Jebel Uweinat is the highest mountain in the Libyan Desert (Eastern Sahara), located on the convergence of the Egypt-Libya-Sudan borders. The region is so remote, that it remained a blank spot on the map even after the North and South Poles had been conquered. Ever since its discovery in 1924, the mountain was known to harbour prehistoric rock art. In the 1930's it was the focus of attention for explorers like Ralph Bagnold (later to establish the Long Range Desert Group) and the Hungarian László Almásy (of 'The English Patient' fame). Over the past decade hundreds of further rock art sites have been discovered through a systematic survey, making Jebel Uweinat and the adjacent massifs of Arkenu and Kissu the richest concentration of prehistoric art in the entire Sahara.
Given the location, Jebel Uweinat may be accessed from three countries. Given the unpredictability of regulations and the mandatory police escort in Egypt and the ongoing instability in Libya, this expedition will plan to access Uweinat from Sudan, flying in to Khartum then driving with suitable all-terrain vehicles via Dongola and Selima Oasis to Uweinat, with a possible return via the Wadi Howar.
Visit Jebel Uweinat, Libya
Once at Uweinat, we will make several one and two day treks on foot from a base camp to visit sites scattered about the higher elevations of the mountain. The treks will be of medium difficulty, and will involve carrying up to 15kgs of weight at the start, consisting mainly of water as there is none to be found on the mountain.
The trip is planned for the last two weeks of March, the exact duration will depend on the final logistic arrangements and the overall security situation in North-western Sudan which will determine the route we may take. Participants will be expected to make their own arrangements to reach Khartum. Exact itinerary details will be finalised six months prior to departure.
Participation cost: Estimate is GBP 2,400 per person