12 DAYS -TREKKING - SEMIEN MOUNTAIN - FLY TO GONDER
Semien Mountains NP. -12 days
Day 1: Arrive to Addis Ababa /city tour
Transfer to hotel optional city tour. Overnight hotel.
Day 2; Fly to Gonder – Driver to Debark
4-5hrs driving, 7km 2/3 hours walking
You drive to Debark, the village base for hiking in the Simien Mountains. 2 ½ hr drive to Debark by 4×4. The road is rough, but if you haven’t left the built up areas in Ethiopia yet, it is a real eye opener into the life of the rural majority. At Debark you will sign in at the park headquarters, pick up your guide and scout and head up into the mountains (by 4×4). The road continues all the way to the first camp at Sankaber, but you’ll be dropped off on the way for a leisurely three hour hike. The stunning views hit you as soon as you get out of the vehicle as you walk along the ridge. There will be time to stop for a picnic lunch and after a short but demanding climb (at this altitude) to Sankaber.
DAY 3: SANKABER (3,200M) — GEECH CAMP (3,600M) -(Walking 7-8hrs / 15km)
After a hearty breakfast, you’ll set off trekking along the ridge with stunning views over the foothills 800m below. For the first two hours the trail passes through low bush of Giant Heather, soda apple, Abyssinian rose, St John’s Wort and Globe thistle. The highlight of the trek from Sankaber to Geech is Genbar Falls, an incredible 500m sheer drop. From the viewpoint opposite, you can watch the falcons, augur buzzard and lammergeier bearded vulture soar on the thermals below. From the Genbar falls, the trail passes drier dustier land, broken by lunch at a somewhat less intimidating and more peaceful waterffall. Klipspringer and bush buck may be seen in the steep rocky and wooded slopes, whilst troops of Gelada Baboons roam the dusty fields for roots. Just before you reach Geech camp site, there is a wonderful opportunity to visit one of the traditional village houses for home roasted coffee and injurra. Geech Camp itself is set on a grassy plateau with stunning sunset views.