Day 1: Vistors arrive at Guassa Community Lodge at Regreg around lunchtime to meet their guide and check in.
After a rest, vistors will take a short trek to the nearby mountaintop. This idyllic spot offers genuinely stunning views over the Guassa plateau and the chance to spot the Ethiopian wolf. Along the trail, the guide will describe the natural surroundings as well as the local history and conservation efforts.
Visitors end the day back at Regreg, where they are briefed about the upcoming treks.
Day 2: After an early breakfast, visitors trek on foot or mule back for around five to six hours from Regreg to Atse Wiha Camping Ground, walking through an Afroalpine meadow to “Lobelia Valley”, which is filled with thousands of these giant plants. The trail then winds its way into the moorland where visitors will experience the enormous highland flora as well as an impressive array of animal life including the endemic gelada and the Ethiopian wolf.
Visitors then enjoy a picnic lunch in the majestic surroundings, keeping an eye out for a rare and the graceful bird of prey – the lammergeyer, or bearded vulture. This raptor, considered the lord of the high plateau, can often be seen soaring in searching of food. In the late afternoon, the mules are sent back to their base and visitors set up camp at Atse Wiha.
Day 3: This scenic trail to Cheguarit Meda (four to five hours) offers splendid views of the untouched juniper forest of yegana, now rare in Ethiopia. The trails offer a variety of interesting attractions including endemic bird species and wildlife and scenic overlooks down to the lowlands.
Before the final ascent towards the camp, visitors will discover a cluster of stone houses in the traditional Menz village at Tebab. The Menz people are famous for their two storey stone huts with thatched roofs, and their woven wool rugs and traditional blankets are considered to be some of Ethiopia’s finest woven textiles. Before returning to camp, visitors will sip coffee with villagers. This final evening offers visitors a chance to gather around the campfire and watch a traditional Menz dance ceremony. A truly memorable experience!
Day 4: Visitors will enjoy a short trek to the main road, where they are met by their vehicle and return to Addis Ababa or continue on to the historic north.