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trek Ethiopia

itinerary

DAY 1

Depart London

We depart in the evening for an overnight flight from London to Addis Ababa.

 

Meals: Dependent on flight schedule

DAY 2

Addis Ababa

We arrive at Addis Ababa airport in the early afternoon and transfer to our hotel to relax. If time allows there will be free time to visit Addis Ababa’s historic sites including the National Museum, where we can see the 3.2 million year old remains of “Lucy”, whose skeletal remains where discovered in 1974. This evening we have a briefing by our guides, followed by a welcome dinner.

 

Meals: L,D   Accom: Hotel

DAY 3

Gondar-Geech Camp - 5 hours trekking

This morning we take an internal flight over stunning scenery to the city of Gondar (2,175m) in the North Eastern Highlands of Ethiopia. On arrival we transfer 5 hours through increasingly mountainous environment, to the market town of Debark where we stop for lunch. This afternoon we meet our local guides and muleteers and start our challenge with a descent into the Michotis Valley. After climbing up out of the valley we have great views of the Jin Bahir River plummeting into the Geech Abyss. We later descend to cross the Jin Bahir and, after a steep climb, we reach Geech camp (3,600m) where we stay overnight.

 

Meals: B,L,D   Accom: Tent

DAY 4

Cheneck Camp - 6 - 8 hours trekking

After an early camp breakfast we head to the escarpment edge at Saha and Imetgogo (3,926m) where there are stunning views over the lowlands, characterised by rocky spires and mesas. Clinging to the escarpment edge we trek over undulating terrain towards our camp at Chenek. On the way we see many impressive Giant Lobelia which dominate the Afro alpine landscape. There is also a high chance of seeing some Gelada baboons.

 

Meals: B,L,D   Accom: Tent

DAY 5

Ambikwa Camp - 7 - 9 hours trekking

Today we start our trek to the Bwahit Pass (4,200m) which runs below the Simien Mountains’ second highest peak. Our hard work is rewarded with incredible views and, after a rest, we descend steeply towards the village of Chiro Liba, where we enjoy lunch at the local school. This afternoon we continue our descent to the Mesheha River valley (2850m) before climbing again to reach Ambikwa camp at (3,200m), where we stay for the night and enjoy an excellent evening meal.

 

Meals: B,L,D   Accom: Tent

DAY 6

Summit of Ras Dashen - 10 - 12 hours trekking

This is the most challenging day of the trek as we tackle the summit of Ras Dashen (4,533m). After a early hearty breakfast we trek up to the head of the valley and the village of Mizma where we get our first view of our imposing goal. To reach it, we contour round a number of steep gullies ascending all the time, until we find ourselves on a rocky plateau dominated by three peaks. We then have a relatively easy scramble to the top of Africa’s fourth highest mountain where we take in the view. After a brief rest and lunch on the summit we descend by the same route back to Ambikwa camp, where we enjoy a well-deserved rest for the night.

 

Meals: B,L,D   Accom: Tent

DAY 7

Chenek - 8 - 9 hours trekking

Today we retrace our steps to the small village of Chenek. From there we transfer to our camp for our last night under canvas in the remote environment of the Simien Mountains.

 

Meals: B,L,D   Accom: Tent

DAY 8

Gondar

This morning we transfer to our hotel in Gondar where we have a free afternoon to relax or explore the town and visit the famous Fasil Ghebbi fortress. Tonight we celebrate our incredible achievements over the past few days with a celebration dinner.

 

Meals: B,L,D   Accom: Hotel

DAY 9

Return to Addis - Depart

In the morning we transfer to the airport for our internal flight to Addis Ababa where we catch our connecting flight back to the UK.

 

Meals: B,L,D

DAY 10

Arrive UK

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