When I first visited Morocco in the early 1970s there were just three north-south routes through the Atlas mountains
• P21 (now N13) over the Tizi n’Zad from Azrou to Midelt,
• P31 (now N9) over the Tizi n’Tichka from Marrakech to Ouarzazate, and
• S501 (now R203) over the Tizi n’Test (parts of which were still piste) from Marrakech to Taroundannt.

Since then three new links have been constructed,
• N8 (and A7 motorway) between Marrakech to Agadir,
• R307 between Demnate and Skoura (route C10), and
• R317 via Imilchil (E10-E11).

I’ve always held that the Test pass is best done travelling south, and the Tichka pass is best done travelling north, so this is the way I’ve documented the Tichka. As it’s a major road there’s no need for detailed instructions, the reason for including this as a route is to document the central part of the pass which has a couple of side pistes and an excellent video point.


the main area of interest from the junction with route C14 to the end of the steep section


km23.6: Nina at the Col du Tichka sign


Looking back on the tizi/col from one of the pistes in the alpine area


coming back down the piste


chilly place for an overnight bivi


km27: Café Assanfou in amongst the trees


close-up from Café Assanfou onwards


km28.6: Start of the really interesting section


km29.5: Barry leads the charge


km29.5: Nick Smith at the excellent video/photo point






km34.3: looking back at the hairpins above


km39.4: northern snow barrier with snow clearing equipment