2kms north of Lake Hashenge, covering an area of about 2,165 acres on the gentle slope that edges the lake in the northeast is an indigenous forest of Hugumbirda that hosts endemic, Euro-Asia, and African migratory birds. The woodland called Hugumbirda, broken into various chasms is an enchanting place full of wild plants, animals as well as wonderful bird species. The hills jutting out of the trees let the viewers watch a variety of birds shuttling over the air and simultaneously contemplate the forest canopy below. Hugumbirda lowers itself south to the lakeshore of Hashenge and east to meet the Raya Azebo Valley, a plane scattered with acacia trees frequented by birds of varied nature.
This end of the forest that engulfs the eastern escarpment extends to meet the uphill Girakahsu forest transversed by the famous twisted road named in the same way.
Hiking to Higumbirda will bring you a lifetime experience. The dense forest is home to countless plant and animal species. There are best spots for bird-watching. Your hike to this amazing place will be guided by the locals who know the ins and outs from birth. After enjoying the beautiful nature of the forest, you can spend relaxing boating in Lake Hashenge and spend your night in one of the beautiful lodges/hotels in Korem, Alamata, or Maichew.