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Reviewed 12 November 2011

Our hotel (the Simien Park Hotel in Debark) was meant to have organised a trek for us (two families and children) but decided not to bother, and only told us this the morning we were due to begin our trek.

So we went along to the park HQ and for a fraction of the price we'd been quoted soon organised a guide and armed ranger, and overnight accommodation in a simple lodge. We were self-driving and left some of our stuff at the lodge so we could take the guide and ranger with us. We also picked up some basic foodstuffs and drink.

We soon got into amazing scenery and we and our children were enthralled by the park's baboons who carry on with their lives oblivious to human presence (and indeed that of the cows, goats and sheeps who inhabit this unique Afro-Alpine ecosystem). Wonderful flowers, birds and mountains. The guide was very well-informed and knew all about the wildlife, and also judged well how much the kids could take. The scout didn't speak much English but was very helpful eg carrying tired children. The families living around the lodge cooked us food and made us tea and coffee for a small donation, and enjoyed watching us play football. They also provided firewood (you're not allowed to use the indigenous wood).

Very beautiful and memorable, and well worth the intrepid journey beyond Gondar (it takes 3-4 hours to do the 100 km journey as the road is so bad but a new Chinese-built road is due to be complete in a couple of years).

Do take: suncream and hats, comfortable walking boots, your own sleeping bags and liners (it gets chilly in the mountains and sheets aren't best clean), a camera and spare batteries, binoculars if you have them, matches and marshmallows for your campfire, torches and batteries. Some disposable plates/cups/cutlery may also come in handy. You might want to have biscuits to give to children you see. When you stop for photos, kids hawking little souvenirs will appear out of nowhere. And do take enough food for your scouts/guides.

Date of experience: November 2011
1  Thank BigMamma35
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Reviewed 7 November 2011

Our 3 day trek from Sankaber to Chenek via Geech was one of the highlights of two weeks in Ethiopia. The mountains, valleys, waterfalls and wildife were all spectacular and the close encounters with the endemic wildlife including Walia Ibex and Gelada Baboons made for a very rich experience. Trekking at High altitude and camping in freezing temperatures made it physically exhausting, but being prepared with adequate thermal insulation for the nights and the assistance of mules for parts of the trip made it very worthwhile

Date of experience: October 2011
1  Thank lizziesbirds
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Reviewed 24 October 2011

It's not easy to reach, not easy to walk through (because of the hight) and not comfortabele to stay at but it is one of the most amaizing places in the world. And it's worth any effort and money ( entrance fee, guide and scout must be paid at tha gates plus porters or mule)
Mountains are completely deserted. The camps are very basic with fresh water spring, and shealter for cooking. You need all teh equipment, food and cookin staff. In few forgoten villages you can only get some eggs, milk, sometimes meat.
Views are spectacular ane unforgetable even when it's misty.
The extra attraction are hundrets of baboons living around.

Date of experience: November 2010
1  Thank very-sunny
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Reviewed 23 October 2011

Simien Mountains - must be one of the most scenic places on earth. Travelled in a
group of 8 for 10 days, including Rash Dashen. The views compensated for all the
hard walking. Absolutely amazing. Go and see it. But, don't go for 1 or 2 days. Stretch
it to a least 6-8 days. And, as a bonus we sighted the Ethiopian Wolf (or Simien Fox)
on our second last day.

Date of experience: October 2011
5  Thank fritz75
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Reviewed 4 September 2011

We stayed at the Simien Lodge and ventured out in the cold and mist from there. Amazing views when we could glimpse them. I'm sure I would have rated the place far higher if we could actually have seen things.

The rooms in Simien Lodge are attractive, but oh so cold. And no hot water. The actual lodge sometimes has a minute fire but in August you still have to wear all you clothes inside (and in bed), including hats and gloves, to keep a little warm.

Date of experience: August 2011
4  Thank alisonk818
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