Key information: Arous valley
- Superb long day walk up a high northern valley, through villages and their fields then a gorge to gorgeous wide high pastures and on to the thrilling Arous Gorge.
- Walkopedia rating90.5
- Natural interest16
- Human interest12
- Negative points0
- Total rating90.5
- Length: Long day
- Maximum Altitude: Around 2,200m
- Level of Difficulty: Strenuous
You can make a superb day walk up the beautiful Arous valley from the beautiful Bougmez valley in the north of the range to the exciting gorge at its head.
Start by walking through attractive Berber villages and irrigated fields, with harsh hillsides, crags and soaring ridges as their backdrop.
Then turn up through a gorge with ancient troglodyte caves some metres up a cliff face and reach the beautiful high pastures of the wide upper valley.
At a summer hamlet where the main M’goun trail turns right, head further on up the valley, through a patch of irrigated crops then up the wide, stony river bed to the thrilling, narrow, high-walled Arous Gorge, where you eventually come to a stop at a waterfall. A varied 6-7hr stunner.
Walkopedia loved walking here as day 1 of our high M’goun Traverse. See our account below.
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OUR FRIENDS' EXPERIENCES
(Done as Day 1 of a M’goun Traverse.)
We start from Agouti in the Bougmez valley to the north of the M'goun massif at 8.10 after a reasonably efficient pack and good breakfast.
It is always an exciting moment, full of anticipation. We cross the stream and set off up a dusty track through orchards alive with apple pickers.
We soon get our first taste of the of life here. We cross an irrigation channel and in an instant we are trudging over a barren little plain, to cross small gorge to a village sitting in its rich fields, with fierce cliffs behind. It is strikingly pretty in the clear morning light.
The street is lined with walnuts, many ancient. Our guide, Hakim, leans into an apple-picking lorry to speak to the driver, his brother.
At the river beyond the village, we turn right, to start a steeper climb up its rough and barren gorge. We pass shelter-caves up a loose cliff-face made by prehistoric inhabitants and emerge into a gorgeous wide upper valley of close-cropped meadows and tiny fields and sit at a summer hamlet, drinking in the beauty and atmosphere and autumnal warmth.
We wind on delightedly through the fields, climb to a deserted village Azib Arouss, and turn up a steeper side valley. We get to our campsite at round 2,200m at noon, a rough place but with an irrigation rill and its grassy banks running just below it. We sit around and talk in high good humour, then address lunch in our mess tent. We then draw for choice of tents and take some down time.
Mid afternoon, we walk back down to the village and turn up the main valley, passing through some fields to join the.....READ MORE
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