Home of the Aït Atta, a berber shepards tribe, the Jebel Sarhro mountain range offers spectacular panoramas. This is a great place to discover with local guides on a mountain bike trip or on a week trek !
The Jebel Sarhro lays South of the Dades Valley and North of the Sahara, from the West to the East between the Draa
and Ziz valleys with a maximum elevation of 2712m.
It is a remote rural region, with a population of 68.000 inhabitants, uneasy to reach except two oasis little towns, N'Kob and Tazzarine which are located along the only asphalted road of the area at the foot of the mountain.
The North-South routes are following difficult unasphalted and very spectacular tracks via three passes : the Tazarerte pass (2283m), Kouaouch pass (2592m), and the Tagmout pass (1919m).
Population : there are rare villages of stones and adobe, where clever irrigation systems make possible the culture of wheat, barley, vegetables and fruits (almonds, nuts some peaches).
The khaïma, a traditional nomad tent, made of narrow stripes weaved from goat hair, symbolizes the survival of the pastoral tradition of the Aït Atta, sheep and goat breeders who move from pasture to pasture once or twice a month and who leave the mineral region of the Jebel Saghro transformed into a burning desert in the summer to find better conditions in the Atlas to the North. This nomad tradition is the reason why the Aït Atta have kept a very strong spirit of liberty and independance .
What kind of tourism for Jebel Saghro? Such a beautiful region attracts hikers and 4WD vehicles who invade the area with cameras but do not bring much improvement to the fragile local economy. If you plan to visit Jebel Saghro, do not forget people who live there, and try to organize you trip there in a way which will benefit to the local people, and which will help to save the local cultural and natural heritage. This means selecting local operators with a ecotouristic approach. If you travel there on your own, hire a local guide.