TOUR GUIDE: LIJALEM MESERET

Lij with trekker Born in a small village inside the Simien Mountains National Park, Lijalem Meseret's love of and pride in his birthplace led him to become a tour guide, enabling him to share and educate people from all over the world about the beauty of this spectacular area.

Lij graduated from Debark Technical and Vocational College, receiving a Diploma in Tour Guiding. In addition he received a Diploma in Animal Science from Chombolcha Agricultural College and a Bsc in Rural Development and Agricultural Extension from Gondar University.

In 2006 Lij passed the necessary exams, administered by the Amahara Regional Tourism Culture Bureau, in order to be a certified Simien Mountains National Park tour guide.

Lij organises personalised tours and treks through the splendid and breathtaking rugged mountains and will make your holiday second to none, memorable for a lifetime.

The 3 night, four day trek is the most popular option but this can be extended up to 17 days to reach the stunning village of Lalibela and its rock-hewn churches.

Prior to your holiday, Lij will spend time discussing your options and devising a suitable trek for you.

Accommodation is usually in tents on the parks’ campsites. Campsites are basic but clean with long drop toilets, showers, basic kitchen huts with open fires and stunning views. At two camp sites, there is also the option of staying in basic lodges with beds and a kitchen. If you want some real luxury, the Simien Lodge, a boutique hotel perched on a ridge towards the entrance to the park, is an excellent place to stay. Accommodation is in very comfortable and tastefully decorated tukul huts with under floor heating and power showers.

The trekking service in the Simien Mountains includes:

  • Cooks:- Well-experienced and able to serve up delicious three-course evening meals with only basic amenities. The service also includes a packed lunch, full breakfast and delicious snacks and hot drinks to welcome you to camp after a day's trekking.
  • Scout:- You cannot enter the park without a local scout. They have an excellent knowledge of the local area and wildlife and help ensure you have a safe visit to the Simien.
  • Riding and pack mules:- Mules are provided to carry your luggage and if you choose, you can also do the trek on a mule.
  • Mule keeper:- Two local people are in charge of the mules. They are also responsible for setting up your tent, so that everything is ready for you when you return from a day's trekking.