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10 Days Trekking tour itinerary for ethiopia: Trek To The Top Of Semien Mountains

Addis Ababa, Aksum, Bahir Dar, Gondar, Lalibela, Simien Mountains National Park

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Trek to the Top of Semien Mountains

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Simien Mountains National Park-Ethiopia

Marvel at beautiful monuments and museums. Tread ahead circumventing tricky trails and exhaustion, pass-through scenic villages and cross mystical waterfalls on your way to the top of the mighty mountains. The endemic Walia Ibex, Semien Fox and Gelada Baboon can be found in this spectacular splendour.

DAY 01

Arrival and Addis Ababa

  • Be welcomed by your guide or representative from ZeitEthiopia tours on arrival at Addis Abeba Bole International Airport, and transfer into your hotel. 

  • Begin the tour in Addis Ababa, morning free (maybe exchange money, when necessary briefing of the itinerary and be ready for the tour). 

  • Visit the Entoto mountains with spectacular views over the capital and the National Museum. 

Overnight chosen hotel. 

DAY 02

Fly to Gonder

  • Fly to Gondar and visit the castle’s compound & King Fasiladas bath with your Ethiopian guide. 

  • After lunch, drive from Gonder to Sankaber where the trek starts. 

Overnight in a lodge or camping. 

DAY 03

Sankaber - Geech

  • Start your trek from the beautifully situated campsite of Sankaber. Today's trek covers a distance of approximately 10-kilometres and takes around 6 hours straight walking following the spectacular escarpment. 

  • Meet your first Gelada Baboons foraging in big groups, at the fields. A stunning viewpoint at the Jinbar Falls is reached after climbing a few rocks. This waterfall plunges several hundred meters down the escarpment in the abyss. 

  • Pass through the welcoming village of Gich for the night camping at the end of the day. 

DAY 04

Gich - Chennek

  • This is probably the most spectacular stage of the whole trekking, offering stunning views all the [sensitive content]day, you will walk for almost 8 hours to cover 12 kilometres, including a short detour to Imet Gogo (3925 meters).This summit offers the most exciting views.The majestical lammergeyer might soar the skies in front of you and the endemic thick-billed raven will be present.

  • On your way to Chennek, pass some other major peaks (Inataye reaching 4070 meters) and a deep valley.Chennek is abundant with the giant lobelia and the best place to spot the endemic and endangered Walia ibex, which usually walk into the camp. 

Overnight camping

DAY 05

Chennek - Ambiko

  • Trek for about 9 to 10 hours from Chenek to Ambiko (14-kilo meters). 

  • Follow a track that leads you to the south-east of Chenek. 

  • Savour the views from the eastern escarpment near the Ambiko camping spot. 

  • Halt at Bwahit to find the Ethiopian wolf. 

  • Lit a campfire to keep yourselves warm and spend the night camping. 

DAY 06

Ambiko – Rash Dashen-Ambiko

  • Trek for about 9 to 10 hours from Ambiko to Ras Dashen and return back to Ambiko.

  • Reach the roof of Ethiopia, Ras Dashen (4620meters). 

Overnight camping.  

DAY 07

Ambiko – Chennek

  • Walk for 4 hours to the village of Chiro Leba where a 4WD vehicle will pick you and drive you out to Debark (or even Gondar the same day). 

  • Or, continue to Chennek and stay overnight in a camp to enjoy the Simien Mountain.

DAY 08

Chennek - Sankaber/ Simien Lodge/ Debark

  • Take a new path to reach your departure camp of Sankaber. It takes around 7 hours to cover roughly 20 kilometres. 

  • Choose to enjoy whether staying in the camp or in the luxury of the Simien Lodge at the end of the day. 

  • Or, drive to Debark. 

DAY 09


  • Drive from Sankaber to Gonder for a flight back to Addis Abeba or continue your tours with Zeit Ethiopia tour discovering the historic North; Axum, Lalibela and Bahir Dar since the program can be easily combined with the historic north.

Overnight stay at a hotel in Gonder. 

DAY 10

Gonder-Addis Abeba and Departure

  • Fly back to Addis Ababa. 

  • If time permits, do an Addis Abeba city tour and shopping in Merkato. 

  • Feast on a traditional dinner with folkloristic dances as a Farwell night party.

  • Prepare for your departure scheduled for in the evening or the next day. 

  • 1680 USD Per Adult (* If the group more than 4 people)
  • 1780 USD Per Adult
  • All internal travel including domestic flights, all transfers, tours and excursions using a 4x4 land cruiser and coaster bus when convenient for a group of above 7 peoples, mule trip (the ground transportation includes fuel and insurance).

  • Accommodation at the hotels and camping 

  • All meals

  • Escort guide fees (professional English, German speaking Ethiopian guide), and local guides' fees wherever necessary

  • All entrance fees, scouts’ fees,

  • Portage fees

  • VAT and local taxes (government taxes)

  • International airfare/flight.

  • Any alcoholic drinks.

  • Personal expenses like souvenirs, laundry, etc.

  • Tips.

  • Any expense which is not included in the inclusive list.

  • Tour Code ZETT 12. 

  • The Semien Mountains “The Roof of Africa

  • The Semien Mountain Massif is a broad plateau, cut off to the north and west by a 60 kilometres escarpment. Great gullies and gorges split the plateau, while old Volcanic plugs break up the skyline. The endemic Walia Ibex, Semien Fox and Gelada Baboon can be found in this spectacular splendour.

  • The park is 120 kilometres north of Gondar and has been inscribed by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. The highest peak in Ethiopia and the fourth highest in Africa, Ras Dashen which rises to 4620 meters, stands adjacent to the park. The Simien Mountains is, without doubt, the most popular place for serious trekking in Ethiopia.

  • The itinerary leads to the summit of Ras Dashen, the highest point of Ethiopia. According to visitors’ preferences and available time, the first and the last nights of this itinerary can be allocated to stay on the luxurious Simien Lodge. 

  • The whole trekking will be accompanied by a local guide, scout(s), mules and their handlers to carry luggage and supplies and a chef to prepare the meals.  

Addis Ababa, Aksum, Bahir Dar, Gondar, Lalibela, Simien Mountains National Park

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