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Best Hiking Trails in Ethiopia

Overview

Ethiopia is a large eastern African country boasting a stunning array of landscapes and wildlife.  Fertile, highland plateau for much of the country, and opportunities for hiking abound, particularly in Simien Mountains National Park and Bale Mountains National Park, as well as Community Trekking areas in the north of the country.  As well, hiking to see rock-hewn churches from Lalibela and hiking around Addis Ababa are well known.  Popular hikes include up to Ras Dashen, the highest peak in Ethiopia, Mount Erer, Mount Bwahit and Imet Gogo. The best months to hike in Ethiopia are October to April.  Read on for more information on where and when to go hiking in Ethiopia. 

Capital: Addis Ababa

When To Hike in Ethiopia?

October – April: Warmest and driest time. The southern part of the country has more varied weather and April/May can be rainy
May; September: Could be ok
June – August: Cool and rainy

Climate: Temperate – Much of this country sits at a high elevation so there’s a pleasant temperate climate all year round.  

 

Ethiopia Monthly Weather

Accessibility of Hiking

Medium: There are some well established hiking routes/areas, but you should have a guide

Transportation required: Vehicle required to access many trails, and in some places, 4X4 required

Where to stay in Ethiopia for hiking:

  • Addis Adaba
  • Lalibela
  • Goba
  • Delo Mana
  • Debark

Most popular hikes in Ethiopia

The three main areas for hiking are the Simien Mountains National Park, Bale Mountains National Park and Community Trekking locations in the north of the country. Highest Mountain: Ras Dashen (4550 m).

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Around Lalibela

Bale Mountains National Park

Simien Mountains National Park

  • Northern part of the county – www.simienpark.org 
  • Best known area for hiking in Ethiopia, known as the “roof of Africa”
  • Gondar is the city that is the gateway; Debark and Geech are towns that make good bases
  • Home of Ras Dashen, highest peak

Long Distance Trails of Ethiopia

  • Many multi-day treks can be planned in the Simien and Bale Mountains, as well as Community Trekking areas

Ethiopia's Walking & Hiking Resources

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Ethiopia Hiking Books: No hiking specific books

  • Ethiopia: The Bradt Guide, by Philip Briggs, 2018, Bradt Publications – https://amzn.to/3Vu4D8Z
  • Lonely Planet Ethiopia & Djibouti, by Lonely Planet, Jean-Bernard Carillet, Anthony Ham, 2017, Lonely Planet Global Limited – https://amzn.to/4a9yAzG

 

Best Hiking Trails in Ethiopia:

You can find more details on hiking these trails from trail maps/apps, websites, and tourist offices, as there are no published guidebooks:

  • Ras Dashen – Simien Mountains
  • Mount Erer – Addis Adaba
  • Mount Bwahit – Simien Mountains
  • Imet Gogo – Simien Mountains
  • Menagasha Mount Wochecha – Menagasha Conservation Area
  • Mount Mogle – Menagasha Conservation Area
  • Community Trekking areas

Easy Hiking Trails in Ethiopia:

  • Blue Nile Falls
  • Hikes to rock hewn churches

 

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What Else To Do

  • Wildlife  
  • Ancient cultures
  • Rock-hewn churches
  • Danakil Depression – oppressive heat; very hard area to be hiking in

Other Important Points

  • A Christian country