Atlas MountainM'goun Trek
Atlas Mountain M'goun Trek
The M'Goun Massif is a spectacular spine of mountain ridges and sculpted valleys in the high Atlas around 100 miles East of Marrakech. The Massif represents the second highest point in North Africa, just 100m lower than Jebel Toubkal further to the West.
This trek takes us over and through the landscape, at one moment in a deep winding gorge, the next on a high open ridge. All the while we are enjoying the local North African culture and hospitality.
Atlas Mountain M'goun Trek itinerary
|1||450m||Arrive on international flight into Marrakech. Explore the city and meet for a team dinner and introductions in the evening. Spend the night in a comfortable city hotel.|
|2||1800m||6 hrs||After breakfast drive to the village of Iskattafene from where we commence our trek. We walk through beautiful countryside and pass timeless villages to our overnight camp at Abachkou (1800m)|
|3||2399m||6 hrs||We initially follow the valley then ascend to the Tizi-n-Tighist col at (2399m), then downwards to the village of Tarbat-n-Tirsal to camp overnight|
|4||2850m||7 hrs||After breakfast we follow a good track under the cliffs of Jebel Ghat then ascend to a col at (2850m) where we obtain some great views. From here we descend passed the village of Imazayn and onto Tazaght where we stop for the night|
|5||7 hrs||Our initial goal is an obvious grassy col at (2550m) then a descent passing a summer hut (azib) to small gorge. Depending on the amount of water in the river we will either follow the gorge direct or use a mule track alongside. We arrive at the village of Imi-n-Tizgui and continue on to the larger village of Tissili. From here the Tissili gorge can be seen, we then descend and follow south on easy trails and impressive scenery. From the end of the gorge we continue to our overnight camp at the village of Ifoulou.|
|6||2766m||7 hrs||After breakfast we take a valley south to Tagoukht and then ascend a side valley to a summit at (2766m).From here there are excellent views, and the way ahead to the beautiful village of Megdaz, and our overnight stay in the village of Ait Ali-n-ito.|
|7||6 hrs||Today we follow the river. The actual route will depend on the level of water. Late in the afternoon before we arrive at our overnight camp in the village of Amezri we gain our first view of the Mgoun massif.|
|8||3216m||8 hrs||Today we arrive at the Tessaout (Wandras) gorge, one of the most fantastic in all of Europe. Initially we follow the Tessout valley, until we come to a junction in the path. We have 2 options depending on the ability of members of the group. Both will be available depending on water levels. The first option is the gorge which has one rock climbing pitch of 20 m. Ropes and climbing equipment will be provided. The gorge itself provides magnificent scenery in a remote location. Small bridges and wooden stairs cross more difficult sections, and the trail twists and turns through high rock walls. Eventually the rock pitch is reached which involves climbing a 20m crack of VD standard. After it the gorge loses height quickly, and beautiful upland pasture and our camp site are reached. The second option involves ascending to a col at (3216m) and then following a trail across the Tacheddid plateau and eventually reaching the top of the gorge and our meadow campsite.|
|9||4068m||10 hrs||Today we reach the highest point in the Mgoun region at (4068m) It has no technical difficulty but it is a long walk. From the camp site we head to an obvious col the Tizi-n-Oumsoud then ascend a long scree slope up onto the main ridge. The ridge gives superb views as we follow it all the way to the summit .We return by the same route back to our camp.|
|10||3449m||Our final day on the trek, and one which gives the first opportunity to look back our route. If you are still feeling strong you can ascend Jebel Tifdaniwine (3449m) a prominent pyramidal peak, then descend the Arous valley to the village of Ait Said and into the main Ait Bougoumez valley. We continue across the fields to Iskattafene where we started our trek and spend the night.|
|11||450m||After breakfast we will transfer to Marrakch by road. We should be in Marrakech in time for lunch, leaving the rest of the day free to explore or for an evening flight.|
|12||450m||International flight home.|
Atlas Mountain M'goun trek cost £1,195.00
- All food and hot drinks on trek
- Mules to transport main bags
- Western Guide
- Local Moroccan Guides
- All accomodation (tents & Lodges)
- All transportation and airport transfers
- Group equipment
- International Air Fare
- Personal travel Insurance
- Meals in Marrakech (meals cost an average of about £10-£15, depending on the exchange rate)
- Mineral water/ soft drinks
- Single room supplements
- Optional tips to Moroccan staff (approx Â£20+)
- Additional nights in Marrakech
- Personal spending money (note Moroccan Dihrams are not available abroad, we can help you change/withdraw some in Marrakech)
A deposit of £250 is required on booking to secure your place and we ask that the remaining balance (trip price minus the deposit) is paid in full 4 weeks prior to your departure. When you book with us you're given your own secure online account which you can access 24/7. Through this account you can edit your booking, add flight, health, insurance and dietary details and also make interim payments. We make payments as flexible as possible and you can choose, if you wish, to pay a bit off your trip fee whenever it suits you.
Atlas Mountain M'goun Trek - fitness
You do not need to be super-fit for this trip, however the climbs are moderately demanding with some long days of sustained walking with a backpack. The effects of altitude may also further tax your body. You will enjoy the trip all the more if you are in good physical shape having exercised regularly and eaten nutritiously over at least the 6 months leading up to the trip.
You do need to be in good health as we will spend some time in locations that are many hours from professional medical care. Any pre-existing medical or dental conditions should be fully appraised by a doctor and their nature fully disclosed to your insurer and to ourselves.
Atlas Mountain M'goun Trek
- Stuff sacks, waterproof, various sizes
- Warm Jacket Synthetic or Down insulated
- Waterproof jacket
- Waterproof trousers
- Trekking trousers x2 (zip off legs)
- Long sleeved trekking shirt x1
- Long sleeved base layer top x2
- Thermal Base Layer Legginngs x1
- Thin liner socks x2 (optional)
- Thick trekking socks x2
- Underwear x4
- General socks x3
- Warm Hat
- Warm gloves or mitts
- Wide brimmed Sun Hat
- Trekking boots
- Crocs/Sandals/Flip flops
- 4 season sleeping bag (comfort temperature -20C)
- Compression sack for sleeping bag
- Thermarest or thick foam sleeping mat
- Thermarest repair kit
- Walking Poles (optional)
- Head torch & spare batteries
- Watch with alarm
- 2x 1 litre drinks bottles
- 1 litre bottle to urinate in (optional)
- Toilet roll
- Ear plugs (wax)
- Passport & copies, visa, insurance details, money, credit cards, plane tickets
- Diary & Pencil
- Personal Wash Kit
- Antibacterial hand gel
- Wet wipes (optional)
- Toothbrush with cover
- Roll on deodorant
- Shaving gear & small mirror
- Showergel/shampoo (
- Microfibre trekking towel
- Personal Medical Kit (see below)
Personal Medical Kit - suggestion
Water Purification Tablets
Personal Medication as required:
eg. Anti-Malarials, Asthma Inhalers, Insulin, Epi-Pen etc
Prochlorperazine tablets (for sickness/nausea)
Ciprofloxacin tablets (general antibiotic; prescription required)
Acetazolamide tablets (altitude prophylactic; prescription required)
Note: you must check with your GP for your personal suitability to all medicines and their possible side effects and interactions. Please inform us of the details of all regular medication that you intend to use though the course of your trip and any relevant allergies and medical history related to them. You also need to check the requirements and regulations of the airline and all countries visited in relation to medications. For example; laws governing transport of some pain control medication and the need keep insulin at a suitable temperature, ie not in the cargo hold.
- We offer small scale, authentic expeditions, which can also be tailormade.
- All our guides and staff are professionally trained and have years of proven experience.
- We have built up partnerships with local guides and drivers which are mutually beneficial and exist on a fair and open basis so that the host country and its people may fully benefit from tourism without being exploited.
- We are passionate about responsible tourism and our company supports sustainable development worldwide in a real way.
- We are members on Interhealth which gives you access to pre-trip health information and on-site assistance by phone in the event of an emergency.
You can book your Adventure Alternative holiday for as little as £100.00 and pay the balance in as many instalments as you like. Choose a scheduled date or contact us for private dates, a bespoke itinerary or more trip details.
- Duration 12 days
- Numbers 10 max
- Altitude 4068m
- Challenge Moderate
- Comfort Camping & Lodges