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Trekking Ethiopia's Simien Mountains - Explore!

Trekking Ethiopia's Simien Mountains

13 days
Start and end in Addis Ababa
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  • Trek one of the least visited mountain ranges in Africa
  • Climb Ethiopia's highest peak of Ras Dashen
  • Enjoy wild camping in stunning alpine locations
  • Wander through the halls of the medieval Fasilidas Castle
  • Explore impressive churches carved in rocks at Lalibela

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Start and end in Addis Ababa! With the Hiking & Trekking tour Trekking Ethiopia's Simien Mountains, you have a 13 days tour package taking you through Addis Ababa, Ethiopia and 6 other destinations in Ethiopia. Trekking Ethiopia's Simien Mountains includes accommodation in a hotel as well as an expert guide, meals, transport and more.
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  1. Introduction
  1. Day 1: Join trip in Addis Ababa. Afternoon orientation tour of the city
  2. Day 2: Fly to Gondar and visit local sites including castle ruins
  3. Day 3: Drive to Simien Mountains National Park via Debark; trek to Sankaber
  4. Day 4: Trek to Geech Camp via Sankaber
  5. Day 5: Optional acclimatisation hike to Imet Gogo from Geech Camp
  6. Day 6: Trek to Chenek Camp traversing the Jinbar river
  7. Day 7: Trek to Ambikwa
  8. Day 8: Ascent of Ras Dashen; returning to Ambikwa
  9. Day 9: Recross the Mesheha River en route to Arkwasiye
  10. Day 10: Walk to roadhead and drive to Gondar
  11. Day 11: Fly to Lalibela. Visit rock stone churches
  12. Day 12: Mule trek to Ashatan Maryam Church
  13. Day 13: Fly from Lalibela to Addis Abada where the trip ends
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  • 4.5
  • J
    · December 8th, 2019
    If you make your own travel arrangements, make sure the UK Explore office knows which hotel the group is staying in, otherwise joining the group can be tricky. Read and believe the trip notes. Bring thermals, waterproofs as well as sun cream. Up hill... Show more
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    Thanks for your review and feedback.
    Trip date: November 2019
  • J
    · December 6th, 2019
    We all agreed that it was ‘character building’ because of the unusual amount of rain in the dry season - no fun when you are cold and camping. However, we saw loads of baboons and Ibex, when the weather was clear we had amazing views and there were... Show more
    Explore! commented on this review
    Thanks for your review and feedback. Glad you had a great trip!
    Trip date: November 2019
  • A
    · May 17th, 2019
    Loved the whole trip. Great group of like-minded people. Excellent leader. Trip provided everything I expected and more.
    Explore! commented on this review
    Thanks for the lovely review!
    Trip date: April 2018
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  • A
    · May 17th, 2019
    Food on trek was excellent but perhaps we could have had more for breakfast - eggs as well as porridge?
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    Trip date: November 2018
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  • A
    · May 17th, 2019
    An excellent trip, and one I’d wanted to do for a very long time - it didn’t disappoint
    Explore! commented on this review
    Thanks for the lovely review!
    Trip date: April 2018
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  • Currency
    Ethiopian Birr
  • Plugs & Adapters

    As a traveller from USA, Canada, England, Australia, New Zealand you will need an adaptor for types D, M, L, J. As a traveller from South Africa you will need an adaptor for types L, J.

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  • Vaccines
    • These are only indications, so please visit your doctor before you travel to be 100% sure.
    • Typhoid - Recommended for Ethiopia. Ideally 2 weeks before travel.
    • Hepatitis A - Recommended for Ethiopia. Ideally 2 weeks before travel.
    • Cholera - Recommended for Ethiopia. Ideally 2 weeks before travel.
    • Tuberculosis - Recommended for Ethiopia. Ideally 3 months before travel.
    • Hepatitis B - Recommended for Ethiopia. Ideally 2 months before travel.
    • Rabies - Recommended for Ethiopia. Ideally 1 month before travel.
    • Meningococcal meningitis - Recommended for Ethiopia. Ideally 3 weeks before travel.
    • Yellow fever - Recommended for Ethiopia. Ideally 10 days before travel.
  • Visa
    • Unfortunately we cannot offer you a visa application service. Whether you need a visa or not depends on your nationality and where you wish to travel. Assuming your home country does not have a visa agreement with the country you're planning to visit, you will need to apply for a visa in advance of your scheduled departure.
    • Here is an indication for which countries you might need a visa. Please contact the local embassy for help applying for visas to these places.
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