• Inatye
  • 4075 m
  • Primary factor 505 m
  • Ethiopia
  • Location: North 13.26140, East 038.16489 (GPS at the summit)
  • Difficulty: YDS class 1
  • Climbed February 23. 2019.


How to get there:
This is the first mountain in a 6 day trek in the Simien mountains in the north part of Ethiopia. A good starting point is the city of Gondar, this city is served by Ethiopian Air - about one hour flight from Addis Ababa. We stayed in Goha Hotel, located on a hilltop overlooking the town.
From Gondar, drive north to the town of Debark. Here, the headquarter for the national park is located on the left side of the road near location N13.14924, E037.89492. All parties must stop here for registration. They have posted a big sign with prices for various services. All parties must have an (armed) ranger, locally called scout. One normally also hire a cook as well as some porters/mules at this location.
Continue along the road, you will shortly reach an official park gate at location N13.16627, E037.96289, elevation about 3130 meter. There is a substanial drive on a slightly rough dirt road before you reach the official camp site called Chennek. However, a nice short hike visiting the summit and very good view point Inatye, can be made by starting from the road a while before reaching Chennek.
Route description:
We started from the road at location N13.24005, E038.13555, elevation about 3760 meter. Head gradually uphill and hike towards and past several (smaller) local tops. The terrain is generally pretty flat and hiking is very easy. First, visit the viewpoint at location N13.26138, E038.15775, elevation close to 4070 meter. This is often considered the summit. However, the next triangle with steep cliffs is slightly higher. It is a short walk to head across to this highest summit point at location N13.26140, E038.16489, elevation 4075 meter. The view is very good also from this location.
From here, a trail leads downhill more or less following the ridge, back to the road near an official camp site called Chennek. Shortly before reaching camp you will pass a notch in the ridge (right next to the road). This location is at N13.25904, E038.18917, elevation 3570 meter. This is the key col that determines the prominence of Inatye.
I did this trek together with Denise and Richard McLellan and my friend Rob Woodall. We started from the car around 1430 and arrived at camp in Chennek around 1730. Our next goal on this trip was the mountain Bwahit.