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The Simien Mountains Trek - Exodus Travels
The Simien Mountains Trek - Exodus Travels
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Start and end in London! With the hiking & trekking tour The Simien Mountains Trek, you have a 13 day tour package taking you through London, England and 5 other destinations. The Simien Mountains Trek includes accommodation in a hotel as well as an expert guide, meals, transport and more.
Age range
16 to 80 year olds
Accommodation
Camping
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  • The Simien Mountains Trek reviewer 1
    Written on October 31, 2013
    5.0 - Excellent

    I though my last trip with exodus was amazing, this trip far exceeded my expectations. Ethiopia Simien mountains are the most beautiful place i have been and i have visited alot of places.What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?The whole trip was inspirational. The scenery was amazing, the group were fantastic and the guids brilliant. The trip was very tough at times but worth the long days for the scenic campsites and surroundings.What did you think of your group leader?Both Alex and Melese were brilliant. Alex always had every thing planned and well organised which made the trip run smoothly. He was also very helpful and was happy to spend time with you showing you how to use you kit properly and checking that you were ok. Melese was clearly very passionate about Ethiopia and Simens and had a great level of knowledg, which he is happy to shareDo you have any advice for potential travellers?Make sure that you are fit before you go. The trip is challenging.

  • The Simien Mountains Trek reviewer 2
    Written on October 22, 2013
    4.0 - Good

    This is a trip I have wanted to do for a number of years and it didn't disappoint!  Ethiopia is a fantastic country, and we were made to feel very welcome by the staff and locals alike.  The scenery is some of the most spectacular I have seen and the trekking was great fun, challenging but manageable.What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?We saw an Ethiopian wolf (very rare), Walia Ibex (quite rare) and Gelada baboons (breeding like rabbits it seems), together with loads of eagles/lammageyer/falcons, so that was fantastic.  Some of the sunrises and sunsets.  The views from the escarpment to the valley floor below were out of this world.  There are some long days but the feeling of achievement at the end is great.  The greeting from the camp crew when you get down from Ras Dashen (dancing and making garlands for you) is unbelievable, as is the last night camp party.What did you think of your group leader?We had two group leaders: Alex, a guide from Romania and Melese, a local guide, and together they were a good team.  Alex is extremely competent and hard-working, prioritising the safety and security of the group at all times; his advice was good and his timings accurate.  I always felt he had things under control, that he wanted the group to have a good time, and that he worked hard to achieve this.  My only slight criticism might be that he was great for those of us at the front/middle of the group but for those at the back he wasn't as empathetic and encouraging as other leaders I have encountered.....but Melese was both of these things and so together they were great.  Melese is extremely passionate about his country and coveyed this to us, a really excellent guide whom we all enjoyed getting to know.  Alex and Melese both clearly care deeply about their charity work in Ethiopia and this is a real testament to both of them.  I would happily go on trips led by either of them again.Do you have any advice for potential travellers?If going in October, you really must have good breathable waterproofs: the rainy season was extended this year and it rained at some point almost every day.  Gaiters are useful. The advice in the trip notes to take energy bars, sandals for river crossings and water treatment tablets is spot on: unlike some other trips where it is a back-up/nice-to-have, on this trip you do need all of them.  Take some old clothes to leave at the end of the trip: hats, gloves and socks are particularly valuable to the trekking crew.  Make sure you take plenty of hand disinfectant as the money is filthy and we were advised to wash our hands every time after handling it, and this was good advice!On this trip, your main bag is transported by mule so use the Exodus kitbags and pack your stuff in drybags for the rain - and keep it light!We would have liked to go to Lalibela so think about the extension - it is a shame it isn't part of the itinerary.Is there anything else you would like to add?The food, accomodation, transport and camping equipment on this trip was very good.  The organisation was great and we had a really good time.  Having done a lot of high altitude trekking, I would say that the altitude on this trip is pretty gentle in that you have plenty of time to acclimatise, so don't let it put you off.  You do need to be experienced in walking for long periods, and they are absolutely right to consider carefully whether to go if you have vertigo as there are some pretty exciting drops, but it really is a great trip and I would recommend it.

  • The Simien Mountains Trek reviewer 3
    Written on January 8, 2013
    5.0 - Excellent

    Incredible trek. Loved being so remote and having such a contrast to life back home. A real eye opener into the Ethiopian lifestyle too. The scenery was truly breath taking - too much to take in and capture on a photo!What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?Walking through a stunning tiny village and letting the village children listen to my ipod headphones.... the children were amazed.What did you think of your group leader?Fantastic - we were lucky to have both a local guide and a UK guide and they complemented each other tremedously well. Meles (the local guide) was superb at explaining local culture and the background of Ethiopia - he was very protective of the culture and sought to ensure tourism benefitted and not destroyed their heritage - great to see. Suzie (the UK guide) was a true professional at building the group caramaderie and ensuring we were all getting what we wanted out of the trip.Do you have any advice for potential travellers?Some tough, long days but absolutely worth every minute of it for the scenery and culture we were able to experience as a result of being so remote. Not for a first time trekker.Is there anything else you would like to add?Well done Exodus (again) for such a well organised, interesting and remote trip where the locals truly welcomed our prescence.

  • The Simien Mountains Trek reviewer 4
    Written on January 8, 2013
    5.0 - Excellent

    Incredible trek. Loved being so remote and having such a contrast to life back home. A real eye opener into the Ethiopian lifestyle too. The scenery was truly breath taking - too much to take in and capture on a photo!What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?Walking through a stunning tiny village and letting the village children listen to my ipod headphones.... the children were amazed.What did you think of your group leader?Fantastic - we were lucky to have both a local guide and a UK guide and they complemented each other tremedously well. Meles (the local guide) was superb at explaining local culture and the background of Ethiopia - he was very protective of the culture and sought to ensure tourism benefitted and not destroyed their heritage - great to see. Suzie (the UK guide) was a true professional at building the group caramaderie and ensuring we were all getting what we wanted out of the trip.Do you have any advice for potential travellers?Some tough, long days but absolutely worth every minute of it for the scenery and culture we were able to experience as a result of being so remote. Not for a first time trekker.Is there anything else you would like to add?Well done Exodus (again) for such a well organised, interesting and remote trip where the locals truly welcomed our prescence.

  • The Simien Mountains Trek reviewer 5
    Written on December 10, 2012
    5.0 - Excellent

    A fantastic trip to a vastly under-rated country -  recommended for those who enjoy beautiful scenerey but dont mind the tough walking - plenty of culture and wildlife to enjoy too.What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?The scenery people and wildlifeWhat did you think of your group leader?ExceelentDo you have any advice for potential travellers?Travel in November to avoid the searing heat of January and FebruaryIs there anything else you would like to add?This trip shouldnt be underestimated - you need to be fit and active to enjoy it.

  • The Simien Mountains Trek reviewer 6
    Written on December 10, 2012
    5.0 - Excellent

    A fantastic and extremely memorable trek. The days are long and the walking is tough; however the scenery and the many local people that you meet make it all worthwhile. The scenery is amazing and surprisingly varied. A real bonus was that at the end of November the terrain was remarkably lush green. What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?The main thing was the people. They appear remarkably content with their life - despite the obvious poverty - mud huts, no electricity, no running water (except rivers), no sanitation and little food. It was amazing to walk along paths in the middle of nowhere and see children running, often bare footed, from half a mile away to greet you on the path. Their smiling faces, and their sense of fun when they saw digital images of themselves was a joy. It was also great to go into a school room - again a mud hut - and see how the children were being taught - complete with Exodus benches! For me, the one thing that wasn't inspirational was summiting Ras Dashen - and not just because I didn't quite make it. The reality is that this trip isn't about summitting, it is about the journey and what you see along the way. You go well above 4,000m on a number of occasions, and so there is nothing particularly special about the summit, and the scenery from some of the other slightly lesser summits is better. Finally, the campsites - out of the 7 sites that we stayed on, we were on our own (other than for curious locals looking on) on 5 of them. They are generally in beautiful, remote locations and to wake up and see the sunrises was fantsatic.What did you think of your group leader?The trek had two leaders - Meles, a local Ethiopian leader, and Suzie from the UK. Both were superb. I can't imagine how difficult it must be to organise a trek through such difficult terrain, and with such a lack of local infrastructure. However, everything on the trek worked like clockwork - apart from my muscles sometimes! It was particularly good having the two leaders with Meles being able to sort out all of the local and language issues; and Suzie handling the broader issues. They both have incredible experience and worked perfectly together. Well done.Do you have any advice for potential travellers?Believe what it says in the trip notes about this being at the top end of C (probably more like C/D) - this is quite a tough trip, particularly the 3 days of back to back 10/12 hour climbing and descent. There are plenty of steep drops and the trips notes are right to warn that anyone who suffers from vertigo should think carefully about going on this. That said, I never felt in any danger, and it was possible to stay away from the edge if you needed to. Also, the drops added significantly to the drama of the scenery. The local people and children in particular are great. We took plenty of small gifts to give out, but we were rapidly, and rightly, advised not to give them to the locals because to do so tends to encourage a begging mentality. Instead we gave the gifts to the Ethiopian leader (Meles), who in turn gave them to a school - which worked out well. The country, and its people, are clearly extremely poor and if you do have any space/weight limit available please do take some old clothes. They don't even need to be walking gear - it was surprising how many people we saw wearing old suits - and so anything that you can spare will be very much appreciated. The country's roads are being developed quickly by the Chinese. I can't imagine that it will be as busy as Nepal for many years, but if you are thinking of going on this trek, the sooner the better. Enjoy the peace and the solitude - we didn't see another trekker, or 'Westerner', for a week.Is there anything else you would like to add?I think that I have already said it all. This was at the top end of my capabilities - or just beyond; but as the good things stay in the memory, and the not so good bits start to fade; I am certain that the memories from the trek will stay with me forever. The people on the trek were also fantastic and amazingly supportive of anyone who was struggling. Thank you.

  • The Simien Mountains Trek reviewer 7
    Written on December 10, 2012
    5.0 - Excellent

    A fantastic trip to a vastly under-rated country -  recommended for those who enjoy beautiful scenerey but dont mind the tough walking - plenty of culture and wildlife to enjoy too.What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?The scenery people and wildlifeWhat did you think of your group leader?ExceelentDo you have any advice for potential travellers?Travel in November to avoid the searing heat of January and FebruaryIs there anything else you would like to add?This trip shouldnt be underestimated - you need to be fit and active to enjoy it.

  • The Simien Mountains Trek reviewer 8
    Written on December 10, 2012
    5.0 - Excellent

    A fantastic and extremely memorable trek. The days are long and the walking is tough; however the scenery and the many local people that you meet make it all worthwhile. The scenery is amazing and surprisingly varied. A real bonus was that at the end of November the terrain was remarkably lush green. What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?The main thing was the people. They appear remarkably content with their life - despite the obvious poverty - mud huts, no electricity, no running water (except rivers), no sanitation and little food. It was amazing to walk along paths in the middle of nowhere and see children running, often bare footed, from half a mile away to greet you on the path. Their smiling faces, and their sense of fun when they saw digital images of themselves was a joy. It was also great to go into a school room - again a mud hut - and see how the children were being taught - complete with Exodus benches! For me, the one thing that wasn't inspirational was summiting Ras Dashen - and not just because I didn't quite make it. The reality is that this trip isn't about summitting, it is about the journey and what you see along the way. You go well above 4,000m on a number of occasions, and so there is nothing particularly special about the summit, and the scenery from some of the other slightly lesser summits is better. Finally, the campsites - out of the 7 sites that we stayed on, we were on our own (other than for curious locals looking on) on 5 of them. They are generally in beautiful, remote locations and to wake up and see the sunrises was fantsatic.What did you think of your group leader?The trek had two leaders - Meles, a local Ethiopian leader, and Suzie from the UK. Both were superb. I can't imagine how difficult it must be to organise a trek through such difficult terrain, and with such a lack of local infrastructure. However, everything on the trek worked like clockwork - apart from my muscles sometimes! It was particularly good having the two leaders with Meles being able to sort out all of the local and language issues; and Suzie handling the broader issues. They both have incredible experience and worked perfectly together. Well done.Do you have any advice for potential travellers?Believe what it says in the trip notes about this being at the top end of C (probably more like C/D) - this is quite a tough trip, particularly the 3 days of back to back 10/12 hour climbing and descent. There are plenty of steep drops and the trips notes are right to warn that anyone who suffers from vertigo should think carefully about going on this. That said, I never felt in any danger, and it was possible to stay away from the edge if you needed to. Also, the drops added significantly to the drama of the scenery. The local people and children in particular are great. We took plenty of small gifts to give out, but we were rapidly, and rightly, advised not to give them to the locals because to do so tends to encourage a begging mentality. Instead we gave the gifts to the Ethiopian leader (Meles), who in turn gave them to a school - which worked out well. The country, and its people, are clearly extremely poor and if you do have any space/weight limit available please do take some old clothes. They don't even need to be walking gear - it was surprising how many people we saw wearing old suits - and so anything that you can spare will be very much appreciated. The country's roads are being developed quickly by the Chinese. I can't imagine that it will be as busy as Nepal for many years, but if you are thinking of going on this trek, the sooner the better. Enjoy the peace and the solitude - we didn't see another trekker, or 'Westerner', for a week.Is there anything else you would like to add?I think that I have already said it all. This was at the top end of my capabilities - or just beyond; but as the good things stay in the memory, and the not so good bits start to fade; I am certain that the memories from the trek will stay with me forever. The people on the trek were also fantastic and amazingly supportive of anyone who was struggling. Thank you.

  • The Simien Mountains Trek reviewer 9
    Written on December 3, 2012
    5.0 - Excellent

    Stunning scenery. Walking definitely at the upper end of the challenging grade.What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?Walking along the paths at the top of the escarpment, looking at the great views out over the lowlands 1-2000m below you.What did you think of your group leader?Both international and local leaders were good.Do you have any advice for potential travellers?Read the small print (i.e. the what to take section of the dossier, including the optional items).  On other trips I've done this has been a 'nice to have' list, but for this trip when it says essential it means essential.Temperatures varied from sub-zero at night to mid 30s in the daytime sunshine. Water purification tablets and toilet paper are essential, and a big pack of wet wipes proved a welcome addition to my pack on numerous occasions. When it rains, its a tropical downpour - decent waterproofs are a godsend if the heavens open.Remember a $20 bill to pay for your visa on arrival. The embassy website said bring 2 passport photos, but we didn't need these as they took digital pictures as part of the process. Practice your dancing and singing for the last night social with the trek team. There's got to be something better than the hokey cokey......Is there anything else you would like to add?Really enjoyable trip, though physically demanding, with three very long days in the middle with lots of up and down.Sona is the best located camp - right on the edge!I would definitely recommend this trip.

  • The Simien Mountains Trek reviewer 10
    Written on December 3, 2012
    5.0 - Excellent

    Stunning scenery. Walking definitely at the upper end of the challenging grade.What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?Walking along the paths at the top of the escarpment, looking at the great views out over the lowlands 1-2000m below you.What did you think of your group leader?Both international and local leaders were good.Do you have any advice for potential travellers?Read the small print (i.e. the what to take section of the dossier, including the optional items).  On other trips I've done this has been a 'nice to have' list, but for this trip when it says essential it means essential.Temperatures varied from sub-zero at night to mid 30s in the daytime sunshine. Water purification tablets and toilet paper are essential, and a big pack of wet wipes proved a welcome addition to my pack on numerous occasions. When it rains, its a tropical downpour - decent waterproofs are a godsend if the heavens open.Remember a $20 bill to pay for your visa on arrival. The embassy website said bring 2 passport photos, but we didn't need these as they took digital pictures as part of the process. Practice your dancing and singing for the last night social with the trek team. There's got to be something better than the hokey cokey......Is there anything else you would like to add?Really enjoyable trip, though physically demanding, with three very long days in the middle with lots of up and down.Sona is the best located camp - right on the edge!I would definitely recommend this trip.

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  1. Day 1: Arrive Addis Ababa; half-day city tour.
  2. Day 2: Drive to Debark; start trekking to Sankaber Camp.
  3. Day 3: Trek to Geech via Jinbar Waterfall.
  4. Day 4: Day walk to Imetgogo.
  5. Day 5: Trek to Chennek via Enatyie Escarpment.
  6. Day 6: Trek to Ambiko; ascend Bwuhit.
  7. Day 7: Ascent of Ras Dashen, highest point in Ethiopia.
  8. Day 8: Trek to Sona via Arkwasiye.
  9. Day 9: Descend to Ansiya Wenz River and on to Lamo Camp.
  10. Day 10: Continue to Mulit Camp.
  11. Day 11: Short walk to Adi Arkay where the trek finishes; drive to Gondar.
  12. Day 12: Fly to Addis Ababa; evening depart.

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Recommended for Ethiopia. Ideally 2 weeks before travel.
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Recommended for Ethiopia. Ideally 2 weeks before travel.
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Recommended for Ethiopia. Ideally 2 weeks before travel.
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Recommended for Ethiopia. Ideally 3 months before travel.
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Recommended for Ethiopia. Ideally 1 month before travel.
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Destinations

Covering a total distance of approx 12,933 km.
  • London (England)
  • 5,901 km
  • Addis Ababa (Ethiopia)
  • 425 km
  • Gondar (Ethiopia)
  • 76 km
  • Debark (Ethiopia)
  • 51 km
  • Mt Ras Dashen (Ethiopia)
  • 41 km
  • Addi Arkay (Ethiopia)
  • 37 km
  • Debark (Ethiopia)
  • 76 km
  • Gondar (Ethiopia)
  • 425 km
  • Addis Ababa (Ethiopia)
  • 5,901 km
  • London (England)

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