If you avoid climbing the high peaks like M’Goun itself (4071m), the traverse of the M’Goun Massif in the Central High Atlas need not be as strenuous as taking on Toubkal. This allows you to enjoy the dramatic mountain vistas and valleys, which are home to the regional Berber tribes, for a longer period of time.
The region is at its most beautiful in the late spring when valleys like the Ait Bougmez and the Tessaout are blanketed in wild flower carpets and dramatic rivers form from snowmelt. If you have a week to spare, you can spend it exploring the lower slopes and valleys or using the time to thoroughly acclimate before taking up M’Goun.
Where to stay ?
Kasbah Assafar is a skillfully restored pisé kasbah located in the village of Aït Khyar, boasting a terrace that takes full advantage of its elevated position at 1400m altitude. The kasbah features eight rooms, two of which are en suite, with valley views being the most desirable. Additionally, Assafar Cottage, situated nearby, offers seven dorm rooms accommodating three to ten guests each, with shared bathrooms and a self-catering kitchen. Guests can choose to dine at the main restaurant, where the cooking centers around authentic Berber cuisine, with set menus available for 100dh. For those interested in learning the secrets of Berber cooking, cooking classes are also available. Boullouz Aziz, the owner, is an experienced mountain guide who can arrange walking and mountain biking excursions in the Vallée des Roses and the Jebel Saghro.