This adventure through Simien Mountain lets you hike in the footsteps and peaks of Ethiopia highest Mountain Ras Dashen! Explore the many mountain ranges of Semien, including the waterfalls and endemic animals of Ethiopian Wolf, Gelada Babbon, and Walia Ibex. This tour is a nature lover and photographers paradise
|Destination||Gondar, Semien Mountains|
Day 1: Arrival Addis Ababa
Meet at Bole International airport and transfer to hotel. The rest of the day is exploring the town of Addis Ababa; we begin with the National Museum to view the 3.6 million year old remains of Lucy, whose skeletal remains were discovered in 1974, Holy Trinity Cathedrals and time permitting Mount Entoto which rises up to an altitude of 3200 meters and offers the panoramic view of the metropolis and Mercato the open market.
Day 2: Addis Ababa -Debark – Sankaber-Chenek
Early morning fly to Gondar. Upon arrival drive to Sankaber the first campsite where we start our trek to Chenek, we will be walking through the Giant lobelia trees and under these trees African field Rats are common. After picnic lunch we walk on the edge of Enatye escarpments (4000m. above sea level), which is another breathtaking view in the national park; finally we descend to Chenek. Chenek is the best place to see the endemic Waliya Ibex and more Gelada Baboon. It takes 6 – 7 hours walk. O/n Camping at Chenek (3600m).
Overnight Tana Hotel
Day 3: Cheneck-Ambikwa
We walk to Ambikwa climbing Bwahit (14530ft/4430m) Mountain the 2nd highest peak next to Ras Dashen in Semien Mountain ranges, giving excellent views over the whole area. After, refreshment at the summit, you descend towards Chero Laba crossing the Mesheha River, we will reach to Ambikwa and resting for the night here, before the big day on Ras Dashen. The walk of this day takes 7- 8 hours. O/n Camping at Ambikwa – (10496ft/3200m).
Day 4: Ambikwa-Ras Dashen-Ambikwa
Very early morning start walking toward mount Ras Dashen. You get up in the pre dawn chill for what will be the most challenging day of the Trek. To reach the summit can take up to 6 hrs. You will head up the valley from campsite to the small village of Mizma, from where you will climb steeply up wards, eventually reaching an impressive amphitheatre made up of three major buttresses of expanded rock, one of which is your goal, Ras Dashen. It is then an easy scramble to the summit, Ras Dashen, which is the fourth highest peak in Africa (14901ft/4543m). After taking in the impressive views descend back to Ambikwa for an overnight. The whole round trek takes from 8-10 hours .O/n camping at Ambikwa – (10496ft/3200m).
Day 5: Ambikwa – Chenek
You walk back to Chenek passing through the side of the Bwahit Mountain. Overnight is camping at Chenek campsite. (3600m) it takes about 6-7 hours walk. . – (3600m).
Day 6: Chennek – Gonder
Drive back to Gondar enjoying the scenic views of the Semen Mountain. The transport will arrive early to take us back to Gondar via Debark for a well-earned hot shower and relaxing afternoon we will explore the castles of king Fasilidas, which is said to be the wall of the castles bathed in blood and painted in the pomp of royalty. Often called the Camelot of Africa, this description does the royal city a disservice: Camelot is legend whereas Gondar is reality. Drifting through the old palaces, banqueting halls and former gardens it’s not difficult to imagine the courtly pageantry, ceremony and intrigue that went on here. The entire compound contains numerous castles and the place has been completely preserved with the aid of UNESCO and was made one of world heritage site in 1979. By far Fasiladaâ’s palace is the most impressive and also the oldest building. Continue our visit to one of the most famous and stunning churches of the nation Debre Birhan Selassie church. The church would have probably been destroyed like most of the Gondar churches by the marauding armies of the dervishes in 1880s if it were not for a swarm of bees. When the dervish showed up at the gate of the church, a giant swarm of bees surged out of the compound and chased the invaders away.
Overnight stay Goha Hotel.