Tizi n’Tichka: North Africa’s best driving experience

Reaching an altitude of 2260 meters above the sea level, Tizi n’Tichka – part of the Moroccan National Route, N9 – is the highest major mountain pass of North Africa. Developed by the French Military, a fact noted in a large plaque, the Tizi n’Tichka route functions as the main direct linking Marrakech with Ouarzazate and exists as a spectacular piece of engineering.

The Tizi n’Tichka runs straight from Marrakesh across the Haouz Plain, before curving through the forest slopes above the Oued Ghdat valley and twisting past small villages and fields as it heads to Taddert, the last significant village on the north side of the pass.

Once the N9 national route of Tizi n’Tichka hits the the road offers stunning views at every turn: the Berbers call the Atlas range idraren draren, “The Mountains of Mountains”, and it is easy to see why. In the winter months, from November to March, snow can often fall on the pass, but it is warm all year round thanks to the strong Moroccan sun.

Ultimately, unless you are a Top Gear Presenter or a huge car enthusiast the Tizi n’Tichka route is perhaps not a destination in itself. However, if you are travelling between Marrakech and the Ouarzazate, or if you are stopping off at Telouet, Igherm, Aït Benhaddou, Agadir, the Kasbah Telouet or anywhere in between, you will undoubtedly use this route. All in all, the Tizi n’Tichka makes the long journeys across Morocco even more enjoyable!

Our luxury Riads act as the perfect base to explore the Marrakech medina, the Atlas Mountains and beyond; our experienced staff are on hand to organise any trips or excursions you wish to take.