Central High Atlas
The Mgoun Massif is in the heart of the High Atlas, a hidden gem, more remote and not as well known as the Toubkal area.
Our trek, starting in the stuuning Ait Bougemez valley follows a high circuit around the Central Atlas. The combination of the rugged high mountains and friendly welcome from the indigenous berbers whose traditional way of life has changed very little over time will leave you with unforgettable memories, an incredible experience.
Remote and wild it may well be, with fewer tourists than other trekking areas but the scenery is absolutely magnificent with abundant terracing, wide green fertile valleys, irrigation channels, walnut orchards, amazing coloured rock formations and fortified mud brick villages clinging to the sides of the mountains. The majestic and sacred Mgoun peak at 4068 metres towers above everything, the second highest peak in North Africa after Mount Toubkal at 4167 metres, An interesting mountain, some say one of Moroccos greatest walks/climbs.
Itinerary ( subject to change depending on weather conditions)
Day 1. Drive from Marrakech to Agouti in the morning by minibus. Arriving in the guesthouse by late afternoon, there is then time to relax in the guesthouse.
Day 2. Agouti to Arous where we camp overnight.
Day 3. Trek to Tardekit Plateau. We trek up through some wild landscape before crossing the Aghouri Pass at 3450metres and then go down to the wind eroded and snow covered plateau of Tarkedit at 2900metres, After lunch in the hut up on the plateau, we climb up the southern side and make camp at 3400metres, right below M’goun West at 3978metres. 7-8 hours trekking. Camp.
Day4. Ascent of Djebel M’goun at 4068metres to Oulilmt. The climb follows a long ridge of at least 4000metres, usually taking 4-5 hours depending on weather/snow conditions. From the summit there are astounding views across the Draa Valley and towards the Sahara Desert to the south. We then descend down to Azib Izabine. 8-9 hours. Camp.
Day 5. Today we trek down the valley to Ain Aflafal and onwards to Tighermet N Ait Ahmed. 5 hours trekking. Camp .
Day 6. Today we climb Tizi N’ait Imi at 2960metres, followed by a long descent down to the Ait Bougemez valley where our trek ends and a minibus will be waiting to take us back to Marrakech