The Mgoun Massif forms the most southerly of the three ridges, which make up the High Atlas. Our trek is a high circuit in the Central Atlas and starts in the beautiful valley of the Ait Bougemez. Not only do we enjoy the majestic scenery of these rugged mountains, but also the friendly and fascinating culture of the indigenous Berbers. It is a wild area, which in comparison with the Jebel Toubkal region, sees very few groups and subsequently has a more simplistic tourist infrastructure. In many ways however the scenery is more magnificent with extensive terracing, green broad valleys pierced with irrigation canals, areas of walnut copses, strange rock formations and colours, with the villages clinging to the mountainsides. Above all this soars the peak of Mgoun at just over 4000 metres, only slightly less than Toubkal itself. All in all it is perhaps a more interesting mountain, because instead of endless scree fields, the ‘Alpine start’ takes you up to a high roller coaster ridge, along above and past a huge cirque (corrie) to the summit. We have watched Lammergeiers land on this high point in previous years!
Day 1: Marrakech – Agouti (1,800m)
Drive from Marrakech to Agouti In the morning, we transfer by minibus to Agouti There is time to relax at the guesthouse in agouti when we arrive in the late afternoon.
Day 2: Agouti – Arous (2,300m)
Day 3: Arous – Tarkedit Plateau (2,910m)
Trek to Tarkedit Plateau We walk up in a wild landscape before crossing the Aghouri pass at 3,450m then descend to the wind-eroded and snow-covered high plateau of Tarkedit (2,900m). After lunch (there is a hut on the plateau), we climb up to the southern side of the plateau and establish a camp at 3,400m, directly below M’goun West (3,978m). 7-8 hours walking. Camp.
Day 4: Tarkedit – Ascent of Djebel M’goun (4,068m) – Oulilimt (2,800m)
Today we make our ascent to the summit of Djebel M’goun. The climb follows a long ridge, all at or above 4,000m, which typically takes between 4 and 5 hours to the summit, depending on snow conditions. From the top, there are impressive views across the Draa valley and towards the Sahara Desert to the south. We descend back to Azib Izabine. 8-9 hours. Camp.
Day 5: Oulilimt – Ait Imi (2,100m)
Trek Down the valley into Ain Aflafal and to Tighermet n ait ahmed and Climb Tizi n’ait Imi (2960m) then long descent to Ait Imi . ( 6 hours walking) Camp
Day 6:Ait Imi – Marrakech
drive back to Marrakech
Trek & Tour Informations
- English speaking guide, and cook
- Muleteers and mules for luggages
- Full board on trek + mineral water, coffee and tea
- Ground transfers by minibuses / taxis: ( hotel – trek – hotel )
- Mess, cooking & toilet tents (camping option )
Not included :
- Travel insurance.
- Soft/alcoholic drinks
- Tips and personal expanses
- Prices quoted are per person, based on sharing a twin room/2 person tent (unless otherwise stated). Additional hotel or riad nights after trek from 25 EUR p.p. twin/35 EUR single.
- Trek prices may vary depending of the season (High altitude Treks).
- Payment : can be done in € / $ / £ Grade : 1 – 2 – 3 Further details on Grade treks
Availability & Confirmed Dates:
This trek runs from May to October and can depart at any date of your preference.
Accommodation during the Trek
The accommodation will be in camping and berber gites or mountain huts
Essential Equipment & Clothing:
- Good walking boots and socks / good trainers
- Personnel First aid Kit
- 3 to 4 season sleeping bag
- Day sack/backpack
- Head torch / headlamp
- Lightweight waterproof over-trousers / rain-pants
- Water bottle or camel back (recommended)