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THE SIMIEN MOUNTAINS EXPERIENCE

> What is different about this experience?

Something different: Trekking, comfortable-camping and making friends with the gelada baboon

Somewhere different: Across Ethiopia’s vast Simien Mountains aka the ‘Roof of Africa’

 

> What happens on the experience?

Day 1: Addis Ababa > Gondar

Fly from Addis Ababa to Gondar. Transfer and check-in to the tranquil Mayleko Lodge.

Day 2: Gondar > Debark > Sankaber (3250m) > Geech

Morning transfer from Gondar to Debark (Simien Mountains Park HQ) to register and collect trekking gear. Stop at Simien Lodge for mid-morning tea or coffee and to spot the famous gelada baboons. Drive onwards to Sankabar (3250m) then begin trek to Jinbar River and Waterfall for picnic lunch. Transfer to Ambaras then walk to Geech camp (3600m). Overnight camping at Geech. (5-6 hours walking)

Day 3: Geech >Imet Gogo > Enatye > Cheeneck

Breakfast followed by morning hike from Geech to Cheeneck via Imet Gogo (3926m) with spectacular views over the Simiens. Continue up past Enatye (4070m) before hiking down to Cheeneck (3620m) camp. Overnight camping at Cheeneck. (7-8 hours walking)

Day 4: Cheeneck > Mount Bwahit > Gondar

Morning ascent of Mount Bwahit (4437m), Ethiopia’s third highest peak. Picnic lunch at the summit. Return to camp, pack up and drive back to Gondar. Check in to Mayleko Lodge for final night. 

Day 5: Gondar > Addis Ababa/Onwards

Transfer to Gondar airport. Fly to Addis Ababa then home. 

Or continue on with our other Ethiopia-based experiences.

 

> What is included?

Includes   Transfers Airport pick-up and drop-off, all in-country transfers

Includes   Accommodation 2 nights B&B accommodation in Gondar, 2 nights camping with breakfast, lunch and dinner in Simien Mountains

Includes   Meals 4 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 2 dinners

Includes   Other The services of a bi-lingual guide, chef and hiking crew, entry to Simien Mountains Park, the Simien Mountains & Lalibela booklet

For booking and enquiries please click here.

> What about group numbers? 

2 – 12 people. Private groups can be larger.

Please note that the trip may not be suitable for very young children given the active nature of the experience, journey times of longer than an hour, and possible disturbance to others travelling in the group. If you’re unsure, please don’t hesitate to get in touch as we can always tailor something specific to your needs.

> What does the experience look like?

See gallery.

THE SIMIEN MOUNTAINS EXPERIENCE

> Where does the experience take place?

Ethiopia

When you think of Ethiopia, you’ll no doubt be inundated with mental images of extreme famine and poverty set against an infertile and unforgiving desert landscape ravaged by war. Put the preconceptions aside, however, and you’ll discover a colourful nation that stands apart from every other country on the African continent.

The only African country to have resisted colonisation, Ethiopia is also one of the oldest in the world with scientists declaring it to have been the beginning of mankind thanks to the discovery of the 3.5 million year old fossils from ‘Lucy’, the first human being on record. Bordering Kenya, Somalia and Sudan, Ethiopia rests on a plateau at 2,500 metres above sea level and boasts staggering landscapes rich in  natural beauty with gushing waterfalls and winding rivers set amongst fertile highlands and the flat-topped peaks of the vast Simien Mountains. This wild paradise is fused together with ancient civilisations and historical treasures like the awe-inspiring rock-hewn churches of Lalibela and the fascinating lost tribes of the Omo Valley to create a remarkable country that astounds and overwhelms visitors in equal measure.

If it’s a luxury getaway you’re after then look elsewhere. Not for the feint-hearted, exploring Ethiopia can be challenging and will almost certainly push you to the edge of your comfort zone. But come prepared with an open heart and mind and you’ll be rewarded with some of the most extraordinary experiences of your lifetime and will come to know the true essence of adventure.

Oh and the outstanding coffee, of course. Don’t forget the coffee.

 

Simien Mountains

Often heralded as the ’Roof of Africa’, Northern Ethiopia’s Simien Mountains are home to the continent’s largest and most beautiful highland ranges with many of its peaks reaching over 4,000 metres above sea level. With vast plateaus that stretch endlessly into the horizon and hundreds of uniquely shaped rock formations, it’s not difficult to see why the Simien’s have been described as the ‘chessboard of the Gods’. The towering spires, jagged peaks, precipitous cliffs and huge gorges that thunder with cascading water have all been shaped over time, formed from ancient volcanic erruptions and carved by decades of natural erosion.

But the impressive landscape and cool climate haven’t merely afforded some of the best hiking and trekking experiences throughout Africa, they’ve also provided the perfect conditions for the survival of a number of endangered species including the endemic walia ibex, Ethiopian wolf and of course the fascinating gelada baboons that roam the highland ridges. It’s thanks to these rare species that the area was established as a national park in 1969 then later became listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Sitesite in 1978.

If all this stunning landscape and wildlife doesn’t leave you breathless then the altitude might just do the trick!

THE SIMIEN MOUNTAINS EXPERIENCE

> When does the experience run?

Mid-September to April.

Like much of the rest of Africa, Ethiopia experiences wet and dry seasons which in turn impacts the period of travel. Rainy season in the Simien Mountains runs from June through to mid-September during which time around 1,000 to 1,600 litres of rain falls per square metre transforming dusty roads into muddy tracks that make trekking here unpleasant at best and dangerous at worst. As such, we only run the Simien Mountains Experience from the end of the wet season and throughout the dry season which runs from mid-September through to April.

 

> When is the best time to travel?

September

The period just after the rainy season means mild temperatures and lush green scenery with spectacular wildflowers carpeting the mountains. That being said, if the rains have arrived late there is a certainly a heightened chance of rainfall but nothing too dramatic. 

October, November & December

Prime time to visit the Simien Mountains. The weather is drier and cooler after the rains providing perfect conditions for hiking. Temperatures during the day typically range between around 11 and 18 degrees celsius and 3 degrees celsius at night. Given the effects of altitude, however, it can feel cooler the higher your climb so preparation is key. 

January, February, March & April

These are the driest months of the season with pleasant daytime temperatures but chilly nights that often dip down below freezing. You’ll also be able to spot the endemic Abyssinian rose with its ivory-coloured petals from March onwards. As is typical with weather in the mountains, it can be unpredictable and change without warning so it’s always best to be prepared. 

 

> When are the experience dates?

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The calendar on the right shows exactly when the Simien Mountains Experience trips are available throughout the season. As well as displaying which trip dates are fully booked or available, the calendar also highlights specific dates that have been discounted or are on special offer.

Once you’ve decided on the dates you’d like to travel, head over to the HOW tab and fill out the enquiry form with all the required details. Once submitted, we will get back to you with confirmation and/or next steps within 24 hours.

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THE SIMIEN MOUNTAINS EXPERIENCE

> Why do you recommend this experience?

The Mountain Scenery

The Simien Mountains aren’t considered to be some of the most beautiful in Africa for no reason. The endless plateau that forms the landscape here has been carved by time and nature over centuires into the sharp pinaccles, jagged cliffs and huge rocky boulders visible today that look a lot like giant chess pieces. Every angle offers unparalleled panoramas over these vast highlands and on a clear day, the views can strech up to a hundred kilometres in distance over the high plateaus and lowland valleys.

Look a little closer and you’ll notice the whole area is covered with mossy grasses and trees whose trunks are blanketed with springy lichen that signals the extreme purity of the air. Add a whole host of rare and exoitc plant species like the bizarre giant lobelia and you’ve got yourself one of the most spectacular hiking backdrops.You simply cannot fail to be impressed and inspired by this remarkable landscape.

The Gelada Baboons

It’s not just the gobsmacking landscapes and extraordinary scenery of the Simien Mountains that’ll leave you speechless. The area is also home to a variety of rare and endemic species including the elusive Ethiopian wolf and the walia ibex, a wild goat found only in this part of the world. But probably the most famous (and entertaining) of them all is the gelada baboon, also known as the ‘bleeding heart’ baboon for the distinctive bright red marks stamped onto their chests.

Nothing quite compares to the thrill of sitting on the grasses of a gentle mountain ridge amongst hundreds of gelada baboons who spend their days squabbling, chattering and grooming one another in a way that is remarkably human-like. These baboons have some of the most complex social structures in the animal kindgom and the diversity of their vocalisations is thought to be the nearest to human language there is.

We could spend all day observing these wonderful creatures.

The Camping

We love the comfortable camping aspect of this experience. With dedicated local cooks and porters all the hard work is done for you so you don’t have to deal with the hassles of pitching a tent or lighting a fire (of course if that’s something you absolutely can’t miss out on then by all means…). Your two-man tent is kitted out with a soft mattress and plenty of pillows and blankets to keep you cosy and warm. In the evenings, your chef will whip up a wonderful meal at a proper table complete with candles and wine. Tea and coffee is always on offer and you’ll even be sent to bed with hot water bottles!

> Why go on this experience?

Includes Get Back To Basics

Includes Action & Adventure

Includes Get Active

Includes Walk On The Wild Side

Includes Escape

Includes Nature & Wildlife

Includes The Great Outdoors

THE SIMIEN MOUNTAINS EXPERIENCE

> How to book the experience?

So you’ve found the perfect experience for you… what happens next? Once you’ve chosen the dates you’d like to travel on using our availability calendar all you need to do is head over to the booking page and fill in your details where necessary on the enquiry form. We’ll get back to you as soon as possible, usually within 24 hours, answering any questions you may have and confirming availability for the experience over the dates you’ve enquired about. If that’s all good to go, we’ll hold your places for you and ask you to look into booking your return flights.

Once you’ve booked your flights please send us over the details via email including flight times, numbers and departure airports. We’ll then process your booking and send you an RBS payment link for the deposit or full balance depending on how soon you’re travelling. If your trip departs in less than 6 weeks we require full payment in order to guarantee your places on the experience, however if you are travelling in more than 6 weeks we will only take a 25% deposit at the time of booking. The outstanding balance is then taken 6 weeks before your departure date.

After your payment has been received we’ll send you confirmation of your booking along with a personalised trip itinerary, information pack and any other appropriate materials. All you need to do now is write the dates in your diary, prepare your packing list and look forward to your next adventure!

> How to book flights?

As a tour operator we are not able to offer inclusive flights as part of our experiences however we are more than happy to help you find the most appropriate incoming and outgoing flights for you. Ethiopian Airlines have an impressive new fleet of planes and not only offer the most cost effective international flights into the country but also run all the domestic flights. By booking through Ethiopian Airlines you are entitled to substantial discounts on their domestic flights which are crucial to seeing the country as land transport between the key locations is both uncomfortable and very time consuming. Acquiring the discount on domestic flights is something we are more than happy to assist you with.

All the listed airlines fly directly in and out of the arrival and departure airports for this experience.

London > Addis Ababa

Heathrow (Ethiopian Airlines)

Europe > Addis Ababa

Paris (Ethiopian Airlines)

Frankfurt (Ethiopian Airlines)

Madrid (Ethiopian Airlines)

Rome (Ethiopian Airlines)

Milan (Ethiopian Airlines)

Stockholm (Ethiopian Airlines)

 Connecting flights to Gondar

Ethiopian Airlines run direct flights to Gondar from all over Ethiopia, with 3 flights a day from Addis Ababa. For assistance please don’t hesitate to contact us and we will ensure you receive your discount if you have booked your international flights through Ethiopian Airlines.

> How is the experience run?

Hands-On.

As a Hands-On Experience, you’ll be taken care of from the moment you touch down in the country to the moment you leave. While you’re on the trip, you won’t have to worry about how, when or where you’re going and our bi-lingual guides will be on hand at all times, welcoming you at your hotel and providing you with all the information you need.  All your tickets, tours and transfers are taken care of so you don’t have to waste your time worrying about logistics or paperwork.

THE SIMIEN MOUNTAINS EXPERIENCE

> Who is this experience suitable for?

Includes Active Addicts

Includes Animal Lovers

Includes Explorers

Includes Thrill Seekers

> Who should come along?

Includes Couples

Includes Friends

Includes Boys

Includes Solo Travellers

THE SIMIEN MOUNTAINS EXPERIENCE

> Want to learn more?

If you’d like to learn more about this experience, want to check availability and prices or have questions that need answering simply fill out the form below with all the required details using the calendar to let us know which dates you’re interested in. Once submitted, we will get back to you with confirmation and/or next steps within 24 hours.

Special offers are highlighted in red.

Super special offers are highlighted in yellow. 

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Are you interested in combining this with any other experience?


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