7 Days Simien mountains Ras Dashen trek

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A beautiful Trek in the Semien Mountains. You will visit several summits included Ras Dashen - Africas 4 highest peak!
  • Ras Dashen
  • Semien Mountains
  • Gelada Baboons
What you can expect
Day 01-Simien Mountains Trekking to Sankaber (3240M).

Arrive in Gondar by plane/drive through the refreshing city of Bahir Dar and our guide will be waiting for you with a vehicle. Breakfast in Gondar and then drive to Debark, the headquarters of Semien Mountains. You'll have a short trek to the first camp, Sankaber. This is the Semien National Park, one of the most spectacular mountain ranges in Africa, classified as World Heritage site. Spend the evening sharing cultures and stories while getting to know your guide, scout, and mule man. Camp out with the Gelada Baboons.

Overnight Camping

Day 02-Trekking to Geech (3600M).
After loading our mules, starting a beautiful day trek between Sankaber (3250M) and Geech. Begin your trek from Sankaber. The trail proceeds along the vast escarpment, first slightly uphill before starting a descent to the big waterfall of Jinbar, one of the park's most amazing waterfalls. Keep your eyes open for Gelada Baboons, Klipspringer, and a variety of Endemic Birds. Crossing barley fields and climb through the giant lobelia to reach Geech (traditional houses with thatched roofs) a Muslim village in an Orthodox-majority region. Last effort before reaching a plateau and our camp at 3600M altitude. Optional trek to view point, Kedadit (3760m).

Overnight Camping

Day 03-Imet Gogo (3926M), Inatye (4070M), Chennek (3620M)

Gradual rise on the vast plateau through the Afro-alpine meadow and giant lobelia to Imet Gogo (3926M) summit above the escarpment. This unique perspective rocky promontory that grants 360 degree views over the Semien Range and the playground of the Lammergeyer or Bearded Vulture. Along the ridge line and an impressive gorge, we could observe the walia ibex and, for the lucky one, the Ethiopian wolf. Descent into a valley before rising on the other side through curious rock formations and lobelia. Arriving at the top of Inatye (4070M), the first 4000m of the trip, offering a splendid viewpoint over the surrounding, plunging cliffs, deep valleys and small plateaus below that we would discover in the next two days ... Last descent following the surges of up camp Chennek (3620M). Several colonies of gelada baboons inhabit the area.

Overnight Camping

Day 04-Bhawit Pass (4200M), Mesha River (2750M), Ambiko (3200M)

Long and beautiful day trek which first leads to the Bhawit Pass, at 4200M altitude. After going up a valley dotted with giant lobelia, passing by the collar below the top of the same name. From the pass, the view stretches all the surrounding reliefs including Ras Dashen (4543M), the highest point of the country, which could be seen in the distance. Long descent into a valley and across the terraced barley crops, before reaching the large village of Chiro Leba (3300M) and Mesha River (2750M). At lower altitudes, sisal and euphorbia emerge. After crossing the river, last climb to reach our camp in the village of Ambiko (3200M).

Overnight Camping

Day 05-Ras Dashen (4543M)
With the help of our headlamps, wake up and get moving early around 4:30 A. M. The ascent to Ras Dashen at 4543M, the 4th highest peak in Africa. The rise is partly on a newly created track to open up a few mountain hamlets. Despite the track, the mountain landscapes are beautiful, dotted with giant lobelia. The last part of path requires the use of hands for the final meters. The final portion remains optional for those prone to vertigo. Beautiful descent, on the eastern slope, through the giant lobelia. Back to Ambiko to relax and celebrate!

Overnight Camping

Day 06- Descent
Another early start from Ambiko. Back to Chenek camp where a vehicle will be waiting for you back to Gondar.

Overnight Hotel

Day 07
Fly back to Capital City or add one more day and drive back and get a little rest at Hotel and in the evening welfare dinner held in the magnificent Traditional Restaurant of the city and after a pleasant drop down to Airport.
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