10 Days Simien Mountain with Cultural tour to Ethiopia Omo Valley
Duration: 09 Nights/ 10 days
Transportation: Surface using a new model Toyota Minivan
Domestic flight (ADD-GDQ-ADD)
N.B:- To attend local market in Omo valley (Dimeka) the tour should start on Sunday.
Accommodation: Well equipped camping gear for the Simien Mountains trekking and the best available budget hotels and fixed tent for the cultural omo valley tour
|Day 1: Fly Addis Ababa to Gondar – first trek to Sankaber|
Þ Morning drive from Gondar to Debark then proceed along to the park head quarter on a gravel road. The journey will take around 20/30 minutes.
Þ At the headquarters, we will arrange our permits to the park and pick up our scout. After that, we will drive for another hour before we start our first day introductory walk. This first hike is an easy one along the northern edge of the escarpment with a nice viewpoint over the foothills and plains of northern Ethiopia. You will encounter gelada baboon along this hike and over nigh at Sankaber. Camping in Sankaber
|Day 2: Trek Sankaber to Gich (3600 m), 5-6 hrs|
Þ We follow the northern escarpment eastward, before we descend a little into the Kaba Valley. After that, we climb up before we reach Gich Abyss and continue over a narrow ridge to a cliff where we have a spectacular view of the abyss towards the Simien foothills.
Þ We also find a large waterfall here, where the Jinbar River plunges 500 m into the abyss. We proceed for about two hours and have lunch at the Jinbar River.
Þ After lunch, we walk through fields of barley before we arrive at the idyllic village of Gich. Here we can enjoy a traditional coffee ceremony in one of the huts and learn more about local farm life.
Þ From Gich village it is a short walk to Gich camp, which is a good area to look for lammergeyer and thick-billed raven. After a relaxing afternoon, we will take a short hike up to Kedadit to enjoy sunset plus the gorgeous shaded landscapes down to the cliff side towards to the eastern direction and return to the camp for dinner. Camping in Gich
|Day 3: Trek Gich to Chenek (3600 m), 7-8 hrs via Imet Gogo|
Þ From Gich camp, we stroll through endless fields of Giant Lobelia before we reach the towering cliffs of Imet-Gogo (3926 m). Here we will spend some time to absorb the superb views over the mountain valleys below and strange shaped domes in the distance, which we will see from up close at the end of the trip.
Þ After that, we descend into the Jinbahir River Valley. In this way, we get a very different perspective of Imet-Gogo and the volcanic landscape, where it looks like big chunks of mountains were blown away. The trail follows the edge of the escarpment, which is vertical here for several hundred meters. We climb to a summit of 4070 m where we will have lunch.
Þ After lunch, we descend to Chenek for about two hours along a steep trail. From Chenek camp, there are spectacular views in all directions. Sit down on a bench at the escarpment and try to spot Walia Ibex in late afternoon or early morning. Sometimes Walia Ibex can be seen here. Camping in Chenek
|Day 4: Morning Short Hike around Chenek, then meets your vehicle and continues driving to Gondar to fly back to Addis Ababa |
Þ Morning you will climb around Chenek in addition to the scenic views of surroundings including the chance to see the some of the highest mountain peaks and then back down to chenek camp where the car waiting us to pick and drive back to Gondar for about 4 hrs.
Þ Then directly drive to Gondar airport for your flight back to Addis. Hotel
|Day 5: Drive to Arba Minch via Butajira. |
⇒ Morning drive drive to Arba Minch; enroute visit Tiya standing stones and Melka Kunture archeological fiels UNESCO registered world heritage site.
⇒ Meet the Gurage and Oromo people and visiting their villages
Þ You will have stops for photographing for the sights and locals en-route. Lodge/ hotel
|Day 6: Morning boat trip on lake Chamo then Drive to Jinka|
Þ Morning you will have a boat trip on Lake Chamo to Azeo Gebeya (The biggest crocodile farm in Africa) to see hippos and crocodiles.
Þ Afternoon drive to Jinka. Resort/ Hotel
|Day 7: Excursion to Mago national park then transfer to Turmi|
Þ Early start for excursion tour to Mago national park.
Þ Visit the Mursi Tribes, their women are famous for Lip plates and men for ritual fighting with stick.
Þ Meet the local tribes at Dimeka SATURDAY market (The Hammer, Karo, Tsemay, Banna, Bashada) and enough time for photographing.
Þ Then proceed to Turmi for overnight. Lodge/ Camping
|Day 8: Excursion to Omorate then retrace back to Turmi |
Þ AM, boat crossing the Omo River to visit a Dassanech village on the other side of the Omo River. Then back to Turmi.
Þ PM, you will also visit the colorful Hamer tribes and their villages.
Þ Attend Tribal dance or Bull Jumping rite of the hamer people, occasional and optional. Lodge/ Camping
|Day 9: Drive Turmi to Arba Minch via Konso Village|
Þ Morning drive back to Arba Minch.
Þ En route you will visit the Konso tribes and you will visit their ancient villages. Lodge/ Hotel
|Day 10: Drive Back to Addis – with a detour to Dorza Village – Departure|
Þ Morning drive back to Addis Ababa.
Þ En-route a detour to Chencha village to meet the Dorze people and to visit their tukul villages.
Þ Back to the road and head to Addis Ababa.
Þ Evening Departure
….end of the trekking tour to ethiopia and Omo Valley Arrangement….
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