Mountain Chains

Photo by Roman Bruehwiler.

Mountain Chains is part of the Tentative list of Egypt in order to qualify for inclusion in the World Heritage List.

The proposed Mountain Chains are 5 mountain ranges across Egypt. It includes the remote Gilf El-Kebir Plateau in the Sahara and the Gebel Oweinat in the Western Desert. Gabal Elba is known for its “mist oases”.

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The coordinates shown for all tentative sites were produced as a community effort. They are not official and may change on inscription.

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Philipp Peterer

Switzerland - 05-Jan-22 -

Mountain Chains (T) by Philipp Peterer

4 of the 5 proposed mountain chains are massively off the beaten path. I managed a short visit to Gebel Dokhkhan, the only chain within a tourist area. We sort of crossed the chain twice by car, driving from Hurghada to Luxor and back, which I didn’t count. But a Quad tour through the desert brought us properly to the beginning of the mountain chain.

The OUV, specifically for this chain, is hard to gasp for me. There are rocks and tiny mountains in the desert. I am sure that some of the endemic species can actually be found, when looking long enough, but mainly it’s still rocks in the desert. If these get inscribed (I doubt it) it will be one of these places that few serious travellers but many package tourists will be able to tick off.

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Mountain Chains
Natural landscape - Mountain
2003 Added to Tentative List

Unesco Website: Mountain Chains

The site has 5 locations

Mountain Chains: Yelleg, Halal, and Maghara Mountains (T)
Mountain Chains: Gebel Dokhkhan (T)
Mountain Chains: Gebel Elba Region (T)
Mountain Chains: Gebel Oweinat Region (T)
Mountain Chains: The Gilf El-Kebir Plateau (T)


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