Central Atlas 2005: Taghia, Koucer, Assif Melloul

 

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A good source of information for this trek is Montagnes du Maroc, by Herve Galley, Editions Olizane, Geneve, Suisse, 2004. ISBN 2-88086-302-3 (in French)

 

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The itinerary of my trek is shown on the map below. Click here to get a higher resolution map.

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Village of Agoudim in the morning

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North face of Djebel Aroudane

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Azibs (shepherd houses) of Imi n′Tazart at the entrance of Aqqa n′Tazzart (canyon of Tazzart)

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Views of Aqqa n′Tazzart. It is several hundred meters deep.

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The higher portion of Aqqa n′Tazzart requires technical climbing and ropes, but an easy smaller canyon leads to the high plateau of Almou n′Toucht (populated during the spring and summer by the Aїt Atta, a nomadic Berber tribe coming from the Jebel Sahro). This photo shows the start of the smaller canyon from the plateau. It truly looks like a sink!

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The cirque of Taghia, as it suddenly appears from the top of the ′′corkscrew′′ trail. The two huge canyons are Aqqa n′Taghia and Aqqa n′Kandate. Like Aqqa n′Tazzart, they are several hundred meters deep and sometimes very narrow.
(Click on the first two photos below for higher-resolution photos.)

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Views of the corkscrew trail.

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The corkscrew.

 

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Another view of Taghia cirque, from the opposite side

 

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Aguerd n′Isfoula (the saddle that separates the Taghia cirque from the Aqqa n′Tourde). The Koucer plateau lies at the top of the right range in the background.

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Village of Tourde.

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Houses below Tourde.

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Views of the high Ahancal region above Agoudim. The Koucer plateau is beyond the top cliff.

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Views of the Koucer plateau. It is a different world up here, populated by the Aїt Abdi. (Bottom left: the well of Almou n′Ouhanad, one of the very rare locations where water is available.)

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The village of Tagertoucht, with its fortified grain storage, on the rim of the Koucer plateau.

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Canyon views between the Koucer plateau and the Assif Melloul.

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The village of Batli along the Assif Melloul

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Views of the canyon of Assif Melloul above Batli

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The village of Aїt Boulmane located below Batli on the Assif Melloul

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The village of Indahane, just besides Aїt Boulmane

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The lower part of the canyon of Assif Melloul

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The Cathedral, a huge rock formation located where Assif Melloul flows into Assif Ahancal

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