meet the car on the way observe Ethiopian wolf, lammergeyer and other birds of prey and then drive to Goba, overnight hotel.

Day 14: Drive back to Addis on the way visit the rift valley lake, evening cultural dinner in traditional restaurant dinner then departure.

Trekking in Simien Mountains National Park & Historic Route
Title- Trekking in Simien Mountains National Park & Historic Route
Mode of transportation- Flight/ Drive
Duration-16 Days and 15 Nights

Attractions highlight- Addis Ababa, Bahir Dar, Gondar, Axum, Lalibela, Lake Tana, Castle compound, Debre Berhan Selase Church, Obelisks, Rock Churches of Lalibela, Debre Libanos monastery, Blue Nile Gorge, Ethiopian Jews, endemic wild life, Walia Ibex, Ethiopian Wolf, the Gelada Baboon, People, Nature, National Park, UNSCO site, stunning scenery, breathtaking mountains, highest peak in the country and much more

Day 1:  Arrivals at Addis Ababa airport meet by our staff transfer to hotel, overnight hotel.

Day 2:  Fly to Lalibela: arrival visit the first group of Lalibela rock churches, overnight hotel.

Day 3: Lalibela: morning excursion trek/mule ridding to the hill churches of Asheten Mariam, Afternoon visiting to the second group of churches, overnight hotel.

Day 4: Fly from Lalibela to Axum: visit Stelae Park, St. Mary’s Church the Sanctuary Chapel which is the repository of the Arc of the Covenant, Queen of Sheba’s Palace Ruins, tomb of Kaleb and Gebremeskel, Axum Museum, overnight hotel.

Day 5: Drive Axum to Debark: admire the spectacular and magnificent panoramic lookout of the Tekeze gorge and Simian Mountains, overnight hotel.

Day 6:  Drive Debark to Sankaber and the same day start trekking from Sankaber – Geech (5/6 hours trek), overnight camping.

Day 7: Trek Geech - Chenek: via Emet GoGo (3926 m.a.s.l) & Enatye (4070 m.a.s.l) the total trekking time will take approximately 8-10 hours, overnight camping.

Day 8: Trek to Ambiqo, over the mount of Bwahit Ras the second highest pinnacle in the park 4430 m.a.s.l (7-8 Hrs trekking), overnight camping at Ambiqo.

Day 9: Early morning Trek to Ras Dashen which is at (4620 m.a.s.l ) the highest peak in the country and the 4th in the continent ; have picnic lunch and trek back to Ambiqo, overnight Ambiqo Camping.

Day 10: Trek back to Chenek afternoon observes the endemic Walia Ibex near the camp site, overnight Camping.

Day 11: Drive back to Gondar on the way visit the Felasha Village (Ethiopian Jews), overnight hotel.

Day 12: Full day visit the sightseeing at Gonder the Royal castle compound, Debre Berhan Selase church for the wonderful ceiling painting, the bath of Fasildes, overnight hotel.

Day 13: Drive Gonder- Bahirdar: arrival transfer to hotel afternoon drive 32 km to Tis Esat-the Blue Nile fall admire the spectacular fall and the surrounding scenery, overnight hotel.

Day 14: Morning boat trip on Lake Tana (the 3rd largest lake in the continent and the first in the country) to visit the monastery on the island afternoon drive to Debre Markos, overnight hotel

Day 15: Morning drive back to Addis on the way admires the Blue Nile Gorge and visit the 13th century monastery of Debre Libanos, and Portuguese bridge, overnight hotel.

Day 16: full day Addis Ababa city tour: National and Ethnography Museum then proceed to Entoto, lunch break, afternoon trinity cathedral, Mercato and St. George cathedral and shopping, evening cultural dinner in traditional dinner then departure.
 

Trekking in Simien Mountains National Park & Gonder
Title- Trekking in Simien Mountains National Park & Gonder
Tour Code- SET 152
Mode of transportation- Flight/ Drive
Duration-11 Days and 10 Nights

Attractions highlight- Addis Ababa ,Gonder, castles, Ethiopian Jews, endemic wild life, Walia Ibex, Ethiopian Wolf, the Gelada Baboon, People, Nature ,National Park, UNSCO site, stunning scenery, breathtaking mountains, highest peak in the country and much more

Day 1: Arrivals at Addis Ababa airport meet by our staff transfer to hotel, overnight hotel.

Day 2: Fly to Gondar; visit the castle, baths of Fasilides and the Debre Berhan Selassie Church famous for its "ceiling painting", overnight hotel.

Day 3: Drive to Simene mountain national park on the way visit the Felasha village (Ethiopian Jews) the Simien Mts. National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site famous for its dramatic highland scenery, it is also world renowned for its endemic Walia Ibex, Ethiopian Wolf and the Gelada Baboon live in the Park, evening camping/lodge.

Day 4: Start Trekking from Sankaber to Geech (5-6hrs trekking) admire the landscape, overnight Geech camping.

Day 5: Continue trekking to the peaks of Imet GoGo and Saha (approximately 7-8 hrs trekking) see the dramatic view of the Semien Mountain National Park. Trek back to Geech after picnic Lunch, overnight Geech Camping.

Day 6:  Trek to Chenek (8-9 hrs trekking) expects to see the endemic Walia Ibex on the cliff, overnight Chenek Camping.

Day 7: Trek to Ambiqo, over the mount of Bwahit Ras the second highest pinnacle in the park 4430 m.a.s.l (7-8 Hrs trekking), overnight camping at Ambiqo.

Day 8: Early morning Trek to Ras Dashen which is at 4620mt a.s.l. is the highest peak in the country and the 4th in the continent; have picnic lunch and trek back to Ambiqo, overnight Ambiqo Camping.

Day 9: Trek back to Chenek afternoon observes the endemic Walia Ibex near the camp site, overnight Camping.

Day 10: Drive back to Gondar afternoon free time, overnight hotel.

Day 11: Fly back to Addis, arrival afternoon shopping /city tour, evening cultural dinner in traditional restaurant then departure.
 

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