Gondar (2300m) to Sankaber (3250m) (the first camp site in the park) via Debark
On your arrival in Gondar, you will be met by simien eco trek and transferred to a hotel (if you prefer to stay in Gondar) or driven toDebark, get permission from the NP headquarter and everything will wait for you in order.Debark (where the HQ is situated) is the access to the park and Gondar is situated 100 km from Debark and 136 km from Sankaber, the first campsite in the park. before 6km to the camp you can do 2-3hrs of walk to get acclimatize with the altitude and the stuff will drive directly to the camp and set up tents and other things for you.
On the way going, you will encounter a troop of Gelada Baboon, klipspringer and Bushbucks and birds such as Lammer Gayer, Thick Billed Raven, Pied crow and Wattled Ibis. Overnight: Sankaber camp.Time: 5-6hrs including the driveDistance:-6-7km for 2-3 hrs of walk & 122 km for the drive from GondarAccommodation: tentMeals: L&D
Sankaber 3250m-Geeck 3600m;
In the morning, you will walk to Geech past a waterfall.You will see some wild lives, such as Gelada Baboon.Once we descend down the Jinbar Wenz/river (which feeds the waterfall and where you will eat your pack lunch) a short ascent remains to Geech.En-route going to Geech, you will encounter a troop of Gelada Baboon, klipspringer, Bushbuck and different type of birds. When you meet the baboons, you need to make a short stop and watch at them since they are very interesting animals to see. The camp site offers great views of the mountains and is characterized by giant Lobelia plants. It is situated at an altitude of 3600m. The temperature can be very cold in the night,therefore, please make sure you will bring a four season sleeping bag for this trip. Overnight,Geech camp Total time 5-7 hrs Distance: 12.5km
Meals: B, L&D
Geech to Chenck
On this day you start around eight in the morning (after breakfast) and walk to Chenek via Imetgogo (3926m) and Enateye (4070m). have your
lunch on the top of Enataye, one of the most dramatic viewing points in the whole area. It is mostly downhill all the way from the lunch spot to Chenck but five minutes gradual uphill remains just after Korbet Metayata to the camp. The trek from Geech to Chenek covers approximately
sixteen kilometers following a path along the escarpment edge. Chenek camp site is located in a beautiful valley at the foot of Bwahit peak, at the altitude of 3680m. En-route, you might be able to see some of the endemic
wild lives such as walia Ibex, Gelada Baboon and Ethiopian wolf if you are very lucky
Time: 5-6hrs Distance: 13.5 km Accommodation: tent Meal: B, L&D
Trek from chenek to Sona (3,020m): 8-9 hours Your day begins at sunrise to give you enough time to explore the surrounding cliffs for good sightings of the Ethiopian endemic walia ibex.
Then begin the tough 3-hour ascent to the top of the Bwhait pass (4,200m). This is the second highest point in the park and offers magnificent views of Bwhait peak, Berochwuha, Silki and the Lori village below. This beautiful peak rewards you with a glimpse of the stunning views of the rocky peaks of Imet Gogo.
Leaving the summit behind, you’ll join the main trail for a flat or downhill stroll. You’ll pass through small villages and the Sona primary school until you reach the Sona campsite located on the riverside.
Trek from Sona to Mekarebya (1,900m): 5 - 6 hours The day begins with a downhill walk to the Ansiya River (one of the tributaries of the Tekeze River that drains towards Sudan, and joins the Atbarah River .) Located at 1,975m, the river is surrounded by big fig trees. The descent is approximately 1,000m and takes 3 – 4 hours.
After you reach the river, you continue on flat ground for 2 – 3 hours. The trail offers splendid views of the riverine forest. The trail then winds its way into the lowland where visitors will experience the enormous, lowland flora that is now rare in Ethiopia. The dominant tree on this route is Cordia africana, known for providing excellent shade for growing coffee, but also for its beauty. In the western part of the country logs from this tree are used to make beehives and barrels for keeping tej (local honey wine).
This route is also known for an abundance of birdlife such as the African paradise flycatcher, pin-tailed whydah, red and hemirpch hornbill. Leaving behind the scattered tree zone you’ll arrive in the small village of Mekarebya and then to the campsite
Trek from Mekarebya to Mulit (2,050m): 5 – 6 hours Begin the day’s walk by descending 1 hour to the river and continue on an undulating trail along the riverbed for 2 hours. From the lowest point of the day at 1,620m, begin a steep ascent for 2 hours on a rocky trail to Hawaza (table mountain in Amharic). Along this route is an impressive array of rock towers. From Hawaza continue on a flat path for 1- 2 hours to reach the very vibrant village of Mulit .
Trek from Mulit to Adi Arkay (1,665m): 2 hours The shortest trek on the entire trip, takes you for 2 hours of a gentle stroll downhill to Adiarkay. The scenery and the valley of the lowland villages are attractive. Here, you can either take public transportation or arrange for a car to meet you.