13 DAYS - TREKKING - SIMEIN MOUNTAIN + GONDER AND LALIBELA

TOUR BY ROAD AND FLIGHT

SIMIEN TREKKING BY ROAD AND FLIGHT + GONDER AND LALIBELA 

Day 1:    Arrival to Addis/ City Tour

Shuttle to hotel. Depending on arrival time a quick tour of Addis might be possible.

Day 2:    Flight Addis- Gondar      

Plane lands 7:30 am local time a tour fassil castle in the morning Gondar- Simien park (3 hours’ drive) First day trek in the park 4 hours trek to sankaber camping site (altitude 3,250 meters) with your first glance at chilada baboons

Meals B/L/D, Overnight: Camping

Day 3:  Simien (Sankaber-gich) (trek day2: 14kms/ 6 hours trek) 

Trek with the chance of viewing Menelik Bushbucks and antilopes. A coffee ceremony at the small village of gich after having lunch at the Koba river crossing the park. Camp the night at Gich (altitude 3,600 meters)

Meals B/L/D, Overnight: Camping

Day 4:    Gich- Emet Gogo-Gich (Trek day 3: 10kms/ 5 hours trek)

A total of 8 hours trek and hike to Emet Gogo (altitude 3,926 meters) where you will enjoy the best 360 degrees view of the park. Lunch at the peak of Emet Gogo and return to Gich to spend the night.

Meals B/L/D, Overnight: Camping

Day 5:    Gich- Chenek (Trek day 4: 18kms/7 hours trek)  

The best camping site in the park. Your lunch stop will be at mount Enateye where you will enjoy yet another breath-taking view. Camp the night at Chenek (altitude 3,600 meters) where Chiladas will stroll by your tent and the chance to see the endemic red fox)

Meals B/L/D, Overnight: Camping

Day 6:    Chenek- Ambiko(Trek day 5:22kms/ 8-9 hours trek)         

A hike to the second highest peak in the Park (altitude 4,200 meters) where you are guaranteed a close look of the endemic Walia Ibex and see Ras Dashen from a distance. You will camp the night at Ambiko (altitude 3,200 meters) after a 9-hour trek.

Meals B/L/D, Overnight: Camping

Day 7:    Ras Dashen hike (Trek day 6: 6 kms / 10-11 hours)           

You begin very early and walk through the main valley before sunrise and then start the steep climb. On the way, keep an eye open for Giant Lobelia. After some hours of trekking we will enter a huge semi-circular basin of rocky peaks – Ras Dashen. The last section before the peak is a scramble and you are rewarded with a very fine viewpoint from 4543m. We will spend the rest of the day hiking back to Ambiko camp. Total walking time is approx. 11-14 hours.

Meals B/L/D, Overnight: Camping

Day 8:    Ambiko-Sonar (Trek day 7: 19kms/9-10 hours)   

Another 9-hour trek that takes you back from Ambiko down to the Meseha River at 2,750m, before ascending again to the small village of Arkwazye. From Arkwazye it is down again to the wonderfully situated campsite at Sonar, which has fantastic views over the first part of the park you trekked.

Meals B/L/D, Overnight: Camping

Day 9:    Sonar- Merkabiya  (Trek day 8: 16 kms/ 6-7 hours)           

The day’s trek involves an overall descent of 1200m. The initial section is a steep downhill, after which it becomes undulating. You will feel it getting much hotter and after 3 hours you will have lunch at a riverside spot under a massive fig tree with the opportunity to have traditional coffee from the locals and buy local handicrafts. After lunch it is a 90-minute walking tour campsite at Mekarbiya. The rest of the day is free for relaxation. Alternatively, you can visit the local school and buy local souvenirs. Mekarbiya camp is at 2065m.

Meals B/L/D, Overnight: Camping

Day 10: Merkabiya – Mulet (Trek day 9: 15kms/6-7 hours)            

You will trek along the dry river bed of the Incya River. The bird life in the area is incredible, pin-tailed waders, village indigo, paradise monarchs and tropical bobu are all frequently spotted. Luch at Derkwenth pool, where you can rest and swim. From the pools there is a 2 hour climb to Awazza Village at the foot of the striking Awazza Table Mountain. There will be time for a refreshment stop in the village before a final hour trek up to the last camp at Mulet.

Meals B/L/D, Overnight: Camping

Day 11: Mulet- Gondar (Trek day 10: 4 kms/2 hours)       

A short walk in the morning along a forested ridge and then through cultivated land takes you to the town of Adiarkay where you meet the main road and a car will be waiting to collect you.The car can take you either back to Gondar (6 hours)

Meals B/L/D, Overnight: Hotel

Day 12: Gondar -Lalibela

After your flight lands to Lalibella and checking into your hotel, you will start your tour of the first cluster of churches. Your first day tour also includes the visit of the Lalibela museum and the most fascinating of the rock hewn churches bête giorgis (also referred to as the third cluster of churches.

Meals B/L/D, Overnight: Hotel

Day 13: Lalibela- Addis  

A visit of the second cluster of churches in the morning. Flight to Addis where you will be shuttled to your hotel. End of your tour after a farewell dinner Late afternoon, transfer out to the airport and fly to Addis Ababa. Depend on your arrival; you will have a short time shopping in a Grand Market called Merkato. After a fare well dinner party in a traditional restaurant & folklore house, you will be transferred to the Airport. End of the tour!

Meals B/L/D, Overnight: Hotel