The M’Goun mountain
The M’Goun Mountain is a part of the High Atlas range, and rises in the heart of the Souss-Massa-Draa province. East of Marrakech and the Toubkal National Park, the M’Goun rises up to 4068 m in altitude. Get off the beaten track and cross this stunning region from north to south, to come face to face with the Berber tribes that live here. The preserved charm of its little villages and the splendours of its great mountain spaces are sure to leave unforgettable memories in their wake.
The variety of natural landscapes here is exceptional, and they alternate between jagged mountain crests, snow-capped peaks, plains and plateaus and gorges and valleys. This quality makes the region perfect for not only trekking and hiking, but skiing as well!
The mountain is about 250 kilometres east of Marrakech and 100 kilometres north of Ouarzazate. From Marrakech take the road until Azilal (170km), then head towards Tamemout to reach Agouti. This is then an ideal base camp for lovely hikes throughout the M’Goun region.
Hikes in the region around M’Goun
Starting at Agouti, this excursion starts with six hours of walking toward Jebel Tarkeddid, passing through the little parched villages of Rouguelt and d’Ifri N’Ait Kherfella. Once you’ve arrived at 2600m in altitude, you’ll be able to spend the night in a bivouac near the sheep pastures. The next day you’ll tackle the climb to the Tarkeddid mountain pass (3400m). From up here, admire the beautiful panoramic view over the Igoudamene mountain chain. You’ll then climb back down towards the Tarkeddid plateau: after 5h30min of walking, you can rest before finally climbing M’Goun.
After 5 hours of climbing up foothills, you’ll get to the peak, the region’s culminating point. From here, you’ll have an extended view over the High Atlas and the Saharan Plains. Next, descend in the direction of the high valleys of Oulilimt. After eight to nine hours of walking, you’ll reach the Oulilimt springs, a magnificent site where you can stay for the night under a bivouac at 2550 metres in altitude. In the morning head towards Tagreft, in the high M’Goun Valley. After following the rapids for a while, you’ll reach Tarzout, at the foot of the walls of the Jebel Wawgoulzat: this place is a perfect spot to begin an exploration of the M’Goun Gorges. In the heart of the low valley, you will discover Aguerzak and Boutaghar, and the doorstep of the Moroccan Sahara. The landscape changes as you walk and penetrate this world of orchards, palm groves and kasbahs…
M’Goun’s low valley is an interesting departure point for discovering the great Moroccan South. Passing by Ifri, Ameskar Tatani, Ameskar Fougani, and Alemdoune Hdida, you penetrate into the valley of roses. Across deep canyons at the feet of majestic kasbahs, the walk is absolutely magnificent. In the beginning of May, all the colours and perfumes of the blossoming roses fill the valley. From here you can rejoin the road of a thousand kasbahs, the Dades Gorges or even Erg Chebbi.