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Simien Mountains: Short Trek - Long Trek - Photo gallery

Magdala Trek: 21-day itinerary - Photo gallery

Gheralta Churches: Introduction - 9-day visit

Photos: Simien Trek - Magdala Trek

Simien Mountains: Short Trekking Trip
Our extensive knowledge of trekking routes in the Simiens guarantees a wonderfully exciting but safe trek. We can arrange a trek to suit any ability, age or fitness, from 10 days up to and beyond 21 days. Please contact us for further information about our itineraries, including more details about distances, altitude and terrain.
Day 1 Addis Ababa
Day 2 Fly to Gondar
Day 3 Drive to Debark, afternoon trek to Chilquanit
Day 4 Trek to Geech camp
Day 5 Trek around Imet Gogo to acclimatize, enjoy surrounding views
Day 6 Trek to Chenek
Day 7 Climb early morning to Bwait peak then return to Sankerber
Day 8 Collected by car, drive to Gondar
Day 9 Fly to Addis Ababa
Day 10 Fly home

Walk to Imetgogo through Giant Lobelia

Meeting local people

Simien Mountains: Long Trek

Day 1 Addis Ababa
Day 2 Fly to Gondar
Day 3 Drive to Debark, trek to Chilquanit
Day 4 Trek via Sankerber to Geech
Day 5 Overnight Geech, climbing Imet Gogo or relaxing in camp
Day 6 Trek to Chenek
Day 7 Trek to Ambiko
Day 8 Climb Mount Ras Dashen, highest peak in Ethiopia, overnight Mentaber
Day 9 Walk to Arkwizai, through Silki Mountains

A heavy load

Day 10 Walking in lowlands
Day 11 Walking in lowlands.
Day 12 Walking in lowlands. Rendezvous with transport. Drive to Gondar.
Day 13 Fly from Gondar to Addis Ababa.
Day 14 Fly Home


N.B. Extensions/alternative routes can easily be arranged to the historical sites at Axum and Lalibela. Six days would be appropriate time for this.
A 17-day trek can be arranged from the Simien National Park across to Lalibela. Allowing for time at Lalibela to explore the Rock Hewn Churches, 21 days would be appropriate.
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Magdala trek

Magdala trek following a challenging route taken by General Napier in 1868.

This trek may be done entirely on foot or with the aid of riding mules.

Day 1 Home departure.
Day 2 Arrive Addis Ababa. City Tour. Overnight in Hotel.
Day 3 Fly to Mekele, overnight in Hotel.
Day 4 Drive to Lake Hashengie.Camping overnight.
Day 5 Arrange porters and mules. Overnight camping at Hashengie.
Day 6 Trek to Lat. Overnight Camping.Long day.
Day 7 Lat to Marrawah. Overnight Marrawah.
Day 8 Marrawah to Dildey. Bathe in Tsuray river en route to camp.

A typical hut

Day 9 Dildey to Muga via Wondateh; long ascent. Camp outside town.
Day 10 Rest Day at Muga. Change mules and porters.
Day 11 Trek to Santerra Plain, overnight near Turk Village. Long ascent.
Day 12
Continue to village of Talet Mariam. Easy walking across plain.
Day 13 Trek to Betehor, also known as Con. Overnight camping.
Day 14 Rest day at Betehor, change mules and porters.
Day 15 Steep walk up to Delanta Plain.
Day 16 Cross the Beshlo Gorge, a challenging day.
Day 17 Arrive at Magdala. Stunning campsite. Send porters home.
Day 18 Overnight camping at Magdala to explore the area.
Day 19 Trek to Tenta to rendezvous with transport.
Drive to Dessie. Overnight Hotel.
Day 20 Drive to Addis Ababa, lunch at Debre Sinar en route.
Overnight Hotel.
Day 21 Fly Home.

Weaving in the open air

General view

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Gheralta Churches

Gheralta Churches of the 13th,14th and 15th century.
These are one of the best kept secrets of Tigray. Not as imposing architecturally as the Rock hewn Churches of Lalibela. Their positions, often hugging the tops of mountainous outcrops, towering nearly 2500metres above the plains more than make up for this. In the main, the more remote examples are little visited by comparison with those at Lalibela and have an aura of their own, a wonderful solitude where one can easily forget the frantic pace of life.

For those wishing to visit the Gheralta area of Tigray.

Mekele is the best centre from which to visit the rock hewn churches of Tigray. Any fairly active traveller will be able to visit the more remote churches, but still may stay in hotels in Wukro, Adigrat or Mekele. However those able to camp and walk further afield will be amply rewarded by the choice of churches open to them to visit.
The more time available, the more of the Gheralta you may cover. Below is an itinerary as a suggestion. You may extend or shorten this as you wish.

Ceiling of a church in Gheralta

View across to the Gheralta

Please e-mail us on sol2rs@yahoo.com for further detailed itineraries to suit your particular needs.
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A 9 Day Visit to the Gheralta

Trekking up to different churches from different camp sites.
Day 1 Arrive Addis Ababa o/n Hotel
Day 2 Fly Mekele explore the town including a visit to the museum to see the wonderful Triptyches. o/n Hotel
Day 3 Drive to Dugem .En route, visit Dugem Selassie church and Abreha we Atsbeha The latter famous for its architectural features o/n Camping in Dugem
Day 4 Trek to Abuna Abraham in the morning. Lunch in Dugem. Afternoon walk to Yohannes Maequdi. o/n Dugem
Day 5 Trek 2 hours or drive to the Megab area about 10k away. Morning visit to Maryam Korkhor and the nearby smaller church of Daniel Korkor. A picnic lunch after a steep climb up. Time to enjoy the wonderful view across the Gheralta Plains. In the afternoon a gentle return to camp. Visit local village,a local grinding mill or maybe join in coffee ceremony. o/n Camping
Day 6 Trek to Abune Yemata perhaps one of the most difficult churches to access. A real climb (see right!), at times across a sheer rock face not for the fainthearted but worth it for the view even if you do not make it to the very top. Relaxing picnic lunch before descending back to camp.
Day 7 Drive to Sinkata on the Wukro Adigrat road. Visit a selection of churches from a choice of several, including Arbuta Insesa in Adi Chewa, Medhane Alem Adi Kasho, Petros and Paulos and Mikael Melehayzenghi. O/n camping or local hotel
Day 8 Return to Mekele. Fly Addis Ababa.
Day 9 Fly Home

Those not wishing to trek far may choose to drive as near as possible and will still manage to see a nice selection of churches.

If no camping is desired it is possible to overnight in Wukro and Adigrat or Mekele.

Climbing up to Yebune Amata

Columns in interior of rock hewn church


Costs vary according to the number of people in the group and the time of year and options chosen.
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