Tabant-Mgoun-Imejdag-Taghia-Oussikis

June 15-21, 2008

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The itinerary is shown below. Click here for a high-resolution topographic map.

 

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June 15: Tabant to El-Mrabitine through Tizzi-n-Ait Imi

 

Village of Ait Imi seen from Tabant

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Kasbah in Ait Imi

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Village of Ait Imi seen from the trail to Tizzi-n-Ait Imi

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View toward the South from Tizzi-n-Ait Imi. The first valley is Assif Amougr. The Mgoun range (with a few snow patches) is in the background.

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The photogenic kasbah of Tighremt-n-Ait Ahmad

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June 16: El-Mrabitine to Ighrem-n-Ait Issa along Assif Mgoun and Assif Imejdag

 

Villages along Assif Mgoun

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Berber girls

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Mgoun canyon

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The amazing Mgoun trail (used to avoid the bottom of the canyon when there is too much water)

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Ighrem-n-Ait Issa

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June 17: Ighrem-n-Ait Issa to the entry of the narrow upper gorges of Assif Imejdag

 

The Kasbah of Ighrem-n-Ait Issa seen from the ridge above Assif Imejdag

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The mid Imejdag gorges seen from the ridge

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View toward Adrar-n-Ouchane and Jebel Tamaracht

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Nomad camp on the Northern slope of Jebel Tigounatine

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Water in a dry landscape

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Approaching the upper gorges of Assif Imejdag

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June 18: Upper gorges of Assif Imejdag to the spring above the cork-screw trail

 

The upper gorges of Assif Imejdag

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View from Tizi-n-Wadou, with the Koucer plateau in the back

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Lunch under the shadow of an old juniperus

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Views of Taghia from the ridge of the plateau

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View of Jebel Timghazine, which I will cross two days later

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June 19: Descent of the cork-screw trail to Taghia and Agoudin

 

The village of Taghia seen from the cork-screw trail

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View of the canyon of Tafraout from Taghia

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Cliff above Taghia

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Canyon of Tafraout

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Kasbahs in Agoudin

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June 20: Agoudin - Taghia (again) - Tizzi Timghazine - Tefraout - Aqqa-n-Tarzilmine

 

The village of Toughed from the trail to Tizzi Timghazine

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Views from Tizzi Timghazine:

Toward the North, Aqqa-n-Toughed

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Toward the South, Assif Tafraout (the low point in the middle of the next ridge is the entry point into the drainage of Aqqa-n-Tarzilmine that later becomes the Oussikis river)

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My two mules at the bottom of Assif Tafraout

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June 21: Aqqa-n-Tarzilmine to Oussikis

 

Aqqa-n-Tarzilmine in the early morning

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Gorges of Assif Oussikis

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The artificial lake above the villages of Oussikis

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Landscape above the villages of Oussikis (note the ruins at the bottom left)

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Tabouidant (one of the villages of Oussikis)

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