Walks and Scrambles in the Moroccan Anti-Atlas
Tafraout, Jebel El Kest, Ait Mansour, Ameln Valley, Taskra and Tanalt
By David Wood
Guidebook to 41 graded walks and scrambles in the Anti-Atlas mountains of southern Morocco. Routes from 3 to 25km, including a summary of a 1-week long-distance trail from the north to the south of the Anti-Atlas. Covers 6 main areas, including Tafraout, Jebel El Kest, Ait Mansour, Ameln Valley, Taskra and Tanalt.
SeasonsOctober through April with hotter periods moderated by altitude, low humidity and a frequent light breeze. Weather events can sometimes bring cold conditions and snow on the summits especially in mid-winter.
CentresTafraout and the Ameln Valley are the major bases with the Kasbah Tizourgane at Ida Ougnidif providing a shorter-stay option.
DifficultyThe routes best suit confident walkers and scramblers with a sense of adventure. Walks range from easy (2hr) to very difficult (13hr) explorations. Easy and moderate options require basic fitness and route-finding ability. The graded scrambles (1 to 3S) should appeal mainly to experienced scramblers.
Must SeeThe mountains of Jebel El Kest (2375m) and Adrar Mqorn (2344m) which dominate Tafraout, the strange eroded and weathered rock formations, the deep gorges of Ait Mansour and the skyline rim, the springtime flowers of the Tizi N'Takoucht escarpment, the Ameln Valley villages and the elusive Adad Medni.
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Based in West Lancashire, David is a keen walker, photographer and rock climber. As a frequent traveller he has followed his pursuits in over twenty countries across five continents.View author profile
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