Seen from a distance, the long wave crest of Jebel Ayachi (3747m), 15km southwest of Midelt, appears to curve over the horizon, such is the scale of these dramatic mountains. A guide is recommended (see Midelt), but to tackle Ayachi independently you can take a taxi to the springs 2km beyond Tattiouine, from where an easy ascent leads to the many summits of this huge range, long thought to be the highest in Morocco (at 4167m, Toubkal tops it by some 400m). The only information in English is in Des Clark’s winter-walking Mountaineering in the Moroccan High Atlas and Michael Peyron’s Grand Atlas Traverse guide, which details the whole zone between here and the Toubkal massif; EWP’s 1:160,000 Rich & Midelt map covers the region.

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