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?
Some of our leaders on the ground have been, with the help of Exodus clients, supporting a local school. Initially with improving the conditions of the classroom (adobe walls, benches…) and then with school supplies.
In addition Exodus works with local charity The Kindu Trust, raising money to provide one hot meal a week to disadvantaged children who do not have access to a balanced and nourishing diet. For more information see http://www.exodus.co.uk/responsible-travel/our-projects/ethiopiaproject?
Breakfast in the Simien Mountains