karima and kurru
Republic of The Sudan
February 3, 2020
A solitary geological oddity, clearly visible from every direction, Jebel Barkal rises from the flat tan desert floor into the cloudless desert sky. In the morning, my first glimpse of the mountain is from the south as I approach the site after a northbound 400-kilometer (250 mile) ride from Khartoum. In the twilight I observe the now darkened mountain from the west as I cross the Nile to El-Kurru.
Barkal Mountain is considered a “Small Mountain.” With a flat top, it’s only 98 meters high (322 feet). Apparently for the younger set, an easy climb.