Itinerary of our 8 days trek through the Simien Mountain National Park. Thanks to Hans Hurni, for giving us permission to use the map.
Source: Simien Mountains National Park 1:100000 2010 edition (University of Berne)
Our eight-day journey takes us to the Simien Mountains, the rooftop of Africa, in the heart of the Ethiopian Highlands, and close to Lake Tana, the source of the Blue Nile. The Simien Mountains, formed by volcanic eruptions over 20 million years ago, created the tremendous lava escarpments and gentle highland ridges that are now covered with grasses and isolated trees, such as erica and the spectacular giant lobelia.
The unparalleled panoramas along the high plateau, looking down on to the crop-covered lowland areas, showcase the plentiful flora and fauna that have made the relatively cool highlands that rise to 4,000 m their home.
This beautiful sanctuary is home to the gelada baboon, the endangered Walia ibex (a subspecies of the alpine ibex), and the Ethiopian wolf (or Simien fox), as well as indigenous villagers who for centuries have farmed these exotic lands and tended their herds.
DAY 1 : GONDAR - DEBARK - SANKABER CAMP (3,200 m)
DAY 2 : SANKABER (3,200 m) - JINBAR WATERFALL - GICH CAMP (3,600 m)
DAY 3 : GICH CAMP (3,600 m) - IMET GOGO (3,926 m) - KEDADIT (3,760 m) - GICH CAMP
DAY 4 : GICH CAMP (3,600 m) - INATEYE (4,070 m) - CHENNEK (3,600 m)
DAY 5 : CHENNEK (3,600 m) - BWAHIT (4,437 m) - SONA (3,500 m) - SONA CAMP (3,020 m)
DAY 6 : SONA CAMP (3,020 m) - MEKAREBYA (1,900 m)
DAY 7 : MEKAREBYA (1,900 m) - MULIT (2,050 m)
DAY 8 : MULIT (2,050 m) - ADI ARKAY (1,665 m)
ETHIOPIA: THE CRADLE OF HUMANITY IS A LAND WHERE LEGEND, MYTH, AND HISTORY ARE INEXTRICABLY INTERTWINED AND EMBEDDED IN THE CULTURE OF ITS PEOPLE
Thanks to Simien Mountains Tour in Gondar and our guide, Getenet Akalu, an incredibly experienced and knowledgeable man whose love for the Simien Mountain National Park and its people provided us with deep insights into the life of the mountain people and made for an incredible eight days of learning.