Walks Africa and Middle East Ethiopia Simien Mountains and Castles

Simien Mountains and Castles

12 days | From £2,089 | Guided Group departures

Probably the best trek in all of Africa. Trek into Africa's 'heart': the Simien Mountains of friendly Ethiopia. Often referred to as 'The Roof of Africa', Ethiopia possesses some of the most spectacular landscapes to be found anywhere in the world.

12 days | From £2,089 | Guided Group departures

Simien Mountains and Castles - guided walking holiday in Ethiopia

  • Trek through the World Heritage Site of the Simien Mountains National Park
  • Camp in some stunningly beautiful locations in the Ethiopian highlands
  • Experience real Africa - grass huts, subsistence farming and incredibly friendly people
  • Feast your eyes from panoramic viewpoints overlooking rugged and fertile lands
  • Try out the local dish of 'injera and wat' while watching traditional dancing
  • Gondar - the "Camelot" of Africa
  • Extend your trip to explore the eighth wonder of the world - the rock-hewn churches of Lalibela

The highland area of the Simien Mountains is a designated World Heritage site, dominated by high plateaus, plunging gorges, canyons and dramatic rock pinnacles.

During this trip you'll visit Gondor - the Camelot of Ethiopia - rich in art and culture as well as being famous for its many medieval castles and churches. We'll also spend a few hours visiting a 'Link Ethiopia' project - a local primary school. Our fascinating 5-day trek culminates with breaktaking views of Ras Dashen across the valley. At 4620m, this is one of the highest summits in Africa.

Ethiopia Simien Mountains and Castles Map
Day 1. Depart the UK
Depart UK on an overnight flight to Addis Abba.
Day 2. Arrive Addis Abba
Arrive Addis Ababa. Time permitting, we may visit some of the many sights in the city.
Day 3. Fly to Gondar
Fly to Gondar. Afternoon free to explore this fascinating city - the Camelot of Ethiopia, rich in art, culture and medieval castles.
Day 4. Link Ethiopia project
Visit a Link Ethiopia project. Afternoon overland transfer to Debark. Chance to explore the area and community on foot.
Day 5. Walk to Sankaber
Walk to Sankaber via Chimkwanit and Michibi.
Day 6. Walk to Geetch via Jinbar Waterfalls
Pass the Jinbar waterfalls as you walk deeper into the Simiens. A final ascent leads to camp at Geetch where numerous Giant Lobelias can be found.
Day 7. Walk to Chennek
Trekking up to the promontory of Imet Gogo the views across the northern highlands of Ethiopia must be one of the finest anywhere in the world.
Day 8. Walk to Ambiko via the Bwahit Pass then return to Chennek
Across to the Bwahit Pass, the highest point on your trek. Take some time to relax and enjoy stunning views of the surrounding valleys as well as Ras Dashen, Ethiopia's highest peak. Then take a gentle stroll back to your camp to enjoy your last night camping in the Simien Mountains.
Day 9. Drive to Gondar
Drive from Chennek back to Gondar.
Day 10 Leave Gondar and drive to Bahir Dar
Drive to Bahir Dar viw Awuramba village. After lunch explore Blue Nile Fall. Evening live Ethiopian music entertainment.
Day 11. Explore Lake Tana
Explore the islands and monasteries of Lake Tana. Fly from Bahir Dar to Addis Ababa to connect with onward flight.
Day 12. Arrive UK
Arrive back in the UK.


  • Trip grade: C - Demanding
  • Duration: 12 days
  • Trip code: TESM
  • group size: Min 4, max 12
  • Max Altitude: 4,200m
  • Meals: 9 breakfasts, 9 lunches and 9 evening meals inc
  • Accommodation: Hotel x5, camping x4
  • Departs: March, April, September, October, November
  • important: Make sure your chosen holiday is guaranteed to run before you purchase your air tickets and make any other travel arrangements