Explore the Simien Mountains and climb Ras Dashen, the highest peak in Ethiopia. You’ll also have the chance to visit the capital city of Addis Ababa and the historic palaces of Gondar, making for an itinerary that combines both the cultural and natural highlights of Ethiopia.
- Tour Addis Ababa and get a chance to support a local project
- See Gondar and Fasil Ghebbi, a centuries-old fortress and UNESCO World Heritage Site
- Trek across Simien National Park and climb several smaller peaks before conquering Ras Dashen
- Explore the daily lives and settlements of lowland villagers
- Browse the markets of Addis Ababa and enjoy a musical feast upon returning from the trek
Ethiopia spans most of the Horn of Africa, consisting of highlands that offer spectacular, off-the-beaten-path natural scenery. This tour covers one of the most impressive of such areas, the Simien Mountains. A World Heritage site formed by ancient lava flows, the Simien Mountains contain thousands of endemic species, a unique ecosystem, and Ethiopia’s highest mountain, Ras Dashen (4,550m).
Before venturing into the mountains, you’ll first explore Addis Ababa and Gondar, Ethiopia’s current and historic capital respectively. Then, you’ll trek in the Simien Mountains up to the summit of Ras Dashen for over a week, before descending into Amhara villages in the surrounding lowlands.
After over a week of both natural and human encounters, you’ll return to Gondar, then Addis Ababa. This tour is best suited for thrill seekers looking to understand the culture and lifestyle of Ethiopia alongside an extraordinary, physically demanding trek.
|Day 1||Addis Ababa (Arrival & City Tour)||2,300m|
|Day 2||Flight Addis Ababa – Gondar (City Tour)||2,400m|
|Day 3||Gondar – Debark – Sankaber (Ascent Trek)||3,250m||5-9 km, 2-3 hours|
|Day 4||Sankaber – Gich (Ascent Trek)||3,780m||3 km, 6 hours|
|Day 5||Gich – Chenek (Ascent Trek)||4,070m||17 km, 7 hours|
|Day 6||Chenek – Ambiko (Ascent Trek)||4,200m||17 km, 8 hours|
|Day 7||Ambiko – Ras Dashen Summit – Ambiko (Ascent Trek)||4,550m||15 km, 9 hours|
|Day 8||Ambiko – Sona (Descent Trek)||3,500m||15 km, 7 hours|
|Day 9||Sona – Mekarebya (Descent Trek)||3,100m||13 km, 5 hours|
|Day 10||Mekarebya – Mulit (Descent Trek)||2,000m||10 km, 4 hours|
|Day 11||Mulit – Adi Arkay – Gondar (Descent Trek)||2,100m||6 km, 2 hours|
|Day 12||Flight Gondar – Addis Ababa (Departure)||2,300m|
- Guide fee
- Travel insurance
- Visa & taxes
- Drinks and personal gears
- Flights fees