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Author: Rosie Fuller

Over the next few months we’re exploring the best hikes in the world. Next up, we take a look at an awe-inspiring trek on one of the major mountain massifs in Africa, Ethiopia’s spectacular Simien Mountains…

Trekking the Simien Mountains, EthiopiaPhoto: Rick McCharles

The Simien Mountains are found in northern Ethiopia and form part of the Ethiopian Highlands. They are a World Heritage Site and also play host to both the Simien Mountains National Park and Ethiopia’s highest mountain, Ras Dashen (4,550m).

“Ethiopia is a fascinating place. Its history, its people and its geography have so many characteristics that are unique and unlike anywhere else I have visited in Africa,” says David Halliday who trekked in the Simien Mountains with Pioneer Expeditions in November 2011.

Trekking the Simien Mountains, EthiopiaPhoto: Rick McCharles

“From a trekking perspective, the Simiens are beautiful, dramatic and very varied. There’s much more flora and fauna than I expected and you get real insights into the people who live there. You need to be more than reasonably fit as the ascents and descents are long and severe.

“The nights are also very cold and the campsites very basic, so it’s challenging. In contrast to this, we had a great grew supporting us, delicious food every day, and the result is a great sense of camaraderie and enjoyment. And the scenery is so spectacular that every day is a delight.”

See www.pioneerexpeditions.com.

Intro photo: Mariusz Kluzniak