8 Days Simien Mountain Trekking

8 Days Simien Mountain Trekking


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8 Days

Tour Type



Hotel and Camping


Surface And Fly




Get on on an incredible 8-day adventure to explore the Simien Mountains and visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Lalibela in Ethiopia. Begin in the historic city of Gonder, known for its medieval castles and churches. Trek through the stunning landscapes of the Simien Mountains, encountering wildlife like Gelada Baboons and Lammergeiers along the way. Marvel at the breathtaking views from Imet Gogo and Mount Buhawit. Discover the remarkable rock-hewn churches of Lalibela, carved into the red rock. Immerse yourself in the local culture, enjoy coffee ceremonies, and experience the warm hospitality of the Ethiopian people. This tour offers a unique blend of natural beauty, historical sites, and cultural encounters.

Tour Plan

In the morning flight takes you to Gonder A warm welcome to the old mountain capital of Gonder and transfer to your hotel. Gonder has a rich history with its beautiful and strategic mountain setting, the 17th-century capital was once the crossroads of several major caravan routes and was also occupied by the Italians during World War 2. The Art Deco buildings surrounding the Royal enclosure with its medieval castles and churches are a reminder of this heritage. This afternoon, explore Gonder’s castle and the churches of Debra berhan silassie with its iconic ceiling of a painted angel.

Drive to Gonder early in the morning to Debark the place where the park headquarter is situated where we need to spend about one hour to do entrance fees and pick the scout plus to have tea and coffee before leaving to the mountain, then keep on driving to the place where called Machibiny and start the introductory walk to the first campsite Sankaber for 3-4 hours along the plateau of the mountain far from the edge of mountain and overnight at Sankaber. You will encounter Gelada Baboon along this hike.

We follow the northern escarpment eastwards before we descend a little into the Kaba valley. After that, we climb up before we reach Gich Abyss and continue over a narrow ridge to a cliff where we have a spectacular view of the abyss towards the Simien foothills. We also find a large waterfall here, where the Jinbar River pluges 500m into the abyss. We proceed for about two hours and have lunch we walk through fields of barley before we arrive at the idyllic village of Gich. Here we can enjoy a traditional coffee ceremony in one of the huts and learn more about local farm life. From Gich village it is a short walk to Gich camp which is a good area to look for Lammergier and Thich billed Raven.

Walk from Gich camp we stroll through endless fields of Giant Lobelia before we reach the towering cliff’s of Imet- Gogo (3926m). Here we will spend some time absorbing the superb views over the mountain valleys below and the strange-shaped domes in the distance, which we will see up close at the end of the trip. After that, we descend into the Jinbahir Rift Valley. In this way, we get a different perspective of Imet Gogo and the volcanic landscape, where it looks like big chunks of mountains have been blown away.

The trails follows the edge of the escarpment, wich is completely vertical here for several hundred metres.  We climb to the summit of 4070m where we will have lunch. After lunch we descend to Chennek for about two hours along a steep trail. From chennek camp there are spectacular views in all directions. Sit down on a bench at the escarpment and try to spot Walia Ibex in the late afternoon and early morning. Sometimes Walia Ibex visit the edges of the campsite.

On this day the character of the trek is more uphill and downhill. It is a bit tough while climbing up and easier while descend back but it is totally far from sheer cliffs. On this trip, from the top of Mt. Buhawit(4430m), we will have the opportunities to see the highest mountain peak in the entire country called Ras-Dejen (4543m) as well as the decent views of Mt.Buwahit itself. It takes an approximate time of 5 -6 hours to cover both ways and drive back to Gondar for about 5 hours.

Fly to the UNESCO world Heritage Site of Lalibela – the Jerusalem of Ethiopia, and Africa’s own ‘petra’. In a fitting finale to your Ethiopia adventure, explore the monolithic red- hued churches incredibily carved in to the rock. Your guide will lead you through the network of crevices and tunnels linking each of the churches. The church are still in use today.

Today your guide take you to the eastern group of rock hewn churches: smaller in size, these are no less impressive, with intricate carvings and many dark tunnels to explore! Travel further afield to the Nakutelab rock-hewn church, built into the side of a hill in a natural cave. The afternoon culminates in a visit to a private home to participate in an Ethiopian coffee ceremony.

The end of the visit will be flight back to our capital town Addis Ababa and farewell dinner at one of the Ethiopian traditional hotel then transfer to the airport to back home.


Services Inclusions

  • Meet and greetings at the Airport and assistance for Hotel transfer.
  • Hotel Accommodations based on twine Room.
  • half board meal (breakfast and dinner with soft drinks). Full board at camping site (breakfast, lunch and dinner)
  • Comprehensive touring program including entrance fees where applicable according to the itinerary.
  • Domestic Flight
  • Professional Guide (English speaking).
  • profession cook service during camping
  • polices escort Simien Mountains National Park
  • Road leader payment 
  • elder payment 
  • Transfers and all ground transportations based on Best 4WD cars fuel and driver expense.as per the itinerary with all fuel expenses.
  • Additional activities for experiencing the real culture of Ethiopia: Coffee ceremony and Honey wine drinks in Addis Ababa.
  • All necessary Government taxes. 

Services Exclusions

  • International Flight
  • Porterage fees.
  • Travel Insurance.
  • Video filming and photography fees.
  • Personal nature expenses, alcoholic drinks, laundry expenses, telephone calls, tips for the tour staffs etc…
  • Any other expenses except those listed on the inclusion parts.

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