15-Days Tour to Simien Trekking, Axum and Lalibela

Tour Description

Tour Code:  Tailor-made Tour to Simien Trekking, Axum and Lalibela 

Attractions: History, Religion, Scenery, Wildlife/Wilderness, Birds, & Culture 

Duration: 15Days & 12 Nights

Transportation: Surface drive, flights & mule/horse ride

 

Day 1: Drive to Debarq to visit the Simien Mountain

You will have breakfast & drive to Debark (100 Km from Gonder, a nearby town to the Simien Mountains). Finish all formalities at the Head Quarter of the park at Debarq. Lunch in Debarq.

 

Then you will be driven to Sankaber (20 Km from Debark, 3,250 meter above sea level). You will spend the day visiting the Simien Mountains National Park (registered by UNESCO as a world heritage site, with endemic & mammals, birds, natural vegetation, & wonderful landscape). Later back to you Sankaber campsite. You will have dinner and stay the night at camping. Overnight stay camping at Sankabe campsite.

 

Day 2: Trekk Sankaber to Geech

 

In the morning, you will have breakfast and start trekking to Geech through the Wazla (or Koba) River runs, making a short diversion to see one of the most impressive sights in the Simien Mountains, where the Jinbar River plummets into the Geech Abyss. Continuing along, you will cross the Jinbar River and ascend into the village of Geech where you will do camping.  You will have dinner and stay the night at camping. Overnight stay camping at Geech campsite.

 

Day 3: Excursion to Kedadit, Saha, and Imet Gogo

 

Right after breakfast, an early morning trekking will take you to the three spectacular places: Kedadit, Saha, and Imet Gogo (3926 meter above sea level). Late in the afternoon, you will trek back to Geech camp site for overnight stay. You will have dinner and stay the night camping. Overnight stay camping at Geech campsite.

 

Day 4: Trek Geech to Chenek

 

Right after breakfast, an early morning trek will take you to Chenek. From here you descend into Chenek through an open, grassy valley filled with 3 and 4 meter tall Giant Lobelias. The Chenek camp site offers superb views across to the opposite escarpment and the prominent peak of Imet Gogo. You will camp at Chenek where you will have dinner and stay the night camping. Overnight stay night camping at Chenek.

 

Day 5: Half-day trekking around Chenek & drive to Debark

 

In the morning, you will have breakfast and start trekking to around Chenek where you will have an opportunities to spot Wali ibex, Simien fox and different birds. Early in the afternoon you will have lunch in the bush. Then you will say goodbye to your trekking crew, and then board the vehicle to drive back to Debark. Overnight stay in Simine Park or Giant Lobelia Hotel.

 

Day 6: Drive to Axum

 

Right after breakfast, an early morning drive will take you to Axum (270 Km from Debark) through the Simien Mountains & magnificent topography & scenery, the Limalimo Gorge, Tekeze Valley. You will arrive in Axum late in the afternoon. You will check into a hotel and take a break. Dinner will be at the hotel. Overnight stay in Berhana hotel.

 

Day 7: City Tour in Axum

 

You will have breakfast and will visit all day to the Steale of Axum, the Inscription of Ezana, Queen Sheba’s Palace, the famous St. Mary of Zion Church, ruins of ancient palaces (built until 4th century A.D.), with lunch break in between then outside Axum you can visit also the tombs of Kings Kaleb & Gebre Meskel dating to 6th century. In the evening, you will get back to the hotel and spend the night there. Overnight stay in Berhana hotel.

 

Day 8: Excursion to Yeha and Debre Damo Monastery

 

In the morning, you will have breakfast and drive to Yeha, which is considered as the birthplace of the country’s earliest civilization. Its single most remarkable antiquity is the well-preserved walls of the 12m-high stone temple of the moon that is thought to be over 2500 years old.

 

A further drive you will visit Debre Damo monastery (only accessible for men). The Debre Damo Monastery is built on the flat- topped mountain of Debre Damo. The monastery is only accessible by climbing a rope which hangs down from a perpendicular rock, an adventure in itself! Late in the afternoon you will get back to Axum. You will have dinner and stay the night in the hotel. Overnight stay in Berhana hotel.

 

Day 9: Excursion to Abba Garima Monastery

In the morning, you will have breakfast and drive to Abba Garima Monastery (established by one of the Nine Saints on sixth century) through Adwa Mountains Chains (decisive Battle of Adowa fought in 1896 with Italian troops).

 

Late in the afternoon you will get back to Axum. You will have dinner and stay the night in the hotel. Overnight stay in Berhana hotel.

 

Day 10: Flight to Laliblea and trek to Merebarbu (3500m) – 3 hrs

 

After a relaxed breakfast, a short flight will take you to Lalibela. You will arrive in Lalibela early in the afternoon. Lunch in Lalibela.

 

After a brief break you will trek to Merebarbu. Late in the afternoon, you will arrive at Merebarbu, where you will do camping. You will have dinner and stay the night camping. Overnight stay camping at Merebarbu.

 

Day 11: Trekk Merebarbu to Tigu Kebele (5 hrs )

 

Right after breakfast, an early morning trekking will take you to Tigu Kebele (5hrs) that is found on the foot of Mount Abune Yosef (4130 m above sea level). Lunch in the bush.  En route enjoying the stunning view covered by afro alpine types of vegetations you will have the chance to spot endemic mammals like Gelada Baboon and Simen Fox. Late in the afternoon, you will arrive at Tigu Kebele, where you will do camping. You will have dinner and stay the night camping. Overnight stay camping at Tigu Kebele.

 

Day 12: Trekk to Abune Yosef Mts. and back to Lalibela 8 hrs

 

In the morning, you will have breakfast and start trekking (3 hrs) to the tip of Mount Abune Yosef, the third highest pick in the Ethiopia. Lunch in Tigu Kebele. Then trek back to Lalibela. Then you will arrive in Lalibela (late afternoon). You will check into a hotel. You will have dinner, rest & spend the night there. Overnight stay in Panoramic View Hotel.

 

Day 13: Visit the Rock-Hewn Churches of Lalibela

 

Early in the morning, after breakfast, your visit will be to the eleven rock-hewn monolithic (carved from a single rock) churches of Lalibela (UNESCO World heritage site, with magnificent architecture & paintings inside the churches). In the evening you will get back to the hotel, rest, have dinner and relax. Overnight stay in Panoramic View Hotel.

 

Day 14:One more day to explore the Lalibela Rock-hewn Churches

 

Right after breakfast, an early morning drive will take you to historical churches around Lalibela like the Hill Church of Asheton Mariam (on the back of a mule or on foot), Yimerhane Kirsotos,Nakute LeAb or Genete Maryam. Overnight stay in Panoramic View Hotel.

 

Day 15: Flight back to Addis Ababa and departure

 

After a relaxed breakfast, a short flight will take you back to Addis Ababa. You will arrive in Addis Ababa in the afternoon where you will do some shopping for souvenir.

 

Finally you will be taken to a farewell dinner depending on your scheduled flight; you will be transferred out to Bole International Airport for return flight back home.

 

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