Trekking Mount Mgoun in Winter
Morocco, Trek & Walk, 8 days - from £795 (land only) - from €995 (land only) - from $1,390 (land only)
- A winter ascent of the highest peak in Morocco`s Central Atlas
- Superb winter walking away from the crowds
- The hospitality of the Berber people of `Happy Valley`
- The spectacular waterfalls of Ouzoud
- A great winter holiday in Morocco
The Atlas range of mountains is the largest in all Africa, extending through Morocco for some 500 kilometres north-east to south-west and characterised by steep sided valleys, rocky peaks, and the picturesque terracotta-coloured villages of the Berber people. From November to April, the snow-covered peaks of the Atlas provide a fantastic range of options for the winter hillwalker. The winter ascent of Mgoun takes us away from the crowded area around Toubkal to an unspoilt and less visited region of the Central Atlas. Starting in the warm climes and irrigated farmland of the Bougmez, known as ‘The Happy Valley', we will experience the friendliness and hospitality of the Berber people before heading up above the snow line, crossing the Tizi n' Oughri (3400m) to the Tarkeddit Refuge. From here, we make the challenging ascent of Mgoun (4068m), Morocco's third highest summit, but the second highest summit outside of the Toubkal massif. The summit offers a fabulous 360 degree panorama including range upon range of Atlas peaks and the endless desert expanse to the south. We return to the Bougmez Valley for a night and then this superb trip concludes with a drive back to Marrakech, visiting the spectacular waterfalls at Ouzoud. Although this trekking holiday involves negotiating easy-angled snow slopes there is no technical climbing involved and while an ice-axe and crampons will be used, previous experience of winter mountaineering is not required but is recommended. Fully guided this is a short, challenging and very special winter walking break.
Is this holiday for you?
The maximum altitude attained on this Moroccan trekking holiday is not great and we start out with an easy day of trekking in the valley above Agouti. Then, moving up to the Tarkeddit Refuge and climbing the peak itself, involves 3 long days of trekking on moderately-angled snow slopes. Some familiarity with the use of crampons and an ice axe are recommended for this trip but previous experience of technical mountaineering is not required. The ascent of Mgoun in full winter conditions will present a challenge even to regular winter hikers, especially if there is unconsolidated snow.