Tizi n'Tichka

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Tizi n'Tichka
Tizi en Ticka
ⵜⵉⵣⵉ ⴻⵏ ⵜⵉⵛⴾⴰ
تيزي ن تيشكا
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Elevation 2,260 m (7,415 ft)
Location Morocco
Range Atlas Mountains
Coordinates 31°17′9″N 7°22′51″W / 31.28583°N 7.38083°W / 31.28583; -7.38083Coordinates: 31°17′9″N 7°22′51″W / 31.28583°N 7.38083°W / 31.28583; -7.38083
Tizi n'Tichka is located in Morocco
Tizi n'Tichka
Tizi n'Tichka

Tizi n'Tichka (Berber language: Tizi en Ticka, ⵜⵉⵣⵉ ⴻⵏ ⵜⵉⵛⴾⴰ, Arabic: تيزي ن تيشكا) is a mountain pass in Morocco, linking the south-east of Marrakesh to the city of Ouarzazat through the High Atlas mountains. It lies above the great Marrakesh plains, and is a gateway to the Sahara Desert.

From November through March, snow can often fall on the pass, but it can be warm all year round in the strong sun.[1] It reaches an elevation of 2,260 metres (7,415 ft) above the sea level, and is the highest major mountain pass in North Africa. The road was constructed along the old caravan trail by the French military in 1936,[2] and is now part of National Route 9 (formerly Route P-31).[3]

Ecological significance[edit]

This photograph of a Barbary lion in the Atlas Mountains was taken by a passenger on a flight from Casablanca in the north to Dakar in the southwest, in 1925

The last known lion in the wilderness of North Africa was shot near the pass in 1942.[4]


See also[edit]


  1. ^ Scraton, Paul (2008). "Crossing the Tizi n' Tichka Pass in the Atlas Mountains, Morocco". Trazzler. Archived from the original on 21 May 2009. 
  2. ^ "Side Trips in Ouarzazate". Frommers. Retrieved November 13, 2014. 
  3. ^ "Marrakech - Tizi n Tichka route". Footprint Guides. 2009. Archived from the original on 2 March 2009. 
  4. ^ Black, Simon A.; Fellous, Amina; Yamaguchi, Nobuyuki; Roberts, David L. (2013). "Examining the Extinction of the Barbary Lion and Its Implications for Felid Conservation". PLoS ONE. 8 (4): 1–12. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0060174. PMC 3616087Freely accessible. PMID 23573239. Retrieved 20 November 2017. 

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