Ras Dejen (Dashen): the highest mountain in Ethiopia and fourteenth highest peak in Africa

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Mount Ras Dejen (or Dashen), the highest point in Ethiopia, to the Blue Nile and Tekeze river channels 10,000 feet below.

Ras Dashen (Amharic: ራስ ዳሸን rās dāshn), also known as Ras Dejen, is the highest mountain in Ethiopia and fourteenth highest peak in Africa. Located in the Simien Mountains National Park in the Amhara Region, it reaches an elevation of 4,550 metres (14,930 ft).

The English form, "Ras Dashen" is a corruption of its Amharic name, "Ras Dejen", the term used by the Ethiopian Mapping Authority (EMA) which alludes to the traditional head or general who fights in front of the Emperor.

According to Erik Nilsson, Ras Dejen is the eastern peak of the rim of "an enormous volcano,

14,872 feet (4,533 metres) for Mount Ras Dejen (or Dashen), the highest point in Ethiopia, to the Blue Nile and Tekeze river channels 10,000 feet below. Lake Tana—Ethiopia’s largest inland lake and the main reservoir for the Blue Nile River—is located in this region, at an elevation of about 6,000

The northern half of which is cut down about [a] thousand metres by numerous ravines, draining into the Takkazzi River." Its western counterpart is Mount Biuat (4,510 meters), separated by the valley of the Meshaha river. The mountain often sees violent snowfalls during the night, but given that day and night temperatures vary greatly, the snow is almost completely melted in a few hours (during the hottest period of the year), for the temperature may be over 5 degrees Celsius by midday. In winter snow falls rarely, since the majority of Ethiopia's yearly rainfall is in the summer, but if it does it usually lasts for weeks or months.


The highest point is Ras Dejen (or Dashen; 14,872 feet [4,533 metres])—the highest peak in Ethiopia—which is situated within the Simien National Park (a UNESCO World Heritage site). The plateau is drained westward by the Tekezē and Blue Nile rivers and their tributaries.

From Semien Mountain Park, as part of Ras Dashen


The first recorded ascent by a Eurasian was in 1841, by the French officers Ferret and Galinier. There is no verifiable evidence of earlier ascents by locals, but the summit climate and conditions are relatively hospitable, and there are nearby high altitude pastoral settlements. A small fort is still partially standing at around 4,300 metre SRTM data.

Ras Dashen
ራስ ዳሸን
Dejen misura da cima W.jpg
The summit area viewed from the west summit
Highest point
Elevation4,550 m (14,930 ft)
Prominence3,997 m (13,114 ft)
Ranked 23rd
Isolation1,483 km (921 mi) 
ListingCountry high point
Coordinates13°14′09″N 38°22′15″ECoordinates13°14′09″N 38°22′15″E[2]
Ras Dashen is located in Ethiopia
Ras Dashen
Parent rangeSimien Mountains
First ascent1841, by French officers Ferret and Galinier

Sources: Wikipedia, Britannica.com