If you come to Sahro, you will probably set your heart on achieving a full north-south traverse of this fantastic mountain range. Indeed, there is much satisfaction to be gained in crossing from the banks of the verdant Dades Valley to the edge of the Moroccan desert in the south. Why not start out from the colourful, bustling small market town of Boumalne du Dades, trek below the mighty rock face of Tassigdelt Tamajgalt, then around the twin towers of Bab n’Ali, before triumphantly reaching Nekob, “the town of the 40 kasbahs”, in just four idyllic days?
Even better if: allow six or even seven days to gain far-reaching views by crossing the dramatic mountain pass of Tizi n’Tagmout, skirt around the impressive buttress of Tine Ouaiyour (the “Place of the Moon”) and spend a night camping on the edge of the idyllic oasis of Igli surrounded by huge natural rock formations, such as “The Lion” and the Elephant”.
Alternatively: speed isn’t everything. Before you begin your trek, why not plan to spend additional time exploring some of the crumbling ancient kasbahs which line the banks of the River Dades or take a side trip up the Valley of the Roses? Afterwards, consider seeking out the prehistoric rock carvings which are scattered through Nekob’s surrounding valleys and then enjoy the spectacle of weather-beaten Berber merchants, having travelled for days to sell their wares, congregating at the town’s colourful weekend souk.
Alan Palmer is founder and director of Trek in Morocco Limited and author of Moroccan Atlas – the Trekking Guide, published by Trailblazer Publications.