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Ethiopia Simien Mountains and Beyond Timket Festival

Ethiopia has a fascinating history and is home to many unknown treasures and dramatic landscapes. The Simien Mountains of Ethiopia offer superb wilderness trekking with stunning scenery, enormous cliffs and escarpments and the chance to spot unique wildlife such as the Walia Ibex and Gelada Baboon. On our specially designed itinerary we steadily ascend the escarpment trails to the upper flanks of the Simien Mountains. Establishing our campsites on the volcanic plateau our sense of isolation is complete. The thin cool air is punctuated with the calls of rare wildlife, while below the forested gorges merge with the undulating farming lands that stretch across the vast catchment of the Blue Nile. We combine this exceptional trek witnessing the Timket Festival celebrations in Gondar, and journeying across a land dotted with rock-hewn churches, medieval castles and ancient obelisks reflecting a culture dating back more than 3000 years.

Inclusions

17 breakfasts, 16 lunches and 17 dinners
1 night in 3 star hotel in Addis and 7 nights in best available hotels elsewhere on a twinshare basis
9 nights fully supported camping on a twinshare tent basis
group camping equipment including tent, mattress and pillow (sleeping bag not included)
local guides for each section
western escort to assist local guides
cook, camp assistants, mules and muleteers on trek
boat trip on Lake Tana
site entrance and national park fees
private road transport
Timket Festival supplement
Hightlights
Witness the Timket Festival celebrations
Trek the spectacular Simien Mountain escarpments
Soak up the views from the summit of Ras Dashen (4533m)
Discover the medieval castles in the Royal Enclosure in Gondar
Marvel at the monolithic rock-hewn churches of Lalibela
Cruise to the island monastery Ura Kidane Mehret on Lake Tana and Blue Nile Falls
Explore the capital, Addis Ababa
Visit the ancient obelisks of Axum
Tour Provider World Expeditions
Number of Days
18
Price From
AUD $4,980
Start Location
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
End Location
Ethiopia
Age Range
Min :14
Group Size
6 to 12
Tour Style
Standard
Tour Themes
Adventure, Walking/Trekking
Physical Rating
Moderate
Tour departure dates
StartEndAvailabilityPrice
15 Jan 201901 Feb 2019AvailableAUD $4,980
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Ethiopia Simien Mountains and Beyond Timket Festival