- Tour Plan
- A Cook to prepare your meals
- Accommdation: berber house or Camping
- All the food during the trek
- Kitchen equipment
- Qualified Mountain Guide
- Transport from Marrakech and back
- Items of a personal nature
- Sleeping bags
- Tips and what's not listed on the Included list
- Travel insurance
The southernmost of the three ridges that comprise the High Atlas is the Mgoun Massif. Our hike begins in the stunning Ait Bougemez Valley and follows a high circuit through the Central Atlas. We appreciate the friendly and intriguing culture of the native Berbers in addition to the breathtaking scenery of these untamed mountains. It’s a wilderness area with far fewer groups than the Jebel Toubkal region, and hence a more basic infrastructure for tourists. In many respects, though, the landscape is more striking, with vast expanses of terracing, verdant valleys punctuated by irrigation canals, sections covered in walnut copses, peculiar rock formations and hues, and villages perched atop mountain slopes.
Above all of this soars Mgoun’s peak, which is only marginally lower than Toubkal itself at just over 4000 meters. Overall, the mountain may be more interesting because, rather than going up endless scree fields, the ‘Alpine start’ leads to a high roller coaster ridge, which continues past a sizable cirque (corrie) and up to the summit. In past years, we have witnessed Lammergeiers reach this peak!
- Day 1
- Day 2
- Day 3
- Day 4
- Day 5
- Day 6
- Day 7
Marrakech - Ait Bougmez Valley - Azib N'Ikkis Pasture (2200m)
8 a.m. departure from Marrakech. We'll travel in the direction of Azilal, crossing a mountain pass called Tizi N'Tirghist on our way to the picturesque Ait Bougmez valley. We start our hike by traversing the fields, stopping to observe the villagers going about their daily lives. Next, we ascend the small Arous valley to reach Ikkis N'Arous pasture. We are going to ascend a 500-meter drop and then camp for the night. The walk takes two and a half hours after the roughly five-hour drive.
Ikkis N'Arous - Tarkedit Pass (3400 m) - Tarkedit (2900 m)
We ascend to Tarkedit Pass, which is 3,400 meters above sea level, at the beginning of the day. We will pause a few times en route to take in the breathtaking views of the M'goun range and the summit of M'goun, which rises to a height of 4068 meters. We will arrive at the nomads' favorite plateau, Tarkedit, after 500 meters of descent. We're going to sleep in tents this night. It takes about six hours to walk the 1000 meters of climbing and 500 meters of descending on this day.
Tarkedit- Mgoun Summit (4071 m) - Oulilimt Sources (2600 m)
We're going to be walking for almost nine hours today. We will continue climbing toward Mgoun Ridge, which offers expansive views all the way to M'goun Summit, the highest point in the central Atlas, with a magnificent view of the M'goun Massif and its far-off valleys. After that, it's a lengthy descent to our camp through breathtaking scenery. We're going to sleep in tents this night. walking nine hours, climbing 1200 meters and descending 1500 meters.
Oulilimt springs - Oulilimt (2600 m) - Aflafel spring (2200 m)
After briefly relocating from the Rose Valley and the Saghro Mountains to the Oulilimt Valley, the Ait Atta transhumant people continued to live nomadic lives. We're going to descend the amazing wadi that empties into the Mgoun River. After five hours of walking, following the river's path, we will reach the Aflafel source and make camp.
Aflafel Source - Mgoun Valley - Imi N'Irkt (1800m)
Our route follows the river as it descends the Mgoun valley, passing through numerous Berber villages surrounded by apple, walnut, corn, and wheat fields. In the middle of this stunning valley, we pause close to the village of Taghreft for a team-prepared lunch. We arrive at our camp in the Berber village of Imi N'Irkt, which translates to "the door of the gorge," after a two-hour walk. six-hour stroll.
Imi N'Irkt - Mgoun Gorge - Tiranimine - Aguerzegua (1476m)
We spend the day walking through the Mgoun Gorges, which have multiple water-filled passageways. We still stroll in the water in some spots where the gorges narrow; it's usually cool and refreshing in the summer. We pause at the source of Ifasfas to have lunch and hot tea. We're going to camp out close to Aguerzegua village for the night. a six-hour walk at 500 meters below sea level.
Aguerzegua - Ouarzazate - Marrakech
We travel about 8 km by local transportation to the asphalt road, where our car waiting for our transfer to Marrakech is waiting for us. We will pause along the route in the town of Kelaa M'Gouna, which is well-known worldwide for its roses and hosts a sizable rose festival every first week of May. At the end of the day, we will arrive in Marrakech. The Mgoun ascent Gorges hike comes to an end at this point. six-hour drive.