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Sahara Trekking Expedition
If you’re looking for adventure and a true escape this Sahara trekking expedition through the Tibesti region in Chad is about as remote as it gets. Tibesti is home to the highest mountains in the Sahara with an ever-changing landscape of incredible sand dunes, oases, and volcanic craters.
The aim of this 21-day adventure is to trek to the summit of the Emi Koussi Volcano and reach the southern tip of the Tibesti massif.
- Climb Emi Koussi, an extinct volcano crater with a summit of almost 3500m
- Recreate Wilfred Thesiger’s definitive journey from 1938
- Drive through the ancient oceans of the Sahara
- Trek Yi Yerra, a spectacular canyon dotted with hot springs
- Trek through the region that the Toubou tribe have called home for thousands of years
- Be a member of a camel caravan as you travel through some of the world’s most desolate regions
- Sleep under African skies
You’ll start out from N’Djamena, the capital of Chad. The first five days are spent travelling various terrains by 4×4 and camel just to reach your first trail head. On the way you’ll pass the Bahr el Ghazal (The Sea of Gazelles) depression, which was once an abundant river through the country. Next up are the dunes of the Erg of Djourab. These are the biggest hurdle for commercial traders travelling between the capital and Faya. To get through the Faya-Largeau palm groves you’ll develop a special relationship with your camel as you negotiate your way – just like Thesiger did over 60 years ago.
The trek begins in Tigui Tardatega, a tiny settlement in Tibesti. From there, it’s nine to ten days of continuous trekking. The group will be supported by local guides, camels, and cameleers from the Toubou tribe. Though the way may sound daunting, when you reach the summit of Emi Koussi, you’ll be experiencing a breath-taking and almost unbelievable view that stretches across all of Tebesti. After this, you’ll descend by way of the Yi Yerra gorges and their restorative thermal springs. A welcome relief for aching muscles before a 4×4 journey to the Gouro oasis.
You need a moderate amount of fitness, along with an adventurous spirit in order to manage the ten continuous trekking days. In such a remote area, you have to be able to take each day as it comes and show up with your team spirit and willingness to push through. We love this operator because they understand that, although the group has objects it is trying to reach, the purpose of the adventure is the journey itself.
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Your route encompasses many different terrains. Before even starting the trek itself, you will have to negotiate five days of hard desert tracks in 4×4 vehicles, to cover the 900km it will take to reach our trail head.
Leaving from the capital N’Djamena we will head north, skirting the depression of the Bahr el Ghazal (the sea of gazelles, a former affluent river of ancient Chad). We’ll then tackle the dunes of the Erg of Djourab, the main obstacle for the commercial trades between Faya and the capital city. Among the palm groves of Faya-Largeau you’ll need to negotiate your camels and cameleers with the local Toubou tribe exactly as Thesiger did over 60 years ago.
From the tiny settlement of Tigui Tardatega we’ll embark on a 9-10 day journey of incredible trekking, supported by a caravan of camels and cameleers from the Toubou tribe. On arrival at the summit of Emi Koussi, the roof of the Sahara, you’ll be greeted by extraordinary views across the whole of the Tibesti. From the summit we’ll descend through the gorges of Yi Yerra and the revitalising waters of thermal springs found there. You can soothe your aching muscles before meeting our 4×4 for a visit to the Gouro oasis on the return to N’Djamena.
Suitable Team Members
Team members should be willing to be part of a team working together to achieve the goal of the expedition. They should have an adventurous and robust spirit. They should be fit and healthy as this trip involves nine to ten continuous days of trekking through sand and across rocks in remote and often very hot desert environments, including a substantial gain in height up of up to 3,445m.
The weather during the day will be very hot and dry. The wind will pick up during the periods of sunrise and sunset. The nights will be relatively cool compared to the days. Daytime temperatures will be between 30°C and 40°C, dropping by 10°C degrees as we walk into the highlands.
Your first night will be in a comfortable hotel in N’Djamena. During the five-day drive to the Tibesti region you will be sleeping in tents. Every night on the trek, you will sleep under the stars in the sand and gravel of whichever place we decide to call home. Each person will clean away the obvious stones and make a slight dip in the sand, which helps to direct the winds over them.
Our support team will be made of mainly Chadian Toubou. We will also have the support of an expert cook… meaning we will be eating some delicious and nutritious food.
Transport on this minimalistic expedition involves desert and mountain trekking on foot as described, plus some long 4×4 journey days.
Kit and Equipment
- Good pair of approach shoes (or walking boots if you prefer some extra support for your ankles).
- Two pairs of lightweight woollen socks.
- One loose lightweight long-sleeved shirt.
- One pair of long loose fitting trousers (zip-off legs are a good idea).
- Sun cream factor 50.
- Wide brimmed hat
- Chap stick with SPF.
- Camera and extra battery.
- Personal medication.
04 FEB – 25 FEB 2018
- Full services of the tour operator expedition leader and paramedic, Luca Alfatti.
- 4x4s and local support drivers.
- Support from local Toubou tribes folk with their camels.
- All meals.
- All transport as outlined in the itinerary.
- All accommodation.
- Any specialist kit.
- All local permits.
- International flights.
- Local airport taxes and international visas.
- Tips to local guides (discretionary).
- Beverages and any costs of a personal nature.
- Personal equipment (once booked you’ll receive a very short kit list).
- Travel Insurance (obligatory).
When it comes to getting off the beaten track these guys can’t be beaten. They lead pioneering expeditions to some of the most remote regions on earth. The organisers are dedicated to creating imaginative experiences for adventurers around the world and their team of expert military guides are some of the most experienced in the industry.
Nowhere is off limits and no idea is too crazy. They have achieved ground breaking world firsts such as mountain biking in Afghanistan and mountaineering in Iraq and their first ever expeditions to walk across Madagascar and pioneer white water rafting in South Sudan both made the headlines…. and a bit of history.
Being wild and wacky is one thing but with their background as commanders in the British Army and experienced team of specialists in every kind of terrain and environment means that all of their adventures are thoroughly planned and the safety and security of teams is always their highest priority.
Expeditions can be inherently risky, but they do everything possible to minimise potential hazards and for that, and the utterly extraordinary trips they put on, we salute them.
Sahara Trekking Expedition
- Trip Code: AWA380
- Dates: 4 – 25 Feb 2018
- Price: £4,899
- Depart: N’Djamena, Chad
- Arrive: N’Djamena, Chad
- Length: 21 days
- Adventure: Join this Sahara trekking expedition for impressive sand dunes, epic volcanic craters, striking canyons and incredible rock formations.