4 Days Ascent of Djebel M’goun (4071m)-Trekking Ait Bougmez Valley
A 4-day Ascent of Djebel M’goun starts from the Aït Bougmez valley, often referred to as the “happy valley,” passing by the sheepfolds of Azib N’Ikkis before arriving at the plateau of Tarkeddit, located at the foot of M’goun. Here, we have the opportunity to meet nomads who bring their flocks of goats, sheep, and camels from the valleys of the High Atlas. The climb of M’goun offers breathtaking views, extending to the entire Atlas Mountains and, in the south, to the valley of Dades, Jebel Sargho, and the vast Saharan expanses.
- The picturesque Ait Bougmez Valley, known as the “happy valley.”
- Ascending the majestic M’goun Massif (4068 m).
- Engaging with nomads on the high plateaus.
- Delightful meals prepared by our Chef.
- The stunning landscapes of the M’goun Massif.
Itinerary of the Ascent of Djebel M’goun in 4 days
Day 1 : Marrakesh – Ait Bougmez Valley – Azibs Ikkis (2300m)
We’ll transfer to Azilal, the last town before embarking on a small road that leads us into the heart of the central High Atlas, specifically the valleys of Ait Abbas and the joyful Ait Bougmez. Our trek in the M’goun Massif starts with a journey through the beautiful Berber villages of the Arous valley, featuring the traditional adobe architecture. After a 3-hour walk, ascending 700 meters, we’ll reach the sheepfolds of Arous, where we’ll spend the night in tents at an altitude of 2500m.
Day 2 : Azibs n’ Ikkis (2300m) – Tarkeddit Pass (3400m) – Tarkeddit plateau (2900m)
Ascending by a mule path, we’ll reach the col of Tizi n’Oughri (3400 m) to enjoy a panoramic view of the vast northern slope of the M’Goun Massif, the Tarkeddit plateau, and the surrounding mountain peaks. After approximately 5 hours and a 1050m ascent, we’ll descend for about 1.5 hours to our campsite near the sources of Tassaout (2900 m). The rest of the afternoon will be for relaxation. We’ll spend the night in tents.
Day 3 : Plateau Tarkeddit – Ascent of Djebel M’goun (4,068m) – Oulilimt (2700m)
Waking up at 4 am, we’ll begin our ascent around 5 am, following the long ridge line of Ighil M’Goun until we reach the summit of Mount M’goun (4,068 m). The view from the top encompasses the entire Central High Atlas Mountains and, to the south, the Dades Valley and Massif Sarhro. After an 8-hour walk, ascending 1168m and descending 1368m, we’ll reach our campsite near the sheepfolds of Oulilimt (2700 m). For those not ascending Mount M’goun, there is an alternative path with the muleteers. We’ll spend the night in tents.
Day 4 : Oulilimt (2600m) – Ait Imi pass (2905 m) – The valley of Ait Bougmez – Transfer to Marrakesh
Leaving the area frequented by nomads and their herds, we’ll ascend to the col of Ait Imi (2905 m) to enjoy a panoramic view of the surrounding mountains and the M’goun Massif. We’ll then descend to the Ait Imi water source for lunch in the shade. After bidding farewell to the muleteers’ team, we’ll take the road back to Marrakech, with a 6-hour walk and a 5-hour drive, ascending 650m and descending 1000m.
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Ascent of Djebel M’goun – M’goun trekking