Key information: Tassaout valley
Fascinating, delightful and easy walking in and around one of the finest valleys in the Atlas.
- Walkopedia rating90.5
- Natural interest14
- Human interest15
- Negative points0
- Total rating90.5
- Length: Variable
- Maximum Altitude: N/A
- Level of Difficulty: Moderate
In the south-west of the M’goun range is the superb long, winding, fertile upper Tassaout valley, where you can wander through valley-bottom fields, orchards and copses or along the road above for wider views.
All around are cliffs, crags and soaring summits: the word ‘valley’ doesn’t do it justice, but it is only a gorge or canyon in parts. A Vanyon?
The traditional Berber villages are fascinating. Stay in gites or camp in dappled orchards.
You can make a selection of day walks, all easy with the emphasis on atmosphere and interest, including up a side valley to the historic, World Heritage Site village of Megdaz in its marvellous bowl, or walk the length of the upper valley, as Walkopedia did, in 2 days. We really loved it, especially as it was a fascinating (and easy!) contrast to the rigour of the high Traverse that we had just made.
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See our M’goun Massif page for general and detailed practical information
OUR FRIENDS' EXPERIENCES
We walked 2 days down this magnificent and fascinating valley as part of a traverse of the M’goun Massif [link to Traverse page] in October 2022.
Day 1 – From Tassagaiwelt down Tassaout valley
A luxurious lie-in to 7.30, emerging to a morning of light cloud and porridge for breakfast. Everyone is cheerful after good sleep and with an easy walk ahead.
We walk along the contour towards the village, above almond terraces and below steep, unstable boulders. The village is poor and basic, but the school is freshly painted bright yellow and blue and implies hope for the future.
Across an expanse of rocky river fan, we join the road and start an enjoyable 4hr trudge down-river, above a vivid patchwork of little irrigated fields, orchards and trees, the far bank changing from red-purple slopes to orange cliffs, with gorges retreating away with their own little riots of colour between their cliffs. The river rushes cheerfully through the middle of the world it sustains.
The trees are just turning towards Autumn, so sport a multitude of greens and golds. Villages nestle on the hillsides above their precious fields.
The cliffs get more dramatic as the valley descends, steadily, towards a mid-course gorge. Just above the turn of the river into the gorge, the hamlet of Imin Ikkis perches (at 2,100m) on a rise between two wide incoming rocky river-beds, our tents visible among trees beside some houses on the far side.
This is a very pleasant place, our table sitting smugly in an orchard in the shade of some young walnut trees. We eat a delicious lunch of salad and vegetable omelette mush. Cheerful, leisurely talks.
I draw a bit in the afternoon sun. Supper is soup and vegetable tagine.....READ MORE
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