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Simien Mountains Trekking

Day 1: Domestic Flight to Gondar and Proceed driving to Sankaber
Upon arrival in Addis, you will be directly connected to your domestic flight to Gondar. Depart Gondar, and drive to Sankaber via Debark where the park’s entrance fee is paid, and obligatory staff are met. You will be dropped of at Buyit Ras for a 3-4 hours hike to Sankaber by which you will pass close to the escarpment edge. Nearing Sankaber, you will have beautiful views on both sides of the escarpment ridge and where you will likely see the endemic Gelada baboons. Here, the driver will back to Gondar until the last day you finish the hiking.
THINGS TO DO
● Wildlife
● Bird Watching
● Hiking

Day 2: Trek from Sankaber (3,250m) to Geech (3,600m): 5 – 6 hours
The trek starts with a gentle stroll through the Erica heather that hangs on white lichen and mosses, resembling an old man’s white beard. Along the route keep an eye open to spot the elusive and elegant klipspringer. After 2-3 hours, you will reach the viewpoint where you encounter the seasonal and impressive Jinbar waterfall. From there, you climb fairly steeply for an hour to reach the Jinbar valley and head down to the Jinbar River at 3,190m. Have a picnic lunch in these majestic surroundings. On the way, keep an eye open for the rare and graceful lammergeyer, soaring in search of food. After a brief rest at the river ascend gradually on an undulating trail for 2-3 hours to the village of Gich – dotted by the traditional round thatched huts and home to the Muslim community. After the village, the trail then winds its way into the moorland where visitors will experience the highland flora of giant lobelia as you arrive at Gich camp.
THINGS TO DO
● Waterfall
● Bird Watching
● Hiking

Day 3: Imet Gogo and the two peaks circuit: 4 – 5 hours
One of the most scenic and spectacular trails in the park, this route takes you to a viewpoint that rewards you with views of the remarkable shape of the landscape and canyon which are the result of geological upheaval between 60 – 70 million years ago. The first part of the hike is a gentle uphill walk of around 2 hours from Gich to the Imet Gogo viewpoint (3,926m). With some good luck, you may spot the iconic Ethiopian wolf. While sitting amongst the rocks at Imet Gogo, you can see Ras Dejen in the distance.
Another hour’s walk through the Afro Alpine meadow takes you to the Lobelia Valley, which is home to thousands of these giant plants. The trail then brings you to the second viewpoint: Saha (3,785m) with stunning views of the dramatic gorge and rock towers. This is ideal spot for lunch. After lunch and before the final ascent towards the camp, another 1 hour trek brings you to the final viewpoint of the day called Kedadit(3,760m). After that, a 45-minute downhill stroll brings to the Geech campsite.
THINGS TO DO
● Mount Imet Gogo
● Common Wild mammals
● Hiking

Day 4: Trek from Geech to Chennek (3,600m): 7- 8 hours
The trek begins by ascending gradually for about 2 hours through the Afroalpine meadows. Next, you descend to where you’ll have impressive views of the gorge below Imet Gogo. The trail then winds its way to the lowest point and begins ascending to the peak Enateye (which means beloved mother in Amharic). You ascend fairly steeply at first for an hour and then more gradually for another hour to the highest point of the day at Enateye (4,070m). This area is an outstanding place to view birds, particularly raptors. Many interesting species can be seen here, among which are the tawny eagle, lammergeyer and augur buzzard. Here you have a rewarding view of the Imet Gogo summit, Bwhait pass and the surrounding escarpment and mountains. After a brief rest and lunch in this majestic spot, begin your 2-3 hour descent to the camp. About 10-20 minutes before reaching camp stop at Kurbet Mataya to get the final and excellent view of the day’s trek and look for the first sighting of the cliff specialist walia ibex. Also keep your eyes peeled for geladas. Animals at this campsite have become accustomed to humans – please keep a distance and do not feed any of the animals. Late afternoon, drive back to Debark for overnight.
THINGS TO DO
● The endemic Walia Ibex
● Common and endemic Bird Species

Day 5: Return Drive to Gondar and fly back to Addis Ababa
By taking the afternoon flight to Addis Ababa from Gondar, you will have a shopping in Addis Ababa before your head to the airport for departure. The tour ends with a transfer to Bole International Airport.

Tour Length: 5 Days
Tour Type: GIT & FIT
Destination(s): Ethiopia
Tour Price: Upon request

Including:
Discounted Domestic airfares. Extra USD 345.00pp if the clients have no international ticket marketed with Ethiopian Airlines
Airport Pick Ups and drop off
Private English Speaking Guide
Food and 4 Litres of Water/day
Camping Materials(tent, sleeping bag and matress)
Cook and Cooking Materials
All Meals
Scouts
Mule and Muleteer
Applicable Local Guides
Porter Fees
All Tour Fees
Service Charge
Tax Inclusive

Excluding:
Any Accommodation and meals on the last day
International Airfare
Alcoholic Expenses
Tips for Service Providers
And what is NOT included on the “Included” List
e “Included” List

More information upon request.

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