If you want to hike around Bale Mountains National Park, organising a ‘team’ (guide, horse and horse handler) is done through this association at park headquarters and should be arranged the day before. Guides have a good reputationa and are compulsory (Birr250 per day). Porters aren’t available, but horses (per day Birr120) and horse handlers (per day Birr170) can be hired.

Even if you’re trekking alone, a minimum of two horse handlers are required.