- Transport: by air and car.
Day 1: Arrive Addis Ababa, transfer to a hotel. O/N Addis Ababa.
Day 2: After an early breakfast fly to Gondar and visit the city, the castle compound, Emperor Fasildas bath and Debre Birhan Selassie. O/N Gondar.
Day 3: After breakfast drive to the Semien Mountains National Park. O/N camping at Sankaber.
Day 4: After breakfast trek from Sankaber to Geech. O/N camping.
Day 5: Trekk from Geech, Mount Imetgogo, Kedadit. O/N camping at Geech.
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 mt. Ras Dashen (4620 meters above sea level) back to Hambiquo? O/N camping.
Day 9: From Hambiquo to Arko Azeye.O/N camping.
Day 10: From Arko Azeye to Lamo (Mekarebya). O/N camping.
Day 11: From Lamo to Hawaza.O/N camping.
Day 12: From Hawaza–Ade Arkay meets the vehicles and drive to Axum. O/N Axum.
Day 13: After breakfast city tour of Axum, the Stelae, the church of St. Marry of Zion Museum, Tombs (Kalab and Gebre Meskel) and Queen of Sheba's bath. O/N Axum.
Day 14: After breakfast fly to Addis Ababa, shopping in the capital. O/N Addis.
Day 15: City tour of Addis Ababa. 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.
Axum: Much more is known about the historic highland city of Axum, once a great commercial center, trading via the Red sea port of Adulis and founded perhaps 500 years after the decline of Yeha. Axum stands in the highlands of North-Western Tigray, commanding spectacular views over the nearby Adwa Hills. This ancient settlement is frequently referred to as “the sacred city of the Ethiopians” a description that adequately culture as a center of Orthodox Christianity.
Many remarkable monuments here attest to the great antiquity of religious expression in this country, and as a former capital that has never lost its special appeal to the hearts and minds of all Ethiopians. Axum is renowned for its Cathedral of st. Mary of Zion, where legend has it; the original Ark of the Covenant is housed. Axum is also famous for its seven mysterious monolithic stelae, hewn from single pieces of solid granite. The most notable are carved to resemble multi-store houses; several weigh more than 500 tones and stand twenty meters high.
They seem less like prayers of stone and more like lightning–rods of heaven. Axum’s greatest significance, however, is as the epic center of the Queen of Sheba’s dynasty, up on which rests the notion for the sacred kinship of the Semitic peoples of Ethiopia- a notion that links the recent past to ancient times. The former Emperor Haile Selassie claimed to be the 225th monarch of the Solomonic line. His death in 1975 marked the end of an era and the beginning of an entire way of life.
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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