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Trekking (Simien Mountains National Park)

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Simien Mountains constitute one of the massifs of Ethiopia that include several peaks above 4000meters high in altitude. Ras Dashen Mountain the highest in Ethiopia and the 4th highest in Africa is located here in this massif. This mountainous area physio-graphically is the result of the tertiary period of Cenozoic era volcanic eruption’s lava outpouring. This park is established in 1975 and registered as world heritage in 1978 by UNESCO for its superlative natural phenomena, exceptional natural beauty and aesthetic importance. It contains the most important and significant natural habitat for in-situ conservation of biological diversity including those threatened species of outstanding universal value from the point of view of science and conservation. This park has one rainy season, from June to September. The highest temperature ranges from –15 to +26 0c.

Day 1: Arrive at Addis Ababa. O/N Ghion Hotel.

Day 2: Fly to Gonder and Visit the Imperial palace compound of the 17th century, registered by UNESCO as world heritage; Debre-Berhan Selesie Church highly painted with portraits of angles in the A.M, and after lunch the swimming pool of Emperor Fasil and the church of Qusquam where the Scottish traveler James Brice had sojourned. O/NGoha hotel.

Day 3: Drive to Sankaber (3300m.) campsite; en route stop at Debark for trekking arrangement. Sankaber is the base where most trekking is started. This area was covered with Afro-montane forest dominated by Juniper, Haginia abyssinica, st John’s wort, Giant heather and the like. Troops of Gelada baboon can be seen here. O/N camping.

Day 4: After breakfast trek to Gheech (3600m.) Through Jinbar waterfall, viewing the splendid Panorama of the Simen Mountains, viewing the Gelada baboon, birds and other animals (6 - 7 hrs). O/n camping.

Day 5: After breakfast trek to Immet Gogo for panoramic view and game viewing, then, back to Gheech campsite for over night (6 -8hrs).

Day 6: After breakfast trek to Chenek (3600m.) campsite, for an over night camping through the gorgeous terrain. Walia ibex, the endemic species in the world can be seen here (6-8hrs).

Day 7: After breakfast treks to Hambico via Buahit the second highest peak in Simen Mountains (4437m) 6-8 hrs. O/N Camping.

Day 8: After breakfast trek down to Ras Dashen, the highest peak in Ethiopia (4620m.) the fourth in Africa after Mount Kilimanjaro, Kenya and Rewenzeri, and come back to Hambico (7-9hrs). O/n camping.

Day 9: After breakfast, trek to Harquaziye through the eastern escarpment of the Simen Mountains that declines in elevation (6-8hrs). O/n camping.

Day 10: After breakfast trek from Harquaziye to Lamo overlooking the Tekeze gorge. From this on the vegetation type changes from highland type to lowland ones (6-8hrs). O/n camping.

Day 11: After breakfast descend to Hawaza campsite (7-8hrs). Here the temperature increases as the elevation decreases and woodland becomes common feature of the area.

Day 12: After breakfast travel to Adiarkai (7-9hrs.) .

Day 13: After breakfast descend to Adiarkai town (2-3hrs.) to meet the car and drive to Aksum. O/N Yeha Hotel.

Day 14: After breakfast visit the church of st. Marry of Zion, the main stelae park, the archaeological museum. Then, fly to Addis Ababa.

Note: This tour can continue to Aksum to Mekelle and Lalibela if necessary.

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