EASTERN ETHIOPIA TOUR ( SEMEN MOUNTAIN )

EMP – 102, TREKKING ROUTES

TOUR CODE – EMP/102

DURATION - 13 DAYS, 12 NIGHTS

DEPARTURE – EARLY MORNING

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Day 1: CITY TOUR

Morning city tour of Addis Ababa , visit Entoto Mountains , with very nice view over the capital, and church of St. Marry with adjacent museum of imperial objects. Then back to the city for the national museum overnight hotel.

 

DAY 2: ADDIS ABABA – BAHER DAR
Early morning drive to Debre Libanos and visit the monastery and the Blue Nile Gorge. It is spectacular Scenery, and keeps on driving through the farm land of Gojam , late in the afternoon arrive in Baher Dar, overnight in a hotel.

DAY 3: BAHIR DAR – GONDAR - DEBARK

Break fast in the hotel and then Drive to Gonder which was the 17th century Capital of Ethiopia founded by the King Fassiledes. After lunch Visit of the palace compound, the beautiful church of Debre Birahn Sellassie with its wonderful Murals and paintings. At last you will have the look of the village of Ethiopian Jews “The Falasha”. And continue driving and overnight Debark in a local hotel.

DAY 4: DEBARK – SANKABER (3,230m A.S.L.)

Start trekking to Sankaber. The trek from Debark to Sankaber takes 4 to 5 hours, it is primarily through cultivated areas. This is also a motorable road. Sankaber is on the boundary of the park. You can walk from the camp site to the edge of the Abyss, where you may get your first glimpse of the spectacular scenery. You may see Walia Ibex, the Snakaber area is one of the best places for getting a really close look at Geladas, and Klipspringer may also be seen if you are lucky, Overnight Camping.

DAY 5, 6: SANKABER – GEECH (3,600m A.S.L.)

From Sankaber to Geech the trip takes 3 to 4 hours, through meadows and forests and some cultivated areas. Geech is worth a stay of at least for two days. There are several good lookout spots where one may see Walia, Gelada, and Klipspringer. There are views from Gidgergot. Quadadit (3,760m A.S.L.), Seha and Emietgogo (3,930m A.S.L.). just east of Quadadit you have a chance to see Colobus Monkey in the lowland forests if you have very good binoculars, Overnight Camping.

DAY 7: GEECH - CHENEK (3,600m ASL)

From Geech to Chenek the trek takes 4 to 5 hours. You may have to dismount and walk part of the way were the climb is steep. At Chenek the view is superb and there are many places for seeing Walia. There are also caves which can be explored, and Chenek is the only place where if you are extremely luck you can see Rock Hyrax (Procavia Sp.) in local language “Shikoko” the small mammal which looks like an overgrown rodent but which is, in fact, related to the elephant family, overnight camping.

DAY 8: CHENEK – BWAHIT - CHENEK (4,430m)

From Chenek to Bwahit the trek takes about five to six hours round trip, Bwahit is out side of the park boundary, overnight camping at Chenek.

DAY 9: RETURN

From Chenek the return will be directly to Sankaber it will take 4 to 5 hours, overnight camping at Sankaber.

DAY 10: SANKABER - GONDAR

From Sankaber to Debark, the trek will take from 5 to 6 hours, and you will be picked by your car and drive to Gondar , overnight in a hotel.

DAY 11: GONDAR – ADDIS ABABA

Tour continues to visit Axum or Lalibela or Bahirdar or
a combination of all.

Extensive Trips

To Ras Dashen Mountain

Ras Dashen the highest point in Ethiopia is not a difficult mountain to climb. It is in fact just a higher “hog-back” than its neighbors.

Nevertheless it requires planning and preparations, as it is off the usual tourist routs. A guide must be taken and the round trip from Chenek takes about three days.

To the Low Land

Three game scout camps available in the low lands. Dirni, Muchila, and Adermas. A trip to the low land is a real expedition and only recommended for tough people able to walk under hard conditions and cope with rock climbing. A trip from Chenek all along the foot of the escarpment to the Wolquafit pass and Debareq lasts about five to seven days.