Siemen Mountains Trekking, Lalibela & Bahir Dar Tour 11 days

It is a medium version of the north Ethiopia historical tour including trekking on Siemen Mountains not including Axum in the Tigray region from the whole loop of historical Ethiopian cities. Gonder castles, Lalibela churches and Semien Mountain National Park are registered as the World Heritage Sites by UNESCO.

Duration: 11 days overland or 9 days overland tour + next morning 1 hr flight to Addis

Day 1 Blue Nile Gorge - Bahir Dar

Drive to Bahir Dar town from Addis early morning. Driving 525 km with the possibility of stopover at Portuguese bridge - he first bridge in Ethiopia made over river Nile and have a glance of Blue Nile Gorge.

Overnight: Bahir Dar – hotel

Day 2 Lake Tana

Boat sail on Lake Tana identifying the Abay river path by its muddier water compared to the waters of Tana. Harbor at 3 of the 37 Island monasteries and explore the Ethiopian Orthodox church treasures of Holy Icons and admire the church as it is the main habitat for Ethiopian biodiversity, birdlife and aquatic animals including hippo are easily seen here.

Overnight: Bahir Dar – hotel

Day 3 Blue Nile Falls - Gondar

Drive 30 km to the town of Tis Abay that means ”Smoking Abay (Nile river)” to see the gigantic Blue Nile river waterfall. It become 400 meter wide in rainy seasons. Drive back to Bahir Dar to stay Overnight: in Gonder town revising the city tour of Bahir Dar. Visit the black Jewish (Falashas) community in Gonder in afternoon.

Overnight: Gonder – hotel

Day 4 Gondar

Full day wander in Gonder, one of UNESCO world wonders because of royal castles with the bath of king Fasiledes. After lunch break walk to Debre Berhan Selasie church known by its roof paintings and the Qusquam St. Mary complex,

Overnight: Gonder – hotel

Day 5 Debark - Siemen Mountains

Drive to Debark town to base hiking to Semien Mountains on the next day(s). Drive to the first camp site Sanka Ber see the sceneries, wildlife & birds.

Overnight: Sankaber – camping/ lodges

Day 6 Siemen Mountains - Chenek

Drive to Chenek, and then trek to Buhait Ras. Observe the endemic animal Walia Ibex and Gelada baboon with their outstanding habitat.

Overnight: Second camping site – Chenek – camping

Day 7 Siemen Mountains - Bahir Dar

Morning trek to nearby Geech campsite, return – and in the afternoon descend from the mountain and drive to Bahir Dar via Gonder. Looking at the Semien National Park endemic animals and highland vegetation.

Overnight: Bahir Dar – hotel

Day 8 Debre Tabor - Lalibela

After breakfast drive to Lalibela town. Turn right before Debre Tabor to see the Awara Amba community known for equal division of labor, self administered ignoring the presence of government, politics, religion etc.

Overnight: Lalibela – hotel

Day 9 Lalibela

Visit half of the 11 rock hewn churches in the morning (Bête Medhane Alem, Bête Maryam, Bête Gholgota, Bête Denagil, Sina Bête) and the rest (Bête Gabriel-Rufael, Bête Merkorios, Bête Amanual and Bête Abba Libanos) including Bête Ghiorgis church the most famous and finest named after St. George in the afternoon after lunch. Stunning the stones carved to make these monolithic churches in the 12 century, using the tools of that time displayed in the museum. These are the most must see attractions in Ethiopia.

Overnight: Lalibela – hotel

Day 10 Nakuto’leab - Addis

Transfer to airport to fly back to Addis on the way to airport visit the cave monastery of Nakuto’leab in Lalibela and end the visit in Ethiopia attending Ethiopian cultural music & traditional food and drink at Yod Abyssinia traditional restaurant close to the airport in Addis Ababa.

Overnight: Addis Ababa – Bole Airport to return back to your country.


Day 10 Desse

Drive to Addis Ababa via Desse from Lalibela over land and stay one night in Desse town to head to Addis the next day visiting Ayteyef Musuem in Desse in the afternoon.

Overnight: Desse – hotel

Day 11 Desse - Addis Ababa

Drive to Addis Ababa,Go shopping and end the visit in Ethiopia attending Ethiopian cultural music & traditional food and drink at Yod Abyssinia traditional restaurant close to the airport in Addis Ababa. Then fly abroad or

Overnight: Addis Ababa – hotel

Tour highlights

Country: Ethiopia

Duration: 11 days

Available for: Students,Adults,Seniors

Guide speaks: English
* Other languages possible on request

  • Lalibela
  • Axum
  • Gondar
  • Gonder
  • Bahir Dar
  • Monasteries
  • Lake Tana

Our clients say:

I booked a private guide for my vist at the churches in Lalibela and tours to Asheton Maryam Monastry and to Yemrehanna Krestos Church and it was really great! The native guide was perfect in both, educated as a tourist guide and also showing me his culture, country and religion! All the entrance fees, car and Bajaja fares have been included and the guide was always intime and very ambitious to show and explain all the point of interest to me! In my opinion a tour guide is a huge benefit for visitors because the churches are not singnposted at all and you won`t understand most of the meanings, hidden subjects and details without one. At least an appeal: please respect that this places are not a museum but holy places for the people! You also won`t go to Vatikan in shorts and tanktop! Pants, longsleeve and hiking boots are also more functionell because of the sun and the stony pathes!
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