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10 Days Trekking tour itinerary for ethiopia: Summit Ethiopia's Highest Peak

Addis Ababa, Debarq, Gondar, Ras Dashen

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Embark on an unforgettable trek through the remote splendour of the magnificent Simien region. Often compared for its scenic beauty to the Grand Canyon, the Simien Mountains National Park is one of the major highlands of Africa. Its peaks include Ras Dashen which at 4533m is the highest peak in  Ethiopia and Africa's tenth highest mountain. 

DAY 01

Arrive Addis Ababa

  • Arrive and transfer to the hotel for relaxing and half-day city tour available or chilling at your hotel outdoor cafe. 

Overnight at the hotel. 

DAY 02

Fly to Gonder- Sankaber (3,200m)

  • Meet the driver at Gonder Airport and continue driving to the extraordinary and majestic Semien Mountain National Park. On this drive, you will gain your first impression of the scale and beauty of this highland region. After a steep ascent onto the escarpment, a straight forward drive takes you to the first campsite called Sankaber.

O/n Camping at Sankaber campsite.

135 km to the first campsite, 1 hour’s flight to Gonder and 3 hours driving to the national park. Moderate to physical type hiking. 30 minutes – 2 hrs. Walking shoes are needed.

DAY 03

Sankaber - Geech (3,550m) 5-6 hhrs

  • Following the edge of the escarpment, which narrows to form a ridge at Sankaber, you now have awesome views on both sides.

  • Descend into the Koba River valley and up the other steep side to Michotis with its view of the large waterfall where the Jin Bahir River cascades into the Geech Abyss.

  • Continue for another half hour before descending to the river in the Abyss and ascending steeply on the other side through Geech Village to Geech camp for an overnight A.M. 

Overnight Camping at Geech.

5-7 hours Moderate to physical type hiking. 5-7hrs. Walking shoes are needed


DAY 04

Geech - Imetgogo (3,986m) – Geech

  • Make the 5-6 hours excursion to Imetgogo to enjoy one of the best views of in the Simien Mountains National Park with your Ethiopian guide.

O/N: camping.


DAY 05

Geech - Chenek (3,600m)

  • Through giant Lobelia trees, where a lot of wildlife can be seen. After picnic lunch, walk on the edge of the Enatye escarpment (4000m), which offers another breathtaking view. Finally, descend to Chenek, the best place to see the endemic Walia Ibex and more Gelada Baboons. 

Overnight camping at Chenek (3600m). 

Moderate to physical type hiking 6-7hrs. Walking shoes are needed.

DAY 06

Chenek – Ambiquo climbing the Buhit (4430m) peak; 7-8 hrs

  • The 2nd highest next to Ras Dashen. After refreshment at the summit, descend towards Chero Laba and cross the Mesheha River.

  • Spend the night in Ambiquo, before the big day on Ras Dashen.

  • Camp at Ambiquo (3200m). 

Moderate to physical type hiking 7-8hrs. Walking shoes are needed.

DAY 07

Ambiqo – Ras Dashen – Ambiqo (4,620m )8-10 hrs

  • Start at pre-dawn towards mount Ras Dashen, the most challenging day of the trek. Head up the valley to the small village of Mizma, from where you climb steeply upwards, eventually reaching an impressive Amphitheatre made up of three major buttresses of expanded rock. One of them is your goal, Ras Dashen. It is then an easy scramble to the summit of Ras Dashen, which is Africa’s fourth highest peak. After taking in the impressive view, descend back to Ambiquo for camping.

Walking shoes are needed.


DAY 08

Ambiqo – Cheneck

  • Walk back to Chenek passing through the side of the Bohit Mountain.

Overnight camping at Chenek campsite. (3600m). This day takes about 6 -7 hours walk. Walking shoes are needed.

DAY 09

Chenek- Gondar

  • After breakfast, drive back to Gonder. 160 km, 4 hours.

  • After lunch, visit the Complex Palace of Gonder, The King Fasilida’s bath, The Debre Birhan Sellassie church, which is famous for its age-old mural paintings, and the Fellasha (Ethiopian Jews) village. 

Overnight hotel.

DAY 10

Fly back to Addis Ababa.

  • Afternoon, transfer out to the airport and fly to Addis Ababa. Depending on your arrival; you will have a short time shopping in a Grand Market called Merkato.

  • After a farewell dinner party in a traditional restaurant & folklore house, you will be transferred to the airport. End of the tour.

  • 900 USD Per Adult
  • 4WD with fuel  transportation to and from Gonder

  • Ethiopian guide and scout

  • Professional cook

  • Complete cooking materials

  • Mule(s) & mule handler

  • Tent

  • Sleeping bags & mattresses

  • Tables & chairs on the mountain trek

  • All park entrance fees

  • Plenty of food & bottled mineral water

  • Camping fire every single night.

  • City tour in Addis Ababa and farewell dinner

  • Gonder city tour and castles 

  • Airport transfers

  • Flights 

  • The first day and last day hotel in Addis Ababa 

  • Alcohol 

  • Personal spending 

  • Walking shoes and sun creams are needed.

  • Sunglasses, scarf and hat should be kept. 

  • Request for big groups over 8 people's for a discount.

  • An unforgettable trek through the remote splendour of the magnificent Simien region. Often compared for its scenic beauty to the Grand Canyon, the Simien Mountains National Park is one of the major highlands of Africa. Its peaks include Ras Dashen summit which at 4533m is the highest peak in  Ethiopia.

Addis Ababa, Debarq, Gondar, Ras Dashen

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