- Eight day trek (7 nights camping) in the Simien Mountains of Ethiopia. Undoubtedly the highlights were the dramatic scenery and the wildlife, with many species being endangered and found nowhere else. The people were very friendly and, being at altitude, it was never too hot by day or cold by night. Luckily we were not rained on at any stage during the trek (March/April).
The camping staff were fantastic and we appreciated everything they did for us, despite the ‘rough’ conditions. The tents were waterproof and were ideal for single occupant usage. However, the same sized tents were also used for two people sharing and considering all gear had to be taken into the tent every night, this made for very cramped and uncomfortable conditions. A simple rule of thumb should be that a two-man tent is suitable for one person plus gear, while (at least) a three-man tent is suitable for two persons plus gear.
The walk schedule was not too strenuous (although some days required more stamina than others!) and the routes took full advantage of the fantastic scenery. Good comfortable walking boots are essential and trekking poles are very useful on the steep descents.
The cultural trips to Gondar and Lalibela afterwards were well worth it and the standard of hotels used was very good. It was also a good idea to take internal flights rather than face excessively long and time wasting road trips. All in all, a great way to get a glimpse of a fascinating country during a relatively short visit.
Published on: 05 April 2016