For serious trekkers Ethiopia is a destination of great allure and renown – and particularly the UNESCO-listed Simien Mountains. Ras Dashen stands on the eastern flank of the Simien range, one of 25 Ethiopian mountains that rise above 4,000 metres. Trails lead you from the high plateau through small agricultural villages, up alongside deep valleys and sharp precipices and past pinnacles. A fort marks the approach to the summit (incredibly, a battle was fought here in the 19th century, a breathless 4,300 metres up), before eventually you arrive at the apex’s cluster of nine rocky peaks, which traditional belief holds to be inhabited by hostile spirits. Views on clear days are majestic – a spellbinding high point to time spent amidst some of Africa’s most sublime scenery.