Key information: Imet Gogo
- Perhaps the finest day walk in the Simiens, out along the southern (inner) flank of this outlying ridge, which narrows to the final Imet Gogo point, surrounded on all sides by giddy cliffs, for amazing views.
- Good chance of Gelanda monkey viewing.
- Walkopedia rating92
- Natural interest18
- Human interest2
- Negative points0
- Total rating92
- Length: 4 hours from Geech
- Maximum Altitude: 3,926m
- Level of Difficulty: Strenuous
Many would argue that this is the finest day walk in the Simiens, a superb route through luscious landscape, out along ther southern (inner) flank of this outlying ridge, which narrows to the final Imet Gogo point, surrounded on all side by giddy cliffs, except for a narrow dyke of hard volcanic rock you teeter along to get there. The views here of the great Simien escarpment, with the grassy plateau behind and crags and cliffs falling into broken farmland and rough badlands far below, are some of the best in the entire range.
You should make a day of it by returning along the northern outer escarpment flank, for a succession of amazing views and some beautiful plateau-top grasslands meanders. It ends with an enjoyable descent of grassy hillsides back to Geech.
You will have a god chance of meeting a group of gelada monkeys for some rapturous time-with-nature.
From Geech camp, it is 1.5 hrs or so to Imet Gogo, and then 2.5 hrs or so back along the escarpment top. So, it is a gentle day with a lot of viewing time, a pleasant acclimatizer if on a longer trek, before the rigours of the walk to Chenek. If you are making a day walk from Anya Meda on the road, it is quite a bit longer, some 6-7hrs return by the more direct route – but do try to include the longer escarpment-top return for a long but truly amazing walk.
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WILLIAM MACKESY'S ACCOUNT
of this walk
Imet Gogo ridge, March 2019 as part of a 5 day trek
We lie in to a princely 7am, emerging to a clear sky. Our table sits in the already warm slanting sun, laden with honey porridge, bread, jams and Nutella. A sight to cheer altitude-jaded heads.
We are heading to the Imet Gogo high point at the sharp end of the ridge (wide here) we are camping on. This is going to be a beautiful and relatively easy day, a good thing given we are walking to 3,926m on just our third day.
We set off at 8.30, making a long, steady climb through gorgeous yellow ochre meadows up the.....READ MORE
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