02.13.2016 - 02.16.2016 80 °F
We arrived back in Gondar after the trek last night around 6pm. It turned out to be a little tougher than either of us expected - I don't think that the jet lag or the altitude helped much.
Most of the hike was around 10,000 feet with the highest point around 12,000. The total distance was around 33km although I cheated a few times toward the end and rode one of the mules. The scenery was beautiful although seems like we spent most of the time looking at our feet! Were able to see many Gelada monkeys along the way, passing through huge groups grazing along the hillsides. The males have big lion-like manes and some pretty fierce looking fangs they like to bare from time to time. It was amazing how close we were able to come to them. One morning in camp were able see an Ethiopian wolf that came pretty close.
There are a lot of families that still live within the boundaries of the Simien mountains. Too far from any real town, they live in very basic thatch huts and herd sheep. Some supplement their living by assisting trekers like us with pack mules and as camp helpers.
We were glad to be back in Gondar last night and get cleaned up - we were pretty grubby! We have a driver coming to pick us up at 8:30am this morning and will head to Lalibela. Will spend 3 nights there with two full days to explore the rock-hewn churches that are supposed to be one of the highlights to any Ehtiopian trip.
Below are a couple photos from the trek - I had hoped to post more but the wifi is very slow. As it is these thtree took me almost an hour!
Love to you all.