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Tizi n’Tichka pass & Telouet valley :
After a dramatic drive through the stunning High Atlas Mountains and over the Tizi n’Tichka Pass (2,260m) our first sightseeing of the day is at Telouet, a village on the ‘Route of the Caravans’ from the Sahara over the Atlas Mountains to Marrakech. Telouet has one of the most spectacular Kasbahs in the Atlas, which was once the palatial residence and headquarters of the powerful Glaoui tribe.
Ksar of Ait Benhaddou fortified village:
Next, taking a little used back road we arrive at Ait Benhaddou. Inscribed by UNESCO in 1987 as a ‘World Heritage Site’, the ancient village of Ait Benhaddou is a striking example of the architecture of southern Morocco. The Ksar, a group of earthen buildings surrounded by high walls, is a traditional pre-Saharan habitat. The houses crowd together within the defensive walls, which are reinforced by corner towers. After a guided tour of the ancient settlement be sure to walk up to the high point on the hill above the Ksar for particularly fine views.
Pacha Taourirt Kasbah:
Your final stop is in Ouarzazate to visit Taourirt Kasbah, a former Glaoui palace and the main attraction of the desert oasis city. This 300-room fortress, in part restored, marks the junction of 3 rivers – Dadès, Draâ and Ziz – as well as numerous caravan routes. And while Glaoui chiefs – known as caïd – never resided in this opulent palace, the Glaoui kasbah of Taourirt once housed hundreds of people. You’ll have time to tour the palace and stroll the kasbah’s irregular streets.
Late in the afternoon you’ll make the return drive to Marrakech.
Spend an Overnight in a berber village, prior to descent down the valley to get red village of ouirgane which is your final destination
Those two day trek are great trek option which allow you to discover very scenic places, discover the daily life of the berbers
DAY 1 Imlil –Tizi M’zzik -Tizi Oussem : Trek from Imlil valley to Tizi Oussem on a five hour walk which takes you over Tizi M’zzik Mountain pass 2540m and down into the spectacular valley of Azzaden, spend night in village of Tizi Oussem (gite).
A side trip to the Ighouliden waterfalls is available after lunch.
Day 2 : Tizi oussem –Tiziane–Azerfsane -Tassa Ouirgane Ouirganecentre.
A downhill walk leading through the nature reserve protecting the barbary sheep. Lunch will be served at a stop off en route to Tassa Ouirgane another hour and half after that and you will arrive in the centre of Ouirgane Travelling through olive groves and many berber villages
For this Trek you need to bring the Following Kit :
Good walking boots and socks and a 3 to 4 season sleeping bag – you can hire them on arrival
Comfortable shoes/slippers for camp/guesthouse -Walking stick
Trekking pants -Day sack/backpack
Lightweight waterproof over-trousers / rain-pants Headtorch / headlamp
Underwear Basic First Aid Kit – refer to trip dossier for details
Long johns Ice axe and crampons (winter)
T-shirts Water bottle or camel back (recommended)
Fleece jacket or warm jumper Penknife (useful)
Lightweight windproof – waterproof jacket
Ait ben Haddou kasbah Day Trip
Day Trip Itinerary :
The famous city of Ouarzazate is The Gate of the Sahara desert, its a city and capital of the Province in Drâa-Tafilalet region of south-central Morocco. Ouarzazate is at an elevation of 1,160 metres (3,810 ft) in the middle of a bare plateau south of the High Atlas Mountains. To the south of the town is the desert.
The town is inhabited by Darija (Arabic dialect) and Berber-speakers, who constructed many of the prominent kasbahs, and buildings for which the area is known. Ouarzazate is an important holiday destination in Morocco, as a base for excursions across the Draa Valley and into the desert. The fortified village (ksar) of Ait Benhaddou west of the city is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The Ouarzazate area is a noted film-making location, with Morocco’s biggest studios inviting many international companies to work here. Films such as Lawrence of Arabia (1962), The Living Daylights (1987), The Last Temptation of Christ (1988), The Mummy (1999), Gladiator (2000), Kingdom of Heaven (2005), Kundun (1997), Legionnaire (1998), Hanna (2011), and Salmon Fishing in the Yemen (2011) were shot here, as was part of the TV series Game of Thrones.
The Ouarzazate solar power station invested and created by the Arab League is expected to open its first phase in December 2015.
Note : You can also combine Kasbah of Telouet Visit with ait ben haddou Day trip
The 3-4Day Erg Chebbi & Ait benhaddou Kasbah Desert Tour:
Erg Chebbi is a dune field of about 22 Km from north to south and about 5 Km from east to west at the widest point. The highest dune, 884 m, is in the north. Among the dunes there are several oasis and you can easily get water just by digging a little. The trip to the oasis starts with a long route by road which is an experience itself geographically speaking, and also because of the numerous stops to cool down and get in contact with the people.
Option1 : 3 Day2Night Tour
Day 1 :
We Depart from Marrakech at 09h in a modern, air conditioned transportation. We travel over the Atlas mountains, enjoying the magnificent views of the surrounding countryside below and we visit the Kasbah of Ait Benhaddou. This journey takes approx 3h. From there, after our break, we continue to Ouarzazate (approx 1 hour or so) for lunch break & Sightseeing. Lunch is available in the local cafe’s. After lunch, we continue along the route of The Dades Valley to reach our guesthouse where we will stay for the night. The guesthouse offers Private ensuite rooms and an evening meal and breakfast are included.
Day 2 :
The next morning we continue along the Dades valley, visiting Dades Gorge, Todra, Todra Gorge and other interesting sites, making our way to Merzouga. At Merzouga we explore the village and meet our Camels who will take us for 1 and a half hours into the Dunes to reach our desert camp at Erg Chebbi. Each person rides their own Camel . The Camel trek is usually just prior to sunset, so that you may enjoy the sun setting over the landscape from the top of the Dunes. Once we arrive at the Desert camp, we are greeted with a cup of delicious hot minty tea and we spend the evening under the stars, on the dunes and beside the warmth of the fireside. We enjoy a locally cooked meal of Tagine or couscous (vegetarians are catered for with vegetable tagine), a drum party and story swapping. The camp has toilet facilities. Those that wish to can sleep directly under the stars, but there are Bivouacs for everyone. The stars in the desert are a great opportunity to see as their are no artificial lights around and you can fully appreciate the glory of the skies above.
Day 3 :
Wake up early , just prior to sunrise, we have a 1h30 camel ride at sunrise to explore the area further and we head back to Merzouga on our Camels. When we reach Merzouga, have breakfast & have the opportunity to shower and then we begin our journey through the stony desert and over the Atlas mountains, with plenty of stops for photos, exploring and lunch as we return to Marrakech. The usual arrival time in Marrakech is between 17:00hrs and 18:00hrs.
If you prefer to break the distance of the last day then we suggest to spend the night in the Kasbah of Ait benhaddou as follows.
Option 2 : 4 day 3 Night Trip:
Day 1: Pick up from Marrakech at 8am, 2 hours drive via the tizi ntichka pass, stops along for pictures, a visit to Telouet and it’s ancient 17 century kasbah, lunch at a peaceful oasis with a Berber Folklore Show, an hour and a half drive to Aitbenhadou kasbah (11 century kasbah, UNESCO World Heritage Site), a visit to the Atlas Studio, hotel overnight in Ourzazate.
Day 2: Breakfast at the hotel, pick up at 9:00am,2 hours drive along the magical Drâa River, one of the longest rivers in Morocco, stops at some beautiful adobe kasbahs and Berber villages en route, enjoy the enchanting Draa Valley, lunch in Alnif. Tow hours drive to Merzouga, Stop along the great sand dunes of Erg Chebbi, a visit to the black Gnoua people, two hours camel ride thru the dunes, overnight under a berber tent.
Day 3: Breakfast at the camp, pick up at 9:00am, drive to Todra valley and the Todra Gorge lunch at the spot, stops along the Dades valley, the monkey fingers valley and the Dades Gorge, hotel overnight.
Day 4: Breakfast at the hotel, pick up at 9:00am, drive via the thousand kasbah route, the rose vally, a visit to Skoura oisis with it’s authentic 17 century kasbah, a visit to Taourirt kasbah (the former residence of the Glaoui), lunch in Ourzazat, 4 hours drive via the tizi ntichka pass with stops along, back to Marrakech.
The Mgoun Regionf forms the most southerly of the three ridges, which make up the famous and stunning High Atlas Mountains. Our trek is a high circuit in the Central Atlas and starts in the beautiful valley of the Ait Bougemez. Not only do we enjoy the majestic scenery of these rugged mountains, but also the friendly and fascinating culture of the indigenous Berbers. It is a wild area, which in comparison with the Jebel Toubkal region, sees very few groups and subsequently has a more simplistic tourist infrastructure. In many ways however the scenery is more magnificent with extensive terracing, green broad valleys pierced with irrigation canals, areas of walnut copses, strange rock formations and colours, with the villages clinging to the mountainsides. Above all this soars the peak of Mgoun at just over 4000 metres, only slightly less than Toubkal itself. All in all it is perhaps a more interesting mountain, because instead of endless scree fields, the ‘Alpine start’ takes you up to a high roller coaster ridge, along above and past a huge cirque (corrie) to the summit. We have watched Lammergeiers land on this high point in previous years!
Note : Itinerary is just a guideline and subject to change to suit local condition.
Day 1:Drive from Marrakech to Agouti In the morning, we transfer by minibus to Agouti There is time to relax at the guesthouse in agouti when we arrive in the late afternoon.
Day 2:Agouti to Arous Camp overnight.
Day 3:Trek to Tarkedit Plateau We walk up in a wild landscape before crossing the Aghouri pass at 3,450m then descend to the wind-eroded and snow-covered high plateau of Tarkedit (2,900m). After lunch (there is a hut on the plateau), we climb up to the southern side of the plateau and establish a camp at 3,400m, directly below M’goun West (3,978m). 7-8 hours walking. Camp.
Day 4:Ascent of Djebel M’goun (4,068m) to Oulilimt Today we make our ascent to the summit of Djebel M’goun. The climb follows a long ridge, all at or above 4,000m, which typically takes between 4 and 5 hours to the summit, depending on snow conditions. From the top, there are impressive views across the Draa valley and towards the Sahara Desert to the south. We descend back to Azib Izabine. 8-9 hours. Camp.
Day 5:Trek Down the valley into Ain Aflafal and to Tighermet n ait ahmed ( 5hours walking) Camp.
Day 6:Climb Tizi n’ait Imi (2960m) then long descent to ait Bougmez valley and drive back to Marrakech
Note : Itinerary is just a guideline and subject to change to suit local condition.
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Option 1 : Azzaden Valley Trek of 2 Days
Travel from the red city of Marrakech through many little hamlets and ancient Berber villages of the famous and stunning High Atlas Mountains. Trek past the villages of Imlil, Arghen and M’zzik. Visit; a village in the Assif Aït Mizane Valley, overlooking ancient irrigated terraced fields of fruit trees and vegetables. Get over Tiz M’zzik Mountain pass (2450m) and descent through junipper trees down to Tizi Oussem villagea for the night . On day2, you Travel down to the Assif Azzaden Valley ( Assif Azzaden ), passing through several Berber hamlets and up to the Tizi Oudite pass and down to the village of Aguersiouâl.
Enjoy your lunch by the river before you set for another hour up the Imlil valley prior to get back to the village of imlil and transfer back to Marrakech .
Trek itinerary :
Day 1: Marrakech – Imlil/ High Atlas Mountains (1740m)– Tizi Mzik (2684m)-Tamsoulte waterfalls (2300m) Tizi Oussem village (1850m).
After breakfast in Marrakech, pick up & drive towards the high Atlas Mountains via Tahnnaout, Oued Ghighaya & Asni, enjoy the stunning view of the villages along the valet. Arrival to Imlil (65km from Marrakech), meet the guide & multeer andthen start the trek & climb Tizi Mzik pass (2684m), spectacular view over Imlil valley & Toubkal Summit, continue to Tamsoulte to visit the highest waterfalls in the Atlas Mountains (100m of hight), down the Azzaden valley through juniper forest to get to Tizi Oussem village. Overnight at the Guest house in the village. 6hrs walking.
Day 2: Tizi Oussem (1850m) – Id Issa village (1800m) – Tizi Oudid (2000m) – Mattat – Agersioual – Marrakech
After breakfast, enjoy the sunshine on this colorful valley & its marvelous typical Berber villages, leave Tizi Oussem & continue down to Id Issa village, before heading up to Tizi Oudid mountain pass (2000m), cross matat village after a wild thurifer juniper forest, get lunch under walnut groves and relax near the river. On the afternoon transfer back to Marrakech ( arrive approx 17h) 5hrs
Note : Itinerary is just a guideline and subject to change to suit local condition.
Option 2 : Dkent Valley and Toubkal Trek of 5 Days
At only 3 hours flight from the UK, The High Atlas Mountains near Marrakech offer some of the finest trekking in the world. This a stunning five day trek in the High Atlas Mountains of Morocco. We trek through a variety of landscapes from lush valleys to barren rock. The route takes us through colourful Berber villages, over nice mountain passes slowly ascending to our highest point at 4,167m at the top of Mount Toubkal, North Africa’s highest mountain..
The trek will be supported by a berber team ; Mountain guide, cook and muleteers & mules for luggages.
The nights will be spend in the gites ( berber homes) & mountain huts on the last 2 days.
1. day : Marrakech –imi oughlad –tizi n’tachte –Tiziane :
Early morning departure from marrakech for a pleasante drive south winding our way up through the moulay brahim gorge and upper valleys to arrive at the higher foothills of the western high atlas mountains and our trailhead of imi oughlad (1450m) with the jbel toubkal , at 4167m the highest peak in north africa , aglzim 3650m and aksoual 38847m ,looming before us . here we alight from our vehicle and meet up with berber muleteer crew . We set off up in north-westerly direction for a 2hour acclimatisation hike up switchback mule tracks , passing by cornfields woods pine and juniper to the tiz n’tachete (2000m),where we shall stop to look back down on the imlil and ait oussaden valleys before carrying on for another half hour to imi n’ifri and our field picnic .thence a slow hike for about 2 and half hours south-west down along a dirt track to assif n’ ait oussaden and the red clay terraced village of tiziane ( 1750 m )for our accommodation in our bivouac / gite
2. day :Tizziane – tizi n’taghrhourte – D’knt :
after breakfast we now set off on our hike up along the assif n’ait oussaden valley , passing through the wallnuts groves , up to tizi n’taghrhourte (1995m )and through to a rare almost flat strecth to arrive at assaka spring, where we will stop for our field picnic amidst and awesome silence after some 2 and half hours relatively easy walking .our afternoon’s hike takes us down along the edges of the forest untill we reach the berber village of D’knt (1870m) or agouns n Assoul where we will have our dinner and spent the in a bivouac / gite..
3. day : D’knt – Tizi n’tagdalte – Azib n Tamsoult:
we set off for our morning’s 3 hours hike up through groves of walnut trees, fields of corn and barley to greet the many sheep and goatherders – and women and children bent over with 20kg loads of faggots and dried herbs. We traverse the tizi n’tagdalte to the descent amongst the juniper trees till we come to a small spring set amongst the trees , where we will stop for our picnic .once refreshed , we are off down winding tracks of upper slopes for some 3hours to come to a small river at the beginning of the valley of assif n’ait oussaden . from here we enter the village of tizi oussem (1850m) then up to the summer village Of Tamsoult for our camp / hut
4. day : ÂAZIB TAMSOULT -TIZI AGUELZIM – TOUBKAL REFUGE :
After breakfast, we now set out eastwards on a moderately difficult hike up winding mule tracks to the Tizi Aguelzim (3550m) , thence a further 3 hours south-east to the Toubkal Refuge which marks the spring snowline at 3207m, where we shall have our dinner, in bivouac around the Refuge.
5. day : TOUBKAL REFUGE – SUMMIT JBEL TOUBKAL- SIDI CHAMHAROUCH – Imlil – Marrakech :
A very early breakfast to set out around 6am., to attain, after a three hour steep climb, the highest peak in the Maghreb (4167m). The panorama from here is simply stunning. Whenever you are ready, we shall take the Ikkhibi Sud or South Cirque for a straightforward – with your guide – 2 to 3 hour descent back to the Refuge for a picnic. After lunch We shall now set off towards the north along steeply descending, zigzagging trails of the higher slopes of the Valley of the Assif n’Isouhouanem n’Ouagounss towards the Shrine of Sidi Chamharouch. Set beside a waterfall, There is a pilgrimage ‘marabout’ shrine here, probably the remnant of a pre-Islamic culture, but forbidden to non-Muslims. another 2 hours downhill will allow to get to the village of Imlil from where most of the treks start prior to take the taxi back to Marrakech.
Note : Itinerary is just a guideline and subject to change to suit local condition.
Option 3 : Trek of 4 Days Explore Amizmiz Villages :
Nestled in the foothills of the High Atlas Mountains, just south of the city of Marrakech in Morocco, lies a town that is relatively unknown to visitors and seldom visited.
Amizmiz is a quaint and traditional town that seems to have been forgotten by time and passed over by modernization, yet is home to some of the most picturesque landscapes and adventures that Morocco has to offer.
Trek Itinerary :
Day 1 : Ait Zitoun to Ait Hamed :
Gentle walk up by the dray river to Tizgui and then continue through the small up down hells then continue on the road track, traversing in pinewoods where the team will stop for lunch in Tafgakht village.
Refill water bottles at a natural spring before starting up zigzags to join the small pass at 1450m) then continue along a forest track to Ait Hamed 1200m) overnight camp. Approx 6/7 hrs walking .
Day 2 : Ait Hamed – To- Tizi n-Ousoul :
Today its bit easy then first day,Trek through the Anggal valley our way always by the river and all must Ander the walnuts tree shade, passing through many villages such: Igourdan – Infagan –Imzayn, stop for lunch in Ait Merzoug Ander the walnuts tree shade by the river.
Refill water bottles from that village, there is a water tap, after lunch we continue walk head up the anggal valley continue to join Tizi n- Oussoul village 1800m) camp next to that village, There is plenty of opportunity for cultural interaction at this point.
Today its bit easy then first day. Trek through the Anggal valley our way always by the river and all must Ander the walnuts tree shade, passing through many villages such: Igourdan – Infagan –Imzayn, stop for lunch in Ait Merzoug Ander the walnuts tree shade by the river.
Refill water bottles from that village, there is a water tap, after lunch we continue walk head up the anggal valley continue to join Tizi n- Oussoul village 1800m) camp next to that village, There is plenty of opportunity for cultural interaction at this point.Aapprox 6/7 hrs walking .
Day 3 : Tizi N-Ousoul – to – Tnirt :
After breakfast we disassemble the tents, starting walk up passing from Tizi n- Ousoul village continue in the small gorge continuing in the single track to join Tizi N’Fourna pass at 2021m) there is an amazing view for Azgour mountain water break and some mixed nuts then continue down zigzagng to Tnirt valley 1800m) lunch and overnight by the Tnirt valley.
Approx 4/5 Hrs
Day 4 : Tnirt –to – Imi n-Tala :
After breakfast we disassemble the tents, starting walk alternative way in the road track passing through Tizi n- Tinfatin about 1900m) then continue down anther the pain tree head a gorge to join Imi n- Tala village lunch and overnight in the Berber local house. Hot shower its aviable and hammam traditional sauna! Approx 4/5Hrs
Trek infos :
- Best time: September to June .
- Departs from: Marrakech: 09:00am. Start time can be modified to suit your needs .
- Departure times: Varied .
- Driving time: 3hrs .
- Starts & ends in Marrakech .
- Duration : 3days / 2nights .
- Type: Trekking .
- Cost per Adult: 2 adults: €299 4 adults: €249, please contact us for group discount pricing.
- Guides Speaking: English, French, Spanish, Arabic, Berber .
- Grade: Moderate .
- Trip Level: 3230m .
- Child Age Till -12 get 50% Discount .
- Solo Travelers: On request .
Ourika to imlil Trek of 3 Days
Regardless its relative proximity, each of the valleys differ the other. Due to the subsoil consisting of minerals and different compounds, they are of significant colours and soil, which subsequently affect the character of the human dwellings. An amazing trek across the two Berber valleys of the High Atlas Mountains leads from Imlil to Setti Fadma via Tizi n’Tacheddirt (3600m) and Ourika valley.
The altitude allows for great panoramic views over the Toubkal National Park. The second part of the trek will be marked with a color change. Walking along the ancient houses made of mud and stones catching the glimpse of moments from the lives of locals will be altered with crossing the juniper field-like plains. The valleys are linked by gorges and constant proves of human presence shaping the environment – terraced fields with vegetable, walnut trees and apple orchards belonging to every village. With a bit of luck, in the Setti Fadma region you can come across monkeys, which are currently on the verge of extinction.
Day 1: Imlil (1740 m) – Imenane valley(2400 m – 1350 m) – Tizi n’Tamatert (2279 m) – Ouaneskra village in the valley of Imenane (2400 )(night in a Berber gîte)
from Imlil 1740m, which is the starting point of all the treks around here, this trek takes us towards the Imnan valley via Tizi n’Tamatert 2300m, lunch on top of the pass and carry on to the last village in the valley – Tachddirt.
5 to 6 hours walk
Day 2: Tacheddirt (2400 m) – Tizi n‘Labbassen (3172 m) – Timichi (200 m) and Ibbasen villages (
Day 3: Timichi (2000 m) – Setti Fadma (1600 m).
All along the journey there are Berber villages (Tiourdou, Anfli, Tadrart, Chiker). After the lunch we will continue via Agadir n’Aït Boulmane and on to the centre of Setti Fadma.
Note : This Trek can be combined with Mule ride or Cooking Class
1 Day trip from Marrakech to Three Valleys
The valley Asni Ouirgane is located in 60 kilometers away from the city of Marrakech. Ouirgane is the peak (the highest point) of the mountains around at an altitude that levels up 2300 meters in some areas, and spreads over many kilometers. The valley is known for its exceptional flora, and its wildlife including gazelle and sheep, and the plateau of Kik in the high Atlas which rises to an altitude of 4000 meters, it has a wonderful view on Toubkal and dominates the dam of Lalla Takerkoust. The dam of lalla Takerkoust is in just 30 kilometers away from Marrakech. It forms a lake of 7 kilometers and represents an Oasis of freshness, a haven of peace away from the hustle and bustle of the city.
Highlights of the Day Trip:
High Summits in the background
visit a berber family
Drive via deep valleys
Visit the ourika valley waterfalls
Note : This Day Trip includes a drive via several ancient berber villages where you can get Mint tea or even lunch away from the busy Touristy Areas!!
Your driver will pick you up from where you are staying and take you to meet the guide who will show you around the amazing Berber villages. During your time there, you may have some traditional mint tea, or Berber bread and soup. The half day walk is about a 1 or 2 hour walk/mule ride at the end of which, you will be served traditional Berber lunch in a traditional Berber house – or perhaps outside under the walnut trees.
The full day trek will have you start from Imlil and head out to the Imnan valley. The walk is circular and during it, you can have lunch near the river before heading back to Imlil. Your transport will then get you back to Marrakech at 4 or 5 o’clock. The walk is 6 to 7 hours in total.
When you are picked up from Marrakech, at 9.00 am, the driver can stop for you to take photographs on your way to Imlil. Your journey will take you via Tahnaout and Moulay and if it is Tuesday or Saturday, you can visit the markets in Tahnaout or Asni. You will also see the awesome Atlas Mountain Range as you travel the countryside.
There is no doubt that Morocco is an exciting destination for birdwatcher there are Direct flights from UK and most major airports throughout Europe and Asia make getting there easy and inexpensive. Birding in this Berber and exotic country is rewarding and an experience, with several prime species not present in Europe. We are a Team of Mountain Guides that led many Tours all over Morocco for more than 15 Years , so our experience can lead you to areas discovered by our Team and produce such species as Desert Sparrow, Cream-coloured Courser and Brown-necked Raven. We travel the coastal areas during the autumn and in the spring we go on safari, travelling across the High Atlas to the deeper regions of the Sahara Desert, migrating birds join other great species during both seasons and we have a good record for finding such sought after species as Blue-cheeked Bee eater, Bald Ibis, Houbara Bustard, Egyptian Nightjar and of course many lark species including our favourite Hoopoe Lark and Crested LARK . Of course we also do short break holidays on the Atlantic Coast of Morocco
Watching Locations :
High Atlas Mountains ( Toubkal – Mgoun-Sirwa )
Sahara Desert Region ( Merzouga-Chegaga – Ouled Driss – Tdli – Tiraf- Mhamid ..)
Semi Desertic Region ( Sghro and Bodnib..)
Anti Atlas ( Tafroute- Ighrem- Tata- Irthem- Ougoug …)
Atlantic Caost ..
Deep Valleys and Gorges Such as Dades and Todra plus Taghia .