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Walking in Fez: Hike to summit of Mount Tghat

2013 Fez Festival of World Sacred MusicFez is overlooked by 2 mountains. To the North East, over the medina, is Mount Zallagh, whose 900m summit we hiked to couple of weeks ago, and further west is the smaller 836m Mount Tghat overlooking the new town. With a couple of days of spring sunshine this week we took the opportunity to scale Tghat.
We set out through the new building developments that line the north side of the Meknes road and headed out for the rear of Tghat, soon we were in empty countryside and once turned a corner to get a great view of Mount Zallagh from the West, and saw that steep decent that we had somehow achieved there on our last outing.
Once you leave the urban areas the nature is wonderful, everything green and the air full of birdsong. Today we saw a Long Legged Buzzard, Kestrel, Hoopoe, Great Grey Shrike, Woodchat Shrike, Corn Bunting, Sisken, Chiffchaff, Black Redstart, Larks and more, and we heard the calls of a Cuckoo and a Little Owl. We also literally stumbled upon several wild tortoises happily munching the new spring greens. It took a very casual 4 hours in all, including stopping to eat some lunch. An easier hike than to Zallagh but a very enjoyable way to pass a few hours away from the medina bustle.
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Posted 23 March 2013

 

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