Duration: 9 days / 8 nights
Tour Code: AT012
Transportation: by air and car
Tour Description - This tour combines the spectacular scenery of the Simien Mountain National Park and the city of castles and churches of Gondar.
Day 1: Arrive in Addis Ababa
Arrive in Addis Ababa transfer to hotel and city tour. Overnight Hotel
Day 2: Fly to Gondar and drive 137 km to Sankaber (3250m asl)
After breakfast, drive 100km to Debark, where you registered before entering to the Semien Mountain National Park and have lunch in Debark. In the afternoon drive almost 30km to Michibi then you will start your hiking for almost 2 hours until the first camping site of Sankaber. Overnight Camp
Day 3: Trek from Sankaber to Gich (3600m asl) 6:00 – 7:00 hours
You will follow the track eastward along a narrow ridge, with the escarpment to the north and the Koba river valley to the south. After two hours trekking you reach Jinbar Waterfalls, where a Jinbar river plunges over 80m high rock face in to Gich Abyss. About 1:30 hours from the waterfalls, the path divide, keep left and drop into the valley, across Jinbar River, then steeply up through Gich village to reach Gich camp. Overnight Camp
Day 4: Trek from Gich to Chennek (3620m asl) 7:00 – 8:00 hours
Other major peaks you pass on the way are - Imet Gogo (3925m) , Sheno Sefer (3962m asl) and Enatiye (4070m) Follow the track eastward steeply down and up, you pass other major peaks on the way such as Sheno Sefer (3962m asl) and Inatye (4070m asl). It’s also a good area to see Lammergar and the rare Ethiopian wolf. Overnight Camp.
Day 5: Trek from Chennek to Ambico 8:00 - 9:00 hours
After two hours trekking from Chennek you reach Bawit Pass (4200m asl), it is a view point to see the vast valley of the Mesha River and its tributaries and you get your first sighting of Ras Dejen then the path drops steeply down passing through the village of Chero Leba to reach Mesheha River, across the river the path steeply up through Ambico Village to reach Ambico camp. Overnight Camp
Day 6: Trek to Ras Dejen summit (4533m asl) 8:00 – 9:00 hours
You will reach the highest peak in the country, the 4th highest peak in Africa, and back to Ambico from Ambico continue up the valley to reach the small village of Mizma (3500m asl) then follow the path to eastward and head towards Ras Dejen rock west face, visible at the head of the valley, about 4 hours trek from Ambico, you pass through a gap in an old stone wall, then swing left up a broad ridge to enter a wide semicircular corrie for almost an hour and half till the base of the summit then 15minuts scrambling to the peak. And return the same path to Ambico. Overnight Camp
Day 7: Trek Ambico to Chennek 8:00 – 9:00 hours.
Day 8: Drive back to Gondar
Enroute visit Felasha or black Jew village. In the afternoon visit the castles of Gondar and Debre Brehan Sellaisse church. Overnight Hotel
Day 9: Fly back to Addis Ababa.
In the evening enjoy a traditional farewell dinner with Ethiopian cultural music and dancing presentations. Overnight Hotel or Departure