Daily Package/Harar $250 including flight

Starting Date:  Daily

Day 01:  Addis Ababa – Harar
Fly from Addis Ababa to Dire Dawa on Ethiopian Airlines.  Continue by vehicle from Dire Dawa to Harar.  Stroll through the 16th century walled city of Harar, the fourth most important city in the Islamic World.  See the home of Arthur Rimbuad, renowned French poet who worked and lived in Harar as a “gun-runner” during the 19th century. Visit the colorful Islamic market. Tour the National and Harari museums and the house of Ras Mekonnen (father of Haile Selassie.)  In the evening see the “Hyena Man” feeding the hyenas that gather nightly outside the town. Overnight Hotel – Harar
Day 02: Visit more of Harar and fly to Addis Ababa
Morning visit oh Harar. Drive from Harar to Dire Dawa Visit the largest market of Dire Kefira, often attended by rural Oromo and Afar in traditional garb, the Awadai chat market and the Ethio – Djibouti railway station. From Dire Dawa, fly to Addis Ababa.
Price: $250 USD 
Price Includes:
– Accommodation in twin room with breakfast
– Round tri flight and private vehicle
– Entry fees to sights of interest as per itinerary
– Professional guide service.
Price Excludes:
– Meals & drinks
– Payment for photographing and video shootings
– Other personal expenses.

Starting Destination: From Gondar

Day 1
Drive from Gondar  to Debark. Here we obtain a permit from the Park headquarters and collect our obligatory scout before continuing to Sankabar (3250m ASL) for the first overnight camp. An early start is needed as the drive from Gondar takes a 2-3 hours. The trek begins at Buytras (Simien Lodge), taking about 3 – 4 hours to walk to the Sankabar campsite is usually possible. During the walk there’s a good chance of seeing your first Gelada baboons.

Day 2
In the morning of day 2, we will walk to Geech via the spectacular Jinbar waterfall. The trek will take approximately 5 – 7 hours. After descending down to the Jinbar Wenz (which feeds the waterfall) a short ascent remains to Geech village. A short distance beyond Geech village is the camp site. The camp site has great views of the mountains and is characterized by giant lobelia plants. The nearby Kedadit summit provides one of the best places to see the sun set. The camp site is situated at 3600m ASL.

Day 3
After an early breakfast, depart from Geech to the peak of Imet Gogo at 3926m.  Here you’ll have spectacular views over the lowlands – one of the highlights of the trip.  As you continue to Chenek, you will pass Korbete Metia, a solid rock wall which opens up exposing beautiful views over the lowlands and the escarpment.  This is also a good place for spotting lammergeyers.  Overnight camping in Chenek.  Total trekking time: 7 – 9 hours

Day 4
From Chenek, continue east up a valley to Mt. Bwahit, overlooking the camp from where you just came.  After crossing the Bwahit Pass, you come to a viewpoint offering wonderful views of the Mesheha River Valley as well your first glimpse of Ras Dashen.  From here, the path descends, passes through the village of Chiro Leba, and finally leads to the Mesheha River.  Across the river, you climb back up the valley to the village of Ambiko.  Overnight camping in Ambiko.  Total trekking time: 6-8 hours

Day 5
starting early, you will continue up the valley to the village of Mizma, after which you will have a steep ascent to a ridge crest overlooking a large valley.  The path then follows along the side of the valley, straight at Ras Dashen.  You will eventually reach a point where you will see three distinct buttresses.  The buttress on the left is the summit of Ras Dashen.  A pile of rocks at the top of the buttress marks the summit.  After your successful arrival at the highest point in Ethiopia, you return to Ambikwa for overnight.  Total trekking time: 8-10 hours

Day 6
Today you return back to Chenek for overnight camping.  Total trekking time: 6-8 hours

Day 7
Today you will be transported out of the park, returning to Gondar.

Cost: $900 per person

– 4WD transportation to and from Gonder
– guide
– scout
– cook & cooking materials
– mule(s) & mule handler
– tent or cost of night in community houses
– sleeping bags & mattresses
– all park entrance fees
– plenty of food
– bottled mineral water

Excluding: alcoholic drinks

 

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