Ethiopia Trek: Ethiopia Lowest to Highest

Trek through the Danakil Depression, one of the hottest, harshest and, at -125 meters below see level, lowest places on earth, to Erta Ale Volcano before venturing high into the Simien Mountains to summit Ras Dashan, the highest point in Ethiopia at 4,510 meters above sea level.

Ethiopia is one of our favourite countries, which we have enjoyed travelling to for over 10 years. With its diverse and challenging environments, it makes the perfect setting for a fundraising trip that will help give back to young people in a community that is close to our heart.

In 2017, this itinerary is running and a charity trek and the money raised from the trek will go towards the Wild Frontiers Foundation project to establish four new e-learning centres in remote school across Ethiopia. It costs £2500 to set up each e-learning centre and install 25 recycled computers, loaded with educational software. Teachers from the schools will also be trained in basic digital literacy skills, simple hardware maintenance and how to use computers to teach a different subjects. It will be a self-funded trek, in that you pay your way to take on the challenge, and we ask you to commit to raise a minimum of £500 for the cause.

This trip offers amazing sites and challenges in equal measures, also giving you the opportunity to kick off your walking boots and enjoy the country’s colourful capital, Addis Ababa, the UNESCO World Heritage town of Lalibela with its amazing rock hewn churches and the medieval castles of Gondar.


  • Trek in the Danakil Depression from the base to the rim of Erta Ale Volcano
  • Camp on the rim of the volcano
  • Explore the otherworldly landscapes of Dallol
  • 7-day trek through the Simien Mountains to the summit of Ras Dashan
  • Visit isolated villages and remote camp among spectacular scenery
  • Visit Camara, our charity partners in Ethiopia, and see e-learning projects in action

Tour Includes:

  • Full services of a Wild Frontiers Tour Leader with local guides and drivers
  • 17 breakfasts, 18 lunches, 18 dinners (typically in local restaurants where viable)
  • Drinking water throughout
  • All transport (minibuses/coaster bus, train, domestic flights)
  • 17 nights' accommodation (5 in hotels, 12 night in remote campsites)
  • All entrance fees, sightseeing, excursions and activities as per the itinerary
  • A carbon-offsetting contribution to Carbon Clear (if booking international flights through WF office)

Erta Ale:

Due to the ever changing nature of the volcano and the region, the visibility of the lava lake and lava flows may vary. Please contact the office for the current situation and up to date information.


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When visiting the Simien Mountains, take binoculars - they're great for spotting Ibex and Gelada baboons.

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