Lac Izoughar

Zaouiat Oulmzi

At the very upper (northeastern) end of the Aït Bougmez Valley, the seasonal Lac Izoughar is a favoured watering hole for the nomadic Aït Atta tribe. Higher water levels make this most impressive in March and April, but the 11km from the village and back is pleasant hiking anytime of the year.

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