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Distance

55.24 mi

Elevation gain

18,780 ft

Technical difficulty

Moderate

Elevation loss

17,303 ft

Max elevation

13,311 ft

Trailrank

80 5

Min elevation

5,855 ft

Trail type

One Way

Coordinates

3130

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October 11, 2015

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October 2015
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13,311 ft
5,855 ft
55.24 mi

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near Imi n’Oulaoun, Souss-Massa-Drâa (Morocco)

I reached Amezri by bicycle via the wonderful pass of Tizi-n-Ouloun, 2768 m. This is the most scenic pass that I ever rode in the Atlas.
It should be possible to reach Amezri via the valley, starting from the asphalted road Demnate-Skoura.
At Amezri there is one gîte d'etape, where I left the bicycle for the four days that I passed on the mountain.
From the last village of the valley, Ichbachken, a path heads up to Tizi-n-Roghoult. My track does not follow this path, but ascends freely the flank of the mountain, where I slept in front of some shepherds with were making a fire. Little below the pass, it joins the path. Short after the saddle, I began a very long traverse high on the rocky flank of the Tarkeddid range. It is all moderate up and down, also with some slippery spot that requires care. Consider also that I did the tour in full winter, finding also snow and ice at this height.
After several hours of traverse, via a steep red side valley, I reached the main valley short after Kherfalla, which I did not even enter. Namely, I headed directly up to the last azib, located at nearly 3000 metres. From there I pointed directly to the nearby saddle and, via the snowy ridge, to the extremely panoramic top of Agouti.
I descended freely to the Tessaout source plateau, already fearing a night under the stars, in the extreme cold of this high place. Luckily, at a certain point I had the surprise to see a refuge appearing, It is the nice refuge Tarkeddid, run by Abdou Laaroussi, a man coming from the Ait-Bou-Guemez valley.
Restored by a good dinner, the following day at six I woke up and, in moonlight, I begin the ascent to the Mgoun, which I tackled via the evident saddle in front of the refuge. I believe that there is also a shorter way on the left, reaching the main ridge later.
When I was in the ridge there was a sudden interruption of the wind, following by a change in direction The new wind was so strong that I had to remain bent all the time, and I did not even have the chance to have a shot of the summit cairn. Namely, in I sought repair as quickly as possible in the nice valley hidden SW of the summit.
When the wind was beginning to blow snow which readily transformed into ice, I left the path in this valley to descend quickly to a lower plateau, where the conditions were better. From where I did not have problems to gain the Tessaout plateau again.
After a second night at the refuge, I crossed the whole plateau in direction Amezri, hoping to find the correct path descending into the valley. I found it, and it was indeed a spectacular finding, due to the scenic ambience where this wonderful thread develops. I reached the Tessaout gorge, which I followed back to Amezri.
IMPORTANT NOTICE: THIS TRACK IS DRAWN BY HAND, although with careful research.

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Mountain hut

Imi-n-Ouloun

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  • Photo of Imi-n-Ouloun
Scenic village, with the very nice gite d'etape run by Brahim Boukyoud.
Intersection

Fork to Imi-n-Ouloun

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  • Photo of Fork to Imi-n-Ouloun
  • Photo of Fork to Imi-n-Ouloun
You have to cross the river to reach the village.
Waypoint

Tamezrit

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  • Photo of Tamezrit
  • Photo of Tamezrit
  • Photo of Tamezrit
Last village on the toad to the pass
Panorama

Switchbacks

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  • Photo of Switchbacks
Spectacular place of red rocks
Mountain pass

Tizi-n-Ouloun

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  • Photo of Tizi-n-Ouloun
  • Photo of Tizi-n-Ouloun
  • Photo of Tizi-n-Ouloun
A pass 11 metres higher than the Passo Stelvio, and all in red gravel. The view opens scenically on the high Tessaout valley, with Amezri in the centre.
Waypoint

First houses

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  • Photo of First houses
  • Photo of First houses
  • Photo of First houses
At this curve the village of Amezri appears.
Mountain hut

Ichbaken

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  • Photo of Ichbaken
  • Photo of Ichbaken
  • Photo of Ichbaken
The last inhabited spot of the valley. Here starts the path to Tizi-n-Roghoult.
Intersection

Leave path

Waypoint

Bivac

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  • Photo of Bivac
  • Photo of Bivac
  • Photo of Bivac
I slept on the flank of the mountain. below Tizi-n-Roghoult
Mountain pass

Tizi-n-Roghoult

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  • Photo of Tizi-n-Roghoult
  • Photo of Tizi-n-Roghoult
  • Photo of Tizi-n-Roghoult
  • Photo of Tizi-n-Roghoult
The most important communication pass on this side of the high Tessaout valley.
Waypoint

Traverse

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  • Photo of Traverse
  • Photo of Traverse
Long horizontal traverse on the flank of the Tarkeddid range. In some sections severely eroded sections the path is a bit tricky. I met some shepherds.
River

Kherfalla valley

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  • Photo of Kherfalla valley
  • Photo of Kherfalla valley
  • Photo of Kherfalla valley
  • Photo of Kherfalla valley
  • Photo of Kherfalla valley
My traverse finally reached the river not far from the village. I found also a little mill.
Wilderness hut

Azib-n-Taziyt

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  • Photo of Azib-n-Taziyt
  • Photo of Azib-n-Taziyt
  • Photo of Azib-n-Taziyt
  • Photo of Azib-n-Taziyt
Amazing as usual in Marocco to see where you can find shepherd huts, inhabited also in full winter! This one is at approx. 2750 m.
Summit

Agouti

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  • Photo of Agouti
An angular summit on the long Tarkeddid ridge, dominating the trekking pass, which lies a bit north. Traversing the Agouti is surely not the quickest way to reach the Tarkeddid refuge, but it is indeed a very panoramic way!
Mountain hut

Refuge Tarkeddid

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  • Photo of Refuge Tarkeddid
  • Photo of Refuge Tarkeddid
  • Photo of Refuge Tarkeddid
  • Photo of Refuge Tarkeddid
  • Photo of Refuge Tarkeddid
Lonely on the long and wide Tessaout Sources Plateau.
Mountain pass

Tizi-n-Oumassine

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  • Photo of Tizi-n-Oumassine
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  • Photo of Tizi-n-Oumassine
At 3600 m.
Summit

Foresummit

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Near to this foresummit I think that there is the confluence of the more direct path starting at the refuge. However, I had been advised to follow the longer path due to better snow conditions.
Summit

Irhil M'goun

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  • Photo of Irhil M'goun
  • Photo of Irhil M'goun
  • Photo of Irhil M'goun
First summit of the massif and second of Morocco. On top one finds only a little cairn. I did not take many photos: namely, I had to rush away because of the incredible wind!
Waypoint

Rock yramids

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  • Photo of Rock yramids
  • Photo of Rock yramids
  • Photo of Rock yramids
  • Photo of Rock yramids
The point where I left the suggestive circus below the main summit.
Mountain pass

Entering the Tilibit

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  • Photo of Entering the Tilibit
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  • Photo of Entering the Tilibit
I returned to the plateau (Tilibit) following a little ridge rising in the middle of the wide valley.
Waypoint

Exiting the Tilibit

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  • Photo of Exiting the Tilibit
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  • Photo of Exiting the Tilibit
Start of a short ascent, after the long flat stretch on the plateau.
Waypoint

Start of descent

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  • Photo of Start of descent
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  • Photo of Start of descent
  • Photo of Start of descent
  • Photo of Start of descent
A key point not to be missed!
Waypoint

Rock ledge

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  • Photo of Rock ledge
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  • Photo of Rock ledge
Spectacular stretch. Neither exposed nor delicate: actually, can be done also by mules.
River

Tessaout gorge

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  • Photo of Tessaout gorge
  • Photo of Tessaout gorge
  • Photo of Tessaout gorge
  • Photo of Tessaout gorge
Marked is the point where I reached the river. For orientation, this would be the key point doing the loop the other way.
Mountain hut

Amezri

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  • Photo of Amezri
  • Photo of Amezri
The basis of the loop.

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