Introduction to Trekking in Ethiopia
Ethiopia's highlands offer a superb climate for trekking. For keen walkers, we recommend the awe-inspiring Simien Mountains, one of the major highlands of Africa. Our itineraries will take you deep into the heart of this stunning mountain range, through its beautiful lowland valleys and high escarpments. For naturalists, the Rift Valley Lakes and the Bale Mountains also offer endemics and riches of flora and fauna, while the Omo Valley and remote regions of Ethiopia are home to a myriad of tribes and cultures.
Ethiopia is a country rich in history and culture. The fabled land of the Queen of Sheba, and a former trading post on the major spice routes from the earliest times, Ethiopia's unique past is made visible in its surviving age-old religious traditions and pre-Christian relics. Among its most famous attractions are the rock churches of Lalibela, the castles of Gondar, and the city of Axum.
The Amhara people act as our mountain guides and mule drovers. They are welcoming, humorous and incredibly hardy. With the charity Community Projects Africa we have set up a regular medical aid programme to Keyit Village and the surrounding areas. For more information contact us or follow the CPA link.
When to visit the Simiens
Avoid the rainy season (from May to September), when the weather can be especially poor in the mountain areas. Whenever you go, remember that the nights can be very cold, whereas the days are often warm with magnificent blue skies.
Ask our office to prepare a tailor-made Ethiopia trekking itinerary for you. We can include a Historic Route add-on, and/or a visit to the Rift Valley Lakes and the southern Ethiopian tribes in the Omo region. Or simply choose one of our tried and tested Ethiopia Trek Itineraries from the column on the right. Our superb Full Simiens Trek will take you to the community project at Keyit and then on to Lamo via the Devil's Staircase. It is without doubt the best trekking route in the Simiens. In one exhilarating day you can top five peaks each over 4000m, including Ras Deshen. We also offer a shorter, standard Simien Trekking itinerary (6 days trekking). Short single-day excursions into the Simien Mountains are also available as an add-on to the Historic Route.
For costs, see our Trek Ethiopia Price Guide.
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Example itineraries and information for: Trek Ethiopia
A full Simien Mountains trek to remote parts of the Ethiopian Highlands. This Ethiopia trekking tour includes as standard some aspects of the Historic Route: Gondar, Lalibela and Addis. You may extend the trip to add more elements, for instance Axum, the Rift Valley Lakes, Omo Valley, or Bale Mountains.
This guided Historic Route tour visits Axum, Lalibela, Lake Tana, Bahir Dar and Gondar. The programme can be extended to include more elements, such as the rock churches of Tigray, the Rift Valley lakes, Omo Valley and southern Ethiopia, and the Bale and Simien Mountains.
Our standard Simien Mountains trek, this trekking itinerary takes you to remote parts of the Ethiopian Highlands and to the summit of Ras Deshen. This tour includes as standard some aspects of the Historic Route, such as Gondar and Lalibela, and may be extended to feature more.
Ethiopia Historic Route and Simien trek rates for 2016/17.