Simien Mountain Trekking
Simien mountain trekking is a 4 day Ethiopian trekking tour safari. This African safari tour in Ethiopia starts and ends in Gondar. The Simien mountain trekking is a scenic tour that takes you to see the lammergeyers.
This four-day Simien mountain trekking is tailored towards hikers with a reasonable level of fitness and that want to get a good sense of what the Simien Mountains National Park is all about.
The starting and finishing point for the tour will be Gondar. The trek includes two half days of trekking and two full days. The elevation of the trek will rise and fall between 2000 – 4000 meters above sea level.
About The 4 Day Simien Mountain Trekking Safari
The highlight of the Simien mountain trekking will be at Imet Gogo. Here you’ll see some of the most spectacular views over the Ethiopian Lowlands. The minimum number for this Ethiopian safari to starts is two.
Expect to see a variety of wildlife including Gelada monkey, Walia Ibex and a variety of bird life as well as amazing natural scenery.
- Great Unique wildlife that includes Gelada Monkeys and Walia Ibex
- Great Landscape with super views
- Amazing Experience
4 Day Simien Mountain Trekking Safari Itinerary
Day 1: Gondar – Sankober
You will be met by our Ethiopia safari guide at 0600hrs in Gondar. This will be followed by a briefing on this Simien mountain trekking. You’ll then depart by 0700hrs latest in the direction of Sankober.
You will have several stoppings along the way for quick breaks. You will disembark at Debark to sort out all the relevant park fees and permits. Everyone will be dropped off near the town of Buyit Ras. From here you’ll have a 3 to 4 hour hike to Sankober.
You’ll be rewarded with spectacular views on the trek. This is as you pass close to the escarpment edge before nearing Sankober. At Sankober you’ll be presented with beautiful views on both sides of the escarpment ridge.
It is here that one is likely see the endemic Gelada baboons. Overnight will be spent camping under the African sky in Sankober.
Day 2: Sankober – Jinbar River Waterfalls – Geech
Your Simien mountain trekking day starts early today. This is with an early breakfast before departure. You’ll leave Sankober and head off in a rather large valley. This goes through which the Wazla River runs.
The river is often dry most parts of the year. You will scale the opposite side of the valley. Here you’re offered views of the Jinbar River waterfalls falling into the Geech Abyss.
The trek continues as you cross the Jinbar River. From here you will ascend into the village of Geech. The total trekking time is 4 to 5 hours.
Simien Mountains National Park
The Simien Mountains National Park in Northern Ethiopia is an exotic setting with unique wildlife and breath-taking views on a landscape shaped by nature and traditional agriculture.
The natural beauties of this region have always filled visitors from Ethiopia and abroad with awe. Gentle highland ridges at altitudes above 3600 meters above sea level (m asl), covered with grasses, isolated trees (Erica &bored) and the bizarre Giant Lobelia (Lobelia rhynchopetalum) are found on the high plateau that ends abruptly at 1000- to 2000-m deep escarpments.
The margins of this high plateau consist of precipitous cliffs and deep, canyon-style gorges. In some places, the escarpment forms small elevations that offer splendid natal lookout points.
The spectacular views from the observation points at Gidir Got and lmet Gogo in the center of the Park offer unparalleled panoramas along the high plateau and down to the lowland areas.
Given the right meteorological conditions, views reaching up to a hundred kilometers over the valleys and the terraces of the Tekeze lowland basin are no exception.
Geologically speaking, the entire highlands of the Simien mountains consist of dark Trapp basalt and bright, soft turf. They alternate and constitute a massive complex that is more than 3000 m thick.
This complex was formed by volcanic eruptions in the Tertiary Oligocene-Miocene Age some 20-30 million years ago; ever since, it has been going through processes of uplifting and erosion.
Attractions on Siemens Mountains
The main attraction of the Simien Moumains National Park is its biosphere: the steep cliffs and the cool climate at the altitude of the Erica tree line (3600 to 4000 m ash) have created conditions that are appropriate for the survival of an ibex species (Capra ibex wee) endemic to the Simien Mountains.
Despite the severe restriction of their habitat over the last centuries, several hundred animals have survived up to the present. Apart from the Walya ibex, many other animal species are found in the Park, for example the endemic Simien fox or Ethiopian wolf (Canis .071817,51-3 simony’s), several birds of prey, the endemic Gelada baboon (Theropithecusgelada), the Klippspringer (Oreotragus omotragus), and the bush buck (liagelphus scriptus).
The rareness of these species formed the backbone of the concept for conservation of the area, which led to the establishment of the Simien Mountains National Park in 1969, and its listing as a World Heritage Site in 1918.
The human population living in the area adds to the distinctiveness of this special natural environment. The traditional lifestyle of the rural population and their survival in a rather harsh climate and with scarce natural resources make for the most striking impressions a visitor will have when trekking in the Park and its surrounding rural area.
Day 3: Geech – Chenek
Start your Simien mountain trekking with an early breakfast. This will be followed by departure. This time you’ll head in the direction of the peak of Imet Gogo. It lies at 3926m above sea level.
You’ll be presented with some of the most spectacular views over the Ethiopian Lowlands. This without question is one of the highlights of this Ethiopian safari. Your Simien mountain trekking will continue onto Chenek.
You’ll pass the Korbete Metia on your way to Chenek. Korbete Metia is a solid rock wall. It opens up exposing beautiful views over the lowlands and the escarpment. Korbete Metia gives you the best chance of spotting lammergeyers. You will set camp at Chenek.
The trekking time today will take between 7 – 9 hours.
Day 4: Chenek – Gondar
You will begin the day on Simien Mountain trekking with breakfast. This will be followed by departure going eastwards. You will head through a valley and onto Bwahit Peak.
This overlooks the camp from where you just came. After the visit you’ll return to camp before you depart for Gondar. End the safari by drop off at a Gondar hotel.
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4 Day Simien Mountain Trekking Safari Costs:
What is included in the 4 Day Simien Mountain Trekking Safari cost?
- Transportation in and out
- Food and Mineral water
- Cook (a person in charge of preparing fresh food every day)
- Guide (English speaking)
- Park ranger which is compulsory
- Park entrance fees
- Camping equipment such as Tent, Mattress and Sleeping bags.
- Mule and muleteers for loading and unloading stuffs and luggage from one camp to another.
4 Day Simien Mountain Trekking Safari Price excludes:
- Accommodation and activities in Addis Ababa (quoted separately)
- Camera and/or photo fees
- Tips for driver, guides, etc (at your discretion)
- Items of a personal nature
What to Carry on the 4 Day Simien Mountain Trekking Safari
- Light (walking in the night)
- Small backpack for the trek to the top of the volcano
- Closed, comfortable shoes (trekking shoes)
- Sun protection like sun cream, hat
- Jacket for the night on the mountain
- Sleeping bag, pillow or blanket (can also be provided by the agency for free