Hiking in Simien Mountains National Park

Simien Mountains National Park is a place forgotten by God where people live mystical life like 1000 years ago and time got stock for good. Stream water spun intestines and nearly paralysed me, 7 days without shower and ubiquitous dust inserted my skin like a tattoo, sharp mountainous equator sun grilled my face, I inhaled clear but dangerously sparse air, I heated up frozen limbs by hot tea and campfire, non-existent light pollution offered views not only to millions of stars but an entire galaxy, I saw Ethiopian wolf, I observed Walia Ibex, exotic birds and was 2 meters away from Gelada Baboon. By hiking 4430 meters high the Bwahit mountain I made new personal record. I felt like in roof of Africa, like on different planet, like in different galaxy… “A life journey is to uncover both inner temple and outer unknown.”

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On the way from Gondar to Debark.

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With Lisou a Veronika from Germany we hitchiked a lorry.

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Out of Debark in house of our friend.

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Roasted barley and honey wine called Tej.

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Ethiopian bread pancake-like named Injara with chickpeas and sauce.

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With our friend Masresha Teshager and his family. You can visit him in Debark and experience genuine rustic life. See more in his website and do not forget to great him from me www.SimienTour.com

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First day on the way from Debark to first camp Sankaber.

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Life is a journey that nobody else will walk for us.

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Beautiful landscape.

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Incredible views.

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Gelada Baboons tribe on pasture.

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Menelik’s Bushbuck with baby.

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Ohh yeah! Breathtaking.

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Second day arriving to Gitch Camp.

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Third day on the way.

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In Chennek camp.

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Notice the entire galaxy.

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At night was usually around 0°C thus sitting around campfire was more than pleasant.

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Frozen after chilly night totally happy that sun is rising and its x-rays are warming me up.

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In the park was many exotic birds.

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National Park offered to watch unique flora.

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4 day at Chennek camp. Personally the best place in the park.

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At the edge of escarpment deep up to 300 meters.

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Walia Ibex on pasture.

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Before sunset a view to one of the villages in the valley.

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Fifth day during hike to Bwahit mountain high 4430 meters.

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Gelada baboon in Chennek camp.

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Scary isn’t it?

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On the left our scout and guide Agenya.

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Sunset in Chennek camp.


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