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MGOUN TREK 2 - IGHIL MGOUN ASCENT AND CIRCUIT- 9 DAYS

Mgoun Trek 2
Mgoun Trek 2
Mgoun Trek 2
Mgoun Trek 2
Mgoun Trek 2
Mgoun Trek 2
Mgoun Trek 2
Mgoun Trek 2
Mgoun Trek 2

Take on the challenge of climbing to the summit of the second highest massif in North Africa.

Ighil Mgoun is the second highest massif in North Africa. This hike to the very summit, Ighil n’Oumsoud (4068m), is challenging, but it requires no mountaineering expertise and the reward of panoramic views makes all the hard work worthwhile. Even if you prefer not to complete the ascent, stunning views are still to be enjoyed from dramatic passes both during the approach and on the return to the hospitable, fertile Aït Bou Guemez Valley.

Itinerary (brief)

Day 1: Arrive in Marrakech
Day 2: Transfer to Aït Bou Guemez Valley
Day 3: Walk from Aït Bou Guemez Valley to Azib n’Ikkis
Day 4: Walk from Azib n’Ikkis to Tarkeddid Plateau
Day 5: Ascent of Ighil n’Oumsoud (the summit of Ighil Mgoun) and descent to Oulilmt Valley
Day 6: Walk from Oulilimt Valley to Tighremt n’Aït Ahmed
Day 7: Walk from Tighremt n’Aït Ahmed back to Aït Bou Guemez Valley
Day 8: Transfer to Marrakech
Day 9: Depart from Marrakech

Why book this trek?

• Trek through the magnificent Atlas Mountains
• Reach Ighil n’Oumsoud, the summit of Ighil Mgoun, the second highest massif in North Africa

Itinerary (detailed)

Day 1: Arrive in Marrakech and enjoy a free day. Spend the night in a local riad.

Day 2: Transfer from Marrakech to the bountiful Aït Bou Guemez Valley (1850m), known to the French as the “Happy Valley”. Spend the night in a local gite. 4 to 5 hours transfer, approximately.

Day 3: We begin our trek by leaving behind the Aït Bou Guemez Valley, climbing gently through the narrow Arous Valley, and passing through the village of Aït Sayd, to reach the pastures of Azib n’Ikkis (2200m). Lovely views of Ighil Mgoun already lie ahead. We either camp on the pastures or spend the night in a local gite, depending on the season. 4 hours walking, approximately.

Day 4: We climb steeply to cross two passes in quick succession, Tizi n’Oumskiyq (2909m) and Aghouri Est (3400m), both of which offer wonderful, far-reaching views, before descending to the vast expanse of the Tarkeddid Plateau (2900m). We spend the night in the refuge. 5 hours walking, approximately.

Day 5: Today we ascend Ighil n’Oumsoud (4068m), the summit of Ighil Mgoun, making an early, pre-dawn departure from the refuge. The climb itself is demanding but the views all around and towards the Sahara are quite amazing and absolutely worth the effort. We descend into the broad Oulilimt Valley where we camp for the night. 8 hours walking, approximately.

Day 6: We follow the Oulilimt Valley, alternately climbing its banks to gain wonderful views and dropping to walk along the riverbed, until we reach the isolated ruin of Tighremt n’Aït Ahmed (2235m). We camp beside this ancient monument on the banks of the river. 5 hours walking, approximately.

Day 7: We leave Tighremt n’Aït Ahmed and climb steeply to cross a final pass, Tizi n’Aït Imi (2905m). Here we pause to enjoy the panoramic views in all directions before descending once more to the Aït Bou Guemez Valley. We spend the night in a local gite. 5.5 hours walking, approximately.

Day 8: We transfer to Marrakech and enjoy some free time with the option of exploring this wonderful city. Spend your final night night in your riad. 4 to 5 hours transfer, approximately.

Day 9: Depart from Marrakech.

Itinerary notes:

On occasion local weather conditions may require the trekking route, notably the ascent of Ighil Mgoun, to be altered in the interests of your safety.

If this itinerary is not exactly what you had in mind, please do contact us for a discussion as all itineraries can be adapted according to your wishes.