Emi Koussi

Photo of Emi Koussi

Photo by Fred Breitenstein

Details

Elevation (feet): 11,204
Elevation (meters): 3,415
Continent: Africa
Country: Chad
Range/Region: Tibesti
Latitude: 19.8333
Longitude: 18.5
Difficulty: Walk up
Best months for climbing: Jan, Feb, Mar, Nov, Dec
Volcanic status: Extinct
Year first climbed: 1938
First successful climber(s): Wilfred Thesiger
Nearest major airport: N'Djamena, Chad
Convenient Center: Zouar or Bardai, Chad

Thanks to Terrill Thompson for contributing to these details. (View history)

Description

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.