2019 - Simien NP is situated in the Northern part of Ethiopia near Debark. It rises approximately 2500 m absl and overviews scenic lowland panorama's. The trail is a 66 km multi-day trek with breathtaking views and lots of exotic fauna and flora such as Ibex, Lammergeier, Wild fox, Ghelada baboons. Although no war is at stake you will be guided by an armed local guide. This way you support the poor local communities.
WORTH TO REMEMBER
A 66 km or 5 day trek starting in Debark into Simien Mountain NP. Near Tiya Afaf, just before you reach Sankaber camp
(3240 m - 22 km), there’s a splendid panoramic over the lowland village of Adarmaz.
Next trekking day starts with a descent into a depression formed by the upper course of the Wazla Valley where you meet Jinbar Waterfall. The path runs along the upper barley cultivation line to the Gich Camp (3600 m – 10 km) where you can spot Ibex.
The third day you walk alongside the escarpment and will reach Chenni Camp (3620 m – 12 km) from where you have impressive views of the steep face towards tightly clustered houses in the village of Dihwara below the cliff.
Day 4 leads to Bwahit Pass after which the view opens to the east over Mesheha Valley. You have a good night rest at Mesheha Wenz (2900 m - 11 km) before climbing the last steep Dejen pass on day 5 where you will summit Ras Dejen (4533 - 11 km).
Visit at any time of the year except during the rainy season from June to mid-September. During this season, a total of 1000 to 1600 liters of rain per square meter may considerably hamper trekking activities.
As the heights you're hiking on are between 2000 and 4500 m asl, prepare yourself for hot and sunny days and chilly nights. No climbing experience needed. Take a good tent and sleeping bag with you.
FOOD & TRAVELLING
After Debark you only encounter camp sites where you find basic meals and water. Be prepared to engage an armed guide to walk you through the N.P.
He prepares food and guides you to scenic highlights.