Geech to Chenek

  • Escarpment from above Chenek - © William Mackesy
  • Descending to chasm below Imet gogo - © William Mackesy
  • Long climb... - © William Mackesy
  • Imet Gogo from below near chasm - © William Mackesy
  • Scout on high slopes near Intaye - © William Mackesy
  • Climbing through giant heather - © William Mackesy
  • Escarpment edge from Chenek camp - © William Mackesy
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Key information: Geech to Chenek

  • A glorious if demanding day’s walk, traversing then dropping to an escarpment cliff-top, before a long climb through beautiful giant heather and grassland to a summit on the high escarpment. Then a marvellous descent just behind the escarpment edge.

Walkopedia rating

  • Walkopedia rating91
  • Beauty36
  • Natural interest18
  • Human interest2
  • Charisma36
  • Negative points1
  • Total rating91
  • Note: Negs: Altitude

Vital Statistics

  • Length: 15km/7 hours
  • Maximum Altitude: 4,070m
  • Level of Difficulty: Strenuous
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Descending to chasm below Imet gogo - © William Mackesy

WALK SUMMARY

A demanding day’s walk, out along the superb ridge towards Imet Gogo, then dropping to a valley-bottom escarpment cliff-top, before a long climb, to Inatye (4,070m) on the high escarpment top. Then a marvellous descent just behind the escarpment edge to the roadside campsite at Chenek.

The first hour or so from Geech follows the route along the beautiful and idiosyncratic spit of land towards Imet Gogo, rather than, as some books suggest, dropping south-east from Geech across the river then following the road round to Chenek. 

Veer off right and traverse steadily downwards to the cutback right below Imet Gogo, the last stretch dropping steeply through lichen-dripping giant heather. Marvel at the vast, sheer cliffs below Imet Gogo.

Then it is climb time, a big one, some 500m to Inatye at 4,070m. Apparently, even locals find it tough, although it would actually be straightforward were it not for the altitude. Ascend through beautiful giant heather, with glades and dapples of warm sunshine. Emerge gradually into the rocky grassland above, climbing slowly through lavishly beautiful scenery towards the final platform at Inatye. Amazing views all around.

A long,  gorgeous descent behind the sawn-off escarpment rim takes you to Chenek. Spend a while on the short-cropped grasslands of the summit plateau, then drop off into a marvellous traverse-descent around the back of the rim, catching glimpses out north-west across the ridges and rough farmlands far below. 

The campsites and shacks of Chenek appear some way off and a long way down: it is a long and in places steep descent, then a final plod up the road to site near the road.

This walk could be a day walk from Anya Meda on the road south-west of Geech, but would be demanding, with a long climb to Geech before beginning the route described here, which is usually walked as part of the 5 day trek.

See our Simien Mts page for more photos and information, including practicalities.

WILLIAM MACKESY'S ACCOUNT
of this walk

It is another beautiful empty-skied morning as I poke my nose out at 6.30.  Breakfast is outdoors again, our busy-laden table incongruous in the wide, bright yet quiet expanse.

Our first hour or so follows yesterday's route back towards Imet Gogo, rather than, as some books suggest, dropping south-east from Geech across the river then following the road round to Chenek. 

This is such beautiful and idiosyncratic landscape. We veer off right and traverse steadily downwards to the cutback right below Imet Gogo, the last stretch dropping steeply through lichen-dripping.....

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Imet Gogo from below near chasm - © William Mackesy

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Scout on high slopes near Intaye - © William Mackesy...
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