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OVERVIEW

What to expect

ITINERARY

What you will do

COSTS

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INFORMATION

All you need to know

The challenge

  • Summit Ras Dejen, Ethiopia's highest peak
  • Rugged mountainous landscape
  • Largely unexplored route
  • Visit unchanged Amhar villages
  • A chance to see some of Ethiopia's varied wildlife include gelada baboons and the elusive Simien wolf

The Simien Mountains are one of the major highlands of Africa, rising to their highest point at Ras Dejen (4,620m) in Ethiopia. Charity Challenge’s route up Africa’s fourth highest peak is a long way from the regular tourist trails. Instead, it leads into beautiful lowland valleys and high escarpments, dotted with Amhara villages. Tough but rewarding, the summit trek is followed by a challenging ridge route, which takes in several 4,000m peaks en route. Perhaps the biggest challenge comes on the trek from Arkwasyie as we leave the higher plateau, cross several substantial ridges and valleys and climb down the near vertical Devil's Staircase with a 900m descent to reach Lamo. This colourful itinerary includes time in historic Gondar and the capital of Addis Ababa, offering many encounters with the ancient culture of this fascinating African country.

The journey

Simien Mountain Charity Trek in Ethiopia

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Simien Mountain Charity Trek in Ethiopia

Simien Mountain Charity Trek in Ethiopia

Simien Mountain Charity Trek in Ethiopia

Simien Mountain Charity Trek in Ethiopia

Simien Mountain Charity Trek in Ethiopia

Simien Mountain Charity Trek in Ethiopia

Simien Mountain Charity Trek in Ethiopia

Simien Mountain Charity Trek in Ethiopia

Simien Mountain Charity Trek in Ethiopia

Simien Mountain Charity Trek in Ethiopia

Simien Mountain Charity Trek in Ethiopia

Simien Mountain Charity Trek in Ethiopia

Simien Mountain Charity Trek in Ethiopia

Simien Mountain Charity Trek in Ethiopia

Simien Mountain Charity Trek in Ethiopia

Simien Mountain Charity Trek in Ethiopia

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We hold an Air Travel Organiser's Licence granted by the Civil Aviation Authority. Our ATOL number is 6546. Many of the flight-inclusive challenges on this website are financially protected by the ATOL scheme. But ATOL protection does not apply to all holiday and travel services listed on this website. This ATOL protection only covers challenges that include flights booked by Charity Challenge and that originate in the UK. Please ask us to confirm what protection may apply to your booking. If you do not receive an ATOL Certificate then the booking will not be ATOL protected. If you do receive an ATOL Certificate but all the parts of your trip are not listed on it, those parts will not be ATOL protected. Please see our booking conditions for information or for more information about financial protection and the ATOL Certificate go to: www.atol.org.uk/ATOLcertificate

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