The M'Goun valley is located in the Central High Atlas Mountains. From an administrative point of view belongs to the province of Ouarzazate. This five day trek requires a day to get to the start point and on the last day at the end of the trek we return to Marrakech, or you can continue on for another tour or trek in a different location.
The M'goun summit is a popular destination for hikers and trekking even if it has to play second fiddle to Mount Toubkal. Incidents during a M’Goun ascent are rare in view of the relatively low altitude of this mountain and the lack of glaciers.
For lovers of the great outdoors; the incredible scenery this trek offers makes it an unforgettable experience including the drive there and back from Marrakech. Throughout the journey, the high altitude, plateaus, canyons, valleys and rivers provide spectacular dimensions to your trip. Wild camping will add that sense of adventure to the mix.
Day 1: Marrakech - Central Atlas - Azib n´Ikkis
Transfer to Azilal from Marrakech. We meet with the mule caravan and start the trek which takes you into the deep valleys of the Central High Atlas, Aït Abbes and Bougamez, before taking the track that climbs towards Arous. Set up camp near Azib n´Ikkis at 2500 meters altitude.
2 hours of walking. M: 300 m.
Day 2: Azib n´Ikkis - Plateau Tarkedit
The trail follows the left bank of the creek to Ikkis near to Tiwawakyhe. The peak offers a remarkable view of the vast North Slope of M'Goun, the plateau of the Tilibiyt n'Tarhddiyt and Tizoula dominating the high valley of Tessaout. Near the sources of Tessaout, there is an ideal place for the camp (2900 m): a grandiose setting of beautiful pasturelands surrounded by peaks.
6 hours of walking. M: 1000 m. D: 300 m.
Day 3: M'Goun (4068 m) - Oulilimt
Early departure to reach the long ridge of Ighil M'Goun, which you follow to the summit at 4068 meters. This limestone mountain is rich in fossils and shells on the ridge. There is an exceptional view across the central High Atlas and the south of the Dades Valley, Saghro and the hamada Draa. There is a rapid descent and it is a bit steep until Oulilimt, near the sources of Assif M'Goun.
Camp at 2800 meters. Those who wish can "circumvent" the summit and take the path of mules.
8 hours of walking. M: 1170 m. D: 1270 m.
Day 4: Oulilimt - Ifkiren
A superb and very varied day. We follow the M'Goun River discovering ever-changing and colourful landscapes and green crops in the ocher adobe villages. We will be crossing small gorges that lead to cross several wadis before reaching the village of M'Rabtine (1900 m) then Ifkiren. Camp at the entrance of the gorge.
7 hours of walking. M: 150 m. D: 1050 m.
Day 5: Ifkiren - Tighanimine - down the M'Goun Gorges - Aguerzaka
A completely different day for crossing the M'Goun gorges, with the famous passage of Achhabou (the "organs"); a 45 minute walk from the walls of several hundred tops which are separated only by a few meters. A day to get your feet in the water. The valley then flourishes widely to lead to beautiful villages; fields and terraced gardens are bordered by the famous Damask roses that make the fortune of the lower valley of Assif M'Goun. By paths amid tamarisks and oleanders, you reach Aguerzaka. Night in a gite.
7 hours of walking. D: 1 50 m.
Day 6: Aguerzaka - Boutaghrar - Marrakech
Short transfer in local vehicle until Boutaghrar where your transport will be waiting. Return to Marrakech through the Dades Valley, the famous route of the 1000 Kasbahs and the Tizi n'Tichka pass.
M: ascending vertical drop. D: downward vertical drop.
The descent to the M'Goun Gorges may be impassable or dangerous if there is too much water, melting snow or a if there is a significant risk of thunderstorms over the mountains. The decision must be taken upstream on Day 3, after the summit of M'Goun. In this case, we will go down the valley of Bougamez, with the same number of days walking and the same circuit level; the evening of Day 5, overnight lodging in Bougamez (Aït Immi or Agouti).