Trek into the isolated splendour of the Ethiopian highlands
The dramatic skyline of scraggy peaks and jagged volcanic plugs which tower over the highland plateaus of the Simien Mountains compete with rugged gorges and deep gullies to form what is, arguable, the most awe-inspiring landscape in Africa.
As we trek through this distant mountain range we pass small hamlets where villagers eke out an existence from the limited arable land; come across large troops of Gelada baboons foraging on the edge of the escarpment; and, with a little luck, spot Walia ibex and Ethiopian wolves.
Declared a World Heritage Site for its endemic flora and fauna, these mountains culminate at Ras Dashen, the highest peak in Ethiopia and fourth highest in Africa at 4543m. From here it's easy to see why the Simien Mountains have been called 'the chess pieces of the gods.'
What makes this trip responsible?
Many children from disadvantaged families in Ethiopia do not have access to a balanced diet. Exodus’ partners, The Kindu Trust, amongst other projects, run a youth club in Gondar where children can get supplementary education and participate in extracurricular activities. The aim of this project is to provide a hot nutritious meal, once weekly, for these children which will help in their growth, learning capacity and development.
Please visit our Ethiopia project page for full details
Breakfast in the Simien Mountains