in Ethiopia varies enormously due to the extreme altitudes. Much of the
northern part of the country is above 2000m, so has moderate/hot days and cool
nights. The south, and especially the Danakil Depression experience much higher
two main seasons, the dry season which starts in late September until June, and
then the rainy season from July to September. There are some short rains in May-June,
and it can rain at any time of the year, so especially if you are going
trekking, you should bring waterproof layers.
The best time of year to visit Ethiopia is from October-March
a large country with few good roads. The quickets and safest way to get around
the country is by plane, Ethiopian airlines serves all major cities, which
covers most of the tourist sites. Regional airports include Lalibela, Gondar,
Axum, Bahir Dar, Dire Dawa (for Haraar), Mekele (for Tigrai churches and
Danakil), and Arba Minch.
Trekking the Simien Mountains
involve walking 6 to 8 hours per day,
sometimes more. It's hard physical work due to the altitude. To enjoy your
holiday it is essential to be in shape before you arrive. It is not wise to see
the trek as a means of getting into shape or losing weight. You should
therefore start a sports programme well before departure. Please ensure that
your insurance policy covers you at high altitudes.
Altitude sickness: In the Simien Mountains, as you will be above 3000m
most of the time, there is a risk of
developing altitude sickness. Most people do not experience any symptoms beyond
a headache, nausea, dizziness, breathlessness and difficulty sleeping. To avoid
altitude sickness it is essential to make a slow ascent giving your body time
to adapt to there being less oxygen in the air. People suffering from medical
conditions such as lunch or heart conditions, asthma , anaemia or high blood
pressure should get medical advice before going on a trek.
Equipment: Mules will carry almost all the equipment, food and
most personal gear. So donít bring anything you donít use on the trek. You will
need good footwear, preferably a pair of sturdy walking boots that provide
ankle support. Trainers or sandals are useful to wear around the campsites.
You should bring
many layers as the temperature can fluctuate around 20 degrees each day. A warm
jacket, thick jumper, hat, scarf, and gloves are recommended for the evenings and
a four season sleeping bag is essential to stay warm at night when temperatures
dip below freezing.
Although the rainy
season is July-September, it can rain in the mountains at any time of the year,
so you will need to bring waterproof layers
For any other
question, please contact me.
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