Emi Koussi

Emi Koussi
Photo by Robert van Adrichem, all rights reserved.

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.

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)

Trip Reports

There are 3 trip reports for Emi Koussi.

  • Log #4281 - by Ginge Fullen on Feb 15, 20043.00 stars
    Chad 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, 20033.00 stars
    The 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, 20023.00 stars
    Flew 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...