Simien Mountains Trek with Historic Route

Journey to the summit of Ethiopia's highest peak, Ras Dejen

Simien Mountains Trek with Historic Route

Our standard Simien Mountains trek takes you to the summit of Ras Deshen, Ethiopia's tallest peak, via Geech and Ambiko. The tour also includes as standard some aspects of the Historic Route, including Gondar and Lalibela, and can be extended to feature more.

Outline Itinerary

  1. Day 1: Arrive Addis Ababa

    Arrive Addis Ababa early morning, and transfer to the Saro Maria Hotel for dinner, bed & breakfast. Please contact us about the option to upgrade to a more up-market hotel, such as the Sheraton.

  2. Day 2: Fly to Gondar

    Morning flight from Addis Ababa to Gondar, where you will be met on arrival by your guide and transferred to the Goha Hotel for one night. This afternoon, embark on a guided tour of Gondar.

  3. Day 3: Drive to Debark, Trek to Sankaber (3,230m)

    After breakfast at your hotel, depart Gondar for the market town of Debark, in the Simien Mountains – a drive of approx. 3-4 hours through spectacular countryside.

  4. Day 4: Sankaber to Geech (3,630m)

    Today will see you trek from Sankaber to Geech Camp (3,630m). Start by descending to the escarpment near the head of the Wazla Wenz, from where there is a dramatic view of the Jinbar Wenz waterfall cascading down into the Geech Abyss.

  5. Day 5: Geech to Chenek (3,600m) via Imet Gogo (3,926m)

    Today will see you take the periphery route – with its majestic and awe-inspiring views from the escarpment – via Imet Gogo to Chenek.

  6. Day 6: Chenek to Ambiko (3,600m)

    A long but interesting walk from Chenek (3,600m) to Ambiko (3,100m), with optional climb to Bwahit summit.

  7. Day 7: Ras Deshen Summit (4,543m) and back to Ambiko

    The toughest day of your journey, today will see you ascend to the summit of Ras Dejen, the tallest peak in the Simiens. Waking early, you begin by trekking to the head of the Mesheha Valley and the village of Mizma, where you will get your first view of your imposing goal.

  8. Day 8: Ambiko to Chenek

    Depart Ambiko this morning and retrace your steps back to Chenek, for your last night under canvas.

  9. Day 9: Chenek to Gondar, Goha Hotel

    A vehicle will be waiting to take you back to Gondar (4-5 hour drive) for dinner and overnight at the Goha Hotel.

  10. Day 10: Fly to Lalibela

    Morning flight to Lalibela. On arrival at Lalibela airport you will be met by your guide and transferred to the centre of town, where you stay at either the Mount View or Tukul Village Hotel. After check-in, embark on a tour of the historical site, visiting the first group of rock churches.

  11. Day 11: Lalibela & Asheton Mariam

    Start the day with a visit to Asheton Mariam Monastery, a 2-3 hour walk from the main Lalibela complex. Noted for its stunning location, Asheton Mariam has been carved into the cliff face and stands out as one of the highest monasteries in Ethiopia. Return to Lalibela in time for lunch.

  12. Day 12: Return Addis Ababa

    After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your flight to Addis, where you will be met on arrival and transferred to the Saro Maria Hotel. The rest of the afternoon at leisure.

  13. Day 13: Departure

    Check out after breakfast and transfer to Addis Ababa International Airport for your return fight home.

Price guide

Price based on two travellers in shared double/twin accommodation and subject to availability at the time of booking.

13 days from £2480pp


13 days from £2480pp

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