Ras Dashen

Ras Dashen
Photo by Jurgen Wohlfarter, all rights reserved.

Ras Dashen is the highest mountain in Ethiopia, and the highest of the Simen range, a group of eroded mountains that rises stunningly from the surrounding 9,000 foot plateau in northern Ethiopia. Despite the overall high elevation of Ethiopia, the Simen range is the only place in the country that is regularly snow-covered in Winter. The mountains are composed of basalt volcanic rock, though there are no active volcanoes today. In the midst of the Simen range, Ras Dashen is a cluster of nine rocky peaks. The mountain trails of the Simen Range are dotted with many small agricultural villages.

Elevation (feet): 14,928
Elevation (meters): 4,550
Continent: Africa
Country: Ethiopia
Latitude: 13.25
Longitude: 38.4
Difficulty: Scramble
Best months for climbing: Sep, Oct, Nov, Dec
Volcanic status: Extinct
Year first climbed: 1841
First successful climber(s): Ferret and Galinier
Nearest major airport: Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Convenient Center: Gonder, Ethiopia, (Semyen Mountains National Park headquarters)

Thanks to Terrill Thompson for contributing to these details. (View history)

Trip Reports

There are 6 trip reports for Ras Dashen.

  • Log #6500 - by Tom Robinson on Aug 27, 20033.00 stars
    Spent 7 days hiking in national park. An unforgettable experience.
  • Log #6501 - by Peter Hoffman on Nov 15, 20023.00 stars
    The Simien Park experience is far more than just scrambling up this mountain. I also recommend Mt Bwahit, which should be tackled on the return trip, and from the east.
  • Log #6502 - by Javier Grinfeld on Dec 21, 20013.00 stars
    Wonderful mountain range! Simien mountains and its surroundings are among the most beautifull mountains in Africa, including the endemic species of plants and animals.
  • Log #6505 - by Christopher Bolton on May 29, 19993.00 stars
    Organised trip to deliver medical surplies. Organised by Jeremy Gane.
  • Log #20577 - by Jurgen Wohlfarter on Jan 05, 20073.00 stars
    I climbed Ras Dejen end of February 1995 we –a team of two, started with 2 guides, since my friend only wanted to go as far as Imet Gogo. I went to the summit with Mulugata Arefenama as my...
  • Log #20997 - by Hans Hurni on Sep 03, 20073.00 stars
    With 'people' I mean local farmers who settle the area in villages up to 4000 m asl, just below the summit, which is easy to ascend without any skills except for the 5-day walk from Debark and last...