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1 Irhil M'Goun (4068)
2 M'Goun West (3978)
3 Tizi n'Oumassin (3650)
4  Jebel Oumassin (3883)
5 Aslad (3877)
6 Oued Tessaout Sources
7 Refuge (built in 2002)
8 Beginning of the Tessaout gorge
9 Pass (3220) of the footpath to Amezri


Location: Tilibit-n-Terkedid (a.k.a. Tessaout Sources Plateau) (2897 m)      by: Pedrotti Alberto
Area: Morocco      Date: 28-12-2010
A few more photographs from this trip are on http://picasaweb.google.com/albertopedrotti/MaroccoNatale


Dark Beauty! 
2011/01/14 01:33 , Augustin Werner
Very impressive scene from a fascinating country. Can you add some more information? Best regards, Martin
2011/01/16 20:37 , Martin Kraus
Excellent! BR, Volker
2011/01/19 21:50 , Volker Driesen
Here is some information.
The M'Goun is the second highest massif of the Atlas, after the Toubkal, but is far more extended and rewarding for trekkers and, as I guess looking at its slopes, for ski-tourers.
I accessed it from Toudout via the Tizi n'Ouloun, a long red piste reaching as high as 2767 m (9 more than Passo Stelvio, 3 less than the Iseran) and leading to the isolated village of Amezri, where I left the bicycle in the local gîte d'étape. Incidentally, there I was robbed (I guess by one of the many youth crowding around the bicycle at my arrival) a bag with, among other things, the Canon battery recharger. As a consequence, from that point on I had to drastically reduce the rate of shots and especially of panoramic sequences!
I believe that Amezri could also be reached via Fakhour from the road Demnate-Skoura (which I followed few days before), crossing the Atlas in 140 km with three passes over 2000 m.
From Amezri there is a footpath running high on the tricky Tessaout gorge, but it is fairly impossible to find it from below without the advice of a guide. Actually, I found me walking for a lot of hours and kms around the Terkeddid barrier, until reaching the way up from the Atlantic side (Ait Bou Goumez valley) at Ifri n-Ait Kerfalla. Following the intuition of the moment, I climbed a ridge until reaching what I later got to know as Mount Aghouri, 3565 m, from which I discovered the Tessaout plateau. swept by rather fierce winds. It was also late and I was very doubtful about the descent on that side, but at last I decided to try. The panorama has been taken few moments after emerging out of a narrow scree couloir, when the solitary building appeared to me. After a while, I also spotted a human shape moving there, and finally I discovered with great relief that I had reached a recently built refuge, newer than my edition of the Lonely Planet guide.
With this base point, the next morning I easily set off for the summit; this is a rather long ascent, two hours to reach the ridge and two hours to follow it, remaining suspended between the Atlantic and the Sahara sides. On the very summit I found me violently thrown to the floor by a crafty wind blow; I had to readily leave the ridge escaping down by a steep scree slope. After some hours I found me in a deep valley from where I had to climb up to the plateau. Next day I followed the pictoresque trail to Amezri.
Only while leaving the massif I found, in the little village of Imi n'Ouloun
("the mouth of the heart", in berber) the guide Brahim who explained what would have been the easy way to the M'Goun.
If somebody is interested to the massif, I have the addresses for both Brahim Boukyoud, for the Sahara side, and Abdou Laaroussi, the man of the refuge, for the Ait Bou Goumez side.
2011/01/20 01:40 , Pedrotti Alberto

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