Simien Mountain is a destination of millions of tourists from around the world. Its spectacular beauty with its panoramic view of the landscapes can create an extraordinary contentment and emotional state. It is rich of thousands of exceptional plants and endemic animals like the Walya Ibex, the only friendly Baboon in the world and hundreds of bird species.
It’sastounding camping locations with 360 degrees of absolute exquisiteness of the landscapes creates an eyecatching magnificence over an overwhelming memory. The rivers and waterfalls found around the camping locations and the steps of our wonderful and spirited trekking is unforgettable moment of a given period and taking your breath away. After all the nature prodigious gifts and splendid landscapes there is a striking and staggering culture of the communities behind. The abysses of the mountains are really has anexcessive outlook not to forgot for a lifetime. The fresh air, the noise of different species of birds, the extraordinary beauty of the landscapes, the culture of the small communities found around the mountains and small localities, the endemic animals and different kind of wild species with their way of life is create an unforgettable memory of the adventurous trekking of Ethiopian Simienland. The species found on the simian mountains are like Flocks of Chilada baboons, the Ethiopian wolves, majestic waliya ibex andMenelik Bushbucks, Antilopes and Leopards are the most common known on the mountains.Experiencing the panoramic view of those Mount EmetGogo, mount Buahit, the Ethiopian first mountain mount RasDashen has to offer their 360 degrees chain of mountain extending to the horizon and their breathtaking hiking is a wonderful time makes you a good story teller with unpleasant memory. And the wonderful historic city of Gondar which is home of the historic Fassiledes castle built in the 16 century is close to those amazing Ethiopian mountains. This extraordinary royal enclosure is prized to be the first African Castle. Our tour package includes all the Simien mountain camping locations, big mount cliffs, the experience of culture of the small settlements and the city tour to the impressive castle of Gonder city. Mostly for travelers it is advisable depend of their interests and preference based on looking on landscape natures and wildlife. Especially for geologist and adventure hiking lovers, its best to stay on the mountain camping sites for a long time dealing by special packages. But for most travelers it is recommended to do it in 4/5 days tour package.
Gonder or Debarq to Sankeber
The tour organization starts in Gondar or debark depending of the route you had come. When you follow a round trip via Axum, the tour starts from debark. Whenever you depart from Gonder city, it considers departure from the city Gondar.
Early morning drive to Sankeber camp via the settlement of Michibiny. A dirt road follows 2 hours driving to the top of the cliff, providing easy access for visitors and a spectacular hiking route.Irrespective of whether you decide to walk just for a couple of hours or decide to go for a 4 hour or longer trek, you will be bombarded with one backdrop to the next. Too many 180 degree outlooks that you can’t capture with your camera that you can’t help feeling you’ve already seen it all.
Camp the night at Sanakaber (an altitude of 3,400 meters) with extraordinary serenity, where Antilopes, Menelik Bushbucks promenade nearby. Overnight at the camp, you might take leopards while you are on the camp. You do a great night with an overwhelming feelings on the Sankeber camp.
Sankaber to Gich
The Simien Mountain bluff looking east direction from Sankaber (camp) to the settlement of Gich (camp), across the Gich plateau towards the astounding viewing site at ImetGogo. This part of the trek leaves the road and crosses the Gich plateau past some spectacular waterfalls like Jinbar waterfall which is breathtaking water bombardment down in the boundlesschasm and stand close to its apogee to capture different incredible pictures and have a magnificent time ever. It has a vivid landscapes which got an opportunity to pass with its footpaths.You will enjoy your time and take your breakfast meal in Sankaber and proceed 6 hours an enjoyable trekking passing the wonderful landscapes. And you will take your lunch on the Jinbar River relishing with the nature and listening a beautiful bird’s sound with the waterfalls. On these wide range of landscapes might be happen to see close view of Antilopes and Menelik bushbucks. After the long time trekking you take a break at the small settlement of Gich where you can love the culture and the people’s life style with their delightful traditional foods and an astonishing traditional coffee ceremony.The people in Gich have lived in the area for centuries long before the Simien became a park. Fenced by enormous mountains in all direction, the residents have well-maintained their culture for centuries. The few minutes you spend with the welcoming locals gets you closer to communities with a unique and unsophisticated lifestyle, adding a little cultural blend to your hiking familiarity.
Gich to EmetGogo
This section of the trek follows a trail through spectacular Afro-alpine flora (massive Senecio plants etc) across the eastern part of Gich plateau before following the edge of the cliff and rejoining the road just before Chennek. This camp provides the most remarkable overnight location in the entire trek. After an early breakfast and on the back of the horse should you feel a bit bushed, you will enjoy a short hike taking you to one of the most striking spots that nature has to offer any place in the world.The uttermost of EmetGogo which you will reach after anunperturbed and entertaining trek is without a doubt the best spot in the park. The 360 degree outlook that EmetGogo has to offer is a panoramic view that no camera shot can do justice.
A relaxed lunch at EmetGogo and a few stops at yet other fascinating stops before returning to the Camp in Gich where you will get the chance to spot Lammagiers. Overnight in Gich camp with serene atmosphere and a lot of fun including good service of local dinner. You can get any drinks in the camp including alcoholic drinks like beer and wine.
This is the most arguably spectacular camp than the others. The main (grime) road winds its way up the crumple to an altitude of around 4,200m, from where numerousmarks can be taken to other sections of the newlyextended National Park. This area is prominent habitat for two of the Simien’s endemic animals – the Walia ibex and Simien fox. WaliaIbex are normally seen around Chennek and Bwahit Pass, while detections of Simien fox require a bit more grit.
This is found at Arkwasiye where intended resettlement of a village has enabled the establishment of a narrow ‘wildlife corridor’ between Bwahit Pass and the Silki-KidisYared park extension. Walia ibex have started to use the corridor.A trek through a different kind of landscape bedecked by papyrus trees. A lunch stop at the peak of Enateye which offers a view as exhilarating as EmetGogo. After you will proceed and reach the best camping site in Chenek a slight late in the afternoon.The best camping site as defined by many writers and travelers had the Simien trek.The Chenek camping location offers a 360 degree superb natural outlooks. It is a place ofChilada baboons strolling by your shelter and surroundings you stay. And it is the perfect place in the Simien to enjoy a close view of the Ethiopian wolf, also known as red fox. And it is a place of Walia grazing you can see in the place. From the Chenek Camping site you will make a few hours ascent to the second highest peak in the park called Mount Buahit (a hike to the second highest peak and a glimpse at RasDejen). Mount Buahit gives you a distant view of the highest mountain in Ethiopia mount RasDejen. And if you have already seen the majestic endemic Walia ibex at Cheneck, the peak of Buahit gets you closer to large flocks. After all the wonderful time back to historical place Gondar.
Notes you have to consider when you plan to visit Simien Mountains
– Don’t except certain amount and quality of shower everywhere
– The daily temperature mostly get close to freezing point especially on the high points of the mountains.
– No malaria on the freezing point
– Recommended times to travel are April, may, October, November and – December because of no fog on those times but the other seasons are familiar with fog, heavy rain and clouds.
Stuffingspecifications need for the trip necessarily
– Sun screen
– Rain coat
– Trekking shoes
– Prescription for migraines and gastrointestinaldisruption in case of altitude illness.
– Warm dresses like sleeve
– Cap or hat and Gloves
– Walking sticks
– Mobile toilets (optional for private travelers)
Transference to all the destinations by car.
Accommodation per the package.
Commis chef (cook for the difficult unavailability to get food).
Professional guides and well organized local guides with potentially knows the place.
Camp and park guardian which is obligatory.
Prodigious organization with full of personnel competence.
Camping apparatus and kits such as Marquee, Cushion and Sleeping bags.
Traditional transportations like donkey or mule for loading camping staffs and food staffs.