Day 1: Arrival in Addis Ababa at Bole International Airport
An Insider will meet and greet you and your group at the Bole International Airport in Addis Ababa and transfer you to the hotel. Overnight stay in Ghion Hotel.
Day 2: City Tour in Addis Ababa
After having breakfast explore Addis Ababa beginning with the National Museum and the Ethnological Museum, which is the former palace of Emperor Haile Selassie I. After lunch, take time to experience the Holy Trinity Cathedral and visit the Mercato, the largest open-air market in Africa. Overnight stay in Ghion Hotel
Day 3: Drive to Bahir Dar
After an early breakfast, drive north to Bahir Dar via Debre Markos. On the way visit the Debre Libanos Monastery and the Portuguese bridge, known as the first bridge in Ethiopia. Afterwards, you will pass through the spectacular Blue Nile Gorge before stopping in Debre Markos for lunch. Overnight stay in Kuriftu Lodge.
Day 4: Tour in Bahir Dar
After breakfast, take a boat trip on Lake Tana to various island monasteries like those on the Zege Peninsula and Kibran Gabriel (women are not allowed). In the afternoon, you will drive to the Blue Nile Falls for a short hike to the falls. Overnight stay in Kuriftu Lodge.
Day 5: Drive to Gondar, City Tour
After breakfast, drive three hours north to Gondar. On the way, enjoy the beautiful landscape of the Amhara highlands. After arrival, visit the castle compound of Fasilides and the Debre Birhan Selassie church, one of Ethiopia’s most famous churches. Overnight stay Goha Hotel.
Day 6: Drive to Simien Mountains National Park
Depart early in the morning from Gondar, driving to Sankober, a campsite in the national park. On the way, Insider guides will handle park fees, local guides, and scouts. Shortly after, you will start a 3-4 hour hike from Buyit Ras to Sankober. Back in Sankober, enjoy beautiful views from the escarpment where you can observe the Gelada baboons and perhaps the Walia Ibex. In Sankober, an Insider will meet you with your supplies. Overnight camping at Sankober.
Day 7: Trek to Geech
After breakfast, start trek to the Geech Campsite through the Wazla or Koba River. Overnight stay camping at Geech.
Day 8: Trek to Chenek
After breakfast, take an early morning trek to the peak of Imet Gogo (3,926m). Then continue to Chenek through an open, grassy valley filled with 3 and 4 meter tall Giant Lobelias. Overnight stay camping at Chenek.
Day 9: Trek to Ambikwa
After breakfast, continue trek over the next pass to the village of Ambikwa at the foot of Ras Dashen. Here you will get your first glimpse of Ras Dashen Mountain. Overnight stay camping at Ambikwa.
Day 10: Day trip trek to the peak of Ras Dashen
Right after breakfast, start the day’s trek to the summit of Ras Dashen (4,620m) through the valley of the village of Mizma. Return the same way to Ambikwa for overnight stay. Overnight stay camping at Ambikwa.
Day 11: Trek back to Chenek
Early in the morning, after breakfast, you will trek back to the Chenek camp where your vehicle will wait for you in order to drive back to Gondar the following day. Relax in Chenek. Overnight stay camping at Chenek.
Day 12: Drive back to Gondar.
After breakfast, you will drive back to Gondar. Free time in Gondar. Overnight stay in Goha Hotel.
Day 13: Flight back to Addis Ababa and Departure
After breakfast, take early flight back to Addis Ababa. The afternoon is free for last minute shopping or resting before meeting with the group again for our farewell dinner in one of the traditional restaurants with traditional dancing.