- Written by Keb
Trekking on the spectacular and scenic mountainous landscape of the Bale Mountains National Park. The Bale Mountains area is the best kept secret place of Ethiopia (largest area of Afro-Alpine habitat in the whole of the continent). It gives the visitor opportunities for unsurpassed mountain walking, horse trekking, scenic driving and the chances to view many of Ethiopia's endemic mammals, in particular the Mountain Nyala and Ethiopian Wolf, and birds, such as the Thick-billed Raven, Wattled Ibis, Blue-winged Goose, and Rouget's Rail.
Tour Code: FET-BMT 02 Tour Program to Bale Trekking Ethiopia
Attractions: History, Religion, Scenery & Wildlife
Duration: 7 Days & 6Nights
Transportation: Surface drive, & trekking
Day 1: Arrival at Addis Ababa Bole International Air port
Meet and greet you FANOS Ethiopia Tours representative at exit of luggage claim and transfer you to the hotel. Overnight stay in Ghion, Addis Ababa.
Day 2: Drive to Dinsho, Bale Mountains National Park Head Quarter
In the morning after breakfast, you will drive to Dinsho, via Shashmene (410 Km from Addis). En route, you will make a stop on Awash River and Lake Ziway (best known for its birdlife) to visit aquatic birds. You will have lunch at Shashmene (250 Km from Addis). You will proceed driving and arrive in Dinsho late afternoon. Upon arrival, you will check into a guest house and do all the requirements for trekking at the Bale Mountains National Park HQ. Later, you will prepare the necessary logistics for your trekking. After a brief break, you will have time to make a short hike along the northern part of the park. In the evening, you will have dinner and stay the night at the guest house. Overnight stay in Dinsho guest house.
Day 3: Trek Dinsho to Fincha Habera
You will have an early breakfast and start trekking in the Bale Mountains National Park (the largest area of Afro-Alpine habitat in the whole of the continent, giving visitors opportunities for unsurpassed mountain walking, horse trekking, scenic driving, fishing and view many endemic mammals: the Mountain Nyala, Menelik Bush Buck, Warthog & Ethiopian Wolf; birds: the thick-billed Raven, Wattled Ibis, Blue-winged Goose, and Rouget's Rail). You will trek from Dinsho to Fincha Habera (appx. 20 Km from Dinsho). In the evening, you will spend the night at Fincha Habera. Overnight stay camping at Fincha Habera.
Day 4: Trek Fincha Habera to Wassema
Early in the morning after an easy breakfast, you will do trekking to Keyrensa. You will have packed lunch in the bush. In the evening, you will spend the night at the camp site. Overnight stay camping at Wassema.
Day 5: Trek Wassema to Garba Guracha
In the morning after breakfast, you will trek to Garba Guracha to climb Mount Batu (4203 meter above sea level, with a new terrain of Afro- Alpine meadows, incredible endemic plants: Giant lobelia and other plants of high land altitudes). In the evening, you will have dinner and stay camping at Garba Guracha. Overnight stay camping at Garba Guracha.
Day 6: Trek Garba Guracha to Sanetti Plateau & drive to Goba
In the morning after breakfast, you will trek to Sanetti Plateau (an altitude of 4000 meter, covered by Afro-alpine Moor land with beautiful wild alpine scenery). Then, your vehicle will be waiting for you and you will drive to Goba. Upon arrival in Goba, you will check into a hotel, take a hot shower of the last five days. In the evening, you will rest, have dinner and stay the night in the hotel. Overnight stay in Wabe Shebelle Hotel, Goba.
Day 7: Drive back to Addis Ababa via Bekoji – Assela & departure
After breakfast, you will be driving to Addis Ababa. You will stop for lunch at Assela. You will arrive in Addis Ababa late afternoon where you will do some shopping for souvenirs. 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.