The erratic road to Wolkefit Pass through the Simien Mountains

Wolkefit Pass is a high mountain pass at an elevation of 2.905m (9,530ft) above sea level located in the Amhara Region, in Ethiopia.

Wolkefit Pass

Where is Wolkefit Pass?

The pass is located in the Semien Gondar Zone, in the northern part of the country. Also known as Uolchefit or Wilkifit, it is the highest point through the Semien Mountains, part of the Ethiopian Highlands.

When was Wolkefit Pass built?

The road through the summit was built by the Italians in the 1930s during their brief occupation.

Is Wolkefit Pass paved?

Set high in the Semien Mountains, the road to the summit is totally unpaved. It’s called B30 and is one of the most famous mountain passes in the country.

How long is Wolkefit Pass?

Tucked away within the Simien Mountains National Park, the pass is 38.4 km (23.86 miles) long, running south-north from Debark to Zarima.

Is the road through Wolkefit Pass challenging?

This road is steep, with an elevation gain of 2000 meters. Described as “the most dramatic road in Africa,” it features countless curves and hairpin turns, feeling like reaching the top of a roller-coaster ride.
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