Tigrai is a land of dramatic lanscapes full of plateaus.
The largest plateau extends from the Tekeze gorge in the south to central Eritrean highlands. The Tigrai plateau is separated from the Eritrean plateau by the Mereb River. It lies to the southeast of the upper course of the Mereb/Gash River and to the northeast of Tekeze River Gorge.
It constitutes about 13% of the area of the region. It is an elongated highland with most of the land being in between 1,000 and 2,000 meters above sea level. There are high mountains in this plateau with elevations of over 3000 meters, namely Mount Tsibet (3988 m.a.s.l), Mount Ambalage (3291 m.a.s.l), and Mount Assimba (3248m.a.s.l). The famous monastery at Debre-Damo, a tableland that can only be climbed by a rope pulley is also located in this plateau region.
There is also the Wolkait plateau on the other side of Tekeze extending from the river upto the foothill of Mount RaEsi Dejen (Ras Dashen). In this plateau lies the towns of Adi Remets and Ketema Nigus among others. The famous mountain of Dejena and the Shirela landcapes also lies here.