Choosing TESFA or Simien NP Trek?
Replies: 6 - Last Post: Feb 7, 2013 8:07 AM Last Post By: Kurzschluss
Dec 12, 2012 1:54 AM
Choosing TESFA or Simien NP Trek?Hi, I don't know if we should do a trek with TESFA east of Lalibela or 3 day trek in the Simien Mountain NP? We fear it might be to cold for sleeping in a tent… we both love it hot, that's why we leave Europe in Winter and after Ethiopia we fly to Zanzibar.
We did some hikes in cold areas (Patagonia, Tasmania and NZ) but stayed in simple but comfortable huts. How are the TESFA-tukuls? I read mixed reviews concerning the cleanliness and food, maybe a good tent and an own sleeping bag would be better. Don't understand me wrong, I stayed in very simple beach huts but I think that's totally different when it's nearly freezing at night and the surrounding is poor and depressing.
What do you think?
Dec 12, 2012 5:10 AM
1Hi kurzschluss(nice name)
I can highly recommend the 3 day trekking tour from ‘highlandtrekking tours’ in LALIBELA.
Daniel Melese offers homestay tours(3-6 days) to the Abune Yoseph plateau above Lalibela, well known for it’s Gelada Baboons and the Ethiopian Wolf (for the wolfs you need to be lucky and an early bird, though)
You can choose to sleep in a tent or in a local hut.
You will sit with the locals on the fire in the huts and share their food.
At night it IS cold- but not freezing!
In the evenings they will have bonfires and the huts are warm anyway.
At day it’s hot, but bearable- still, it’s high up, so you’ll need sunscreen.
With highlandtrekking you can experience the way how the Ethiopian highlanders in little villages still live today and also admire a mountain scenery which will take your breath away.
I did it twice and don’t regret one meter.
Dec 13, 2012 6:51 AM
2@uti, nice attempt for advertising, but not the first.
At a height of 4000 meters in Semien Mountain it will be pretty cold in the evening and in the night, because there will be temperature near 0 degree Celsius. But not at the day. So you need a thick sleeping bag at night. But it is very pleasant to walk at daytime.
With TESFA you will reach mountains, which are around 3000 meters, so it ist also cold at night. But on such trekking tours you normally will sleep in houses. In both, Lalibela or Semien, you will not frozen to death. But trekking around Lalibela is very much easier and cheaper, Semien is more spectacular.
Dec 19, 2012 7:17 PM
3I have done both Simiens and TESFA. Simiens are more expensive, colder, but more spectacular. TESFA is wonderful. Tikuls are great with plenty of warm blankets at night and good nutritious food. Easier trekking. Less spectacular but still wonderful scenery. TESFA is likely to be cheaper and less rugged. Tikuls are luxurious compared to sleeping in a tent at night.
Another option, considerably more expensive, is the Simien lodge in the Simiens. Wonderful accodmodations and food.
Dec 20, 2012 2:17 AM
Feb 2, 2013 11:13 AM
5hi ,just returned from Tesfa trek both near lalibela for 3 nights and also 2 nights tigray both were very good views were great food not bad but the tigray trek was a bit dodgy walking along steep cliffs with sheer drop so need a good head for heights the turkels were much warmer than camping in Simiens which was freezing in mid january the only thing i would say is take youre own sleeping bags as i got bitten badly by fleas at Mequat
hope this helps
Feb 7, 2013 8:07 AM
Do you think we need a water pump to filter waterr for the Tesfa Trek near Lalibela? In other forums I read that at some overnight places there is a shortage of drinking water
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