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Simien Mountain Trek and Lalibela ES

Visiting: Ethiopia
Trip Duration 13 Days

Walking in the Simien Mountains

The Simien highlands of northern Ethiopia form one of the major mountain massifs in Africa. A highlight is the ascent to the summit of Ras Dashen - Ethiopia's highest peak and the fifth highest on the continent. As we trek through this isolated region we admire the spectacular scenery of rocky plateaus, spires, mesas and deep gorges. On our return we also visit Lalibela, home to the impressive rock-cut churches.

Tour Highlights

  • Simien Mountains: trek one of Africa's most spectacular and least visited mountain ranges in Africa.
  • Ras Dashen: climb Ethiopia's highest peak at 4543m.
  • Camping: enjoy wild camping in stunning locations.
  • Gondar: discover the medieval Fasilidas Castle and Debre Berhan Church.
  • Lalibela: Explore impressive churches carved in rocks.


Itineraries on some departure dates may differ, please select.

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  • 1
    Join tour Addis Ababa. PM: orientation tour of the city

  • 2
    Fly to Gondar and visit local sites including castle ruins

  • 3
    Drive to Simien Mountains National Park via Debark; PM trek to Sankaber

  • 4
    Trek to Geech Camp via Sankaber

  • 5
    Optional acclimatisation hike to Imet Gogo from Geech Camp

  • 6
    Trek to Chenek Camp traversing the Jinbar river

  • 7
    Trek to Ambikwa

  • 8
    Ascent of Ras Dashen; returning to Ambikwa

  • 9
    Recross the Mesheha River en route to Arkwasiye

  • 10
    Walk to Chenek. Drive to Gondar

  • 11
    Fly to Lalibela. Visit rock stone churches

  • 12
    Mule trek to Ashatan Maryam Church

  • 13
    Fly to Addis where tour ends

Trip notes

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Simien Mountain Trek and Lalibela
Included meals 13 8 7
Breakfast Lunch Dinner
Minimum Age
From 16 years
4WD, Bus, Flight
5 nights Standard Hotel
7 nights Simple Camping
Trip Staff
Driver(s), Explore Tour Leader, Local Guide(s), Cook, Muleteer(s)
Maximum Altitude on Trek (m)
Group Size
Generally 10 - 16