Simien mountains trek?
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Oct 9, 2012 7:17 AM
Simien mountains trek?Hello everyone
I'm planning to do a trek to the Simien mountains starting around Oct 16th (maybe one day earlier or later) and I'm up to a shorter or longer trek depending on the companions I can get in order to reduce costs. I'm a 37-year old male and was wondering if anyone thinks their dates with coincide with mine! Please, drop a line here or a send a private message if interested. I also don't mind joining another group if it helps to break costs.
Oct 9, 2012 8:20 AM
1My husband and I are interested in doing a simien hike. We're in tanzania now and will be in addis starting the 12th or 13th. I contacted a guide yesterday who sent me a quote of $355 USD. Says he has one other person. Maybe with 3 additional, the price will drop? Let me know if interested.. His name is Alex Alebachew and I found him via LP Forum. See below for his email :)
DAY 1: Gondar – Debark – Sankaber Camp (3,200m)
4-5hrs driving, 7km 2/3 hours walking
You’ll be picked up from your hotel in Gonder around 7.30am for the 2 ½ hr drive to Debark in a 4x4. The road is rough and very dusty, but if you haven’t left the built up areas in Ethiopia yet, it is a real eye opener into the life of the rural majority. At Debark you will sign in at the park headquarters, pick up your guide and scout and head up into the mountains (by 4x4). The road continues all the way to the first camp at Sankaber, but you’ll be dropped off on the way for a leisurely three hour acclimatisation hike. The stunning views hit you as soon as you get out of the vehicle as you walk along the ridge. There will be time to stop for a picnic lunch and after a short but demanding climb (at this altitude) to Sankaber you’ll be met as every day on this trek with a tray of fresh coffee, tea and snacks. (L,D)
DAY 2: Sankaber (3,200m) – Geech Camp (3,600m)
Walking 7-8hrs / 15km
After a hearty breakfast, you’ll set off trekking along the ridge with stunning views over the foothills 800m below. For the first two hours the trail passes through low bush of Giant Heather, soda apple, Abyssinian rose, St John’s Wort and Globe thistle. The highlight of the trek from Sankaber to Geech is Genbar Falls, an incredible 500m sheer drop. From the viewpoint opposite, you can watch the falcons, augur buzzard and lammergeier bearded vulture soar on the thermals below. From the Genbar falls, the trail passes drier dustier land, broken by lunch at a somewhat less intimidating and more peaceful waterffall. Klipspringer and bush buck may be seen in the steep rocky and wooded slopes, whilst troops of Gelada Baboons roam the dusty fields for roots. Just before you reach Geech camp site, there is a wonderful opportunity to visit one of the traditional village houses for home roasted coffee and injurra. Geech Camp itself is set on a grassy plateau with stunning sunset views. (B,L,D)
DAY 3: Geech (3,600m) – Imet Gogo (3,926m) – Siha Gorge – Kedar Dit – Geech (3,600m)
Walking 5-6 hrs / 13km
After breakfast you’ll trek for 2 hours along the grass plateau past countless bizarre outsized Giant Lobelia plants. The destination is Imet Gogo, an incredible rocky promontory that grants 360 degree views over the Simien Range. At an altitude of 3,926m you can see West back along the ridge towards Sankaber and Geech and South East across a deep gully towards the tomorrow’s ridge walk to Inatye and Cheneck Camp. The views here are arguably the best in the Simien Mountains and the drop is terrifying. From Imet Gogo, you’ll return to camp via the Siha Gorge for lunch. Afternoon at leisure before heading out for a short optional sunset trek to KedaDit (3760m). Overnight at Geech Camp again. (B,L,D)
DAY 4: Geech (3600m) – Innatye (4070m) - Chenek (3,600m)
Walking 7 hours / 15km
Today is the longest and arguably most spectacular passing close to the ridge most of its length. After breakfast you will head back on the path towards Imet Gogo before detouring SE towards Inatye. The path drops into a forest of Giant Hazel before following the ridge on open grassland. The climb to Inatye (4,070m) rewards with stunning views. Inatye roughly translates as “mamma mia” and the terrifying vertical drop here justly warrants the name! After a picnic lunch the path follows mostly downhill through open grassland and gian lobelia towards Chenek with a number of stunning viewpoints along the way. Chenek camp is superb for wildlife with both Gelada Baboons and Wallia Ibex common here. (B,L,D)
DAY 5: Chenek (3600m) – Mount Buahit (4430m) – Chenek (3600m)
Walking 5 hours / 830m elevation gain and descent / 10km distance covered
After an early breakfast, you will head SE out of Chennek to climb Buahit Peak at 4430m. The path follows a small stream for an hour or two up to Buahit Pass. At the pass the views open up to the North East towards Lori and Sona Villages. This is a fantastic place to spot the Wallia Ibex. From here it is another hour or two’s scramble up a rocky slope to Buahit Peak. It is hard work at the altitude but the views from the top and the wildlife on the way are more than worth it. After a quick lunch in Chenek, you’ll be driven back to Gonder (B,L)
Notice;There is one person who is almost to booking and you could join up with!
Price:355€ per person
Professional cook with its complete cooking gear
Car in 4Wd standard to get to the Mts and back
Camping materials the likes of Tent,Mattress,& sleeping bag
price excludes:Alcohol drinks,tip,and other personal expenses like getting handcrafts and staff like that!
Oct 10, 2012 4:12 AM
2P.S - Ive done a bit more research and think if we get together and organize in Demark it will be significantly cheaper. Let me ASAP your contact info ( u can PM me) because we leave Zanzibar in a day or so.
Oct 10, 2012 7:53 AM
3We just return from Simien mountain today. We did a four day trek. We were a team of six.
Entrance fee 100 birr
scout 70 per day.
Guide 200 birr per day
Mule 60 birr per day (we had two mules)
Mule man 70 birr
Most of our luggage along with a supply of bottled water was carried by mules.
Split between six of us
No need to take cook
Community houses on the way camp sites prepared local meals every night and morning at Geech and Chenek. Localy made foods cost us 30 - 40 birr per meal.
Our organizer provided us transport from Gondar to Simien mountain pass Sankaber were dropped at Ayna Meda, got picked from Chenek at the end of trekking. We got our sleeping bag and tent from our fixer.
the charge for a round way trip is about $100 USD per person!
We had plastic bottled water and in case you run out plastic get water purification liquid or tablet from Gondar or Debark pharmacy,.The water from the taps at the camps looks crystal clear!
Day 1 Gondar to Debark 100kms new paved road. We drove part-way into the park on a dirt road and started our trek after Sanakber . On the first day we trekked to Geech. we saw the Jinbar Waterfall which is over 500m high. Then we trekked up a steep path from the Jinbar River to Gich village which cannot be reached by road.
Day 2 From Geech camp, doing a trekking all way up to one of the most spectacular birds eye view called ImetGogo(3,926m)then walk back down to by crossing geech camp, The total walking (6-7 hours)
Day 3 from Geech to Chenkek
Day 4 Get picked from Chenek to Gonda
You can contact them
The terrain is quite physically demanding, but as an inexperienced trekker, I found that after doing a few weeks’ training before departure and then taking the walk at a steady pace, it was much more of an enjoyable experience
Oct 11, 2012 9:29 AM
Just arrived at Donger and was lucky enough to find a group that leaves tomorrow for a 3-day trek at the Simiens, so it menas I'm leaving earlier afetr all. For the record, it was quite easy to find deals once in Donger for those who plan to book on site. Just shop aropund a little bit and go for agencies, not guys in the hotel or street.
Enjoy your travelling!
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