Trekking Adventure of Ethopia

Join us on a Simien Mountain trekking tour of Ethiopia!

12 Day, 11 Night

This Ethiopian trekking experience takes you to one of the most stunning locations in Africa, Simien Mountains National Park. This mountain range is vast and unique consisting of highland plateaus capped by a dramatic skyline of jagged volcanic peaks and split by deep gorges and ravines. The views across the landscape are breathtaking and the natural formations have been described as the chess pieces of the gods. Your experience will take you trekking through the park for 6 days and will also give you the opportunity to view some native wildlife including Walia ibex, Ethopian wolf, and Gelada baboon. 

Your time in Ethiopia would not be complete without visits to some of the many historic sites that make this country so unique. Travel to Lalibela which is known as the eight wonder of the world with its impressive rock-hewn churches. Journey to the ‘Camelot of Africa’, Gondar, and view its magnificent medieval castles and palaces. 

You’ll leave with a greater appreciation for this somewhat undiscovered country. We are happy to customize any of our trips to fit your needs. Journey with us to beautiful Ethiopia!

Day 1

Welcome to Ethiopia! Upon arrival at Addis Ababa International Airport, you will be met by a representative from Off Season Adventures’ and taken to your hotel. If time allows, you may be able to participate in a city tour.  Addis Ababa is a vibrant city with many things to see and do. Visit the National Museum and the oldest hominid fossil ‘Lucy” or head to the top of Mount Entoto for a panoramic view of the city. Wherever your exploration takes you it is bound to be an interesting day. Have dinner back at your hotel and contemplate the Ethiopian experience that awaits you!

  • Arrive at Addis Ababa Airport (ADD) and meet a representative of the Off Season Adventures team
  • Transfer to accommodation
  • Depending on arrival time you may be able to take a city tour
  • Overnight and dinner at Best Western Plus

Day 2

After breakfast fly north to the city of Gondar. Once the capital of Ethiopia it was founded in the 17th century by Emperor Fasiladas. Tour the city and see its wonderful castles, the royal enclosure, and King Fasil’s bath. You will also make a stop to Debrebirhan Selassie Church known exclusively for its traditional paintings particularly the faces of angels on the ceilings. 

  • Breakfast at Best Western Plus
  • Fly to Gondar
  • Lunch
  • Tour of Gondar
  • Overnight and dinner at Goha Hotel

Day 3

Today begins your trekking experience. In the morning drive to Debark where the Simien Mountains National Park headquarters is located. Once in the park you will drive to the first campsite, Sankaber. Here you will meet with the local community, visit their school, and participate in farming activities. Have dinner and spend the night at the camp.

  • Breakfast at Goha Hotel
  • Lunch
  • Meet with the local community near your first campsite
  • Dinner and Overnight Camping in Sankaber

Day 4

After enjoying breakfast at your campsite, head out on some scenic hiking. You will drive to Mecihiby and make your way back to the Sankaber campsite. The trek will immerse you in the beautiful and dramatic landscapes that are characteristic of the park. The afternoon will give you the opportunity to rest and relax before another day of trekking.

  • Breakfast at camp
  • Trek from Mecihiby to Sankaber
  • Lunch
  • Dinner and Overnight Camping in Sankaber

Day 5

This morning depart on a 6-7 hour trek from Sankaber to Geech. You will stop at the lovely Jinbar waterfall along the way and will most likely see various native animals including troops of gelada baboons and bearded vultures. Enjoy a calm evening and dinner at your camp.

  • Breakfast at camp
  • Trek from Sankaber to Geech
  • Lunch
  • Dinner and Overnight Camping in Geech

Day 6

Today’s hike is one of the most scenic and will take you from Geech through grassy plateaus to Chenek. You’ll pass through the semi dense vegetation made up of the Giant Lobelia plants. Stop at Kedadit Gorge, Imet Gogo, and Enatiye some of the most remarkable viewpoints in the park and marvel at the massive canyons, distant ridges, and seemingly never ending vallies.

  • Breakfast at camp
  • 7-8 hour trek from Geech to Chenek
  • Lunch
  • Dinner and Overnight Camping in Chenek

Day 7

On this day you will hike approximately 5-6 hours from Chenek to Filki. On the way make your way past Buahit, the second largest peak in the park at 4,437 meters high. This area provides the opportunity to see the Walia ibex and rare endemic Ethiopian wolf.

  • Breakfast at camp
  • Trek from Chenek to Filki
  • Lunch
  • Dinner and Overnight Camping Filki

Day 8

After an early breakfast make your way back to Chenek from Filki. The trek should take between 5 and 6 hours. Relax and enjoy dinner at Chenek. 

  • Breakfast at camp
  • Trek from Chenek to Fili
  • Lunch
  • Dinner and Overnight Camping Chenek

Day 9

Today marks the end of your trekking excursion. After breakfast you will drive back to Gondar. The afternoon is at your leisure to explore the city or relax.

  • Breakfast at camp
  • Transfer to Gondar
  • Lunch
  • Afternoon at your leisure
  • Overnight and dinner at Goha Hotel

Day 10

This morning travel to the small town of Lalibela. This place is home to one of the world’s most astounding sacred sites, the eleven rock-hewn churches. Showcasing impressive skill and ingenuity these churches are all carved out of a single block of granite with their tops at ground level. You will visit these structures including the famous St. George Church and the tomb of Adam.

  • Breakfast at Goha Hotel
  • Transfer to Lalibela
  • Lunch
  • Visit the rock-hewn churches
  • Overnight and dinner at Mountain View Hotel

Day 11

After breakfast drive to Yimrhane Kirstos through the small village of Bilbala. This cave church predates the rock-hewn churches of Lalibela. You will have to take a short 15-20 minute walk to reach the church. It is one of the most beautiful and colorful in the country. It is built from marble and wood and shows remarkable architectural skill. The other side of the cave houses many mummified bodies of pilgrims from centuries ago. When you return to Lalibela you will have the afternoon to spend at your leisure.

  • Breakfast at Mountain View Hotel
  • Visit to Yimrhane Kirstos
  • Lunch
  • Afternoon at your leisure
  • Overnight and dinner at Mountain View Hotel

Day 12

Today you will fly back to Addis Ababa. You will have the afternoon to do some shopping or sightseeing. End your Ethiopian excursion with a farewell dinner and folk show before heading to the airport for your journey home.

  • Breakfast at Mountain View Hotel
  • Fly to Addis Ababa
  • Lunch
  • Afternoon at your leisure
  • Dinner and folk show 
  • Transfer to airport for flight home

We are happy to customize additional day excursions before or after this tour if you want to get more out of your journey.

What’s Included?

  • Your local, experienced driver with many years of guiding tours in Ethiopia
  • Lodging in Ethiopia on a full room and board basis
  • Entrance fees for all National Parks and Conservation Areas
  • All cultural activities and excursions on itinerary
  • Contribution to the 501(c)(3) organization Second Look Worldwide and World Resources Institute for sustainable urbanization, climate policy and analysis, forest restoration and access to information issues
  • Beverages while in transit, excluding while in the airports
  • Driver transfers to and from airports
  • An emergency evacuation card, Flying Doctors
  • Wire Transfer and other banking fees

What’s Not Included?

  • International flights to & from Ethiopia
  • Tips for your drivers, tour guides, and lodges, highly encouraged
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Traveler’s Insurance, highly encouraged
  • Souvenirs and gifts
  • Baggage weight overages, if applicable
  • Any incidental expenses
  • Anything from room service or the hotel minibar

Accommodations

Best Western Plus: 1 night, Bed & Breakfast Basis

Goha Hotel: 2 nights, Full Room & Board Basis

Camping: 6 nights, Full Room & Board Basis

Mountain View Hotel: 2 nights, Full Room & Board Basis

Next Steps

THIS 12 DAY, 11 NIGHT TOUR PACKAGE BEGINS AT ONLY $4268 PER PERSON, FULL ROOM AND BOARD AT DOUBLE CAPACITY.

50% of the total package cost must be paid 90 days before travel to retain your reservation, and the balance must be paid 60 days prior to the date of arrival.