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Best Hiking Trails in Chad


While much of Chad, a large northern African country, is Saharan desert, there is a mountainous region in the far northwest with quite high altitude.  The Tibesti Mountains contain Emi Koussi, the highest peak in the country, at 3445 m.  The best months to go hiking in Chad are November to March.  Read on for more information on where and when to go hiking in Chad. 

Capital: N’Djamena

When To Hike in Chad?

November – March: Warm and dry
April – October: Too hot

Climate: Desert; winds (the Harmattan) can be present throughout the year.  Very little rain. 


Chad Monthly Weather

Accessibility of Hiking

Hard – Very Hard: Inaccessible, there aren’t any towns close to the mountains, very little information on hiking here and due to political instability, it’s not a frequently visited place

Most popular hikes in Chad

The main area for hiking is in the Tibesti Mountains in the far northwest. Highest Mountain: Emi Koussi (3445 m), in the Tibesti mountains

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Tibesti Mountains

  • Hiking Emi Koussi
  • Other mountains in the area

Long Distance Trails of Chad

Chad's Walking & Hiking Resources

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Chad Hiking Books: 

  • Chad – Tibesti, Ennedi & Borkou: Sahara Expeditions, by Siân Pritchard-Jones, Bob Gibbons, 2017, CreateSpace Independent Publishing – https://amzn.to/43vkW7q
  • Lonely Planet Africa, by Lonely Planet, Anthony Ham, Brett Atkinson, 2017, Lonely Planet Global Limited – https://amzn.to/4cmFYcx


Best Hikes in Chad:

While the Tibesti Mountains in the north of the country have a lot of potential for hiking, it is difficult to hike in these mountains for various reasons, so it is impossible to offer up a list of best hikes at this time.


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What Else To Do

  • Rock drawings
  • Lake Chad
  • Zakouma National Park

Other Important Points

  • Political instability
  • Expensive 
  • Lake Chad is shrinking due to climate change
  • Toubou tribe live near mountains