Photo by Robert van Adrichem
|Range/Region:||Sahara Desert Ranges|
|Best months for climbing:||Jan, Feb, Mar, Nov, Dec|
|Year first climbed:||1938|
|First successful climber(s):||Wilfred Thesiger|
|Nearest major airport:||N'Djamena, Chad|
|Convenient Center:||Zouar or Bardai, Chad|
Emi Koussi is a huge extinct volcano in the middle of the Sahara Desert. It is the highest of the Tibesti Mountains, located in extreme north Chad. Its crater is 12 miles wide and 4,000 feet deep, and the climb is a walk up. Access to this remote region, however, is logistically challenging, as roads are few and rough, and the only public transportation available is on top of cargo trucks. These leave from N'Djamena, the capital city of Chad, which is located nearly 600 miles south. Civil war has traditionally been a problem in the region, with clashes between the nomadic Moslems who inhabit Tibesti and the black Africans who comprise the majority of South Chad.