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Mount Bwahit - Ethiopia's 3rd Tallest Mountain

Mount Bwahit is an Ethiopian mountain that rises to a height of 14,557' or 4,437 meters. It's regarded as the third-tallest mountain in the country and the 13th or 14th tallest in Africa.

The peak is part of the Simien Mountain in the Amhara Region of the country and is only a few kilometers away from the country's tallest mountain-- Ras Dashen. Also in view is Kidus Yared, the second-tallest mountain in Ethiopia.

Mount Bwahit

Mount Bwahit: At a Glance

  • Location: Amhara, Ethiopia

  • Height: 4,437 m (14,557 ft)

  • Mountain Range: Simien Mountains

  • Interesting Fact: Mount Bwahit is the third-tallest mountain in Ethiopia


The Simien Mountains are composed mainly of volcanic and sedimentary rocks that date back to the Mesozoic Era (252-66 million years ago). The volcanic rocks are the result of ancient eruptions that produced lava flows and ash deposits.

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The sedimentary rocks are layers of sandstone, shale, and limestone that were formed from the accumulation of sediment in ancient lakes and rivers.


The Simien Mountains have a unique climate due to their high elevation and location in northern Ethiopia. The region has a mountain climate, with temperatures that are generally cooler than surrounding areas at lower elevations.

During the daytime, temperatures in the Simien Mountains typically range from 15-20°C (59-68°F) in the lower elevations to 5-10°C (41-50°F) in the higher elevations. At night, temperatures can drop significantly, sometimes reaching freezing levels at the highest elevations. The temperature variation between day and night is often quite large in the Simien Mountains.

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About the Simien Mountain Range

The Semien Mountains are a mountain range in northern Ethiopia that stretches for about 100 kilometers (62 miles) from east to west. The highest peak in the range is Ras Dashen, which has an elevation of 15,160 feet and is the highest mountain in Ethiopia.

The Semien Mountains are known for their stunning landscapes, including deep valleys and sharp ridges. The park is also home to many rare and endangered species, including the Ethiopian wolf and the gelada baboon.

In addition to its natural beauty, the Semien Mountains National Park has cultural significance as well. It is home to several ancient churches and monasteries, some of which date back to the 13th century. These sites are important to the Ethiopian Orthodox Church and are a testament to the country's rich history and cultural heritage.

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Nearby Mountains

Ras Dashen (15,160 feet)

Ras Dashen is the most famous and tallest mountain in Ethiopia (and the name of more than one Ethiopian restaurant). It is located in the Semien Mountains in the northern part of Ethiopia, near the border with Eritrea.

Ras Dashen is known for its rugged and challenging terrain, and the climb to the summit can be difficult even for experienced hikers and mountaineers. It is regarded as one of the most beautiful mountains in Africa.

Simien Mountains

Mount Kidus Yared

Kidus Yared is the second-tallest mountain in Ethiopia and is part of a shield volcano.

Imet Gogo (12,949')

This is another very tall mountain in Ethiopia and has some well-loved walks and treks on its flank.

Others include:

  • Mount Inatye (13,369')

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