Ethiopian Explorer - Trekking the Simien Mountains
Day 1: Rendezvous at the group hotel in Addis Ababa (2200m). A single timed group transfer is provided. KE Land Only services begin with lunch. Afternoon city tour. Hotel.
Day 2: Return to the airport for the internal flight to Gondar (2300m), formerly the capital of Ethiopia. Transfer to our Hotel. Afternoon sightseeing.
Day 3: Drive to the market town of Debark (2700m), where we register before entering the Simien Mountain National Park. Drive to Senkaber. Camp.
Day 4: Trek via Michwahtis Valley to Geech. En route we make a short diversion to see impressive sight of the Jinbar River plummeting into the Geech Abyss. Camp (3600m).
Day 5: Leave our camp set up at Geech and make a day hike to one of the finest viewpoints in the area, the promontory and small peak known as Imetgogo (3925m).
Day 6: Following the edge of the escarpment we trek via the high point at Inatye (4070m) to Chenek. Camp.
Day 7: Trek up towards Amba Bhawit (4477m) and descend to the Meshawa Valley. We cross the river and climb steeply up to village of Ambiquo (3200m). Camp.
Day 8: A dawn start for those that choose to climb to the summit of Ras Deshen (4620m). Return to campsite at Ambiquo.
Day 9: We return to our camp at Chenek on a different trail, skirting around the ridge of Amba Bhawit. Altitude at camp is 4000 metres.
Day 10: Drive approximately 4 hours to Gondar. Afternoon free for further sightseeing or relaxing. Hotel
Day 11: We take a morning flight to Lalibela. After lunch we have a sightseeing tour including the rock temples known as the 'Eighth Wonder of the World'. Hotel
Day 12: A second day for sightseeing in the city once known as 'New Jerusalem'. Hotel.
Day 13: Fly to Addis Ababa. Free day. Day-rooms and hotel facilities are available. KE Land Only services end with the evening meal. A single timed airport transfer is provided.
GPS Trip Data
You can view the detailed stats for this holiday via Garmin Connect. Tracked using a Garmin etrex20 you can see detailed mapping of the route, daily distances travelled, the total ascent and descent each day and maximum altitude. Just click on the link below to view the PDF document with all the Garmin connect links. In addition you can click on the images below to view Google Earth images of the full route, elevation profile and daily tracks.