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Best Hiking Trails in Eritrea


Mountains run right through the middle of Eritrea, an East African country.  The central part of the country sits on a plateau.  There are beautiful mountain landscapes to explore here, but not a lot of hiking infrastructure. Some of the best hikes include: Emba Soira, Mount Matara, Qohaito Canyon, Semenawi Bahri National Park and hikes around Keren and Asmara. The best months to hike in Eritrea are September to June. Read on for more information on where and when to go hiking in Eritrea.

Capital: Asmara

When To Hike in Eritrea?

September – June: For the northern part of country, November – March are the best months, while central is September – June
April – June: Could be ok for the northern part
July – August: Rains

Climate: Mild semi-arid in the mountainous areas. Rains occur during summer months.  Coolest temps Nov – Mar, which is best time to go.  Centre sits on a plateau so cooler temps.


Eritrea Monthly Weather

Accessibility of Hiking

Hard: While there is plenty of mountainous terrain to explore there is very little info on actually hiking here. 

Transportation required: Vehicle to access towns or trails

Where to stay in Eritrea for hiking:

  • Asmara
  • Keren
  • Nak’fa
  • Afabet

Most popular hikes in Eritrea

There isn't a lot of info on hiking in Eritrea. The Eritrean Highlands run down the central part of the country and there seems to be a lot of hiking potential. Highest Mountain: Emba Soira (3018 m)

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Central Eritrea

  • Emba Soira – in the centre south of the country, near border with Ethiopia
  • Semenawi Bahri National park (in the Northern Red Sea region)
  • Asmara, the capital, surrounded by mountains and a good base
  • Around Keren (2nd largest city in Eritrea)

Northern Eritrea

  • Around towns such as Nak’fa & Afabet

Long Distance Trails of Eritrea

Eritrea's Walking & Hiking Resources

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Eritrea Hiking Books: No hiking specific books


Best Hiking Trails in Eritrea:

You can find more details on hiking these trails from trail maps/apps, websites, and tourist offices, as there are no published guidebooks:

  • Emba Soira
  • Mount Matara
  • Qohaito Canyon
  • Semenawi Bahri National Park
  • Hikes around Keren, Asmara


Eritrea Hiking Websites:


Eritrea Official Tourism Site:  


Eritrea Hiking Apps: 

  • None found 


Eritrea Hiking Maps: 

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