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7 Days Semien Mountains Trekking

7 Days Semien Mountains Trekking

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7 Days Semien Mountains Trekking

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

Day 1 Today, you will 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 Sankaber, which passes 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. In Sankaber, you will meet with your supplies. Overnight: camping in Sankaber.

Day 2 From Sankaber, 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. Overnight: camping in Geech

Day 3 This morning,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. 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.



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-2 nights in hotels and 2 nights on trek.


-Breakfast included on all days except the day of arrival.


-Full board at Limalimo Lodge.


-Transport via minibus and 4WD's.


-English-speaking guides available in all locations.


-Entrance fees in Gondar and Simiens.


-Local flights based on using Ethiopian Airlines for international flights.


-Lunch and dinner in Gondar. Dinner in Addis last night.


-Drinking water on Simien Trek. In an effort to reduce harmful plastic waste we are-requesting clients to use a water filter system. Get in touch for more details.


-Any meals not stated as included.

Keeping you safe during COVID-19


What you can expect during your visit


-Face masks required for travelers in public areas

-Face masks required for guides in public areas

-Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff

-Social distancing enforced throughout the experience

-Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas

-Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized

-Guides required to regularly wash hands

-Regular temperature checks for staff


(Based on your time, budget and interest, the above program can be adjusted)

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