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“Ethiopia And Simien Mountains Trek”

Simien Mountains National Park
Ranked #1 of 19 things to do in Gonder
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: Simien Mountains National Park, in northern Ethiopia is a spectacular landscape, where massive erosion over millions of years has created jagged mountain peaks, deep valleys and sharp precipices dropping some 1,500 m. The park is of global significance for biodiversity conservation because it is home to globally threatened species, including the iconic Walia ibex, a wild mountain goat found nowhere else in the world, the Gelada baboon and the Ethiopian wolf.
London, United Kingdom
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“Ethiopia And Simien Mountains Trek”
Reviewed January 5, 2013

We also used Alex Alebachew after seeing his name in here and other forums. We had planned a trip to addis, gondar, simien (6 days), lalibela, axum and then hawassa. We worked out the cost to sort this trip out ourselves and the got a quote from alex and the difference in price made it significantly worthwhile to have him organise the trip. We were so glad we did because he made the whole trip run like clockwork with guides to meet us from each internal flight and guide us each day. We are not people who tend to use guides but were were conscious that we avoided a lot of unnecessary hassle otherwise.

His email is alebachew_2005 at yahoo dot com

He was extremely trusting of us (we paid half up front and then half when we returned to england). He is very professional and clearly has an eye for the growing tourism industry in ethiopia.

Things we loved - trekking in the simens, walking around the gondar, a pre-sunrise walk around the churches and early services in the laliela churches, the undiscovered archaeoligy in axum, the one night of luxury in the haile selassi resort in hawassa, the coffee shop in the piazza area of addis..

One thing which we found was a big problem was the amount of tips that the mule men and guides expected at the ond of our simen trek. We had read the usual guidebooks and daily rate pulished in the park office but it seems that large professional groups have raied the expectations of the mule men. We had not wanted to carry sugnificant sums with us during the mountain trek and prepared accordlingly. We ended up tipping the mule men what we beleived to be a days' rate only to nave it thrown back and the local heavies surround us (we are aware of this prctice as a baraining stragegy but in this instance, there was a genuine misunderstanding between our respective expecqtqtions) . It left a sour taste following our wonderful moutnain trek. The money was not a problem, simply we would recommend that travellers get clear guidance from their guides or local experts as to what the current expectations are as to tips before they head off into the mountains.

Visited October 2012
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durweston
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“Simien Mountains”
Reviewed December 31, 2012

This was one of the most outstanding treks that I have ever been on. The scenery is absolutely stunning and I would unreservedly recommend it to anyone who loves the mountains. Our local guide, Meles Yemata, was superb and if you are trekking in this area he is the man to get hold of. His English is excellent and he has all the local knowledge that you could ever need. Added to that, he is a charming young man who will do everything that he can to make your trek a memorable one.

Visited November 2012
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Berlin, Germany
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“Most spectacular”
Reviewed December 29, 2012

Most fantastic trip I ever had to a National Park - Views, Wildlife and Flora and Fauna are breathtaking!

Visited December 2012
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“Stunning scenery, great wildlife”
Reviewed December 10, 2012

This is not a national park in the American sense as there are many villages in the park and grazing animals. However, the scenery is stunning and the wildlife viewing is superb. The waterfall, at 500 meters, is not to be missed!

Visited November 2012
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“Wow, wow and wow!”
Reviewed December 5, 2012

An amazing place! Still can´t believe I have experienced such beauty. The views are stunning. The wild life is amazing. Plenty of Gelada monkeys everywhere.

The highlight of my Ethiopia trip.

Visited November 2012
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