Key information: Ras Dashen
- Ethiopia’s highest peak is a long, rough, altitudinous slog, although it does reward with remarkable views.
- Walkopedia rating81.5
- Natural interest17
- Human interest2
- Negative points0
- Total rating81.5
- Length: 8-10hrs
- Maximum Altitude: 4,543m
- Level of Difficulty: Strenuous
Ethiopia's highest peak sits at the eastern end of the high Simien range. It is almost always climbed from the west. It is a long, rough, 5-6 hr slog from Ambikwa, with some scrambling at the end. But for the altitude, it would not be that difficult a walk. The return walk takes 3-4 hrs.
The views from the summit are pretty extraordinary, by definition 360°, and far-reaching. But they are not much better than on the more accessible Mt Buahit [link], and both are less thrilling than the best of the escarpment edge.
There is some uncertainty when up top about which of the real peak and its neighbours is the highest. Masochists can tackle the others, too, to make sure they have bagged the lot.
You either have to make a 7 to 9 day trek to climb Ras Dashen, or drive to Chenek for a shorter assault (3-4 day), but with much less time for acclimatization. It wouldn’t be recommended as a day walk.
There is quite a consensus that Ras Dashen is doubtfully worthwhile, given the altitude involved, except for those who want to bag Ethiopia’s highest.
See our Simien Mts page for more photos and information, including practicalities.
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