This adventure through Semien 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.
|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-Gondar-Geech
Early morning fly to Gondar. Upon arrival Drive to Sankaber where you will pick up mules and start trekking for about 4 to 5 hours following the narrow path that keeps cloth to the escarpment with a very scenic view. Leaving the camp we descend into the Michotis valley and climb the other side where on our left you will see the Jin Bahir River plummeting into the Geech abyss. A couple of kilometers later we descend to cross the Jin Bah cliff and after a steep climb to the other side we reach Geech camp where we will stay overnight Camping at Geech Campsite (3600m)
Day 3: Geech-Chenek
With an early start the mules will be packed and depart for Chenek whilst we will head with daypacks to the escarpment edge at Saha and Imetgogo (3,926m high) for staggering views over the lowlands characterized by its rocky spires. Clinging to the escarpment edge we then trek via undulating terrain towards our camp at Chenek. On the way we will see many examples of the impressive giant lobelia and stand a good chance of seeing some Gelada baboons. At the end of today trek we descend to the road that leads to camp with it inspiring sunset view of the lowlands. The trek will take about 7 to 8 hours.
Camping at Chenek.
The mules will head directly to camp and we have the choice of walking with them or of trekking to the summit of the Simien’s second highest peak, Bwahit (4,430m) that lies to the south east of Chenek camp. Around 20 minutes from the camp towards Mt Bwahit, there is a spot that affords one of the best opportunities for glimpsing, at long range (around 300m to 400m), the walia ibex. This animal, a member of the wild goat family, lives on the crags of the steep escarpment above 300m. The best time to see them is early in the morning or late in the afternoon. After refreshments at the summit we will descend steeply towards the village of ChiroLeba where we will have lunch around the local school. Afterwards we continue the descent to the Mesheha river valley (2850m) and up the other side to Ambikwa camp at 3,200m. The trek takes approximately 8-9 hour including breaks.
Camping at Ambikwa.
Day 5: Ambikwa –Ras Dashen-Ambikwa
This is the most challenging day of the trek up to the summit of Ras Dashen. We will trek up to the head of the valley and the village of Mizma where we will get our first view of our imposing goal. To reach it we will contour round a number of steep gullies ascending all the time until we find ourselves on a rocky plateau which is dominated by the tree peaks, the middle one being the tallest. It is then a relatively easy scramble to the top of one of Africa’s highest mountains. After refreshments at the top and enjoying the 4540 meters altitude mountain, we return back by the same route to Ambikwa. The trek takes approximately 10-12 hour including breaks. Camping at Ambikwa.
Trek approximately for about 8- to 9 hours following the more remote and interesting villages of the southern semen mountains, then we retrace our steps to Chenek where we will spend our last night under canvas. Time to reset and reflect on our achievement
camping at Chenek.- (3600m).
Day 7: Chennek – Gonder
Overnight stay Goha Hotel.
Day 8: Gondar-Addis Ababa
The tour ends at the end of the farewell dinner party on day 8. You may choose to fly out that same evening/night or you have the choice of spending one more night in Addis. The preceding morning can be used for souvenir shopping, taking walks on the main streets of Addis, and discovering Addis bustling outdoor markets, exotic dishes, espresso bars and patisseries which are reminiscent of Rome and the Mediterranean.
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