North including the Simien Mountains

Simien Mountains trekking

Overview


Day 1
  • Depart early in the morning towards Bahir Dar via Debre Markos.
  • Visit the historic Portuguese bridge, believed to be the first in Ethiopia.
  • Pass through the breathtaking Blue Nile Gorge, stretching 400km with depths up to 1500m.
  • Overnight in Bahir Dar.
Day 2
  • ake a morning boat trip on Lake Tana to explore monasteries on islands and shores.
  • Visit Zege Peninsula, Azuwa Maryam, Ura Kidane Mehret monasteries, and Debre Maryam island monastery.
  • Afternoon visit to the Blue Nile Falls and enjoy the sunset over the lake.
  • Overnight in Bahir Dar.
Day 3
  • Continue north to Gondar after breakfast, passing rural villages showcasing Amhara culture.
  • Explore Gondar, including the Royal Enclosure with six castles and other structures.
  • Visit Fasilidas's Pool, Ras Gimb Palace Museum, and Debre Birhan Selassie church.
  • Overnight in Gondar.
Day 4
  • Depart early for Sankober in the Simien Mountains.
  • Hike to Geech Abyss, witnessing a magnificent waterfall where the Jinbar River cascades.
  • Observe the endemic gelada baboon known as the 'bleeding heart baboon.'
  • Overnight in the Simien Mountains or Debark.
Day 5
  • Head north to Axum, enjoying spectacular views of the Simien Mountains.
  • Lunch in Adi Arkay, then drive through the scenic Tekeze Valley.
  • Arrive in Axum, the ancient capital of the Axumite Empire and home to cultural treasures.
  • Overnight in Axum.
Day 6
  • Full day exploring Axum's historical sites, including the famous obelisks and archeological museum.
  • Visit Queen of Sheba's Bath, Ezana's inscription, and various tombs and palaces.
  • St. Mary of Zion church, believed to house the Ark of the Covenant (restricted entry for men only).
  • Overnight in Axum.
Day 7
  • Visit the ruins of Yeha, an ancient city predating Axum.
  • Explore the Debre Damo monastery (restricted entry for men only).
  • Journey through Tigray, stopping at the rock-hewn church of Medhane Alem Adi Kesho.
  • Overnight in Hawzen.
Day 8
  • Morning hike to either Abuna Yemata Guh or Maryam Korkor, offering stunning views.
  • After lunch, visit accessible churches like Abreha we Atsbeha and Chirkos.
  • Continue to Mekele for overnight.
Day 9
  • Full day drive to Lalibela, passing Tigray villages with distinctive sandstone homes.
  • Marvel at the captivating approach to Lalibela, Ethiopia's cherished destination.
  • Overnight in Lalibela.
Day 10
  • Begin the morning exploring the Northwestern Cluster of rock-hewn churches in Lalibela.
  • Afternoon visit to the Southeastern Cluster, including the famous Bet Giyorgis church.
  • Overnight in Lalibela.
Day 11
  • Visit the cliffside monastery of Na'akuto La'ab near Lalibela.
  • Drive to Kombolcha via Woldia, with a stop in Hayk to enjoy the lake and local monastery.
  • Observe birdlife and rest for the night in Kombolcha.
Day 12
  • Return to Addis via Debre Birhan, passing the Mezezo Escarpment with a chance to spot gelada baboons.
  • If it's Sunday, visit the vibrant Senbete market, including the unique camel market.

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