Hiking in Ethiopia
Trip Start Dec 24, 2009
47Trip End Apr 25, 2010
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Simien Mountains National Park
To enter the park we needed to take a ‘scout’ with us in the Cruiser. A scout is a local guy with an AK47, who accompanies us for our safety, what a pain; we had to repack the car to fit him in! It cost us about US$60 for 48 hours in the park.
The mountain park ranges from an altitude of about 3500m to 4500m, so definitely the highest point that either of us have ever been outside of a plane
On the second day we went on a hike to a lookout point about 2 hours from our camp. The scout took us on a route, which followed the road on the way up, and a mountain path on the way down. I think he did this, so it would be easier for us?! Petra about half way up became very upset about the route chosen, as we were walking up the road, instead of hiking along the mountains. She didn’t want to walk on the road (which was easier to be fair). She wanted to be on a path rather, for the better views. The scout became very nervous, and thankfully we were almost at the top, as she wasn’t very happy! Lucky we made the top with no major damage done. Once she saw the view, she was a happy bunny once again. We put this one down to altitude sickness!!
We had very little choice where we could camp on the second night, and the camp scout put us just off the road (dusty), and about 50m from a dead grey horse
If Gonder got a 5/10, the Simien Mountains get an 8/10, and I could well see myself coming back here one day.