Ethiopia 2019/20

Addis Abeba – Lalibela – Blue Nile – Ras Dashan – Simien Mountains – Askum – Danakil

The Route:
What we planned

For me is the first timein Ethiopia, my brother was already here a few years ago. Maybe because of this, I travel quite into the blue. My brothers experience and a quick online research were enough to define some keypoints on the way. Everything else has to come with the flow.

We got about 40 days in Ethiopia and want to get slowly into this. A few days in Addis Abeba and the surrounding National Parks, north and west of the city, should be a good warm up, before we travel up north.

Lalibela, a name that makes me remember of of my teens characterized by Reagge and Rastafari culture . Cyclists seems to suffer a bit in the area, but the cultural herritage and parly surreal landscapes seems to be more than promissing! 

Further up north are waiting the Simien Mountains, crowned by the 4.400m high Ras Dashen. In terms of bike adventure this seems to be the place on this journey!

Travelling further up north we soon reach the dry regions along the border to Eritrea. And specially the desert around the Danakil Depession.

With this knowledge I downloaded a few GPS tracks and now let’s see what happens!

The Bike:

Mondraker Factor RR 2017

Monraker Factor became my personal favourite over the last years. Already in 2017 I travelled on an older model through South America. This time is an 2017 model with 140mm front and rear suspension.

Beside of smaller bags inside the frame, I decided for a double package-system front and rear: The front side comes with an Ortlieb Six Classic and a Rosswheel backpacking handlebar-bag below. On the backside I mounted two different bags on the seatpost. A small rack with even smaller panniers and an Ortlieb Backpacker seatpost-bag. Additionally I installed a plate under the lower tube of the bike which allows me to mount two bottle holder for a total of 2,5l.

This year’ winter quarter seems to be a bit warmer as usually. Thanks to that, our luggage is relativly light weight. The bike with all my stuff suites exactly into my 30kg luggage. We don’t carry a kitchen, but a complete sleeping arrangement. We have a minimum of technic equipement (phones, powerbank, gopro) and I bought a new Garmin Edge Explore 820, so far with aproximately 20 MTB and trekking tracks.

The Route:
What we planned

For me is the first timein Ethiopia, my brother was already here a few years ago. Maybe because of this, I travel quite into the blue. My brothers experience and a quick online research were enough to define some keypoints on the way. Everything else has to come with the flow.

We got about 40 days in Ethiopia and want to get slowly into this. A few days in Addis Abeba and the surrounding National Parks, north and west of the city, should be a good warm up, before we travel up north.

Lalibela, a name that makes me remember of of my teens characterized by Reagge and Rastafari culture . Cyclists seems to suffer a bit in the area, but the cultural herritage and parly surreal landscapes seems to be more than promissing! 

Further up north are waiting the Simien Mountains, crowned by the 4.400m high Ras Dashen. In terms of bike adventure this seems to be the place on this journey!

Travelling further up north we soon reach the dry regions along the border to Eritrea. And specially the desert around the Danakil Depession.

With this knowledge I downloaded a few GPS tracks and now let’s see what happens!

The Bike:

Mondraker Factor RR 2017

Monraker Factor became my personal favourite over the last years. Already in 2017 I travelled on an older model through South America. This time is an 2017 model with 140mm front and rear suspension.

Beside of smaller bags inside the frame, I decided for a double package-system front and rear: The front side comes with an Ortlieb Six Classic and a Rosswheel backpacking handlebar-bag below. On the backside I mounted two different bags on the seatpost. A small rack with even smaller panniers and an Ortlieb Backpacker seatpost-bag. Additionally I installed a plate under the lower tube of the bike which allows me to mount two bottle holder for a total of 2,5l.

This year’ winter quarter seems to be a bit warmer as usually. Thanks to that, our luggage is relativly light weight. The bike with all my stuff suites exactly into my 30kg luggage. We don’t carry a kitchen, but a complete sleeping arrangement. We have a minimum of technic equipement (phones, powerbank, gopro) and I bought a new Garmin Edge Explore 820, so far with aproximately 20 MTB and trekking tracks.