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Ghat is located in Libya
Location in Libya
Coordinates: 24°57′N 10°19′E / 24.95°N 10.317°E / 24.95; 10.317
Country Flag of Libya.svg Libya
District Ghat District

Ghat (Arabic: غات‎) is a city in the District of Ghat in remote south-western Libya.



In historical times, Ghat was a major terminal point on the Trans-Saharan trade route. It was a stronghold for the Kel Ajjer Tuareg federation until 1913 when the city was occupied from the Italian colonialist. Any way the control was precarious for a long time (until 1923 with the fascism regime), from the moment that in that epoch it was very strong the active presence of the brotherhood of the Senussia. To defend their positions, Italians completed the construction of a fortress (erect in the 19° century) that dominates the city from the hill of Koukemen. This fort still standing represent a tourist destination of the city.'

During the second world war, Ghat was occupied by French in 1943 until January 1, 1952, when the UN General Assembly passed a resolution stating that Libya should become independent.

Ghat was the stronghold of the Kel Ajjer Tuareg confederation, this traditional entity covers the south-western Libya (to Ubari, Sebha and Ghadames) and south-eastern Algeria (Djanet and Alezi).


The fortress of Ghat

Nowadays, it is an important tourist destination due to the existence in the neighboring Tadrart Acacus and Tassili N'Ajjer mountains of prehistoric rock paintings and engravings, in addition to the beauty of the surrounding desert landscapes. The city itself is the site of the Fortress of Ghat.

Ghat Airport is the local airport in Ghat. It is served by Ghadames Air Transport to Sebha

Villages and secondary oases of Ghat

  • Serdeles
  • Tahala
  • Fewat

Neighboring villages

  • Adales
  • Albarkat
  • Fewat
  • Dejjan
  • Tahala
  • Serdeles
  • Isayan
  • Djanet, located in Algeria.
  • Tin Alkum, located in Algeria.


  • Jami Bey, "Ghat and its Surroundings", The Geographical Journal Vol. 34, No. 2 Aug. 1909, pp. 171-173

Travel guide

Up to date as of January 14, 2010

From Wikitravel


Ghat is a village in Khumbu.


Ghat is located between Lukla and Namche, so it is good place to take a meal break.

  • The is a small temple (gompa) in Ghat, located on the main trail just past the center of the village (when coming from Lukla)
  • Mani stones and stupa near the temple.


The temple has a pleasant restaurant with sun room.

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1911 encyclopedia

Up to date as of January 14, 2010

From LoveToKnow 1911

GHAT, or Rhat, an oasis and town, forming part of the Turkish vilayet of Tripoli. Ghat is an important centre of the caravan trade between the Nigerian states and the seaports of the Mediterranean (see Tripoli).

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