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Trek Ethiopia: The Simien Mountains

From £1735 for 10 days
Trip Overview
Experience the geological beauty of Ethiopia on a trekking adventure through one of the most dramatic landscapes in Africa. Observe the remnants of a once prosperous civilisation on a visit to Gondar before tackling the challenging terrain of the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Simien Mountains National Park. As you traverse the rugged peaks and valleys of this ever-changing trail, witness how millions of years of erosion has created an elaborate network of gorges, canyons and escarpments, flourishing with endemic wildlife and traditional civilisations. Keep an eye out for the endangered walia ibex jousting along the rocky ledges, learn about village life and agricultural rituals in Geech camp and sit among groups of gelada monkeys while you watch the sun set in Chenek. Stop by key lookouts en route to soak up scenery that will leave you speechless and have your breath (literally) taken away by unbeatable views at the summit of Ras Dashen – Ethiopia’s highest peak.
Essential Info
Starts: Addis Ababa
Ends: Gondar
Ages: Min 15
Theme: Walking, Expedition
Trip Code: IYOSM
Activity Level:     
Countries visited: Ethiopia
What's Included

Meals

9 Breakfasts included
7 Lunches included
6 Dinners included

Transport

Private vehicle,Plane

Accommodation

Camping with no facilities (6 nights),Hotel (3 nights)

Trip Highlights

•   Trek the majestic series of undulating amethyst peaks that make up the Simien Mountains on this hiking adventure through some of the world’s most unique and remote landscapes.

•   Explore the medieval architecture of Gondar, including the elaborate Royal Enclosure – a World Heritage site home to dramatic Emperor-built castles unlike any other in Africa.

•   Camp within the escarpment of the Simien Mountains and experience true African wilderness as you begin and end your trekking days with incredible sunrises and sunsets.

•   Keep your eyes peeled for troops of red-hearted gelada playing along the slopes as you traverse through the mountains – a distinctive breed of baboon, endemic to Ethiopia.

•   Tackle the challenging ascent to the summit of Ras Dashen, the highest peak in Ethiopia, and be rewarded with breathtaking views that span over 10,000 square kilometres.

Dates & Availability
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Departing: 20th Oct 2020
Returning: 29th Oct 2020
£1,735pp
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Availability: Good
Departing: 15th Nov 2020
Returning: 24th Nov 2020
£1,735pp
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Availability: Good
Departing: 5th Jan 2021
Returning: 14th Jan 2021
£1,820pp
Availability: Good
Departing: 6th Feb 2021
Returning: 15th Feb 2021
£1,735pp
Availability: Good
Departing: 18th Oct 2021
Returning: 27th Oct 2021
£1,735pp
Availability: Good
Departing: 23rd Nov 2021
Returning: 2nd Dec 2021
£1,735pp
Availability: Good
Departing: 18th Dec 2021
Returning: 27th Dec 2021
£1,735pp
Availability: Good
Itinerary & Notes
Welcome to Ethiopia! A beautiful country blessed with boundless landscapes of lush highlands, dramatic canyons, sweeping deserts and the spectacular Simien Mountains. On arrival in Addis Ababa, meet your Intrepid representative and transfer to your starting hotel. Your important welcome meeting begins at 6 pm this evening. If you arrive early, perhaps visit the National Museum, which contains the fossilised remains of ‘Lucy’, a female hominoid that lived some 3.2 million years ago, and a key discovery on the origin of early mankind. This evening, why not head out with the group for your first taste of Ethiopian cuisine.
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