Simien Mountain trekking tour

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Our top tip:
Bring insect repellant!
Trip type:
Small group trip
Activity level:
9 nights in permanent campsites
Solos welcome, no surcharges apply.
WE have our own cook on the trip, so all meals are provided.
Accommodation, entrance fees, guide, meals, water.
Holiday type
Small group holidays
Small group travel is not large group travel scaled down. It is modelled on independent travel – but with the advantage of a group leader to take care of the itinerary, accommodation and tickets, and dealing with the language. It’s easy to tick off the big sights independently – but finding those one-off experiences, local festivals, travelling markets and secret viewpoints is almost impossible for someone without the insider knowledge gained from years in the field. If you’re heading off on a gap year your, perhaps – but for those with a two-week holiday, a small group tour will save valuable planning time.

The leaders are not guides – they’re not there to shepherd you around. Instead, they’ll let you know which local restaurant serves great value food – without running the risk of travellers’ tummy. They’ll allow you to avoid hour-long queues at train stations and attractions.

We like to think of small group travel as the Goldilocks option. It is independent travel without the fuss, worry and bunk beds – and organised travel without the coaches. And it’s cheaper than a tailor made tour. It’s sits somewhere in the middle – and we think it’s just about right.
What are the main benefits?
Big experiences
Have big, life-enriching experiences that would be impossible to organise without lots of time and insider knowledge.

Make the most of your holiday time by letting someone else do the hard work and boring logistics!

Peace of mind
Small group tours take care of the security aspects – and provide a safety net should anything unexpected happen.
Who is it ideal for?
Travellers who are short of time
If you don’t have three months to spend exploring, small groups trips let you cover more ground in less time. Your days are not spent queuing for tickets or finding hotels – so you can squeeze more into your holiday.

Solo travellers who’d like company
Likeminded travel companions plus peace of mind for those travelling alone. Single supplements are usually available – providing privacy if you want it.

Less confident travellers
Stray from the tourist trail without worrying about getting lost, and meet local people without dealing with the language barrier.
“I won’t get any privacy!”
Couples and friends have private rooms, and you can choose to eat alone or not. Single supplements give solo travellers their own room.

“There won’t be any free time”
Free mornings or afternoons let you explore on your own, or just relax.

“The accommodation will be basic”
Trips are as high or low end as you like. Though off the beaten track destinations won’t have luxury hotels, this is all part of the adventure.

“I won’t like the other travellers!”
Tour operators try to create groups with a similar demographic – age, families, activity levels... Chances are, you’ll even make new friends.

“Will we be following an umbrella?”
Meet a group leader
As well as taking care of all the day-to-day practicalities, your group leader is the one who will turn your trip into an adventure. Leaders are extraordinary characters – the kind of person who has spent 14 Christmas days on the slopes of Mount Everest, runs marathons wearing tiger suits to raise funds for their conservation and thinks nothing of leading an overland trip in Sudan or Afghanistan. Fearless and inspiring, group leaders are as important as the destination itself.

Meet a local guide
No matter how experienced your group leader, they can never make up for the knowledge gained from a lifetime in the destination. That’s why many of our trips work with local guides around the world – who invite you into their homeland with pleasure. As well as doing crazy things like climbing Kilimanjaro 100 times, they also donate their time to local projects supported by travellers – such as rebuilding Sri Lankan villages following the 2004 tsunami.

Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Simien Mountain trekking tour


This tour involves the employment of guards, cooks, guides and other locals who will accompany you throughout your trip. You will get to know them very well, living and walking side by side and it will be a unique opportunity to learn about the culture in depth. By employing this group of locals to help you, you are contributing to their income the importance of which cannot be minimised. 64% of Ethiopians live below the poverty line. Inflation is high at the moment and many are struggling.

Communities need help balancing their needs and the needs of their environment and sustainable tourism provides an alternative choice of income reducing the need for environmentally destructive practices and incentivizing conservation efforts.

A portion of payments made to the NP is set aside for training the Simien scouts and they are informed of the importance of preserving their environment. They are also given first aid and customer service training

Travellers may keep a record of animal and bird sightings for ongoing listing to be published on the website for other travellers – making a positive contribution to the conservation of the wildlife in the locality. They will also be encouraged to support an organisation working on behalf of the endangered Walia Ibex and Ethiopian Wolf whose habitat has been threatened by extended farming.

We provide clean bottled water poured into traveller's own containers and the empty bottles are recycled by the 'korales'. In Addis Ababa, some individuals, so called 'korales', already generate income by collecting recyclables. These korales purchase metals, plastics, reusable bottles, worn out shoes and clothes from households, having announced their presence in the street by shouting. The purchased material is carried in rice/wheat bags to the market place where it is sold to intermediate buyers.

The Simien Lodge (you will be staying in the grounds) ranked first in Community Development Projects in the 2016 Skål International Sustainable Tourism Award in the category of Rural Accommodation. 2016. They were judged on educational developments, water safety, sustainable tourism initiatives, medical aid and provision of alternative livelihoods. and also noted was the donation of 1000 energy-efficient stoves for cooking and heating; the delivery of over 800 school benches to local schools, and more recently the completion of eight new classrooms in three primary schools in the areas around the lodge. We are delighted to be able to bring clients to the lodge knowing that our contribution will be used effectively.


We have been involved in several projects designed to benefit the local community. Link Ethiopia are a charity
improving quality of education in Ethiopia and to increase cultural awareness between young people in Ethiopia and abroad. Through Link Ethiopia, teams work with the Kata Elementary School in Bishoftu, a town 45 kms of South of Addis Ababa, building new classrooms which provide a safer and cleaner learning environment for the young kids. Similar work has been undertaken in the Bole Elementary School and Derara Elementary School. Link Ethiopia would welcome a gift of stationery (pens, pencils, erasers, notebooks, copier paper) and any used digital cameras, USBs.

All funds from this trip are returned to the community or invested in producing environmentally sustainable tours.

We protect the local environment and offer our clients tips on taking a non invasive approach, always removing all signs of our presence and respecting the environment with its vegetation and wildlife.

We believe that sustainable toursim is wholly desirable and categorise our tours as“tourism that respects both local people and the traveller, cultural heritage and the environment”
We have readapted the modern approaches to tourism to involve tourism with a low impact on local culture and environment while creating jobs an income for the local area with the overall aim of conserving the local ecosystem.

Ethiopia is pledged to be carbon neutral by 2025. Clients may like to consider offsetting their carbon emissions.

1 Reviews of Simien Mountain trekking tour

4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed on 22 Oct 2014 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?

Scrambling up the rocks to the rock hewn churches of Tigray, adrenaline, amazing views and fantastic history.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?

Be prepared for long drives on dangerous roads, awesome scenery but nailbiting at times. Although the sights were amazing some of them were also busy, take a few extra days and try to get a bit more off the tourist trail, there are places to stop on the way between the major sights, would have been good to stop rather than motoring between major places.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

Def supported local people. The environmental impact of driving a car 100s of Km is not great but only avoidable by flying: even worse. We employed lots if local guides etc so putting money directly into the communities.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?

Great trip, Ethiopia is amazing, mountain scenery is gorgeous, sights and history totally different to anything else I've seen in Africa.

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