Simien Mountains to Lalibela – 17 Days Trekking

Day 01 : Gondar to Sankaber

You will depart early morning from Gondar to Debark. In debark you will arrange your visit with the park office and receive a scout and guide then drive into the park to arrive at Sankaber. You can either drive all the way in to Sankaber or have the car drop you off near Buyit Ras for a short hike. If you choose to hike in you will take in beautiful views of the landscape and the endless mountain ridges, and you likely see some gelada baboons. When you arrive in Sankaber you will be met with your supplies. Sankaber will be the first campsite on your trip.

 

Day 02: Sankaber to Geech Camp

From Sankaber you will begin hiking following the ridge and look out over the foothills 800m down. From the ridge you will descend down into the valley and be able to view the Jinbar River plunging into the Geech Abyss. After some time at the waterfall you will continue on to Geech village where you will find your second campsite.

 

Day 03: Geech to Imet Gogo,  Siha Gorge and to Keda Dit

After breakfast at geech campsite you will hike through the grass plateau that are home to the, appropriately titled, Giant Lobelia plants. After about 2 hours you will reach Imet Gogo which is an amazing 360 degree view of the Simien Mountains. Here you will have reached an altitude of 3,926m and be able to look out at the amazing landscape from 360 degrees. At this height and view point you can see the canyon below, distant ridges, and view the seemingly never ending valleys. From here you will return to Geech, but first you will pass through Siha Gorge for a lunch break. When you arrive back at Geech you will have time to relax from the hike. Before nightfall you will have the option of taking a short sunset hike to Keda Dit. You will spend the night back at Geech.

 

Day 04: Geech to Innatye to Chennek

After breakfast at Geech you start your 7 hour hike to one of the most spectacular passing in the mountains. From the campsite you will walk SE towards Innatye where you will descend into a forest of Giant Hazel and through the ridge lines open grasslands. After climbing up to Innatye to view the vertical drop you will see why locals named it to mean “mama mia”. Here you will have lunch and continue on towards Chennek where you will be able to view the wildlife like, Walia Ibex and Gelada baboons, and plant life. Chennek will be your campsite for the night.

 

Day 05: Chenneck to Ambiko

After breakfast you will hike for 2 hours and summit the Buwahit pass (4,200m). From here you can look out towards your hike for tomorrow, Ras Dashen. You will follow the path down towards Meseha valley and cross a river and back up again towards Ambiko where you will camp for the night.

 

Day 06 – 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, then continue to Dilibiza (3400m) total trekking time 8-9 hours.

 

Day 07:  Dilibiza – Fogayes

after an erealy breakfast, depart From Dilibiza to Fogayes. This area is an outstanding place to view birds, particularly raptors. Many interesting species can be seen here, among which are the tawny eagle, lammergeier and augur buzzard. Here you have a rewarding view of the highest Mount Ras Dashen and the surrounding escarpment and mountains. After a brief rest and lunch in this majestic spot, begin your 2-3 hour descent to the camp. total trekking time 6-7 hours.

 

Day 08: Fogeyes – Shfiru

Today descends into the lowlands as passing several of the beautiful spots which we had seen from above on the trek yesterday.and One of the most scenic and spectacular trails in the park, this route takes you to a viewpoint that rewards you with views of the remarkable shape of the landscape and canyon which are the result of geological upheaval between 60 – 70 million years ago. Overnight Camp. Total trekking time 7-8 hours.

 

Day 09: Trek from Shifru – Mender Cherkos

(1,78300m): 6- 7 hours the day begins with a downhill walk to the Meshihu River(one of the tributaries of the Tekeze River that drains towards Sudan, and joins the Deli River .) Located at 1,775m, the river is surrounded by big fig trees. The descent is approximately 1,000m and takes 3 – 4 hours.After you reach the river, you continue on flat ground for about 2-3 hours. The trail offers splendid views of the riverine forest. The trail then winds its way into the lowland where visitors will experience the enormous,lowland flora that is now rare in Ethiopia. Overnight Camping.

 

Day 10: Mender Cherkos – Tekzeye

after an erealy breakfast, trek Through The beautiful and spectacular landscape along the Semien Mountains and Meshihu Gorge.and after having lunch, You will follow the path down towards Tekeza valley and cross the Tekeza river and back up again towards Tekezy where you will camp for the night.

 

Day 11 : Tekeze – Tiska

after Breakfast , continue to Tiska. The 7 hours trek will take you through rural villages, offering wonderful insight into the Ageew culture. Overnight Camping

 

Day 12: Tisika – Sireal

In the morning, continue to Sireal ,overlooking the camp from where you just came.and the most beautiful views over the lowlands and the escarpment. This is also a good place for spotting lammergeiers. Overnight camping in Sireal Total trekking time: 7 – 9 hours

 

Day 13: Trek from Sireal to Sekota

The shortest trek on the entire trip, takes you for 6 hours of a gentle stroll downhill to Sekota. The scenery and the valley of the lowland villages are attractive. Here, you can either take public transportation or arrange for a car to meet you. Overnight Camping ( hotel )

 

Day 14: Sekota – As ketema

 

On this day, you trek through the Beautiful and the finale view of your trip.

 

Day 15:  As ketema – Saba

After an erealy breakfast, depart from As Ketema to Saba, on the way you will visit the market activitie of Ageew ppeople’s.

 

Day 16: Saba – Bilbela

After an early breakfast, depart from Saba to Bilibela .Here you will have spectacular views over thelowland. Overnight Camping Total trekking 7-8 hours

 

Day 17: Bilbela – Lalibela

Today you will drive / trek to to Lalibela. Here you will pass through several small villages, with typicals and stone homes of the Ageew people.as well as through this rural area for the stunning approach to the home of Ethiopia’s most prized destination Lalibela. Overnight in Lalibela Camping (hotel).