How to choose the right trek in Ethiopia
When deciding where to trek, and for how long, you should consider the following:
- Altitude. The North of Ethiopia is highland, and Addis Ababa itself sits at 2200m. Most of the trekking available in Ethiopia will take you above 3000m.
- Comfort. While nearby lodges allow for day hikes in the Simien Mountains and Bale Mountains, some areas of these national parks are off limits to those not willing to camp. Our community trekking involves overnights in basic, but charming and comfortable, guesthouses.
- Time of year. If you're travelling between June and August, trekking in the national parks can become more trick as the rains render some access routes impassable.
- Fitness. Some trails require a good level of fitness, while others are much easier. The altitude can often make gently routes feel tough. It's important to know your limits, and talk through any concerns with our team before booking a trek.
Where can I trek in Ethiopia?
Simien Mountains National Park
The Simien Mountains are Ethiopia's most popular trekking destination. The typical trekking route involves 3 nights camping in the mountains, but there's ample opportunity for day trips or longer hikes depending on your fitness level and wider interests.
Bale Mountains National Park
The Bale Mountains National Park offers unique and wonderful landscapes. The park is made up of two distinct landscapes, the Harenna Forest and Sanetti Plateau. The park is also home to Ethiopia's second highest point, Tulu Dimtu, and the country's largest population of endemic Ethiopian Wolves can be found in the Sanetti Plateau.
There are numerous campsites within the park, so we can stitch together multi-day treks. The Bale Mountain Lodge in the Harenna Forest offers a luxurious lodging option and day hikes can be arranged from here.
Set up in four locations around the North of Ethiopia, Community Trekking offers meditative treks through some of the best landscapes anywhere in the world. Local communities have set up guesthouses along the trails which offer basic, but charming accommodation.
Community Trekking is designed to give the local communities a stake in the tourism industry of Ethiopia, and the majority of money for these treks go straight to the communities who manage the guesthouses and run the treks.
Each destination offers a multitude of treks with different difficulty levels, accommodation options, landscapes and wildlife. We'll help you find the trek that's perfect for you, talk through any of your concerns, and get you set up and ready to go.
There's great trekking on these trips
Explore the Simien Mountains from a luxury lodge perched high in the escarpment, discover the architectural remains of ancient civilisations, and watch the sun set over the sandstone cliffs of Tigray. The Historic North Circuit is a flagship itinerary in…
- 12 Days
This trip packs in a myriad of history, culture and some of the best scenery in Africa. Explore the palaces of Gondar, the world-famous rock-hewn churches in Lalibela, and the sweeping plateaus of the Simien Mountains. Leave enough time either…
- 7 Days
The Simien Mountains are one of Ethiopia’s most stunning destinations. With its diverse flora and fauna, immense views and extraordinary geography, it’s an exceptional place that can be enjoyed by hardy trekkers and afternoon strollers alike. A couple of nights…
- 5 Days
Our community trekking routes are among our favourite experiences in Ethiopia. Offering a unique insight into rural Ethiopia through trails off-the-beaten-track, we're yet to find anyone who isn't blown away by the beauty of the rolling hills of Lalibela, the…
- 15 Days
Hike across electric landscapes of thick forests, Afro-alpine moorland, peaks and plateaus, and jungle thickets. An extraordinary outdoor adventure, with high altitude hikes unlocking staggering viewpoints, beautiful clearings, and endemic wildlife. At night, the sky is ablaze with starlight in…
- 7 Days
Fusing history, culture, landscapes and wildlife along a perfectly paced circuit, this trip is a synthesis of the very best experiences on offer in Ethiopia’s northern highlands. Explorations of the ancient cities Axum, Gondar, Bahir Dar and Lalibela are broken…
- 12 Days
A true adventure across the northernmost reaches of Ethiopia. Experience community trekking on the plateaus of Tigray, where horizons stretch for miles, distant mountain peaks morph into hazy silhouettes lit by the evening sun, and pockets of light and shadow…
- 11 Days
Ready to plan your Ethiopia adventure?
We'll spend some time listening to your aspirations, then discuss the kind of experience that might suit you.
Next we'll discuss the options, shortlist the best trips for you and present you our impartial recommendations.
We'll place a 24 hour hold on your preferred option - without obligation - whilst we talk through the details.