- Transport: by air and car.
Day 1: Arrive Addis Ababa Bole Airport and transfer to a hotel. O/N Addis.
Day 2: After breakfast fly to Gondar, visit the city, includes the castle compound, Emperor Fasildas bath and Debre Birhan Selassie church. O/N Gondar.
Day 3: After an early breakfast drive to the Simen Mountains National Park. O/N camping at Sankaber.
Day 4: Early in the morning trek from Sankaber to Geech. O/N camping.
Day 5: Trekk from Geech to Mount Imetgogo, Kedadit back to Geech. O/N camping.
Day 6: Trekk from Geech to Chenek. O/N camping.
Day 7: Trekk from Chenek to Hambiquo. O/N camping.
Day 8: From Hambiquo climb to the Ras Dashen (4620 meters above sea level) and return to Hambiquo. O/N camping.
Day 9: From Hambiquo to Alquso. O/N camping.
Day 10: From Alquso to Abergina. O/N camping.
Day 11: From Abergina to Michibi. O/N camping.
Day 12: From Michibi to Debark. End of the trekking meet the vehicles at Debark and drive back to Gondar. O/N Gondar.
Day 13: Early in the morning after breakfast fly to Addis Ababa, after check-in to hotel, shopping in the capital. O/N Addis Ababa.
Day 14: In the morning after breakfast, city tour of Addis Ababa and transfer to Bole International Airport for final departure.
Semien Mountains National Park (SMNP): the SMNP is located, where the Amhara Regional state 8,85 km North west of Addis Ababa, geographical coordination approximately in 13 degree–11 degree North, 38 degree–00 degree East with the total area 1,90 kilo meters squire at an average elevation of 3,300 meters. Ethiopia's highest peak, 4,620 meter Ras Dashen, stands adjacent to the park. The scenery is spectacular.
The vegetation is principally Afro-alpine, montane Savannah and heather. Temperatures drop below freezing at night. The park established 1966 and legally gazetted 1969. The park was added to the world heritage site list in 1978 by UNESCO. 57 tree species and variety of herbaceous plants, 22 large, 13 small mammals and about 180 bird species have been recorded, from these Walia Ibex, Ethiopian Wolf, Menelik's bushbuck and the Gelada Baboon are endemic.
Gondar: Gondar founded by Emperor Fasilidas in 1635. The city was Ethiopia’s capital until the reign of the would – be reforming Emperor Tewodros ll, also known as Theodore. During its long years as a capital, the settlement emerged as one of the largest and most popular cities in the realm. It was a great commercial centre, trading with the rich lands south to the Blue Nile, as well as with Sudan to the west, and the Red sea port to Massawa to the north–east. Gondar is famous for its many medieval castles and the design and decoration of its churches.
The earliest of the castles was created by Fasilidas himself and is still in such an excellent state of repair that it is possible to climb its stairs all the way to the roof, which commands a breathtaking view over much of the city. Besides the famous palaces, visitors should inspect the so-called ‘Bathing palace of Emperor Fasilidas, which is used for the annual Timket or Epiphany celebrations, and the abbey of the redoubtable 18th century Empress Mentewab at Qwesquam, in the mountains just outside Gondar.
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