Mount Mgoun Traverse

Off the beaten trail to spectacular Mount Mgoun in the High Atlas




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Holiday Overview


  • Complete trekking traverse of the 3rd highest peak of the Atlas
  • Fantastic camping trek away from the Toubkal crowds
  • The charming and starkly beautiful Bougamez `Happy` Valley
  • Explore magical Marrakech and The UNESCO Djemaa el Fna

A new and challenging walking adventure holiday in the High Atlas Mountains of Morocco, trekking to the summit of Mgoun and more!  Our special trekking route takes us from north to south walking across the less visited central part of the High Atlas Mountains of Morocco, from the irrigated farmland of the Bou Guemmez Valley to the edge of the Sahara. During our walks, we experience the friendliness and hospitality of the Berber people, camp on high pastures used by nomadic shepherds and make the tough trek to the top of Mgoun, the fourth highest peak in Morocco. Here, the fabulous 360 degree panorama includes range upon range of the High Atlas Mountains and the endless desert expanse to the south. Dropping down via a high plateau, we explore the dramatic MGoun Gorge and walking through this, at times in the river bed, to reach the end of our trekking amongst a collection of pretty villages whose terraced fields and gardens are bordered by rose bushes. This superb trekking adventure holiday in the High Atlas Mountains of Morocco concludes with a drive back to Marrakech, through the spectacular Dades Valley and across the high pass of Tizi n'Tichka. On our return to exotic Marrakech, we have time to further explore the old Arab quarter of this fabulous city. The Marrakech souks (markets) and the quality of their handicrafts are celebrated the world over and to explore Marrakech on foot is a magical experience. The High Atlas Mountains of Morocco make the perfect choice for a walking adventure holiday and KE's ‘Mgoun Traverse Trek' offers both a brilliant trekking experience and a real taste of Morocco off the beaten track.


The Secret of Our Success on Mgoun and in Morocco.

We've been taking our clients walking, trekking and mountaineering for almost thirty years so we know the ingredients of a good guide!  Although the mountain is neither particularly high nor technically demanding the experience and knowledge of our Moroccan leaders can make a big difference to your chances of success when ascending Mgoun.  Those who are new to `off the beaten track trekking` will take particular comfort in the presence of our experienced Moroccan guides, who we believe are the best in the business.

Is this holiday for you?

The maximum altitude attained on this trek is not great and we do not spend any nights above 3000 metres. This means that altitude acclimatisation is not usually a problem. The summer months in the High Atlas can be hot with July and August particularly so. This does have an effect on trekking performance. For most of the trek we follow well-established trails between valleys and villages which are suitable for mules and very straightforward for trekkers. On the traverse of M'Goun and whilst trekking up to the passes on our route, we will encounter zig-zag trails on scree. Overall this is a leisurely paced walking holiday but you will need to ensure you are physically prepared for the trek. You should be comfortable with walking on a variety of terrain including some steep ascents and descents, for up to 6 or 7 hours each day and for several days continuously.

Brief Itinerary

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  • Meet at the group hotel in Marrkech. Complimentary transfers from Marrakech Airport are provided.
  • Transfer to the village of Agouti in the Bougamez Valley Trek to the village of Arous.
  • Trek to Tizi-m-Oumskiyg (2910m) and strikingly green high plateau of Tilibiyt N’Tarkeddit (2900m).
  • Early start for the spectacular ascent of Mgoun (4068m). Traverse of the mountain to Tiguitine.
  • Trek along the river to the impressive kasbah at Tighremt N’Tichki and gorge of Ameskar.
  • Trek through the charming `Petites Gorges du M’Goun` to the village of Boutaghar.
  • Drive to Marrkech via the famous route of the kasbahs. Afternoon at leisure to explore.
  • Departure Day. Complementary transfers to Marrakech Airport are provided.
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We sell this holiday on a Land Only basis and recommend that you book your flights to Marrakech Airport, which is approximately 15 minutes drive away from the group hotel in downtown Marrakech. Please refer to the 'Joining Arrangements and Transfers' section of the holiday dossier for further details.

Flights SHOULD NOT be booked until you have received your booking confirmation and the trip is showing 'Guaranteed to Run' or 'Limited'.

If flying from the UK there are a number of low cost airlines offering flights to Marrakech. These include Easyjet who have flights from London, Manchester & Glasgow, Thomson Airways who have flights from London, Manchester, Birmingham, Bristol & Glasgow and Ryanair who have flights from London. Click on the 'Flight information' link below for further information on booking low cost airlines. Alternatively if you would prefer to book a 'flight inclusive package' using scheduled airlines from the UK please contact our flights department for a quote. Whilst flight prices are likely to be more expensive you will benefit from full financial protection.

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Map & Itinerary

The Route

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Holiday Itinerary

  • Meet at the group hotel in Marrkech. Complimentary transfers from Marrakech Airport are provided.

    On arrival in Marrakech you will be met by a KE representative who will assist with the short transfer to the group hotel in the city. Depending on your flight arrival time, after settling in you may have the opportunity to do a little exploration. Marrakech is a friendly city and quite easy to get around and most people head for the large central square of the Djemaa-el-Fna beneath the imposing tower of the Koutoubia Mosque. This is the social hub of the Medina or Old City backed by a labrynthine market known as the 'souk'. KE Land Only services begin with the evening meal taken at the group hotel or a nearby restaurant. The group leader will give a trip briefing during dinner.

    • Accommodation Hotel

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  • Transfer to the village of Agouti in the Bougamez Valley Trek to the village of Arous.

    After breakfast in the hotel we load our bags onto the transport and begin the journey to the trek start point. In a short time we’re beyond the Marrakech hustle and bustle and travelling on good roads through the
    farmlands of the Moroccan countryside. On the way our guide will give a detailed talk on Morocco’s cultural history and answer any questions you may have. We will stop in the town of Azilal for mint tea, refreshments, and some lunch before making our way down into the Bougamez Valley, an arid, craggy ad starkly beautiful region, stopping close to the village of Agouti (1780m). Here we meet our muleteers, and the rest of the trek
    crew, the pack animals are loaded and we begin trekking into the lush farmland towards Arous, following the river as it meanders through poppy strewn fields.

    • Accommodation Camping

    • Meals bld

    • Time 3 hrs trekking

  • Trek to Tizi-m-Oumskiyg (2910m) and strikingly green high plateau of Tilibiyt N’Tarkeddit (2900m).

    Leaving our muleteers to pack up the camp gear we make a steadily rising traverse towards the col known as Tizi-m-Oumskiyg (2910m). The river gradually peters out as we enter the higher mountain scenery of the
    Central Atlas. A welcome rest at the col and some mid morning snacks
    before bearing left and upwards towards the ridgeline above. Approximately 2 miles of gradual ascent see us on the ridge and the viewpoint of Aghouixni Est (3400m). From here we have spectacular views of M’Goun and can clearly see our next day’s route. We now descend on good paths towards the high plateau known as Tilibiyt N’Tarkeddit, overlooking the Tessaout Valley. This is a strikingly green oasis area used frequently by Berber herdsmen. High pasture nestles beneath the peaks of the M’Goun massif, and spectacular rock formations surround the area. We camp near a small mountain hut with good toilet facilities and showers (for a small fee). The rest of the afternoon is free to soak up the nomadic Berber ambience of the tranquil spot.

    • Accommodation Camping

    • Meals bld

    • Time 6 hrs trekking

  • Early start for the spectacular ascent of Mgoun (4068m). Traverse of the mountain to Tiguitine.

    A pre-dawn start is required today and we gain height steadily, at first by headtorch, onto the lower slopes of M’Goun. An hour or so later the first rays of sunshine begin to creep across the lower slopes of the M’Goun
    massif. This straightforward route, with the odd rougher section makes progress via switchbacks up a rolling ridgeline of subsidiary peak M’Goun Oest (3978m). After 4 or 5 hours we gain the stunning ridgeline leading
    to M’Goun. Breaking left along the ridge, which drops away steeply on both sides, stunning views surround us. To the south the Jebel Sahro region frames the edge of the Sahara beyond, and southwest we can see the Toubkal range in the distance. Looking back to the north our route of the previous two days is clear, dipping into the Bougamez valley and the Draa region. A further hour, gently rising along the ridge brings us to the cairned summit of M’Goun itself (4068m). After the obligatory summit photos we begin our descent by a different route making a traverse of the mountain. We head South initially on the ridge and then down scree
    slopes to our lunch spot by the river where wild camels graze the fertile valley sides. After lunch we continue on vague tracks toward Tiguitine (2700m) and our camp for the night which we should reach in under 3 hours from the summit. Tiguitine is a very pleasant camp, surrounded by strange rock formations and babbling streams. Our crew will no doubt treat us to some Berber songs and dancing in the evening to celebrate our successful traverse of the mountain.

    • Accommodation Camping

    • Meals bld

    • Time 8 hrs walking

  • Trek along the river to the impressive kasbah at Tighremt N’Tichki and gorge of Ameskar.

    A more leisurely start today as we continue to follow the river course away from the high mountains and into the fertile farmland of the Central Atlas foothills. After a short ascent to a small col we lose height gradually
    following undulating terrain, passing through small thickets of fig trees and criss-crossing streams before emerging from the undergrowth at Ifni Ait Hamou (2550m). A small café sits by the trailside in this improbable location offering mint tea and biscuits. In a further two miles we come upon the village of Tighremt N’Tichki, passing a large kasbah on the outskirts now used for communal grain storage – an impressive structure. As the river broadens we pass rushing waterfalls and use stepping-stones to cross where necessary. Taking advantage of riverside trees for shade we’ll stop for lunch. Another leisurely couple of
    hours along the river leads us to the village of Ameskar El Fougani, where we negotiate the field systems surrounding the village and continue to Ameskar El Tahtani (1990m) 2 miles further on. We make camp just before the entrance to the Ameskar Gorge.

    • Accommodation Camping

    • Meals bld

    • Time 7 hrs walking

  • Trek through the charming `Petites Gorges du M’Goun` to the village of Boutaghar.

    A fairly early start today to avoid the heat later in the day. Leaving camp the valley walls steepen quickly and awesome rock architecture looms above as we press on through the ‘Petites Gorges du M’Goun’. Eventually the gorge opens out once more giving way to open farmland. Crops line the riverbanks and the smell of fruit trees and growing herbs fills the air. We reach our lunch spot, a shady riverside nook, after around 4 hours trekking. We will have an hour or so for relaxing, eating
    and perhaps some paddling in the river to cool off before we make the final 2 hour meander to the village of Boutaghar. Our accommodation tonight is in a gite. Comfortable seating areas to relax in the cool of the
    evening surround a plant filled central square in the riad. Our crew will be keen to teach us some Berber songs and demonstrate their skills with drums – if you have the energy the ground floor in the riad is perfect for dancing to the drummers rhythms. This will be our last night with our Berber crew and time to say our farewells.

    • Accommodation Gite / Hostel

    • Meals bld

    • Time 6 hrs walking

  • Drive to Marrkech via the famous route of the kasbahs. Afternoon at leisure to explore.

    After breakfast we board our 4 wheel drive transport for the dirt road climb out of the Dades Valley leaving Boutaghar behind and passing along the famous ‘Kasbah route’ through Oaurzazate and on to Marrakech. En route after about 3/4 hours we stop for lunch at an excellent roadside restaurant serving a variety of traditional Moroccan dishes, cooked on open barbecues. Another few hours of driving finds us pulling into the city streets of Marrakech, and back at our hotel. The rest of your time is free to explore the souks, shop for souvenirs and soak up the atmosphere of this ancient market town. An evening wandering around the Djemaa El Fna is not to be missed and our final dinner
    together is often taken in one of the numerous excellent eateries that line the square.

    • Accommodation Hotel

    • Meals bld

  • Departure Day. Complementary transfers to Marrakech Airport are provided.

    KE Land Only services end after breakfast. There is a complimentary transfer to the airport to check in for the return flight.

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Holiday Information

  • An experienced professional local leader
  • Marrakech Airport transfers (on first and last day of itinerary)
  • All land transport involved in the itinerary
  • All accommodation as described in the trip dossier
  • All meals
  • Full service on trek including food and all equipment (excluding personal equipment)

  • Travel insurance
  • Visa fees
  • Tips for local staff
  • Miscellaneous expenses - souvenirs and drinks etc

During this trip the group will spend two nights at a tourist class hotel in Marrakech. While there are several more expensive hotels in Marrakech, we try to strike the right balance of a comfortable and conveniently located hotel while maintaining a really good value holiday. We will also spend one night in a gite (traditional Berber house converted to a hostel) in Boutaghar. Whilst on trek there is a total of 4 nights camping. All accommodation is based on twin sharing (except in the gite). If you are travelling by yourself you will be paired up with another single client of the same sex. It is possible to hire a single tent while on trek for an additional cost. Please note single tent hire does not include single rooms in hotels. For the 2 hotel nights in Marrakech single rooms are available for a supplementary cost. Additional hotel nights in Marrakech are also available. For Hotel prices and single supplement costs please refer to the dates and prices page of the trip on our website.

View the gallery below for images of the style of accommodation used

All meals are included in the holiday price from dinner on day 1 to breakfast on day 8.

On trek, the food is a mixture of local and Western, all purchased locally and cooked for us by our trek cooks. Breakfasts are continental style, with tea and coffee, orange juice, cereals including muesli, bread, jam, honey and cheese. A morning snack is also provided and this usually consists of a kind of Moroccan “trail mix” of dried figs and dates, peanuts, sugar coated peanuts and other nuts. Lunch usually starts with the Berber speciality of mint tea, followed by a buffet of rice, pasta or cous cous, with a freshly prepared salad - onion, tomatoes, green peppers, grated carrot, green beans, with tinned sweetcorn or peas added. Hard and soft cheeses, tinned fish, olives, biscuits and bread are also on the lunchtime menu. Dinner starts off with soup and bread. The main course is usually rice, pasta, cous-cous, spaghetti or chips, with a vegetable stew (or tagine) consisting of some of the following - onion, potato, carrot, green pepper, zucchini, turnip, parsnip. green beans, peas. There will be some meat (usually chicken, lamb or beef). Meat is not prominent in the menu. All dishes come with traditional sauces which are rarely (spicy) hot. To round off dinner, there is the usual range of hot drinks.

All clients arriving on Day 1 and departing on Day 8 of the itinerary will be provided with complimentary airport transfers. Clients booking a Land Only Package should let us know if Marrakech Airport transfers are not required and MUST provide the KE office with full details of their flights. Hotel contact details and an emergency number will be provided with your booking confirmation. If you intend to make your own transfer arrangements at Marrakech Airport, taxis are available outside the arrivals hall at all times. They are equipped with meters but most taxi drivers are reluctant to use them and you should either insist on a meter or agree the fare before setting off. The standard fare to the city in a "petit taxi" should be no more than £6 though you may have to pay a little more if arriving late at night. The airport is approximately 4 miles from the city and the journey takes 10 - 15 minutes.

A typical day starts with an early morning wake-up call. After breakfast, during which camp will be struck and the muleteers given their loads, we start walking in the pleasant cool of the morning. Lunch is usually taken after 3 or 4 hours walking, days this stop will be extended into a break from walking of up to 2-2½ hours to avoid walking in the hottest part of the day. The afternoon walk is normally shorter than the morning session and we aim to reach our overnight accommodation with time to explore before it gets dark. On most days we will be walking for a total of 6 to 8 hours, whilst on the longest day, involving the ascent of Mgoun, we can expect to be walking for 8 - 9 hours. Dinner is a 3-course meal served in the mess tent. This is a great time of day for reliving the events of the trek so far and for general socialising. After dark, the temperature quickly falls and everyone will soon be tucked up in their sleeping bags.

An English-speaking professional local leader will accompany the group throughout the holiday. In addition the group will be supported on trek by a team of cooks and camp staff, baggage animals and their handlers.

Approximately £100 (or equivalent in US dollars or Euros) should be allowed for miscellaneous expenses. This amount will cover tips for the trek crew, soft drinks, snacks etc, and also lunches in Marrakech if you should happen to arrive early in the day or depart late in the day. Marrakech is a great place for souvenir buying and all major credit cards are accepted. If you are intending to buy expensive items, you should budget accordingly. It is not necessary to purchase Moroccan currency (Dirham) outside the country. You can withdraw money in local currency from ATM’s in Marrakech or your travel money can be carried in the form of cash (Sterling, Euros and US dollars are easily exchanged). Please note that it can be difficult and time-consuming to exchange travellers cheques at banks in Morocco, and commission payments are often very high. Credit cards can be used to purchase goods and it is a good idea to carry one in case of emergency.

Tips are the accepted way of saying ‘thank you’ to your local guides and porters. They do not form part of their wages and any tips they receive are seen as a personal thank you from group members. For our part, we advise local teams that tips are not a duty or a prerequisite but are a bonus and entirely dependent on the service that was given. For your trek crew we recommend that you give a tip if you feel that their services have met your satisfaction. We will provide guidelines on how much to tip the local staff along with your joining instructions but it should be remembered that this is your ‘thank-you’ to the crew and the final amount should be decided by the group. We estimate that approximately £30 per group member should provide an appropriate level of tips. However, for the KE leader, we leave the tipping amount totally at your own discretion.

Your baggage on trek will be carried by pack animals. The packed weight of your main bag whilst trekking should be no more than 15 kgs. (33 pounds). It is possible to leave clothes or other items not required on trek at the group hotel.

All KE clients will receive a FREE KE trek bag.  These have been specially made to stand up to the rigours of adventure travel.  Your KE bag will be posted to you when your trip is guaranteed to run or on receipt of your booking if the trip is already guaranteed.  If you have travelled with us before and already have a KE trek bag you can select an alternative free gift in the booking process.

This holiday involves going to high altitude. During the course of your trip you will reach altitudes in excess of 3500 metres. This is not something that you should worry about; the human body is quite capable of adapting to a very wide range of altitudes, but it is important that we follow some simple rules in order to acclimatise successfully. Before coming on this holiday you should read the advice on trekking at high altitude on our website which can be viewed via the link below. You can also talk to one of our trekking experts if you have any concerns about altitude.

The following checklist should help you with your packing. As a general rule, you should always try to keep the weight of your equipment to a minimum.

You must bring the following items:

  • Hiking boots
  • Trainers / sneakers / Crocs for gites
  • Socks
  • Underwear
  • Trekking trousers / pants
  • Lightweight waterproof over-trousers / rain-pants
  • Long johns (thermal underwear)
  • Thermal baselayer shirts (2 short sleeve, 2 long sleeve)
  • T-shirts
  • Fleece jacket or warm jumper
  • Lightweight windproof/waterproof jacket
  • Sunhat
  • Fleece hat or balaclava
  • Eyewear - Sunglasses
  • Lightweight thermal or fleece gloves
  • Daypack c.30 litres
  • Headtorch / headlamp and spare batteries
  • Sun protection (including total bloc for lips, nose etc.)
  • Water bottles 1 Litre (x2)
  • 3 to 4 season sleeping bag*
  • Antibacterial handwash
  • Washbag and toiletries
  • Small towel
  • Toilet roll
  • Water purification tablets
  • Small padlock (to lock your KE kit bag)
  • Basic First Aid Kit including: Antiseptic cream, throat lozenges, diarrhoea treatment (Imodium), painkillers, plasters and blister treatment, Insect repellent, and re-hydration salts (Dioralite).

The following items are optional:

  • Spare laces
  • Sleeping bag liner
  • Shorts (should not be worn in villages)
  • Thermarest (note that foam mattresses are provided)
  • Trekking poles (recommended)
  • Camera, media, batteries
  • Travel clothes
  • Wet wipes (bio-degradable)
  • Pocket-knife (note: always pack sharp objects in hold baggage)
  • Repair kit – (eg. needle, thread, duct tape)

Equipment hire:

  • *Available for hire/rental through KE Adventure Travel

For each holiday there is a minimum number of participants required to enable it to go ahead. Once the minimum number is reached, the trip status will change from 'Available' to 'Guaranteed to run'. You can check the trip status for each departure in ‘Dates and Prices’ table. Other than in exceptional circumstances, we will not cancel a trip once it has achieved this guaranteed to run status and so you are free to proceed with your international flight booking and other travel arrangements.

A passport with 6 months remaining validity at the end of your stay is generally required. The information that we provide is for UK passport holders. Please check the relevant embassy or consulate for other nationalities. It is your responsibility to ensure that you have the correct travel documents and visas for your holiday. Visa requirements and charges are subject to change without notice. If you are travelling outside the EU you should have at least 2 blank pages in your passport.

Visa Morocco

UK and USA passport holders do not require a visa for short stays.

You should contact your GP or travel clinic to check whether you require any specific vaccinations or other preventive measures. You should be up to date with routine courses and boosters as recommended in the UK e.g. diphtheria-tetanus-polio and measles-mumps-rubella, along with hepatitis A and typhoid. A good online resource is Travel Health Pro.

The unit of currency in Morocco is the Dhiram.

We recommend you check if you require an adaptor for your electrical items at:

It makes a lot of sense to spend some time before coming on a trekking or climbing holiday, getting some additional exercise. The fitter you are, after all, the more enjoyable you will find the experience. For this trip you need to be aerobically fit and also capable for walking up to 7 or 8 hours each day for several days continuously. We would suggest that you adopt a weekly exercise regime. Regular walking in hill or back country is the best preparation but if this is not possible, regular exercise with your preferred sport or pastime such as jogging and/or swimming, will develop better fitness and stamina. Before departure, we suggest that you try to fit in a number of long walks in hilly country.

As a reputable tour operator, KE supports the British Foreign & Commonwealth Offices ‘Know before you go’ campaign to enable British citizens to prepare for their journeys overseas, and we recommend that all KE travellers take a look at the FCO Travel Advice for their chosen destination on the official FCO website: North Americans can also check out the U.S. Department of State website: for essential travel advice and tips.

KE treat the safety and security of all clients as the most important aspect of any trip we organise. We would not run any trip that we did not consider reasonably safe.  Should the FCO advise against travel for any reason, we will contact everyone booked to travel to discuss the situation.  We receive regular updates direct from the FCO and are in constant touch with our contacts on the ground.  If you have any questions about government travel advice, please call our office.

When we are on trek and in the mountains gaining height we can expect the daytime temperatures above 2500m to be around 20 to 25ºC, a pleasant temperature for walking. At night, the temperatures, even at our highest camps, will not fall below freezing. We can expect the hottest temperatures in the height of the summer in Marrakech to reach 40ºC, dropping to a pleasant 25ºC at night. The weather is usually fine at the time of our scheduled departures. However, weather in mountainous areas is notoriously difficult to predict, and rain or even short-lived storms can occur at any time of the year and you must be prepared for extremes of climate.

Lonely Planet Guide – Morocco. The Rough Guide to Morocco. The Atlas Mountains. Karl Smith. (Cicerone Press). Trekking in the Moroccan Atlas. Richard Knight (Trailblazer Publications) Classic Treks – Bill Birkett. (David & Charles pubs.) The Trekkers Handbook. Tom Gilchrist. Lonely Planet Moroccan Arabic phrasebook. Dan Bacon

Mgoun Massif, Central High Atlas Mountains 1:100,000 Series. West Col Productions

A map designed for trekkers showing relief by ridge lines, spot and peak heights. Roads, tracks and paths are clearly shown and villages are also marked. Latitude and longitude margin ticks are at 20’ intervals. The map is approximately centred on Mgoun and covers an area measuring approx 80km E-W and 50 km N-S.

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