Fez and the Middle Atlas Sights

Cirque de Jaffar

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Published 03/09/2017

Fodor's Review

You'll need four-wheel drive to tackle the notoriously rough but spectacular 80-km (48-mile) loop through the Cirque de Jaffar, a verdant cedar forest running around the Ayachi peak's lower slopes. The 12,257-foot Djebel Ayachi, the dominant terrain feature in the Atlas Mountains south of Midelt, was long thought to be Morocco's highest peak before Djebel Toubkal, south of Marrakesh, was found to be 13,668 feet. The view of this snowcapped (from December to March) behemoth from the eponymous hotel's roof is inspiring. If you have time for serious exploration, the 130-km (78-mile) loop around through Boumia and Tounfite will take you across the immense Plateau de l'Arid, through the gorges of the upper Moulouya river valley, and into the Cirque de Jaffar on your way back into Midelt. Seasoned adventurers with four-wheel drive might be tempted to bivouac in the Cirque de Jaffar and climb Djebel Ayachi. After that, the route over to Tounfite on the right fork of Route 3424 is another exotic journey. Even more rugged still is the left fork, Route 3425, over the 10,749-foot Djebel Masker to Imilchil.

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Midelt, Meknès-Tafilalet, Morocco

Published 03/09/2017


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