From the minute you sign up, we’re on hand to offer you advice and support including:

  • A WaterAid technical trekking top
  • A fundraising pack to help you meet your targets
  • Expert training tips for all levels
  • Fundraising and event resources including balloons, collecting tins and banners
  • Regular newsletters and emails to keep you updated
  • Support and advice from a dedicated member of the WaterAid events team

Above all, we love hearing from you! If you have a question or just want to chat about your training, get in touch.
Who can take part?
People of all ages and from all walks of life. You can sign up as an individual or a group – by the time you’ve finished the trip you will have made friendships that will last a lifetime!

How fit do I need to be?
This event is designed to be a challenge so it’s important that you train in advance. With the right preparation anyone can complete the trek and enjoy themselves while doing it.

What’s the terrain like?
We trek along an escarpment in the Simien Mountain range. The terrain is undulating with climbs and descents each day. We will mostly be walking on well trodden routes, however these can be uneven. We will be trekking for between 7 and 11 hours a day.

What’s a typical day like?
While on trek we’ll be camping and will be woken at around 6.30am. We’ll have our breakfast, pack up and usually start trekking around 8am. We trek for about four or five hours in the morning (with regular breaks) and three or four hours in the afternoon. Once we arrive in camp we’ll have time to relax before dinner when you’ll receive a briefing about the following day.

What will the food be like?
Food will be good and there will be plenty of it. It’s designed to provide us with the energy needed to complete the trek. There will be a mix Ethiopian and western foods.

Do I need any specialist equipment?
All you need are some well worn in trekking boots and a four season sleeping bag. You’ll be provided with a full packing checklist once you sign up.

What’s included?
International flights, accommodation in twin share, all food apart from on free days, all internal transfers.

What isn’t included?
Travel to/from UK airport, visa (if applicable), vaccinations (if needed), travel insurance, fuel surcharges imposed by the airline (currently approximately £160), departure taxes, alcoholic drinks.

Who is organizing the event?
The event is organized by The Ultimate Travel Company (ATOL 5111)
Download the full itinerary

Day 1: Depart London

Day 2: Arrive Addis Ababa

Day 3: Flight to Gondar Trek to Sankaber (3,240m). 3-4 hours trekking

Day 4: Trek Sankaber to Geech (3,400m) 6-7 hours trekking

Day 5: Trek Geech to Chenek (3,600m) 7-8 hours trekking

Day 6: Trek Chenek to Ambiko (3,100m). 9-10 hours trekking

Day 7: Ascent of Ras Daschen Peak (4,543m). 10-11 hours trekking

Day 8: Trek Ambiko to Chenek (3,600m). 7-8 hours trekking

Day 9: Transfer Chenek to Gondar

Day 10: WaterAid project visit in Gondar

Day 11: Gondar to Addis
for onward flight to London

Day 12: Arrive London early morning

Trek Ethiopia for WaterAid

Sponsorship details

How to send sponsorship in 

If you've set up a fundraising webpage, the monies donated on-line should be transferred to WaterAid automatically. However, if you've raised money off-line, here is how to get it sent to us: 

It is more efficient and cost effective for us to process sponsorship in batches, which saves funds that can instead be used to help some of the world's poorest people gain access to safe water and sanitation. We therefore ask that you collect as much sponsorship as possible before sending it to:

The Events team
47- 49 Durham Street
London SE11 5JD

Please remember to include the following information when sending in your sponsorship:
  • Your name 
  • What the sponsorship is for  
  • Sponsor form with names/addresses of the sponsors and whether they would like to apply Gift Aid 
We strongly recommend that you send your sponsorship via recorded delivery so that you can track and hopefully retrieve your envelope if it goes missing. Sponsorship does go missing in the post from time to time, and it's hugely disappointing for both walkers and the charity, so recorded delivery is always worth the extra effort.