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.
|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|
There are 3 trip reports for Emi Koussi.
- Log #4281 - by Ginge Fullen on Feb 15, 2004Chad Barring landmines, rebels, being off limits and unclimbed in several years there was no major problems. Emi Koussi; The whole area is totally off limits. The last westerners to climb the...
- Log #4282 - by Andras Zboray on May 20, 2003The first described ascent of Emi Koussi was made by Wilfred Thesiger in 1938, not the British party in 1957 as listed in the fact sheet (Georgaphical Journal, Vol XCIV No 6 (Dec. 1939. However...
- Log #4283 - by Brad Strickland on Aug 06, 2002Flew over Emi Koussi on BA day-flight to Lusaka, Zambia. At 37,000 ft the mountain was spectacular, aquamarine in the center of the very distinct crater with run-off erosion lines radiating in...