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21 October

Simien Mountain Trek

Minimum sponsorship option Self funder option
TrekkingTrekking - 12 days
Date: 21 October 2015
Charity Challenge


TrekkingTrekking - 12 days
Place: Simien Mountains, Ethiopia
Organiser: Charity Challenge
Date: 21 October 2015
Duration/distance: 12 days
Under 18's:
Difficulty: Level 3
Payment options: Payment options explained
Minimum sponsorship option: £475 registration fee + min sponsorship
Self funder option: £475 registration fee + tour cost (no min sponsorship)

Challenge details

The Simien Mountains are one of Africa's major highlands. Their highest point is Ras Dejen in Ethiopia, Africa's 4th highest peak.

Challenge Highlights:
  • Trek along a largely unexplored route.
  • Discover this mountainous, rugged landscape.
  • Summit the highest peak in Ethiopia, Ras Dejen (4,620m).
  • Visit rural Amhar villages.
  • Help to support the Arkaweysie Medical Aid Project.

This trekking route takes you far away from the usual tourist spots. It will lead you across high escarpments and to lush lowland valleys, passing traditional Amhara villages en route.

Reaching the summit is certainly challenging, but hugely rewarding. Having reached the peak of the mountain, you will continue along a tough ridge route, summitting several 4,000 metre peaks along the way. The trek beginning from Arkwasyie offers one of the most demanding days of your challenge as you leave the high plateau, crossing numerous steep ridges and deep valleys, descending 900m down the almost vertical Devil's Staircase and reaching Lamo, possibly the most beautiful region in the Simiens.

You will spend time in the capital, Addis Ababa, and in historic Gondar. These visits give you the unforgettable experience of seeing some of the incredible ancient culture that this fascinating and unique African country is steeped in.

Find out more today
Secure your place on this challenge with one of our charity partners - just click on a charity logo on the right for further details.

Charities with places

Limited charity places are available in Simien Mountain Trek - click a logo for details about the charity and how it will help you:

  • secure your place in the event
  • raise any sponsorship needed
  • get kit, training advice & race-day support

Choose your own charity

Want to do this challenge for your own charity?
You can do this challenge to raise funds for your favourite charity. To find out more, please click here.