School Trek - In the Simien Mountains
Ethiopia, School Expeditions, 14 days - from £1,695 (land only) - from €2,375 (land only) - from $2,740 (land only)
Day 1: On arrival we transfer to the hotel in Addis Ababa (2200m) where we have lunch. In the afternoon we have a city tour. Hotel.
Day 2: Return to the airport for the internal flight to Gondar (2300m), former capital. Transfer to hotel. Afternoon sightseeing.
Day 3: Drive to the market town of Debark (2700m),where we register before entering the Simien Mountain National Park and then continue on our drive to Senkaber. Here we set up our first nights camp and meet the crew. 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). Camp.
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 (c.4000m). 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: Return trek to Chiro Leba. Cultural exchange at the school.
Day 10: Return to camp at Chenek on a different trail skirting around the ridge of Amba Bhawit. Altitude at camp c.4000m.
Day 11: Drive approximately 4 hours to Gondar. Afternoon free for further sightseeing or relaxing. Hotel.
Day 12: 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 13: A second day for sightseeing in the city once known as "New Jerusalem". Hotel.
Day 14: Fly to Addis Ababa. Free day. Day-rooms and facilities of hotel are available. After dinner, transfer to the airport for flight home.
Learning Outside the Classroom
If you have a particular part of your curriculum that needs fulfilling whilst you are away, we are more than happy to work this into your itinerary. Incorporating learning objectives into your School Group Adventure allows the pupils to engage with the learning process. If you send us your list of criteria, we will write the programme for you.