The MGoun is situated in the heart of the High Atlas Mountains. It is part of the province of Ouarzazate from an administrative standpoint. The Assif Mgoun, a tributary of the Dades, begins at the foot of the mountains and runs into the Assif Dades, watering the rural village of Ighil not Oumgoun up Kalaat M’gouna.
The peak of Mgoun is made up of a ten-kilometer-long ridge that approaches or exceeds 4000 meters. This is, in fact, a ridge anticline. A limestone disk is visible at the surface. Glaciers shaped its northern flank during the Quaternary ice ages, resulting in fourteen valleys oriented perpendicular to the ridge today.
The Ighil Mgoun is a popular trekking destination for hikers, albeit it does not hold the same esteem as the Toubkal. Because of the mountain’s modest elevation and lack of ice, accidents during its ascent are uncommon. However, three hikers over the age of fifty were killed when they were caught off guard by a snowfall in September 2005.
We suggest the following 6 days mgoun trek itinerary:
Day 1:Drive from Marrakech to Agouti In the morning, we transfer by minibus to Agouti There is time to relax at the guesthouse in agouti when we arrive in the late afternoon.
Day 2:Agouti to Arous Camp overnight.
Day 3:Trek to Tarkedit Plateau We walk up in a wild landscape before crossing the Aghouri pass at 3,450m then descend to the wind-eroded and snow-covered high plateau of Tarkedit (2,900m). After lunch (there is a hut on the plateau), we climb up to the southern side of the plateau and establish a camp at 3,400m, directly below M’goun West (3,978m). 7-8 hours walking. Camp.
Day 4:Ascent of Djebel M’goun (4,068m) to Oulilimt Today we make our ascent to the summit of Djebel M’goun. The climb follows a long ridge, all at or above 4,000m, which typically takes between 4 and 5 hours to the summit, depending on snow conditions. From the top, there are impressive views across the Draa valley and towards the Sahara Desert to the south. We descend back to Azib Izabine. 8-9 hours. Camp.
Day 5:Trek Down the valley into Ain Aflafal and to Tighermet n ait ahmed ( 5hours walking) Camp.
Day 6:Climb Tizi n’ait Imi (2960m) then long descent to ait Bougmez valley and drive back to Marrakech
If you want to climb mount toubkal which is the highest peak in North Africa and in Morocco, we highly recommend a 3 days Trek to Mount Toubkal from marrakech.