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Simien Mountain Trek ES

Visiting: Ethiopia
Tour Duration 13 Days
  • Simien Mountains Viewpoint
  • Castle of Gondar
  • Simien Mountains National Park, Ethiopia,
  • Gelada baboons
  • Entertaining the local children
  • Tour Style: Classic
  • Tour Type: Small Groups
  • Tour Comfort: Basic
  • Trek Grade: Challenging
 

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9 , 27/11/13

Name

Robin Irvine

Tour Name

Simien Mountain Trek

Tour Code

ES

What Was The Highlight Or Most Memorable Moment Of Your Tour

No one thing but most of the time you are in the wild, no roads, no communication nothing to buy anywhere. You are living with what you take. But I have to mention our chef, the meals he produced on a 3 burner gas ring were spot on. Vegetables were succulent and the meat alway had a tasty juice on them. How he procured his supplies in the middle of nowhere was a mystery.

Tour Leader Name

Heather

How Was Your Explore Tour Leader

Heather our Scottish lass leader was excellent. Always smiling and spot on with everything. She had a mass of trekking experience which showed though.

What Tips Would You Give To Someone Else Booking This Tour

Be prepared for the difference in temperature between day and night. During the day it was blue sky , although a nice temperature say 23c, but in the very strong sun it will burn you very easily. Once the sun is down temperature fell to freezing, you do need a 4-season bag. Malaria tablets are not really necessary at this altitude but if you do take drox'ies make sure you have a thin pair of gloves and a long sleve shirt to protect you from the sun as the drox'ies do react to it on you skin.

Do You Have Anything Else To Add

Most days were tough walks and in the sun and at altitude it did take its toll but fortunately (obviously from experience) a mule was with us so that anybody not feeling to well could take a ride.

 
9 , 27/11/13

Name

Jane Sinclair

Tour Name

Simien Mountain Trek

Tour Code

ES

What Was The Highlight Or Most Memorable Moment Of Your Tour

Whilst we were being hosted for a coffee ceremony in a village home I spotted two pictures attached to the wall. They were childrens drawings of a cat and a horse. It reminded me that I could have been in any home anywhere on the world. A proud parent dsplaying their childrens artwork from school. It was priceless.

Tour Leader Name

Heather McWalters

How Was Your Explore Tour Leader

Heather was an exceptional tour leader. Very kind, understanding and knowledgable. Her words of 'slowly, slowly and small steps' got me up those steep slopes where the oxygen just seemed to evaporate! Her enthusiasm was infectious.

What Tips Would You Give To Someone Else Booking This Tour

To fully appreciate this tour I would put effort into getting fit climbing steep hills at home, make sure you take lots of sunblock and lip salve, an insulated air mattress and sleep with your camera (anything with batteries) to prolong the battery life.

Do You Have Anything Else To Add

The Simien Mountians are a world treasure that are stunningly beautiful but a harsh environment where people have to work exceptionally hard to eke out an existence. I was impressed with how Explore employed local people, respected the environment and encouraged sustainable charity via 'Send a Cow' rather than respond to the begging.

 
10 Katherine Smith, 31/12/12

What was the highlight or most memorable moment of your tour?

The most memorable moments were walking through the stunning scenery of the mountains hearing children calling out 'salaam' from distant fields and seeing them come up to meet us, invariably smiling. The children of Ethiopia are what I will remember the most.

 

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2 John Simon Whitaker, 14/12/12

What was the highlight or most memorable moment of your tour?

The sun eventually coming out.

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8 Amy-Jane Valender, 12/07/12

What was the highlight or most memorable moment of your tour?

The whole trip was a highlight!  What I remember most was the scenery of the Simien mountains and the people of Ethiopia who made the trip so enjoyable.

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Our Response

We are not able to offer different tracks, but we do try to offer alternative campsites where this is possible.

 
0 Lois Stark, 16/05/11
Fantastic scenery in November.  Lots of plants in bloom and the hills/mountains are green. You'll see many Gelada baboons - they will come very close to you so you can watch and hear them grazing on grass.  The walking is not especially hard - just many hours every day at high altitude. Many opportunities to see local people working in fields and walking on the trails.  Nights were very cold, so bring a good sleeping bag and a hat/cap to sleep in.  Your camera batteries can get drained by cold, so consider putting them in your sleeping bag to keep them warm.  You may also want to bring ear plugs because some camp sites can be noisy. There are not many flat camp sites so I'd bring a good sleeping mat.  You'll need lots of baby wipes to wash/wipe with since there are no showers during the trek.  Bring a water bottle that can be filled with hot water at night - then you can use it to warm your sleeping bag and keep you warm at night.  I've post pictures at:  https://picasaweb.google.com/tacomalois/EthiopiaNovember2010?feat=email#. Fantastic experience! (ES - 1st November 2010)
 
 
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