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Number of Reviews: 29 Overall score: *****
Simien Mountains
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The Simien Mountains Trek

Great trek in an amazing country

5
This trip is a great mixture of culture and trekking. Time in Addis at the Ethnographic museum and the experience of the Debtre Birhan Selassie church in Gondor highlights the deep richness of the culture and history of Ethiopia. It is a fascinating country so desperately underestimated by the outside world. The trek itself, particularly along the Enatyie Escarpment is full of great views and unusual rock formations. In some parts there is an overwhelming feeling of isolation and timelessness. The antics of the Gelada Baboons only adds to the enjoyment.
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The Simien Mountains Trek

A world class trek in a cultural haven

5
The Simien mountains is a world class trek - not too challenging, but challenging enough for most able hillwalkers - the three toughest days are days 5, 6 and 7 - our group was strong and we managed them well within daylight with a couple of hours to spare. Ethiopia is unusual for most African countries, as it has many archeological/ historical sites - Gondor (part of this trip), Lalibela, Axium and Bahir Dar, all worth a visit.
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The Simien Mountains Trek

Excellent Adventure

5
This trip takes you off the beaten path into the Simien Mountains of Ethiopia. It is a national park with a single road going through it providing a connection to the outside world for the 2,000 families still living in the villages there. The trek takes you through the high-, mid- and low-lands with terrific and varied scenery. You will see plenty of Geladas (up close) and if you're lucky, also the Walia Ibex and Ethiopian Wolf. The trip is long (140+ kms and 10 days) and the hiking is quite tough. I would rate this trip to be more like a "6" rather than a "5" due to the distance traveled and the steep ascents and descents with difficult footing.
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The Simien Mountains Trek

Memorable trekking over 'Ethiopian flat'

5
A gentle 2 day cultural introduction to Ethiopia via the museums, churches and castles before some serious trekking in the mountains, or as out guide called it - Ethiopian flat! A well thought out trekking itinerary, with a few easy days to begin with to help us get used to altitude. Tougher days followed but everyone coped and the support from our guide, Messi, and the local crew was excellent. For our efforts we were rewarded with fantastic views over the mountains, including a good sunset, and a 4000m peak or two (optional). Also some great chances to see the local plant and wildlife.
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The Simien Mountains Trek

Simien trek

5
The website describes this trek as at the harder end of challenging and I think that is absolutely spot on. It is also totally worthwhile with the astounding scenery, remarkable wild life and smiling locals.
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The Simien Mountains Trek

Simen Mountains Ethiopia - 10days Camping

5
Just back from a seriously good trekking & camping holiday taking in the Simen Mountains in Northern Ethiopian. Filled all my expectation of a cultural trekking holiday. To enjoy the trek you must be physically fit and used to a multy day regime with early starts hot days and possibly cold nights for this Challenging graded holiday.
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The Simien Mountains Trek

A fantastic and varied trek

5
There is a great variety offered on this trek. Our November departure started in grazing land where we climbed to see some stunning views of the mountains. After the Ras Dashen ascent the landscape and vegetation changed to be more arid before dropping into the Lush and hot lowlands. As well as the walking and stunning views we had chance to see a great deal of wildlife (wolves, Ibex, Gelada and a good variety of birds). The start was on the tourist trail, we often shared with other groups and were in site of the "road". However, once we dropped into the lowlands we got a great feeling of being off the beaten track and a good chance to interact with the locals as we were camping on the outskirts of the various villages.
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The Simien Mountains Trek

Simian Mountain Trek

4
The Simian Mountain trek conjures up images of hot dry mountains and dusty valleys but the reality is far from just this: Rugged mountain tops silhouetted against steel grey skies, lush green pasture leading to tall stands of eucalyptus and acacia. The trek is really a trip of two halves, the first involving scenery much as you might find in an exaggerated version of the English / Welsh uplands with unpredictable weather to match! The wild camping isn't a 'wild' as you might expect with established toilet blocks available in most and usually a flat pitch. Passing Gich the scenery changes to the dramatic spiky peaks and escarpments familiar to anyone who has Googled the trek beforehand! The weather also changes to arid and hot with a number of challenging ascents! Camp food was excellent and the guides first class. Book this if you are looking for a trek to somewhere where tourists are a novelty and life hasn't changed in eons for most of the rural community.
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Simien Mountains Trek

5
This was a challenging but excellent trip with so much to see and experience . For someone like myself who has suffered with altitude sickness in the past this has got to be the ideal trip as you have time to acclimatise during the course of the journey and I had no problems at any stage.
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